Windy Ridge

EASY 21 reviews

Windy Ridge is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kremmling, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
669 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

1 month ago

Nice hike but not the most spectacular one you could do in this area.

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1 month ago

This is a nice hike with minimal incline. The trail isn't marked and there are places where you can easily turn the wrong way. You are exposed on the ridge for over a mile and we were greeted with a nice little rain/wind/hail/thunder storm and bolted off the ridge to a gully. It only lasted 5 or 10 minutes, but just enough to cause things to get a bit muddy. The soil up there is clay, so our boots took on a good extra 5 pounds. The views were awesome. We took the trail to the right and climbed up to the rocky outcroppings for lunch. It looked like the trail at one time went further past the outcroppings, but a number of trees are down and would require a bit of bushwacking so we turned around from there and headed back. Total round trip was a little less than 6 miles.

2 months ago

Unexpected lake if you continue further than the beginning Ridge. Saw a deer at the beginning hopping through the meadow.

2 months ago

As others have said, beautiful hike with epic views and really convenient to Steamboat. We saw 3 full grown elk, countless wildflowers and the best views that CO has to offer. Ends up at a small quarry with stunning views, especially for those with no fear of ledges! Take your time and take it all in. Pack a lunch. Much more exposed to the sun than you might guess. Slightly downhill most of the way out so slightly uphill on the way back.

3 months ago

Windy Ridge is a beautiful, easy trail that is great for people of all ages! We saw some groups but hiked alone almost the entire time. The view of rabbit ears and the surrounding lakes are really spectacular from the top of the quarry. As mentioned below, definitely bring bug spray and sunscreen (the ridge is completely open with no coverage)! I would likely avoid after a heavy rain, as it may be pretty muddy.

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3 months ago

This is an easy scenic hike through fields of wildflowers. We only saw 3 other people all day. The trail is narrow and there are bugs so would recommend lightweight hiking pants and bug spray. The flowers and views make it worth it.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike filled with great views and lots of flowers. There are no signs indicating it is Windy Ridge and the drive up to the parking lot looks like a campsite but it’s not. The trail was also pretty quiet and we only saw a few groups of hikers.

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3 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail! It’s name is very appropriate and the views are great. I did this with my family.

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4 months ago

Pretty good trail for those who don't want to be at a trailhead first thing in the morning but still want distance. there were a few fallen trees toward the beginning of the trail. The muddy spots and water crossings are all within the 1st mile and aren't bad at all. Think more Ninja Warrior balance than dangerous to cross.

it is definotely lightly trafficked so some areas are a little overgrown. The weather was overcast so on a sunny day it would be warm since you are exposed on the ridge. I appreciated the note about the fork in the road (read earlier post) because we almost missed it. Additional note: This falls within open range area, and we did hear Shotgun shots.

4 months ago

This hike is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d recommend going down to the lake. Be careful though, there are a lot of wildlife! We almost ran into a moose, it was a beautiful sight though. I’d say this hike is actually very easy, just muddy especially early in the season. The trail can be a little hard to find at the beginning we got lost a few times.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice Sub alpine hike through conifers and aspens with some open wildflower meadows along the aptly named windy ridge. Be prepared for cows. Ends at a nice rocky bluff an Indian artifact site Gorgeous views in many aspects.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Easy going trail, a couple of small creek crossings but nothing big. Walking along the ridge is pleasant with the constant breeze. Bugs not a problem this late in the season.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Beautiful, moderate hike. Only real difficulty was that there were several small water crossings on logs that were treacherous. About 2.3 miles out there is a fork in the trail. The fork to the left goes downhill toward Lilly Lake and is clearly an old road. The trail to the right is a single track and apparently takes the hiker to a quary where the Ute Indians used to make arrow points. This needs to be added to the description of the hike - we missed it and someone we passed on the way out showed us the info in a book.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013