Fun trail with some awesome creek walking. But, extremely rocky. Strong, supportive and waterproof boots are a must. It says no motorized vehicles allowed but there were ATV (fresh) tire tracks.

One difficult river cross at the beginning of the trail (shoes off). Beautiful trail, tons of wild strawberries!

hiking
bugs
no shade
10 months ago

This is a good walk if you are in the area camping but it is not really a hiking trail. No marked trailhead and you are basically walking on gravel dirt roads around half of the lake. No shade and if there is no wind there is a LOT of bugs that bite. Beautiful views but not recommended as a destination hike.

Three of us set out to backpack this trail in three days, 6 miles per day. We’re all under 35 and in good health from CO. We camped on Wednesday near the stream at deadman’s gulch trailhead, there isn’t really a trailhead for Italian creek trail (however, there are lots of camp sites along the cement creek road leading up there). Then we hiked 8 miles (more than we anticipated) mostly road to start- going clockwise around the loop, until we reached the spring creek/bear creek intersection around 2pm and camped there Thursday night, plenty good camp spots, incredible views. Friday we stared to hike around 7am. Made it to the bear creek/deadman’s gulch intersection, arrived by noon (mostly open- not great camping spots) and decided to complete the trail that afternoon. Arrived back at trailhead by about 3pm, for about 10 miles on our second day. Afternoon thunderstorms, thank God we had rain gear. Lots of motorcycles and mountain bikes. All the trails are marked well and easy to follow. Bring some type of foot wear for multiple stream crossings. Overall, a great trail!!

hiking
10 months ago

There is a deer carcass approx. one-half mile from parking area on the left side of the trail.

on Cement Creek

10 months ago

The loop trail is not well-marked at the western end. Also the beginning point is actually quite a bit further on 740 than indicated on map. Once we got off the road, it was a wonderful hike.

This trail follows FS. up to the old Abbeyville mine. It’s mostly used by off road vehicles but is a great trail for hikers also. Once you get to the mine it’s 2 miles to the intersection with the Timberline trail. Pretty scenery all the way. Encountered only one group of OHVs at the top. Peaceful otherwise.

Thank you.

Sun Feb 18 2018

You can hike up to some limestone/dolomite caves here

Stayed in a cabin here close to fall, was pretty cold atving but so worth it the views r amazing and the beautiful landscape breathtaking. Loved this trip. Bundle up it can rain and get pretty freaking cold lol!

backpacking
Tue Jun 27 2017

Hiked it June 20th. Trail was lost at the tree line in snow. Turned back to an Aspen grove that was flat and had a fire pit ready to go with a good source of water. Wish the trail was marked better, but is was peaceful and no one in site. Took 6 hours to hike in but 2 hours to hike out. Down hill is easier on the old guys.

on Summerville Trail

Sat May 13 2017

Very pleasant trail that runs along a creek through the forest. Requires a few mild stream crossings. Going the second week of May was a bit early, as snow still blocked the trail after the second mile.

camping
Fri Apr 21 2017

Taylor Park is our favorite place to camp. We can do anything we want right outside out camp. Hike, walk, fish, boat and atv. Oh and the views are the best you will find. We have been coming here for year and never get tired of the park. Always something new to see.

Sat Oct 22 2016

Hiking, peaceful beautiful Trail

Great loop for a long run with friends!! It was rocky, washed out and steep as the trail winds its way through the trees. There were three small creek crossings with some mud at other points along the way. It was very challenging but the view overlooking Taylor Park to the North/Northwest and Mirror Lake to the Southeast makes it worth it! We started at 7am and it took us about 2 hours and 40 minutes to run it. We brought water and energy gel for the top before taking the trail back that goes toward Mirror Lake and CR 267. Afterwards we had breakfast at Nugget Cafe that is next to the Taylor Park Trading Post!

Tue Jul 21 2015

It was steep. Very pretty scenery

camping
Sat Feb 14 2015

One of the most beautiful places I have seen in Colorado. We found it by chance. There is a campground up the hill one right. Stunning views!!!!

camping
Sun Mar 17 2013

Little used Fossil Ridge Wilderness is a gem. Summerville Trail provides access to a large overnight backpacking loop. Combined with significant bushwhacking, an epic hike. While Summerville Trail is not too difficult to hike, the entire loop requires some toughness. Camped near the Crystal and Henry Lakes. Holiday weekend but we saw only a few people in the distance until we got closer to the TH - very typical. Beautiful views once above treeline. No photos taken on this trip. Ed

ohv/off road driving
Mon Apr 23 2012

A way point on one of my ATV trips. Didn't do any fishing. Nice views of the surrounding mountains.

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