Notch Mountain is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
4 miles south of Minturn to Tigiwan Rd.,FS 707, turn right and drive 8 miles to Fall Creek trailhead.
Excellent hike, but our GPS showed 5.8 miles from Fall Creek trailhead to the shelter for an 11.6 mile round trip. Hiked early July, and the Cross was still full of snow. Lots of variety on this hike - high mountain lakes, several streams, high altitude alpine views, etc. The drive in on Tigiwon Road was a mini-adventure by itself.
Long hike. Nice day. Hiked up their twice. 2000 ,July
This is a great hike that starts at the Fall Creek trail head. After walking in the forest for 2.5 miles, this trail intersects with the Notch Mt. trail and starts up Notch Mt. You break out of the trees and see wildflowers on the open hillsides above Timberline. You then hike to the switchbacks that take you to the top of the mountain where you get a awesome view of Mt. of the Holy Cross. There is a Rock House on top of Notch Mt. that comes in handy in case of a thunderstorm,which happens often. A strenuous hike but well worth the effort.
This is a beautiful hike with a variety of scenery. We began a bit later than we should because it did storm on us when we summited. I would begin around day light if possible. Awesome hike all the same!
We were a little disappointed that it did not actually go to the notch... but only a little. It's a beautiful hike with great views.