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

off road driving
3 months ago

First half mile is the toughest, good scenery. Crystal Mountain Trail (at the end of Moody) is closed, but the Private Road back to Buckhorn gets you back without backtracking.

3 months ago

10-4-18 trail is blocked by a couple big trees that have fallen down. also right after the entrance somebody shot skeet and didnt bother to pick up at least 20 to 30 bright yellow shotgun shells. classy... :(

Beautiful hike!! It was long and got rough near the end, but the lake and cirque views are worth it!

Up to Cirque Meadows is very easy. The aspens are changed, making much of the path very colourful.
We were confused at first about the marked campsites which are farther up the trail past the meadow-the sites were nice, site 3 has a good view.
The rest of the way was tougher, and some places we lost the trail as it wound up the boulders.
The end views are breathtaking, and great photo opportunities. I plan on going again in June when the wildflowers are bloomed.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s a great trail awaiting the re-opening!!! A friend of mine introduced me to this trail back in 2003 it was wonderful-Columbines in bloom everywhere!!!

off road driving
4 months ago

it was fun until the road got to steep. I tried to do this in a can am 850 outlander but didn't make it to the end. ended up rolling the atv. it was still fun.

hiking
4 months ago

An alternate route to the Crown Point B-17 bomber, started at 9 in the morning and realized we wouldn’t be back before sundown so we stopped at Browns Lake and turned around. Nice amount of elevation gain, didn’t see many other people.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this trail yesterday and it was absolutely stunning. The hike up to the Cirque is relatively flat and I think would be doable by most people. It is lined with aspens so would be really pretty if you catch them in turning season. The trail is very diverse-aspens, then pines, some meadows, lots of small lakes, streams, and some waterfalls, wildflowers, berries, mushrooms...it was nice and cool as well. Not crowded. The lakes surrounded by peaks and snow were beautiful blue. I think it was more like 11.4 miles, and I was shocked that it went by so easily, mostly cause a lot of it is mostly flat.

hiking
4 months ago

I consider this a get right hike. This hike has everything without being too physically demanding. It has good flat parts, good inclines, a beautiful halfway turnaround spot at the Cirque Meadows, a high alpine lake, aspens, rivers, wild flowers.

If you have been on some rough hikes this will be perfect difficulty to get you right. We started at 8:00, reached Emmaline by 10:10, and were done by 12:45. A dip in the lake was cold but surprisingly refreshing.

The entire elevation gain is the 3ish miles closest to the lake, where the incline hits you like a wall! We found ourselves scrambling quite a few times up and around rock walls. The lake is underwhelming, not sure if the final climb was really worth it. The weather was beautiful though, and friendly hikers and packers that we passed along the way.

off road driving
5 months ago

Fun trail. Was a little tuff at the beginning but also challenging and not to hard. Had 33’s with a 4” lift in my 2001 Jeep wrangle. Took that trail like a champ.

off road driving
5 months ago

Fun trail. Very green this time of year.
The ascent right at the beginning is fun but the crystal mountain trail was gated off.
The closure signs looked fairly new.

Walking the Grand Ditch trail has great views of the Colorado River Valley. Once splitting off the Grand Ditch trail it is completely uphill and the views at Thunder Pass are amazing!

backpacking
6 months ago

Incredible hike. Road is closed for logging (:/) though and you must go to beaver creek trail head near Tom Bennett campground and sky ranch. Keep driving when you reach sky ranch and there is parking at the end of the road at the trail head. It’s about 6.1 miles to the lake from there. The first 4.5 are simple after that you start to do the incline. Well well worth it!

Absolutely gorgeous, went early and had the trail to ourselves. Wild flowers are in bloom and the waterfalls are flowing. Just amazing!

off road driving
6 months ago

Took a not quite stock JK Wrangler up it. Hardest part is right at the beginning - you need to pick a line up a steep rock outcropping. The Rubicons we accidentally convoyed with walked right up it with their lockers. Next time we'd air down. The rest of the trail is pretty easy but jouncy with rocks. The 2nd half of the trail was closed off, so we never made it to the end.

Good trail great view. Overall moderate trail with one difficult rock climb

backpacking
6 months ago

Backpacked 2.5 in set up camp at the first campsite. Went on headed toward the lake and .3 mi from camp I encountered a large black bear. He was as startled as I was and ran off to the north. I headed back to camp and packed up and left. I did see a mother weasel carrying her baby and a whitetail buck on the return trip.

off road driving
6 months ago

Did this yesterday, super easy trail to find. I aired down for comfort and would possibly recommend it for a few sections but you could probably make it with out. Easy trail and lots of fun. Got to the top in about 90 min.

backpacking
6 months ago

I went up for a short overnight, and the trail was beautiful! We camped at Cirque. We lost the trail a little on the way up to emmaline, but there are cairns marking the way. You shouldn't have to go over any snowfields. some muddy/wet spots but for the most part you can get around them.

We got to the meadow camping area in 1.5 hours at a decent pace. there is little elevation gain here, most of it is all in the second half of the hike.

Beautiful trail the whole way, and the payoff is worth the work

camping
7 months ago

My husband and I backpacked into Cirque Meadows late Tuesday afternoon with our three year old daughter and our dog. We camped at one of the campsites there and it was beautiful with easy access to water. It was about a three mile hike from where we parked our car on the jeep trail to Cirque Meadows. We were slow letting our daughter get in and out of the carrier it took us about an hour and a half to get to camp. We hiked up to Cirque Lake and Emmaline Lake the next morning. The trail was fun to navigate with lots of trees to jump over and river crossings in the beginning. Closer to the lakes there is quite a bit of snow we put our microspikes on at one section as an extra precaution and lost the trail a couple of times due to the snow. Keep an eye out for the cairns marking the trail at the end its easy to get off in some spots on the way up. We did end up making it to both lakes and it was well worth the adventure and snow. We camped a second night too although it would have been doable for us to head back to the car and home. Right after dinner our second night we had a female moose come right into our camp site! Luckily one low bark from our dog sent her in the other direction. We ran into another group of campers who had a similar experience so be alert and aware of what to do if a moose charges especially this time of year as we saw a mother and her baby grazing in the meadow. Beautiful to watch from a far but they are not shy up there and will get too close for comfort. We had a wonderful time and want to go back later in the season.

camping
7 months ago

I wish I was able to try this trail out. Intended to go camping and hike to the lake, via access by crown point rd. Due to logging it was closed. Since I didn’t have any cell service nor map I didn’t know of any other way to access the trail head. Ended up camping near where the road was blocked, but there are no other trails nearby, just dirt roads which isn’t very exciting. It’s beautiful though.

camping
7 months ago

Hiked to the lake last weekend (6/2-6/3) as an overnight trip. We camped in the Travel Zone at site #4. If you are planning on camping, be aware that the first two sites are shortly after the sign for the Travel Zone and then 3 and 4 are about a mile after that. They're right before the day use only sign. There was quite a bit of snow after the sign going up to the lake. With it being pretty sunny and warm during the day, the snow is soft and punchy. If you're willing to put up with some post-holing, you can definitely make it to the lake. Just follow the footprints/other postholes and be careful around rocks and if you can hear the stream gurgling underneath the snow. My hiking partner and I both ended up with soaked boots and socks because of post-holing down to the stream. Snowshoes would be helpful but it is possible without. There are also many trees down, so be prepared to climb over or under those.

backpacking
7 months ago

The last .5 miles to the lake were impassable due to 2 feet of softening snow and downed trees everywhere. My friend and I teamed up with another hiker we met on the trail to attempt to reach the top, but ended up having to turn around when there was no way to hike the steep waterfall section. I would not recommended attempting for another couple of weeks at least.

However, it was really enjoyable until we were stopped! And I would love to come back to see what have been described as breathtaking views by the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Road was closed to 4x4 traffic. Tough/steep hike for first 2 miles. Dogs enjoyed the hike and we saw turkeys and a young male moose. Saw a few mountain bike tracks but had the trail to ourselves.

horseback riding
8 months ago

Great ride...only did this trail once, but one of my favorites. Beautiful views.

hiking
8 months ago

Was a decent hike. A majority of the trail has a tree line on both sides so there were not many views. This would definitely be a summer hike. The last three to four miles to the "lake" has around three foot of snow on the trail. Most of it is hard packed, but it is beginning to become soft since it's warming up.

fishing
10 months ago

beautiful place to go.

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