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We took this route up to Monte vista peak starting up Morse canyon trail #269. This trail was awesome through high forest pine as you ascend. Really beautiful, shaded and easy to follow. Monte vista peak was Amazing as well as a stop over. We then took the crest trail which we found hard to follow at times. Very exposed (which would of been a problem as you will see) but a really cool path with great views. By about noon, we noticed darker clouds coming in as we were heading up to the peak. Had to hustle back down due to scattered thunderstorm. Funny enough, as we scrambled along Mormon ridge trail#269 away from the storm, we saw a bear right at the junction of upper mormon canyon trail and Mormon ridge trail. We took Mormon canyon trail #352 because we felt it was safer from the bear and the storm. It was ok but way overgrown with downed trees. The rain made it pretty miserable. Wouldn’t recommend that route. Overall, epic adventure but beware of quick moving storms.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

The trail is an easy walk. If you choose to climb to sage peak be prepared to break some brush and do a 60 degree assent. It was a rough climb, but totally worth it.

camping
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Used to go in here years ago and camp. It was great when the lake was still here. We caught trout all the time. Sad that it is gone. The trail is easy as it follows the creek and connects to other trails above. We seemed to have a streak of bad luck when coming here though as the weather always managed to cut our trips short. Barely got out of here one time in the winter as a storm was dumping snow steady, and we left in the middle of the night. Beautiful in here though. Big trees.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Really great view of the valley at the top. There was a recent fire and the Forest Service doesn't come there but every 5-6 years according to an elderly fellow I met who hikes there often. There were 100s of downed trees on the path and the trail was overgrown and washed out in many areas. It would be very easy for the unwary to get lost. Also, lots of missing and damaged signs. I recommend a map, a compass and a general idea of where you are going if you do the whole loop.

Lots of flowers, turkey, deer. Does not get too scenic until you approach the southern ridge.

Check out Bear Spring if you go to Monte Vista. If you go directly from the tower across and over the man-made helipad you will find a pseudo-trail that leads down to a sign which points in the right direction. It's a steep climb down. Don't fall ;)

hiking
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Good trail. We picked this hike out of the Falcon Guide for the local area. The last 2/3 of the hike have not been rehabbed from the 2011 fire. Your best bet is to hike up to the saddle out of Turkey Creek and either turn back or go up to Monte Vista Peak.

hiking
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I haven't hiked EVERYTHING around here, but I love everything I've seen--even the NM isn't usually crowded, and the recreation areas surrounding (Turkey Creek etc.) are usually a great place to get away from the world and get lost in some amazingly beautiful mountains and rock formations.

hiking
Monday, January 28, 2013

enjoyable hike up the creek, plenty of water to cross so be prepared to get a lil wet. enjoy the pool tubs 5ft deep.