Explore the most popular camping trails near Bailey with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great trail! took a bone stock 99 Jeep Cherokee with 31" all terrain tires on this trail and made it with no problems. was able to do most difficult sections, but had to swerve around some areas because I didn't have lockers. great trail making for lots of fun

off road driving
12 days ago

This was a good off-road trail. We did it with our 2004 Land Rover Discovery II stock and Copper Adventurer HT tires (yes HT). Granted that when possible we used the moderate "bypasses". For those more "difficult" sections we did take advantage of everything that our truck has to offer, 4 low range, diff lock and traction control. Bottom line, it is doable with the right rig, even stock and some experience (we did the 100 miles of the White Rim in Moab using the same Disco in exactly the same stock configuration).

off road driving
21 days ago

would not attempt in a stock or even moderate rig. Pretty easy in my 4 seat UTV. Nice trail with some good views.

Beautiful wander through the fall woods.

Beautiful hike through the forest, 9/21 the trees are just about done changing, unfortunately we missed the golden aspen covered mountain most of the leaves were gone, but there was still a few left to enjoy! (Pictures posted) You hike 2 miles in to view the scenic mountain side, still worth the trek though because who doesn’t love walking through the forest. Parking lot and street parking were full, trail traffic was moderate.

off road driving
27 days ago

Sweet trail close to town, has a couple areas that require some ground clearance but nothing major. The Aspen trees are all starting to change color and look awesome.

2011 Jeep wrangler 2D
2.5" lift
33" tires

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful fall hike! Like others said, you have to hike maybe 2-3 miles in before you start to get views of the really spectacular solid sheets of aspens covering the hills. After Helms Lake you don't see aspen, and the trail is a little hard to follow through the bushes (willows?), but they add some nice yellow color to the beautiful mountain views. My phone and FitBit both measured 18.9 miles round trip to Abyss Lake, quite a bit longer than the 15 miles All Trails lists.

Absolutely stunning in the fall! The aspens are perfect shades of yellow right now, 9/17, and in order to see them blanket the mountainside, you need to hike about 3 miles in. Totally worth it. And it's nice and shaded all the way until it opens up...you walk through a few aspens in the trail, but holy moly, that mountainside. There's a beautiful stream, too. I've shared some pictures :)

Finally did this hike last weekend as a solo day-hike. Started the hike around 11 a.m. and and passed maybe 20 people on their way down. Had the lake all to myself once I got to the top! Abyss Lake itself is nothing overly special, but it was pretty cool to see the backside of the Sawtooth between Bierstadt and Evans. Very steady elevation gain. This is an amazing hike to do in the fall to see the foliage! The leaves were just about at peak last weekend, so I imagine this week to go if you want to see them in their prime!

Amazing fall colors today!!! Love this hike!

Wonderful hike but LONG!!

backpacking
1 month ago

Was a blast a few weeks ago for an overnight backpacking trip. We ended up going to the lakes and back down to find the best campsites. Water was plentiful, the nicest campsites were towards the beginning of the hike. Enough people on the trail to not feel completely isolated but no issues getting any campsite you want. Great spot for snowshoeing as well if the road is open in winter

backpacking
1 month ago

Incredible trail with beautiful views of high mountain cliffs, aspens, and an alpine lake (or two). My 11 year old cousin and I backpacked in a couple miles, set up camp, then hiked to Helms Lake and back. Excellent choice for a one or two nighter.

Beautiful! Completed as a longer solo day hike and found that it offered a great perspective on what are at this point familiar peaks. Only saw one other person on trail and found some great views and diverse landscapes!

off road driving
1 month ago

This was a fun trail. I did it on a stock FJ cruiser with some 285 tires with no lift. Most of the trail was pretty doable and there were a few parts going back up hill that we had some difficulty but nothing major. Seriously a really pretty drive...only saw two other cars out there both more well equipped that mine so they were able to speed along a bit more . Also had a few areas with some deep standing water (2 feet deep or so) but looked like there was just enough room to go around it a bit. I’ll give this one another try when my rigs upgraded a bit :)

backpacking
2 months ago

Backpacked in to Helms lake 8/6 - 8/7. A bit marshy getting around helms lake but the trail was in good condition and relatively easy to follow otherwise. Lost a blue nalgene somewhere in the helms lake area.

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome trail with dispersed camping spots easy to find. Light elevation gain for first 2.5 miles and then it increases significantly thereafter. Excellent camping right after the first creek crossing at 2 miles in. There are flattened logs to walk across so no getting wet during the creek crossings. We went further and camped just short of Helms Lake (5.25 miles in) in the tree-covered area. Wonderful views and a few dispersed campsites easy to find.

off road driving
2 months ago

Easy enough for our first trail since putting a 4" lift to our 4d JKU with 33s.(soon to be 35s) My husband and I split up the trail so we'd each have some fun driving. This is our 4th Jeep between the two of us;first one we've lifted ourselves, so a good "trial" run to see where we want to adjust. I could see how some mud during certain times could cause some issues, but not too bad. Nice, mellow 4x4'in trail to loop around in a couple hours.

off road driving
2 months ago

Very rugged and technical trail, very rocky in some spots. Make sure your clearance is high enough for some of the obstacles, although you can opt to go around some of them. Was there on Friday and seen only a couple other people, wish there was more. We went right down the first decline (or drop in) to the gulch, made it to the mid point of the trail before getting confused and decided to turn around and go back the way we came. All in all it was a great little quick and fun trail to get my feet wet.

off road driving
2 months ago

One of the best routes I've run on. lots of tight manuevers and crawling options. rocks are razors, hills are monsters. Don't bring a stock rig you wanna keep.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun trail and in good condition after the recent rains!! You definitely need a higher clearance vehicle and 4-Lo to navigate the technical areas, but I think a stock Jeep could make the loop as long as the driver is careful/skilled with wheel placement. Most of the trail was Easy/Moderate with several stretches that had difficult sections (or you could take a “moderate” bypass). Good challenges on the difficult climbs and very scenic terrain. Looking forward to doing this one again.

1999 Jeep TJ Sport
3.5” Lift
33” wheels @ 20 psi for a smoother ride

backpacking
3 months ago

Great trail, beautiful scenery with ample camping. We wanted to camp up at Helms lake but it was extremely buggy so made our way back down. It wasn't an overly crowded trail and finding camping was pretty easy.

we ran this trail yesterday.
2007 wrangler Sahara Unlimited
3.5 pro comp lift
35 in tires
32 psi
a couple of snow piles nothing you could navigate the trail was clean and easy to navigate well kept and a lot of fun. Mostly dry except in the valley. this would be easy for just about any vehicle with a moderate list. hell of a lot of fun.

backpacking
3 months ago

Just completed 2 day back packing trip. Great camping sites and lots of room to roam. Menacing weather kept us from making Abyss Lake day 2. Awesome wilderness area!

off road driving
3 months ago

This was a fun trail for the most part. From pavement to pavement, took about 90min total. There are a few rocky spots that are fun for sure. Don’t let the difficult rating scare you off. It’s worth doing. We will go back.

2015 Rubicon

Amazing and beautiful and predominantly quiet. The only people I came across were on the return trip and on the Bierstadt and Evans ridges. Plenty of wildlife. Evans and Bieratadt are accessible by climbing out of the cirque. That way you can avoid the ultra crowded standard routes. The views everywhere are amazing.

It gets rather hard to follow the trail on the east side of Helm's Lake. It isnt a very hard bushwack as its just waist high willows and only for fairly short lengths of time.

backpacking
3 months ago

The trail is not accessible, as far as we could see, from the trailhead parking lot. You have to hike on tanglewood trail for a mile, then take a right and head over to Rosalie to get on it. It is beautiful, a little challenging, and the terrain is varied. we backpacked in and stayed just a couple miles in. There weren't too many people and the stream is wonderful.

backpacking
3 months ago

Just wrapped up this trail. Bottom part is very mellow and well maintained. To be expected the trail gets a little faded above tree line. Helms lake and Abyss are beautiful and the trail offers amazing views all the to the South Park valley. It was a beautiful hike well worth the trip.

We're so disappointed! First of all, the map to get to this place was WRONG. It took us to a private residential area and had to ask someone about this place. He told us it was the other side of the highway. (Duh, map!) Then when we got there, there were a bunch of jeeps and a park ranger told us that we can still hike but have to drive slow to get to the "trailhead". With my SUV, I was barely able to go though such rough road and not even consider as a hiking trail. We turned around and left this place. This is not a hiking trail and should NOT be on here. Wasted great amount of our time!

I didn’t travel the whole trail—making it just past the third bridge. The trail is easily identified and the views are spectacular!

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