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

Drove to this hike and it is now marked as on private property and there were gates blocking what looked like the intended parking lot. There are lots of no trespassing signs all over, so I don't even think parking up the road off the private property and hiking in would be a great idea.

Tons of wildflowers and great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely loved this hike. Fantastic views of surrounding 14er peaks (Capital, Maroon Bells, Pyramid). Our GPS showed this as a 13.4 mile hike with 4,600 feet of gain. We are both experienced hikers and in good shape, took us 3.5 hours up, and almost 3 back. The first 3.5 to 4 miles to the lakes is easy as you only gain around 1,600 feet during this portion. The next 3 miles will test you some. You take several switchbacks up above the lake to the side of Sopris peak. From there the next section is a steep 300 feet up and very rocky. Once up to the ridge the climb is stunning and the path is pretty easy to follow to the summit. You will go over a false summit and go along a second ridge to get to the true summit. While you can peer over ledges down thousands of feet, the trails are more than wide enough to not feel exposed. I am not a huge fan of exposure and had zero issues. Enjoy!!!!

Difficult but beautiful! They’ve moved the trailhead so now drive 2.7 miles from the Fire Station to three parking areas by the trailhead.

Great little hike up to the lakes. The trailhead is across the creek on the other side meadow, look for an old fence and sign. When you get near the lakes the trail cuts to the right and you may have to bushwhack a little to get to the lakes. On an exciting note we saw a bear across the far lake from us, which motivated us to cut our break short. Overall fun little hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, camped at site 11 near the lake. There was not water at either of the two stream crossings on the way up, so first opportunity to filter water was the lake.

1 month ago

This trail might be moderate to the avid hiker but is nothing less that difficult to most everybody else. Done from Anthracite to Dark Canyon it is mostly downhill but is very primitive in form for much of the trail. Bring shoes with good ankle support. There is also a lot of over hanging brush so plan on getting wet if it just rained or the dew point is high.

All that said though, this is one of the most beautiful untouched drainages in Colorado with a large waterfall, gorgeous meadows, and scattered aspen stands all with a classic Rocky Mountain backdrop.

Beautiful scenery but the trail is pretty primitive. Lots of overbrush, very rocky, and downright hard to find at times. That is hardly something to complain about though as it keeps the entire drainage devoid of people.

steep uphill and downhill sections. I'd rate it closer to a difficult rather than moderate hike. Make it shorter and easier by hiking it out and back to panoramic view of area at alpine meadow.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful! We didn’t get to the lake because the it was still too snowy, there are many trees on path, but made it close to the lake.

hiking
7 months ago

All Trails needs to change the elevation gain on this hike as we ascended almost 1500 feet in a little over one and a half miles starting from the road ( about half of the trail one way). As of January 8, 2017, the trail has about a foot of snow on it with about half of it being packed down. Snowshoes would be helpful but are not really needed.

Would not recommend the effort is insane and nothing special at the end.

Great trail! Once you pass the tree line be very careful! Especially coming down! Can be just tough footing. Defiantly recommend! Be conscious of the signs your body is telling you such as altitude sickness and shaky legs! Amazing view and wonderful challenge.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Loved this trail! Gorgeous wildflowers. We hiked from the Crested Butte side off Gothic Road. We did not make the loop because of lightning. The wildflowers were still spectacular on August 10.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Nice hike along the creek

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

We were in Redstone for a wedding and this trail was conveniently located right near the Redstone Inn where we were staying. I did some research on this trail beforehand and to get to the trail head it is very recommended that you have an SUV type vehicle. Getting from the main road to the trail head requires a drive up a two-track dirt/gravel trail that is used to access the trail head/water treatment plant. Once at the trail head it is very noticeable where the trail starts. We only hiked about a mile in the trail because we had to be back for the wedding later that day. But it's a very gorgeous trail, it opens up initially with some great views of the valley. After that you're mostly in wooded areas that have stream crossings along with waterfalls. Only going that mile in, we had a 500 ft. elevation increase so you're constantly going up. I would definitely want to come back and go further along the trail, including a hike in and camp.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Breathtaking!!! Kicked my butt BUT worth every struggling breath I took and 4 toenails I lost...time to hike the beauty again soon...can never get enough! ❤

Saturday, July 29, 2017

love this hike. This was third time for me, and second fort my daughter. Real challenge with nothing but beautiful sites.

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Really beautiful hike. We hiked in four miles to enjoy both lakes, then back down. Highly recommend. Very dog friendly hike as well.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice backpacking trip, with beautiful meadows and nice little lake at the end. While 'moderate' for most of the hike, the switchbacks at top were fairly taxing. Fished along the creek and at the lake as well. The trail is labeled as 'heavy use', but we didn't see a soul between miles 4 and 11. Be advised that in this area you are required to have a 'hard sided' bear container, and non-compliance is 'no more than $5000 fine'.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nice trail with lots of shade. Views about 1.75m up. Steep sections. Spring about .6m up.
Not super exciting, but nice.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great hike! The last mile at the top was rocky and tough. Started at 6:00 am and got to the summit in 4 hours. Lots of bikers, dogs and fellow hikers.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The snow has melted enough to make it to the top. Wear sunscreen

Monday, June 12, 2017

Avalanche Lake trail is a great getaway nature hike that features the Crystal River and a local campsite. It is a great change of pace for someone used to hiking the dry hills areas near the valley. It is highly forested and is very moderate. I would suggest it as a relaxation hike and suggest camping and fishing here.

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

dogs are currently not allowed and the locals are pretty serious about enforcing

Monday, August 08, 2016

Trail was very beautiful. But it is not a moderate hike. Forest service rates this as very difficult.

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Access to trail head is poor. Have to hike up a utility road for about a mile. Trail itself was hard but incredible views of the canyon walls. Improve access road so more visitors can park at trailhead.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

beautiful area. the wild flowers were amazing

hiking
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nice hike in late August. Beatiful alpine meadow full of flowers at 10000 feet. Expansive views.

camping
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

East creek awesome, gift creek bad, use avalanche creek trailhead to access upper avalanche creek

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