Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
12 hours ago

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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
4 days ago

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
5 days 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!

6 days ago

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!

12 days 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.

hiking
17 days ago

Wonderful hike but LONG!!

hiking
19 days 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
22 days 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
23 days 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
23 days 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
26 days 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.

hiking
26 days ago

A good trail. Definitely lightly trafficked and I would say on the harder side. I was thankful for the app as the trail was sometimes hard to discern closer to the tree line. Once above the tree line, the views are amazing.

Nice trail

27 days ago

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!

hiking
27 days ago

Ii'd rate this trail as hard. That's because the trail is very rough and can't really run as much as I wanted. The first 3.5 miles were 90% shade and the the last 1.5 miles to the lake was 0% shade. Great summer hike. You will need a map or you can easily get lost.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful 360 degree views

Beautiful hike and perfect for dogs. With parking about 2 miles from the trailhead, the hike is over 9 miles. So nice to hike along the creek and you cross over about 10 times.

Nice hike in the woods. Keeps things cool. It’s a constant climb. I didn’t make it to the saddle

Really loved this trail. It was 60 and breezy and beautiful. We went on August 19, 2018. Saw a few people but very peaceful and lovely. Loved walking next to the creek the whole way!!

nature trips
1 month ago

Went mushroom foraging here. Beautiful, lots of safe. trails poorly marked.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a difficult hike, but very rewarding once you get to the top. The views are worth it! There were some wildflowers when I went, but I think I missed the peak time for flowers this year.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. I would rate this hike as difficult. I did it as a youth more than 40 years ago and it hard then. I am 57 years old my wife and I did this beautifull hike today. it took us 6.5 hours to complete. We took our time a we were rewarded with breath taking views just above timberline. I would highly recommend this lightly traveled trail.

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