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.

Great hike with amazing views!

backpacking
4 days 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.

Great trail lots of shade, sod ground, good for the pups. Get there early short on parking fills up fast

hiking
7 days ago

Love this hike! I live down the road from the trail head so in good weather do it daily. Great conditioning for longer hikes. The views are incredible from the top!

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
12 days 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
12 days 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

hiking
13 days ago

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.

This is not a loop! Great trails, but they don't connect.

What a fantastic trail! We only made 6 of the 7.5 miles for it started clouding up and we decided to head back down the mountain; good thing for it started storming about 5 minutes after we got to our car.
If you like to take pictures, allow A LOT of time for there are so many pretty views. The aspens are abundant and beautiful! We plan on going back very soon starting a little earlier so we can get the whole trail in.
There is one spot that ya t real easy to determine exactly where the trail goes, but thanks to the GOS on the map on All Trails, we were able to figure it out pretty easily.
There’s not a ton of parking and today there were quite a few people on the trail, but it wasn’t packed..

hiking
15 days ago

Great view from the top!

Fun amazing hike...loved walking along the creek the whole way up

While the scenery was great and both rivers are a blast for the dogs, unless you really enjoy partially obscure/rocky/boulder filled hiking, I would recommend NOT doing the Rosalie side. It was just too difficult to keep a good footing. The Tanglewood trail was great though. I would suggest and out-and-back on just Tanglewood.

backpacking
19 days 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.

hiking
19 days ago

Very nice hike. I started around 10:00am on Saturday. Not at all crowded. Gradual incline with a good amount of heart pumping exercise. The dog loved the continual creek access. Shade is a major plus.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful trail surrounded by a lot of Aspen trees! View gets sort of boring one point but very private, and only ran into 1 person. Nice and quiet beautiful trail to mark off from my book.

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!

hiking
23 days ago

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

I’m excited to get back to this trail with my Jeep Grand Cherokee trailhawk. I did it a few months ago with my xterra s, 2.5in lift and good tires but no lockers or anything. Was pretty easy during most of it, but there was a spot or two that required extra attention and at a point or two I had to floor it up a hill but I didn’t get stuck. Fun trail!

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun trail close to Denver! There are some rocky spots, but all obstacles have easier options to get around. Lots of camping spots, some challenging rock obstacles, but overall a fun way to explore on a Saturday!

great trail and my dog loved the constant water access. nice and shaded most of the way.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very beautiful! Camped two nights and explored the areas surrounding. Rosalie trail was not marked well on the map but if you keep to the trail you will be alright. It is a bit longer I think. Overall, it was amazing. It was really dry up there so fill up on water every chance you get.

fun my 1st time in my stock 2012 Nissan frontier just 18inch rims Yokohama tires. went up left since everyone saying I might bottom out. went around on the sissy sides but made it all the way around with ease..

hiking
1 month ago

2018-06-05. Abyss trail to Kataka Mountain route.

2.4 miles on the Abyss trail until we ascended through the woods to Kataka Mountain. The descent was fine until we neared the Rosalie trail (at mile 5.6). Recommend descending West through the forest at mile 5.5 to avoid the dreaded willow bushes.

It wasn't too difficult to find a way to cross the main creek without getting wet at mile 6.0 before getting back on the Abyss trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is in good shape. Just a few patches of snow covering the trail but 99% is melted. No need for microspikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this the second week of June. It is a beautiful trail but very steep incline on the Rosalie trail with quick elevation gain.

backpacking
1 month ago

Remote hike, amazing scenery, many creek crossings. It was 6.2 miles for us though, not 5.4. We did Counter clockwise - the easier option.

wow. absolutely amazing. it's a fairly long hike to get up above the treeline, but none of it is technical. I didn't make it all the way to Abyss Lake, but it was very much worth it. absolutely incredible views.

backpacking
1 month ago

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