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

This hike offers just about everything! except a lake. We hiked Monday - about 6 cars at the parking lot at 7:45 am. Plenty of wilderness, few people.

The wildflowers threw a party, a big one! But the finale is near the end - near and above the treeline.

The first mile of the trail is nothing special and you'll hear I70, but it becomes white noise and eventually disappears. The beauty comes after, including a stream, meadows, trees and mountain views.

We tracked the trail to the saddle at about 3.2 miles one way. At about the 2.1 mile mark (11,400 ft), the trail splits. The more obvious trail is to the left (we didn't see one to the right). We went left. At about 2.5 miles (11,700), the trail peters out. We hiked to the right and picked up a trail and continued on to about 12,300. At that point, the trail ends and you hike to the saddle.

We continued on to Parnassus via the saddle. You can cut over sooner, but it's even steeper and an experienced hiker told us that route is sketchy in a few spots. Your knees will thank you if you use poles coming down.

The summit offers a spectacular view! - Grays, Torreys, Grizzly Peak, Sniktau, Herman Gulch and so much more. With the exception of Grays, you'll see the other 3 peaks on much of the hike.

RT about 8 miles

hiking
5 days ago

This hike offers just about everything, except a lake. We hiked Monday - about 6 cars at the parking lot at 7:45 am. Plenty of wilderness, few people.

The wildflowers threw a party, a big one! But the finale is near the end - near and above the treeline.

The first mile of the trail is nothing special and you'll hear I70, but it becomes white noise and eventually disappears. The beauty comes after, including a stream, meadows, trees and mountain views.

We tracked the trail to the saddle at about 3.2 miles one way. At about the 2.1 mile mark (11,400 ft), the trail splits. The more obvious trail is to the left (we didn't see one to the right). We went left. At about 2.5 miles (11,700), the trail peters out. We hiked to the right and picked up a trail and continued on to about 12,300. At that point, the trail ends and you hike to the saddle.

We continued on to Parnassus. Take your time. It's steep. Your knees will thank you if you use poles coming down. The summit offers a spectacular view - Grays, Torreys, Grizzly Peak, Sniktau, Herman Gulch and so much more. With the exception of Grays, you'll see the other 3 peaks on much of the hike.

Completed this hike June 16th. This was my second attempt after a storm pushed me off earlier this year. Summit views were spectacular, the climb is difficult with the very steep incline towards summit where you need to just pick your own trail, straight up or switch back up, either way is challenging but worth it. The parking lot may be full but this trail is empty, very few people take this route. It is beautiful and rewarding!

Beautiful wildflowers and plenty of water on the way up for my dog. Parking lot was completely full and lots of people and dogs on the trail. Great hike!

Beautiful! Sign says 2 miles each way but it’s more like 3+. Took us 4 hours. Keep right at the fork near the end of the trail if you want to go higher up to get a better view. Trail just kind of ends- you can keep going to get to the saddle. Steep hike in several areas.

hiking
7 days ago

This is definitely a beautiful hike with tons of wildflowers. For the most part there were few people. Ran into most of them close to the trailhead around 8:30.

The hike to the saddle of Mt Parnassus took about two hours round trip. I left the car around bud 6:20 and the trailhead was already busy. Its a pretty steep climb from where the trail splits on the other side of the creek about 1.5 miles up the trail. Ran out of time to make the Mt Parnassus summit, but it probably would have been another 45-60 minutes to summit from the saddle

Don’t get scared off by the huge number of cars at the Herman Gulch trailhead. Very few people are there to hike this trail. We saw about 6 other groups on the trail throughout the entire day, which was a nice change. Incredible views and beautiful wildflowers all along the trail. This definitely deserves a ‘difficult’ rating. Once you get up to the saddle, the trail disappears and you pick your own route. We chose to go straight up without any switchbacks and the steepness was unrelenting. Coming down was hard on the knees. It took us 3 hrs up, 1.5 down.

Just did this hike today, and I about died at the very end of the trail trying to get to the top, but it was well worth it with the views! I loved every part of this trail and there weren’t many people at all since I think they were all on Herman’s, so it was nice to not have it so crowded. We got there at 8 am and the parking lot was packed by the time we finished and came back, so I recommend getting there early. Such a beautiful trail though!

on Watrous Gulch Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Dry except for some small streams that you cross. Great for dogs. Wildflowers galore. Not many hikers on the trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike.

Great early morning hike up Watrous this morning (6/26). Got to the parking lot at about 5:45am, and there were already lots of cars - they must have been on Herman’s as i didn’t see anyone on this trail until on my way down.

I will say that this is definitely on the “Hard” side of “Moderate”. It is very steep in parts, with lots of considerably rocky terrain to navigate through (some pretty loose). Lots of very muddy areas as well, and the makeshift bridge going over the one stream crossing was too slippery to cross, so I had to wade (no big deal, not too deep). So hiking boots are a must, as are trekking poles for the way down.

Also, I don’t think the GPX waypoints one can download are accurate - downloaded into DW Maps on my garmin fenix 5, and when I got to what should be the 1/2 way point/turnaround based on the mileage noted in the AllTrails description, the gps said I still had a 1/2 mile and almost 750ft of elevation to go. As others noted, where I was standing the trail kinda “petered out”, so there was no place I could continue. Just something to be aware of.

Despite the navi problems, really fun, challenging and beautiful hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful low-volume use hike, with a shared packed trailhead with Herman Gulch. Trail follows a creek up most of the gulch, and then peels off to the right side of the creek up the basin towards a saddle with views reaching out to route 40 and Berthoud Pass. The last .2 miles up to the saddle is just on the alpine tundra with no true trail. The view descending the gulch is primarily Mount Sniktau and Grizzly Peak. We chose to also ascend Woods Mountain which was to the left from the saddle at the top of the gulch. No snow left and just a couple of stream crossings made for a very dry and warm hike. Be aware of the weather as the last portion of this hike is above tree line. Also, no garbage facilities at the trailhead, so please pack out your doggo poop.

done 6/23, so much bush whacking and a lot of unclear trail until you get above treeline (aka more than half the hike). this route makes the most sense in winter-- would recommend pairing with citadel from Herman gulch instead unless your main goal is to ski this peak

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike with lots of open fields of wildflowers, streams, and gorgeous Mountain View’s.

hiking
22 days ago

This beautiful trail is SIGNIFICANTLY less traveled than the sister trail - Herman’s Gulch - which shares its trail head. While this trail doesn’t have a lake, the views and wild flowers are stunning.

The trail was a bit steeper and more challenging than I was anticipating for a moderate trail, and it’s not a loop. (I can’t figure out while All Trails says it’s a loop). For the first mile you can hear the highway, but once you get deeper in it’s quite. Quite and beautiful!

I definitely recommend this trail way more than Herman Gulch. Barely anyone when I went on a Wednesday although there were lots of cars in the parking lot. Trail slowly disappears up top but it makes for some of the best exploring. Flowers are everywhere as well

Nice waterfall and creeks alongside the trail. Steep for the first bit (maybe 0.5 miles) and it levels off.

Nice hike with great views on top! Consider following the trail all the way toward the saddle until it peters out - then head right to the summit. The route provided has you going off trail a bit earlier and is quite steep in places. This could be problematic for some.

Very peaceful trail compared to many of the the others in the area. You hike through woods to and open valley and up between a saddle and beer right. Once at the saddle the trail to summit isn’t really defined, so I made my own line. You have the option of summoning woods and Bard peak as well as on me other. It’s fairly steep but a great hike close to Denver.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Very little snow June 5th and there were lots of wildflowers, although no columbine yet. I did lose the trail and had to backtrack once or twice, but it was easier on the way down, and it would have been tough to get lost anyway. The official trail ends at the saddle between Woods Mountain and Parnassus, so I summited Woods to make it 7 miles and more like 2,800 vertical feet total. The view was totally worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and less traveled than Herman's. The trail was clear just muddy in some spots but also very rocky so be prepared for that. Definitely would recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome views, less traveled than Herman Gulch Trail which leaves from the same trailhead. Definitely need snowshoes though even with the meager snowfalls this year. Steady incline. Had to turn around about 2/3 of the way in due to deep snow and constant post-holing. Still saw some great mountain view’s but I bet they’re only more stunning the farther you ascend.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike with awesome views. I was a little unprepared, however. Definitely bring sunglasses because the snow will sear your retinas as soon as you get out in the sun. Also, some trekking poles, additional traction for your boots, or both will help immensely. I went without but I did fall on my butt a few times. Again, very beautiful though. Went 12/2

rock climbing
9 months ago

be careful near the summit. the scree is dangerous.

9 months ago

Great hike, started around 8:30am and only ran into a couple of groups there and back. Lot was totally full by noon with lots of people and, unfortunately, lots of dog poop bags everywhere.

There was about 3-4 inches of snow near the end but the pups didn't seem to mind. Plenty of great scenary along the way.

Interesting hike, not sure we ever found the loop, but we got up to about 12,200 ft and the views were gorgeous. The day, 9/16, we went it was snowing when we arrived at the trailhead and extremely windy and cold at the top when we turned around. Fun! See photo above.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike and easy to get to from Denver!

Tough, but worth it for the views.

The trail up wasn't well-defined after you branch off to head up to the summit. It wasn't crowded, but busier than you might expect given the reviews.

I'd love to do this one again as a peak to peak with Woods and Bard!

Amazing hike. Didn't see a single person until we were almost back at the car. Scenery is beautiful and apart from the elevation gain the hike is relatively easy. Once you're hiking out of the gulch there's no official trail but there are many ways to get to the summit. The second half of the hike is above tree line so watch the weather.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Out and back trail with an optional loop at end. Kind of confusing at the end with a couple different forks if you haven't been before. Fantastic views for sure, worth the uphill hike.

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