Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Nothing to crazy to see. It does have some decent incline. I did use crampons for some more grip because of snow on the trail. Otherwise pretty easy.

hiking
16 days ago

Nov 21. some snow pack, but not at the top. great weather. my 4 girls loved it.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Gorgeous snow shoe. However, snow is about an inch or less on the first 3 miles of the trail. Might be good to bring crampons and snow shoes. Most of the rivers are frozen over.

hiking
19 days ago

A good quick and easy hike, beautiful view at the top! Will definitely be back.

hiking
24 days ago

The trail continues longer, but 6.25 miles will get you to the wilderness boundary marker and a treed saddle. Very satisfying climb and well maintained trail, 3 hours round trip. The written directions to the trailhead are rather poor, but just follow a map and you'll be fine. There is a sign pointing to the trailhead past the Meridian Campground, when you make a left off of the pavement. The last one mile is bumpy but not so washboarded that a regular car couldn't make it with care. Loved it at this time of year - only passed one other couple of hikers, and that was on the way back. No footprints past the two-mile mark, yet the snow is not a deterrent at this time of year.

Good bang for your buck - great views for minimal effort. Had the path almost completely to ourselves on a Saturday in November. A little bit of snow but still totally doable. Would highly recommend.

Beautiful XC Ski!

off road driving
1 month ago

really fun trail, not scenic but a nice challenge. I did this in a stock JL sport with upgrade a/t tires without too much issue.

Today, 10252018, there was extensive snow on the trail just past the switch backs after the junction with the Rosalie trail.

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
2 months ago

Amazingly simple and easy hike with great views

off road driving
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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!

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

3 months 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!!

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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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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