Tanglewood Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Tanglewood Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2880 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Tanglewood Trail begins in the southeast corner of the Wilderness and climbs north to a saddle on the boundary between the Pike and Arapaho National Forests. Trail is almost entirely in the Mount Evans Wilderness.

hiking
7 days ago

Went Feb 9th. The trail has some slick snow/ice spots but it’s still very manageable. Lots of animal tracks and having the trail along the stream was very zen. We were lucky enough to run into two Great Pyrenees dogs who walked the entire time with us. We started fairly late in the day so we only made it about 1/2 the way up until we had to turn around. Wife and I both loved it.

1 month ago

Great hike! made to Roosevelt Lakes

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 1/1. This hike was primarily in snow and ice until you get past the tree line, which is then snow and grass/rock. I would definitely recommend wearing spikes as there was plenty of ice.

You hit the tree line around mile 3. Up until that point, you’re walking through the woods. No views until you get out of the woods but it is beautiful near the top.

I turned around after about 3.5 miles. This hike is all uphill. Maybe I didn’t eat enough breakfast but it was a grind for me and I was pretty whipped by the time I got down to my car. I may do it again in summer but I wouldn’t do it again in the snow.

hiking
1 month ago

Just went for a short hike up to the intersection with the Rosalie trail cutoff, but conditions were perfect for a winter hike (packed snow, no traction devices needed) and the half-frozen stream created some beautiful formations. The kids had a blast exploring and our group had no trouble getting a minivan up to the trailhead, though there were a few inches of snow on the road.

hiking
5 months ago

9/15/17 Hiked the Tanglewood / Rosalie loop, great weather, good views up on top. Following the creek for a while was very pleasant. Only cross the first footbridge and not the second to stay on Tanglewood towards beginning of trail. As we got close to intersecting the Rosalie trail we had a hard time finding it, we crossed the creek then backtracked and just headed down hill, crossed creek and then intercepted Rosalie. Passed through a variety of landscape. Rosalie Trail was rocky lower half. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

5 months ago

I hike this trail every year! It is one of Colorado's hidden gems! Plenty of water for the pooches!! Very scenic with every step of the way!!!

5 months ago

Very nice trail. Lots of tree cover until you rise above treeline. It's here that you can get great southern views.
Nice stream accompanies you along the way. Elevation gain is steady but not very steep. No bouldering.
Ample parking, although the road in is a bit rough.

hiking
5 months ago

I didn't even get to the trailhead since the last mile past the campground requires a 4x4 or at least a higher clearance vehicle. We were in a Corolla hahah! So never stepped foot on the trail but wanted to let others know before making the drive all the way out there!

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice hike...lots of variety, ranging from thick woods following the creek, to some nice open tundra. Pretty good workout - it's a very steady uphill pull, without many breaks, and the steeper sections are also pretty rocky. I wouldn't rate it as "hard", but it is certainly on the more challenging end of "moderate". Not many views until you get above the trees, and then there's a great view south. There are moose that live along there - we saw 3 fairly close up, including one big male. There are a few sections where the trail is pretty faint and vague, but they were no big deal.

6 months ago

Loved this hike!

hiking
6 months ago

rainy day... loved this trail. Hiked to the Roosevelt lakes and back. Very few people.

hiking
6 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. It's a pretty solid uphill to the saddle then a short trip over to the Roosevelt Lakes.. The lushness of the hike and the sound of the Creek really makes this a super hike that's just a short trip from Denver.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail, wish I started an hour earlier. The weather made me think twice about breaking the tree line. Definitely rocky trail at some points but not overly difficult. Footing can be tricky in some places. Even though I didn't make the ridge, very nice trail and the creek running along the trail is a bonus. Will definitely be back to get to the ridge.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent workout with lovely shaded trail most of the way followed by a gorgeous mountainside full of wildflowers once you break timberline. It is a rocky trail, and it's a good idea to watch your step, particularly when it's been raining (learned that lesson the painful way :-) ). When you top the ridge, you'll come to a stick poking gut of the ground with a blue bandana. If you continue to follow the trail along the top for about a mile, theres a little freshwater lake at the top. I assume it's from snowmelt and maybe isn't always there, but it was lovely! Lots of grey squirrels and marmots. So clear, you could see the bottom. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for cairns at the top. Pretty well defined trail, but they definitely help. I would do this one again.

7 months ago

love this trail. picked a cloudy day. I didn't see a soul the entire hike. waited out a rainstorm in the bristlecone pine forest (I think) just shy of timberline. then made it to the saddle. great feeling

7 months ago

Most beautiful trail.

hiking
7 months ago

A great hike close to Denver. It starts with a beautiful hike along the stream including scattered wildflowers with small groups of columbines. Then after the last stream crossing it starts some serious climbing up the switchbacks. The views were amazing when we broke through timberline and at the top of the saddle. We went right at the saddle and did some scrambling in the rocky sections before heading back down. Definitely will be back.

8 months ago

Good hike ,trail a little hard to follow right before I got to tree line . Absolutely beautiful above treeline. Got there early plenty of parking at trailhead. Definitely hit this trail one more time this summer.

hiking
8 months ago

What an amazing trail! It took us about 5 hours out and back, and we were hoofing it for much of the hike. But the views are worth it if you go all of the way up to the ridge! There was still snow about halfway up the trail, but nothing that regular hiking boots can't handle. One of my favorite hikes in Colorado, and I've been hiking for 5 years. 5 stars!

hiking
8 months ago

Moderate trail, not very crowded, great beginning trail for dogs, trails is mostly packed dirt.

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