DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
754 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
5 days ago

This is a wonderful trail. The summit (at Panorama Point, which you can also drive to if you don’t want to hike to it) is absolutely breathtaking, with I think 10 14ers visible. The trail itself is super well maintained and well marked. I was beyond charmed by the wildflowers and Aspen trees along the way. The trail itself was marked as 4 miles, but I clocked it at 5- though my dog and I did make it an up-and-back instead of doing the full loop (that was apparently longer). We got stuck in a thunderstorm on the way to the summit and there was enough tree cover to protect us from the worst of the rain.

Parking is limited at the campground center; it was about 12pm on a Friday and I had to do a loop and lucked out when I came back around. There are bathrooms and maps there, and the trailhead is easy to find.

FYI - print or take pictures of your driving directions to and from the park. I had cell service getting there but absolutely no service leaving, and got crazy lost driving out of the park. It made for a beautiful drive, but definitely longer than I planned to have.