Hay Park Trail

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Hay Park Trail is a 17.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Basalt, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 17.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,956 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

river

views

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 for approximately 1.4 miles. Make a left turn on Prince Creek road and go about 6 miles to the fork in the road. Take the fork to the right and follow it for about 2 miles. You will park at the Thomas Lakes trailhead and travel 1.5 miles up Thomas Lakes trail to the Hay Park trail (the left fork).

backpacking
Friday, June 29, 2018

Note that directions to this trail take you to the Thomas Lakes TH, not the Hay Park TH. That's fine, because following the trail will take you to the Hay Park TH. First and maybe best thing about this trail is the abundance of water to filter. 3 large streams and a half dozen other smaller ones mean you won't have to resort to filtering muck or hauling excessive amounts of water... a big plus. First 1.5 miles is moderate, and the rest is easy. Mix of thick aspens, meadows of wildflowers and a few spots of expansive views gives the trail a nice mix. The large volume of butterflies is worth noting. The trail shares a bit of private land and it is possible you may share the trail with a herd of cows. We didn't see any on day 1, but on day 2 we followed them on the trail for an hour and had to dodge fresh droppings. While most of the trail is easy to follow, there are a few spots on the Hay Park TH side where the cows have made their own trail and it is possible you could end up off the trail and not know it

backpacking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Beautiful trail! First 1.5 is all uphill, but after that it's a great hike! Lots of clear rivers, beautiful views, huge aspen! Not a lot of places to put a tent- i.e. Our placement was 1 of 2 close to water- but definitely worth it! Lightly traveled, some horse manure to dodge! Do g be confused with the capital peak trailhead- same parking lot- hay Park has a sign and capital peak does not

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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