Explore the most popular forest 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.

Trail is not closed, I did a solo over night hike here 10/6/18 -10/7/18. Hiked 8.5 mimes in from brookside/ Payne Creek trailhead. A couple miles in there is a junction, go left (Payne Gulch). Pretty trail. Not too difficult. Found a spot to hike alongside the Creek. Only saw two other guys on the trail. I just moved here from St. Louis MO, with no real hiking/back packing experience and did fine.

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

hiking
14 days ago

Amazingly simple and easy hike with great views

off road driving
14 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).

This hike was magical today. The Aspen trees are turning so beautifully and you walk through countless forests of them. This was a pretty consistent incline, yet not too difficult. Very tranquil!

This hike was nice. A lot of good shade coverage. Definitely recommended during leaves changing. Once we got to the top of the trail, we laid down in a sea of trees and it was so unbelievably peaceful. The creek towards the beginning also looked like a fantasy. The water is crystal clear blue.

This is my favorite trail! It’s absolutely stunning right now with changing aspens. The trail takes you through forest along a river and over many bridges. The scenery is beautiful and the sound of the river is so calming. In the middle it goes through a field and then goes back into the forest over the river. Towards the end the trail rises in elevation and gets a bit more challenging, but nothing more difficult than medium. It’s a steady incline, but nothing too steep. The trees are beautiful and even in the parts where the Aspens aren’t changing the scenery is wonderful. I cannot recommend this trail enough. It’s perfect if you want forest, river, moderately challenging, and shaded.

trail running
18 days ago

From a serious trail runner's perspective, it is too technical to run the majority of the trail minus the first mile - trail studded with huge rocks, trees, roots, sloping. It is a rewarding trail, lined with aspens along the creek. It goes through a forest then proceeds to crisscross along the creek under aspens for the majority of the trail until it gives way until a clearing/bog. We clocked 9 miles total as well, the end of the trail is the cover photo. There is no proper 'end of trail'. If you choose to continue, it does through a forest then stops abruptly.

off road driving
24 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
29 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
1 month 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 :)

hiking
1 month ago

There are a lot of aspens about midway. In full color right now.

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!

Trail starts off pretty grim with lots of downed trees and hiking along the road for a bit. i almost turned around after the first mile mile but glad I didnt. The aspens are nearing peak colors and you'll know when you get to the end as it's really beautiful and colorful. Loved all the water crossings. Take a picnic and lots of water. Dip your feet in once you're done! My milage counter was around 9 miles round trip.

BEAUTIFUL aspen trees right now (September 14). Easy-to-follow, challenging hike for an old fart like me!

1 month ago

Nice trail. Steady uphill, but it had a gentle grade throughout the whole trail. Not very many people, which was nice. The top provides great views of Rosalie Peak and Mt Evans.
Road into TH fits a single car with the exception of a few pull-offs. Parking lot fits about 10 cars.

Wonderful hike but LONG!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Low traffic. Some campsites near the trailhead and along the Deer Creek stream. It's challenging, but not stair stepping the whole way. Trail running was difficult, though certain sections were great for it. If you're looking for an even bigger challenge, you can hike Rosalie Peak (13575 ft) from the saddle by heading west along the ridge. Adds another 1500+ vertical. It's steep, but not technically hard and it's a fantastic view from the top.

Pretty hike through aspens, would be pretty in the fall colors. No real overlooks/viewpoints that we found. Went up an back on the Tanglewood side rather than the rocky Rosalie side.

Great warmup along the creek and road, then pleasant up and down hike in dense forest interspersed with Mountain meadows. Water the whole way!

short, easy, pretty hike right off 285.

Not a big fan of this trail. It was very rocky, hard to follow, and once you get to the "top" it is just a small area surrounded by trees. No spectacular views like I was looking for

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Easy to navigate (in summer). The climb was grueling but we took lots of breaks. Only took 3 breaks going down, mostly due to blister issues. Saw two very large deer along the stream. Saw 4 other groups of people, but otherwise it’s empty. We only found a couple pieces of trash :)

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Saw a young stag at the beginning. Loved the beautiful aspen grove midway through. If you go a little past what AllTrails mark, you can follow cairns all the way to summit. There were fallen trees on the trail, just be careful!

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.

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