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Red Hill via Blue Ribbon and Three Gulch Trail [CLOSED]

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Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area

Red Hill via Blue Ribbon and Three Gulch Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 859 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Walking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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This trail is currently closed due to Construction. The Red Hill Recreation Area is a series of short trails that lead to the Mushroom Rock overlook. A great hike and a great view of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Valleys.

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Karl Schoenbrunn
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Hiking

Trail is dry and in great condition.

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Emily Conley
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Hiking

Great trail! Went 2 days in a row while visiting the area.

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Josh Stoneking
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. It was really accessible and had beautiful views of Mt. Sopris. Definitely dog friendly with dog poop bags and disposal cans at the trail head. Only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the proximity to the highway.

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Sean Gilbert
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Good overall trail. Little bit of everything...cliffside views, views of Sopris, forest, scrambling, etc. Hiked it with the kids (smallest being 4). One major knock is the All Trails map and the actual trail are not in synch at all times. but regardless, solid hike.

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Doug Lundin
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Hiking

Seems they have retired the (now) old Blue Ribbon Trail. That caused us a bit of confusion but we took the (now) new Blue Ribbon Trail and it met up as expected. We started at the trailhead and went counterclockwise.

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Mike Moore
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Macy Lang
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Hiking

Super fun, relative quick hike that’s dog friendly! We did it in about an hour and half. Awesome views once you get to mushroom rock. Not a lot of shade so it’s get pretty hot. Each trail head is marked but make sure you have a map with you so you know which ones to stay on (I just used the AllTrails map). Would recommend to anyone looking for a bang-for-buck kind of trail

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Megan Kelsey
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Pam Pok
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Hiking

This is a great morning hike with your dog. Somehow, we traveled 5miles according to my watch in 2+ hrs talking with several locals on the way up. Great views on the way up. Got to get to mushroom rock. Then go a little further to reach the top. There is a nice trail back down that is not as steep as mushroom (blue ribbon). Great e exercise for two hours.

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Mariam Yapur
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Hiking

It is an easy trail (a little bit steep and narrow in some parts) with really beautiful views of Sopris!

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Abby Young
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Hiking

Trails were not marked clearly so we had some difficulty with ending up on a different trail. Beautiful views and was nice that it was close to town so we could spend more time on the trail and not driving to one.

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Tyler Clausen
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Monica Schultz
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HikingMuddy

Great views. Went up R’s Run Trail (hiker only) which was steep but quick. The Blue Ribbon Trail doesn’t appear for half a mile or so after the summit which made me think I was in the wrong place. It eventually led me a sign for Blue Ribbon that leads to the road where you start. Upper trail past summit have many spots of mud/snow/slush. Overall nice short jaunt with amazing open views of Mt Sopris for a non-local hiker.

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James Katzenberger
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Hiking

I hike this trail system, including this route, regularly. Iconic view of Mt Sopris and very easy access to TH

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Nathan Lambertson
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Hiking

Awesome little hike. Amazing terrain and views.

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Magdalena Fernandez
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amazing view. I'd love it :)

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Jeremy McGovern
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this was my first hike here in colorado and it was an amazing hike the view was great only downfall is i didnt get to climb it all the way up

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Lora Mahr
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Hiking

Favorite neighborhood trail.

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Tom Gault
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I began this trail right at mid-day, so it was very warm and there wasn't a lot of shade. I hiked clockwise putting the steepest climb at the start. The trail is well marked at the beginning, but there are so many routes and footprints, it was a bit difficult to follow. The AllTrails map was very helpful and I relied on it way more than usual. I encountered several hikers, a man with his dog, and three mountain bikers - many of the trail routes are open to mountain biking.. It was a good, very warm hike, but I enjoyed it! Note: the various trail named at the sight are differently titled from this hike: blue ribbon and Three Gulch on the trail labels make this loop.

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Sammy Obrigewitch
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Hiking

So far my favorite hike of 2018! Easy hike with beautiful views the further you get. I was expecting to find a rock shaped like a mushroom but instead found myself in a forest with crazy rock formations and trippy trees

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Emily C
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Great short hike amazing view!! There are always quite a bit of people which is a little bit of a down fall

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Gino Toreli
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Love this hike. Short, rewarding and awesome at sunset.

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Jessica Mertz
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Hiking

Loved this hike! The view gets better and better as you gain elevation. The trail is pretty short, but very steep. Go during off peak season to really take it all in!

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Sam G
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Hiking

Start out parking in a sizable lot along 82 at intersection with 133. Walk along wide dirt road for 0.3 miles until you see trailhead on the left. Trail forks and we went left along the ridge with views of the valley and Mt. Sopris impressively looming in the backdrop the whole way. Follow red dirt and rocky trails up to some cool outcroppings where you can stop and take in the beautiful panoramas. Sunny day views were amazing! Ricky ticky taviiiiiiiii

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Jo Dee Berger
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One of my favorites, it's also a good reminder of how wonderful Garfield County people are. All the smiles and hellos on the trail remind you that things are different in the mountains. Brass Tacks; it's a great grouping of trails and I enjoy hiking and trail running with my dog fairly often, it's really not too tough even for kiddos .It is a bit crowded compared to other nearby areas. Still,the views are worth every step!

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Michael Hoffman
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Mountain biking

awesome network of trails.

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Coco ❤️
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Hiking

Came from Denver to explore the city.We absolutely enjoy the view! It was a fairly easy and short trail and great with the kids!

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Peter Colucci
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Beautiful views of valley fairly easy hike

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Taylor Cline
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Running

I’ve been running this trail 3 times a week for the last 2 years now. Will always be one of my favorites, great for all skill levels.

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David Cherry
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Cool trail right out my backyard. Kinda crowded. Very pretty, very easy. It takes like an hour or less at a good pace.

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