Crosier Mountain Trail via Devil's Gulch Rd.

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Roosevelt National Forest

Crosier Mountain Trail via Devil's Gulch Rd. is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,116 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

A fairly steep hike with views of Signal Mtn, Palisade Peak, and Round Mtn.

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rocky
6 hours ago

Did this yesterday with a group. It was a challenge for several of us flatlanders, but recovered easily at the top. Breathtaking view at the peak. Well worth it! Also, we think it is actually half a mile longer than reported. There’s only one good mountain view on the way up, otherwise you’re going up through a forest. The trail was fairly rocky and course except for just a few segments so ankles watch out!

Parts of the trail were a bit boring, but the view at the top made it worth it! Wonderful view of RMNP. The first part of this hike is very moderate, although it was a bit hot in the mid-morning sun in late May; it only really got difficult for the last mile or so to the summit. Took us 2 hours up, 1.5 hours down. We started around 9am on a Friday and there was hardly any traffic, but it increased as the morning went on.

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2 days ago

I loved this trail! There was plenty of shade and great views throughout the hike! As other reviews mention, this is probably between a moderate and difficult level...it’s a fairly steady incline for most of the trail with a steeper climb at the end. However, it’s a great trail to get back in shape for the season as it’s still a little challenging, especially at the end, and it only takes a few hours to complete! There is a creek within the first mile of the hike, but that’s the only water on the trail.

Definitely wouldn’t rate this as a difficult hike until the last 1 mile stretch, otherwise it’s pretty moderate. Started at 11am and we’re back to the car by 3pm! We thought it was going to be muddy because of all the rain yesterday, but we had no issues! It was sunny at first with a 20% of rain... so shorts and a tank were nice, but the clouds covered and even snowed a bit when we were at the top! So definitely pack a couple layers if there’s any chance of precipitation. Otherwise, beautiful views of Rocky, & definitely would do again!

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rocky
9 days ago

This is definitely not a hike I would classify as hard. It should be an easy/moderate hike. I know the elevation gain is steep but it is spread out. The first three miles have a gentle elevation gain and the last mile or less has a steeper slope but still rather manageable. It is a pretty trail, well maintained, and marked. You will hike mostly in the trees except for a couple of nice meadows. Once at the top, the views of the park mountains are really nice and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy them.

This was a great hike. Definitely felt more moderate than hard, if you’re on the fence about it from a difficulty perspective. The summit portion was just steeper, but still not particularly difficult. Views at the top were awesome and the variety of scenery on the way up was nice. Loved the section through the trees. On a Monday at 11ish, parking was super easy and the trail was quiet. I stayed at the top for about 30 minutes and no one else was up there.

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12 days ago

Ran / Hiked this trail on Sunday May 17th. Trail was dry. Parking lot was full at 10 AM (parking was on the side of the road). There were a fair amount of people on the trail. Trail doesn't get too steep until the last kicker to the top. Beautiful views of Rocky Mnt. National Park. It was 60 and sunny (which is hot) so bring water. Great trail!

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20 days ago

Beautiful hike. A bit crowded over the weekend due to RMNP being closed. Everyone was kind and respectful. I would rate this trail as moderate vs hard. Views at the end are amazing and there are wildflowers starting to bloom along the way.

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29 days ago

Parking along one side of the road is next to the trailhead, probably 15-20 spots. Hiking through the forest with some nice meadows. In the big meadow saw a deer or elk carcass and we saw some bones along the trail. Summit has some nice areas up top to sit on the rocks and enjoy the view of Longs and Estes and the mountain views were beautiful. Pretty steady climb with a slightly steeper push at the end. Great hike and not too many people!

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muddy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Moderate trail until the last half mile or so. The summit was very cold and windy but the weather was cloudy and rainy today so not surprising. On the way back down the sun finally came out and the views were gorgeous all the way back! Some areas had snow/mud but nothing terrible. No wildlife but did see some bones of animals.

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

My favorite day hike in the area so far. Very wooded with a variety of interesting vegetation and flowers. Gorgeous views from multiple points along the hike. Watch out for mountain lions (we saw quite a few fresh elk and deer bones in an open field and along the trail; so make sure to hike with a friend and not at dusk or dawn). Also, there were like only a very small handful of people on the trail which was awesome! Can’t wait to go back again.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Had some snow in the shade toward the top but other than that trail was in good condition. Great views,one of our favorites!

1 month ago

A beautiful hike with amazing views. Trail was clearly marked all the way to the summit. I will definitely be doing this one again!

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

Pretty moderate trail with views of Crosier’s summit for a good chunk of the trek. Was able to make it up easily without traction, but poles and spikes would definitely help. Lots of mud on the first half of the trail and packed snow towards the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day for a beautiful hike! I will do this one again!

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2 months ago

Snowy patches just out of Glen Haven and also higher up. Used spikes on the steep parts. I find the long walk through the forest up high to be rather boring but the lower sections of the trail are interesting as is the final climb to the top. Excellent views to the west from the top. Can also wander a bit to various viewpoints along the final trail to the summit.

Used spikes, went 8 miles to top. Good views, still lots of snow mar 23

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icy
snow
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

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icy
snow
6 months ago

Snow covering 95% of this trail right now. Would be a great hike in summer months. Lots of trees and mostly north facing.

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rocky
7 months ago

Solid hike, challenging at spots for sure. Extensive stretches of incline followed by steep grade up the Summit portion of the trail. Epic views—worth the effort. Our GPS put us at just shy of 10mi, out and back from the fire station and going up to the summit overlook. Summit trail portion was challenging due to steep and rocky terrain, as mentioned by others. Recommend using poles.

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over grown
rocky
8 months ago

Amazing hike today! Hiked up via Glen Haven and down via Rainbow. The .5 miles up the Summit Trail get steep, but totally worth it (about .4 miles of steep). Solid switchbacks, with views while you catch your breath. Loose gravel in many places up Glen Haven and all of the Summit Trail. Highly recommend using rainbow on your way down to make it a loop. Rainbow is a higher grade than Glen Haven, so better as a downclimb. The Aspen forest is amazing, biggest Aspen trees I've ever seen. They are just barely starting to morph into their fall colors.

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