Roaring Creek is a 9.7 mile out and back trail located near Bellvue, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until August.
Nice trail, but some things to consider. A lot of the climb happens in the first mile or so. At least, you feel it more. Switchbacks and steep steps. Moderate-to-Difficult trail for sure. The mid-section of the trail has a TON downed trees blocking the trail at points. I counted 40+ as of 11/13/16. Be prepared to climb/step over them as needed. Hopefully we get out to cut some up next season.
Yesterday was warm-ish at the bottom, but ice/snow in spots at the top.
The beginning section is beautiful. Hiking through the switchbacks and hearing the river was pretty awesome along with the view out over the canyon. Once you reach the crest and head down into the pines and aspens it's pretty flat and uneventful. We hiked in about 3.5 miles, crossing two streams and then started to hit snow and decided to turn around. Right now the river is too fast to try and fish but we saw some elk and a deer or two on our way back out, not too many people either. I was disappointed that this hike was a runner up hike listed in the Hiking Colorado A guide to the states greatest hiking adventures book. I have hiked others listed in this book and they were much better than this one.
Went at the beginning of June and the creek was looking more like a raging river. The Pourde Valley is an amazingly beautiful part of the world. This trail starts off with a good climb through a somewhat technical rocky area, nothing too serious. Follows the creek most of the way up out of the valley. Watch out for moose..