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Alltrails and the map at the trailhead are not in agreement. The map at the trailhead shows Tanglewood to the left, Rosalie to the right, and a third trail connecting them at the top of the loop, I can't remember what it was called. I started to the left where it is unmarked except for a single pole, sans signage, and has a downed tree crossing the path. Very shaded and had a fair amount of snow even after several warm days. The trail is poorly marked, so plan on using a GPS. Coming back on the other side of the loop was much sunnier, muddy, with lots of aspen at the top. The trail was obvious through here. Not many people in trail or in the large parking lot. The trail is likely prettier at other times of year and would be refreshingly cool in the summer but I didn't think it was a winner today.

ohv/off road driving
snow
19 days ago

ohv/off road driving
23 days ago

My first Hard rated trail and my experience is Intermediate at best. With that said I found the trail a great challenge but not overwhelming. It was a fun trail with snow in some parts. I will definitely do that trail again.

Fun trail I wouldn’t call it a hard trail it was very easy - 3 obstacles. Super smooth trail. Minimal rocks. Would be a great fall leaves trail

hiking
28 days ago

Steep, short but sweet hike. 45 min round trip with dog, took time at the top to enjoy the view. Shaded the entire hike other than the top which made for perfect sweatshirt conditions. Sign at beginning of trail said hike at your own risk.

hiking
30 days ago

Short, moderately steep hike with amazing views at the top!!!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

I started this trail last week but only went halfway because o had my dog with me and he is not a long distance hiker. I went back today to complete the whole trail. Definitely a fun one. a little strenuous after about 3 1/2 miles but I think the overall distance is why this route is considered Hard on All-Trails. Some patchy snow in areas, but no traction needed as of 10/14/19. Snow thawed as the day went on causing some areas to be muddy.

hiking
1 month ago

great trail. straight uphill. nice viewpoint. about 45 min roundtrip.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Titties up. Solid hike.

Love this trial. Great fall hike. I did this 9/27-28 camping about 2 miles in. Then up to Abyss lake and back down and out on the 28th (15 miles). Not terribly strenuous as the climb is gradual. I passed this trail again on 10/5 and the sign at the first junction with Rosalie trial was missing. Please note this or bring a GPS. It's just before a stream cross, there is a sign post with a trial off to the left; be sure to stay right. You will know you are on the correct trail as you will pass the second junction with Rosalie, a trail going off to the right, shortly afterwards, which does have a sign. Helms lake makes a beautiful turnaround point too if you don't want to do a 17 mile dayhike.

I disagree that this is a 'lack of destination' hike. The primary track that is shown does not reflect the entire trail. About 2 miles in there is a trail split, follow the right-hand track (sign says Brookside-McCurdy Trail, left track is the Payne Creek Trail). After a total of about 8 miles you go over the ridge and drop into Craig Park, a definite and enjoyable destination. The trail does also continue south where it joins the Colorado Trail in North Lost Park. A couple of the recordings do reflect the entire track to Craig Park, the primary page for this trail should be updated.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Don’t be confused when arriving at the trailhead, following your GPS. There is a kids playground at the bottom of the trail. With aspens on the right of it. Just head straight up. :) Short hike. Under 1 mile. Switchbacks all the way up. Large stones to step on and Rocky all the way up. Hiking through the forest the entire way. Although a very short hike, the views are rewarding and absolutely worth the hike! A bench at the top to stay for a bit and take in the beauty! One other thing worth mentioning/ knowing about- a large cell tower (or radio tower of some sort) on the very top (in case your are concerned about radiation). See photos.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail several times from the East side (SW of Wellington Lake). This trail is beautiful. Winding through an Aspen, Pine forest as you walk along a creek. Crossing the creek numerous times, and seeing awesome rock formations along the way. The trail is a gradual elevation gain so I would rate it easy, moderate. Very enjoyable place to hike.

ohv/off road driving
1 month ago

most of the hard sections have bypasses around them. not too difficult a stock wrangler Rubicon would have no problem. if you had a 2 inch lift, you wouldn't need the bypasses. I have ran it in both a 64" wide and a 72" wide side by side. no width issues.

giving it 4 stars as I did not finish yet. I went only halfway because the dog is not use to long hikes. I will be back without the dog to finish soon. new review to come afterwards

hiking
1 month ago

17 miles to Abyss Lake and back. The Aspen trees are just past peak, and there are still some beautiful sections. The best foliage is prior to Helms Lake, within the first 3 miles from the trailhead. The beginning of the trail through mile 3-4 is very mellow (also the highest concentration of people). It gets more strenuous beyond that point (a bit steeper, some switchbacks, altitude), but not too hard. The mileage is what makes this ‘hard’. We left the trailhead at 8am and we’re at Abyss Lake by noon. Back at the trailhead by 3:30pm. Brisk pace with some rest and photo stops.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing fall colors!! Honestly a very easy and pleasant trail, but we only went a bit past the third crossing. A wonderful, not overly strenuous hike with great payoff. Arrive early!!! Would do this again in a heartbeat in any season.

Very nice trail. First 3.5 miles is fairly easy, but then the difficult part afterwards. Not easy whatsoever. Some great views throughout, stream crossings weren’t hard for myself or pup. Saw some good foliage!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful aspens, lovely hike. We made a loop of it with the three-mile and the abyss trail. Couldn't have asked for more color on the leaves. And if anyone finds a simple handmade and cheap silver ring... I lost my wedding ring out there. Wah wah.

hiking
1 month ago

A great quick short hike. Mostly switch backs as you get up the hill quickly with a bench about 3/4 of the way up and another at the top. Great views from up there!

Lovely fall hike. Can see a hillside full of yellow and orange and walk through a aspen grove all within a few miles of trailhead. Populated trail, but not busy. I went from trailhead to the third river crossing and back in about three hours or so.

Did Abyss lake as a day hike, clocked 17mi total. Took just under 4 hours to get to the top and a little less to get down. Miles 2-5 were amazing to see the aspen trees right now! After that it’s mostly above tree line. Trail was a little hard to follow from Helms lake to Abyss Lake, and Abyss was extremely windy at the top so we only spend 10 minutes there. Overall this was a good trail and the aspens were beautiful!

ohv/off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

Would ave been 5 stars if the view was better. Camped the night in one of the many camping spots along the loop. Well maintained trail. Took a right at the fork at the start. (Left at start may be easier.) "Wall" climb took the Taco to limits without a rear locker. Stock - 2015 Tacoma 4x4 AT. In L4 L - 2 and 3

hiking
1 month ago

My Wife and I did a good portion of this trail yesterday. We started hiking around 7:45 am and were back at the trailhead around 2:00pm. We did not get above tree line but got pretty close. We were mostly there to peep the leaves but I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a diverse hiking experience. My least favorite part was the multiple water crossings... they had logs set up to help you pass but those are always tough for me. Haha

hiking
1 month ago

hiked 9/23/2019 trail goes back and forth along the creek. wonderful soft bubble water moving noise as you go not to steep once clear of trees you have a wonderful view off trail west to go up Rosalie was grass and some rocks. some cool rocks farther if you go to Epaulie

Amazing foliage hike. Aspens at peak but some that are higher up have some green. Went all the way to Abyss Lake. Extremely windy there today and not worth the extra mileage for leaves. There were some great views about a mile past Helms. Suggest turning around there if you’re looking for leaves. Also the trail is a little tricky to follow past Helms on the way to Abyss near the stream.

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