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Tanglewood Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.0 mi Elevation gain 2,913 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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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.

Pike National Forest, South Platte Ranger District, 19316 Goddard Ranch Court, Morrison, CO 80465 - 303-275-5610

Directions from Bailey: Drive 2.5 miles east from Bailey on Highway 285 to the top of Crow Hill. Turn left (north) on to Park County Road 43 and drive in a north/northwesterly direction for 6.8 miles to a Y in the road. Bear left on County Road 43 and drive 2.1 miles to the parking area at the trailhead.

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Erika Sperl
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HikingGreat!

Love everything about this trail.. especially going along the creek for the majority of the hike! Plan on a steady incline for just shy of four miles.

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Lauren Tiffany
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Andrea Wu
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I came here on a Saturday to do the hike, and I arrived at around 9AM. There was no more parking in the parking lot when I arrived at the trailhead, but I parked pretty close on the street to the trailhead. The hike was along a stream for a while until the treetop, and there was no more shade for a while. The top of the hike then led to an open space, and the hike was quite boring there. I walked a bit along the flat area and I was about to turn around but saw some people, so I assumed they turned out from the lake and thus I continued. I walked a bit more and saw the lake in the distance, but it was so small that I didn't go over. It was quite underwhelming for such a long hike. I then headed back down and then got back to the car after about 2 hours 45 minutes.

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Drew Nelson
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Lauren Alena
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Saturday-Sunday (8/15/20-8/16/20): We backpacked for a night on this trail and really enjoyed it. Note there are no bathrooms or trash cans at the trailhead. The trail starts off on a rocky path along a creek and winds through some nice aspen groves. After a few easy creek crossings, there's a small open meadow before continuing on through the woods. Gradual incline the entire way until you hit the switchbacks that lead you above treeline - this part is the steepest. There are a few campspots along the trail from miles 2-3. We snagged the last good spot, which was just before the trail goes above treeline in an open wooded area, about mile marker 3.3. Sunday morning we woke up early to go to the lakes. Gorgeous hike up (despite the haziness from the wildfires). The lakes were very peaceful and serene. Overall great hike, especially if you want to relax and spend the night on the trail, rather than doing all 10 miles in a day.

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Susannah McLeod
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Gorgeous trail, definitely a climb pretty much the whole way. But a great workout and love the part by the creek.

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Drew Baker
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CHRIS SELBY
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Great work out! It does feel long on the way down, but having the stream running all along keeps you going. Very cute stream! And almost an infinity pool at the top. So peaceful!

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Nathan In.Nature
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HikingGreat!

Rated appropriately. Beautiful views and worth the effort to continue past the tree line to the alpine lakes. Bring 2 liters per person and start early.

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Krysta Baglien
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Beautiful hike!! The really “hard” part was the length and most of the elevation gained in the last couple of miles. Note: Tanglewood trail ends at the tree line with a beautiful view. If you want to hike up to the Aspen lakes, the trail turns into Roosevelt trail and you need to add another 2.5miles to your total trip.

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alan singer
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HikingGreat!

This wonderful trail offers deep woods and alpine experience. The trail is well defined. A lovely stream parallels the first half of the trail. Add Mt. Rosalie to your hike if you want to really enhance your workout and take full advantage of the alpine experience.

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Bryce Denton
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Not sure how this earned anything under a 4 star rating. Big vert total, but the climb itself is REALLY manageable. PLEASE bring a mask instead of hiking off trail to avoid people. You're degrading spots next to a pristine trail. Going off trail should not be the option, wearing the mask is.

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Gina Lux
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great hike. tons of parking. less than 50% wore a mask :(

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Shannon Corpora
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A lovely hike that’s been on my list for a while now. Rocky road in but nothing crazy, there were several 2-wheel drive vehicles at the trailhead. TONS of parking, lot was maybe only halfway full by the time we got back at 1pm. A consistent incline that was rocky in some places (but nothing compared to the rocks in the Sangres if you’re familiar). The forest is beautiful with plenty of places to filter water. Stunning views above treeline. Trail gets harder to follow at around 4.5 miles, but there are cairns to help. The lakes were so nice and peaceful. We stopped at Roosevelt Lakes - continuing to Beartracks would’ve been tricky, I saw no path or indication of where one would go. We passed other hikers consistently throughout but I definitely wouldn’t call it busy or crowded.

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Suzy Barr
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Nice shaded trail, steady incline all the way up. Lakes are more like ponds but gorgeous. Tracked it at exactly 10 miles. Lots of flowers right now as well. Got to the parking lot at 6:30 and was the 3rd one there.

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Natalia Lee
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Wonderful trail, our farthest yet! No snow, very warm with minor wind at the top. We went to Rosalie peak, beware of the false peak! Lots of tree cover the first half of the hike with a stream parallel. Beautiful wildflowers this time of year as well. It definitely is a steep climb to the top but doable!

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Logan Davidson
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Erin Amundson
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Amazing hike. Very little traffic on the way up, and a little more on the way down. Break through the trees at about 3.5miles - great views. No snow, well marked and maintained trail.

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AARON JONES
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if you are going to take Tanglewood to Bear Tracks lakes you will need a GPS and or a map and compus the last have mile of the trail is very old and hard to find. my GPS and marking where I was coming from is the only reason I didn't have to turn back or got lost. beautiful hike all the way couldn't figure out how to get to the upper lake or waterfall I'm sure it would be worth the effort.

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Emma Reimann
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70% of the hike is in trees, which is nice, but when it opens up at the top of the tree line it is absolutely gorgeous. Bring lots of water and a few extra layers in case it’s windy. Overall a great hike with a steady incline.

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Caleigh Rice
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Good trail, shaded in the trees for about 75% of the hike. Steady incline till you hit some switchbacks towards the end, then the last mile to the lakes is flat. Didn’t have time to make it farther to Beartracks lake. Great views from the top of the incline!

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Ra Ro
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Great hike with beautiful views and alpine lakes. There are three main phases: 1) Gentle rise in a piney forest with a few stream crossings. 2) Steeper switchbacks in a piney forest that take you slightly before where treeline breaks. 3) Above treeline with steep sections. Once above treeline, you can continue past the 2 smaller (Roosevelt lakes) up to the saddle bit where the AllTrails Map ends. A few helpful hints: -The main AllTrails map layer did not show me the 2 Roosevelt lakes. The U.S. TOPO layer did. I used this. Download this beforehand. -If you want to go past these 2 lakes, keep the larger lake on your RIGHT as you ascend. If you do this, there will be a small orange wooden signpost just past the lakes that marks the trail. Go this way. - Beartracks Lake Trail is beautiful and definitely doable in terms of distance but there is no signage to speak of and carins are hard to pick out. There is a very large rock and boulder cluster that you should keep to your LEFT as you traverse across. Make your way back below treeline and essentially make your own switchbacks through the forest down to Beartracks Lake. I would not recommend without following along on a GPS maps. Also, there are a ton of trees downed and sharp branches everywhere. Be cautious. Some branches came a little too close to my eyes and I snagged a few holes in my clothes. All in all great hike! Do yourself a favor and get a post hike dessert coffee at Mudslingers drive-in just off CR 43.

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Alex Andrews
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Beautiful trail. Pretty well marked all the way to the Roosevelt Lakes overlook. We pressed on to Bear Claw Lake which was spectacular. There was patchy snow up in the higher elevation areas, but nothing that gave any problems. Fine in hiking boots.

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Nat Dell
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Took this trail for about 3 miles, then hopped off it to summit Rosalie Peak at 13577 ft! Beautiful wildflowers, lakes, and a view from the summit! As intermediate hikers, this took us almost the whole day. We left the parking lot at 7:30am and got back at 4pm. But very worth it. It was also a great hike with the dog! I'd love to go back to check out the lakes/stay on the trail until the end.

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Blair Williams
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This was a great hike!! Did this yesterday and saw only a few people the entire time. Trail is dry and no snow at the top. It’s a steady incline the entire way up as you follow the creek. Beautiful views once you get above the tree line, and the lakes are gorgeous.

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Jackie Wilson
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Beautiful hike! We arrived about 9am on a Monday and saw maybe 10 people on the trail. Parking lot was not full. The hike is hard but so worth it. The stream along the trail was wonderful for my dog and us, she loved the water, we loved the beauty and the sound. The hike climbs quite a bit but just when you think you need to stop for a minute, it levels out for a bit. It’s well maintained. No water above tree line until you get to the lakes so be aware of this as your dogs will need extra. The wind was good to cool us off. The 2 lakes are beautiful!

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Truc Pham
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Hiked this on Sunday 6/14. Parking lot was almost full by around 9 am. Beautiful hike. Gradual incline the first 4 miles and much steeper climbs once you get past tree line. Not sure why map shows the trail goes beyond the lakes ... very difficult at this point to find the trail even with the gps running on app. Would recommend stopping once you see the lakes to your left and right.

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Solana Archuleta
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Trail is dry. Got there around 8:30 on a Sunday and there was still some parking left. First few miles is chill then it starts the incline; there's probably only 2 miles worth of rough incline. The top was super windy/cold but views were definitely worth it!! Really enjoyed this! Also lots of doggos :)

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Beatrice Lawson
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A definite booty burner. Good climb all the way to the top, but just keep going, it’s worth it! Not too many people on a Saturday morning and plenty of parking.

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Abbigail Sidwell
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Great trail, went hiking on Sunday 6/7, we got there about 0745 and the parking lot was getting full. Beautiful , lush scenery and rushing creeks were great for the dogs to cool down and get a drink . I must say it was very windy at the top , it’s about a 15-20 min walk from the top to the lake area , but well worth the quick elevation gain to get to the top .

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