Explore the most popular trail running 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.

4 days ago

Went up on a Mother's Day hike to the Crystal Mill taking the low road in. I let the ladies return the same way, but I completed the Lead King Loop which goes up this road. Above 10,500ft things were still pretty snow-covered. Not impossible without, but wished I had brought my snowshoes. Feet got really wet, glad I brought extra pairs of socks.

The road was completely obscured by snow near the top, so I got a little lost and followed the Silver Creek watershed too far up, had to backtrack. Wasn't too hard.

Many creek crossings, maybe 6-7. I did see fresh bear tracks in the snow and mud about 1.5 miles up into Lead King Basin from the town of Crystal.

All in all, a beautiful hike despite the challenges and discomforts of the early springtime.

Love this hike. Short, rewarding and awesome at sunset.

Loved this hike! The view gets better and better as you gain elevation. The trail is pretty short, but very steep. Go during off peak season to really take it all in!

Start out parking in a sizable lot along 82 at intersection with 133. Walk along wide dirt road for 0.3 miles until you see trailhead on the left. Trail forks and we went left along the ridge with views of the valley and Mt. Sopris impressively looming in the backdrop the whole way. Follow red dirt and rocky trails up to some cool outcroppings where you can stop and take in the beautiful panoramas. Sunny day views were amazing! Ricky ticky taviiiiiiiii

One of my favorites, it's also a good reminder of how wonderful Garfield County people are. All the smiles and hellos on the trail remind you that things are different in the mountains. Brass Tacks; it's a great grouping of trails and I enjoy hiking and trail running with my dog fairly often, it's really not too tough even for kiddos .It is a bit crowded compared to other nearby areas. Still,the views are worth every step!

mountain biking
1 month ago

awesome network of trails.

Came from Denver to explore the city.We absolutely enjoy the view! It was a fairly easy and short trail and great with the kids!

Beautiful views of valley fairly easy hike

trail running
3 months ago

I’ve been running this trail 3 times a week for the last 2 years now. Will always be one of my favorites, great for all skill levels.

Cool trail right out my backyard. Kinda crowded. Very pretty, very easy. It takes like an hour or less at a good pace.

8 months ago

Beautiful views, interesting vegetation and terrain (red rocks and soil). Recommend the hike if you are in the area.

9 months ago

I would definitely do this again, but be warned: on the west side this is a very lightly used trail with few markers and many obstacles. Fallen trees, overgrown brush, and many times the trail abruptly stops and you may spend time searching for the path further along. Make sure you have a map and compass, though the most updated map has incorrect ISO lines.

The east side seems to be more traversed and easier to navigate, coming from Capital Creek.

We went west to east from Avalanche, up over the pass, then down to Williams Lake. A beautiful hike, through meadows, past waterfalls, and breathtaking views at the top. We tried to leave markers as we went, many had toppled over.

It took us about 6 hours, spending 1 hour at the top to admire the views. It can be done in about 4.

Great Hike - lots of options. Someone said this was insta worthy and they were right! And it was the perfect swap for hanging lake; where we unfortunately were turned away by rangers due to the lot being full.

Great views and you can make your hike any distance you choose with all the different options.

11 months ago

Hiked 6.6.17 watch the weather storms move in late a.m early pm but last 30 minutes or so stay protected in forest it'll pass river is awesome , meadows beautiful look @ the back side of maroon bells great warm up hike for more difficult terrain

We hiked 8.5 miles in and out. Beautiful hike. Not very crowded. Incredibly hot!

I love this trails! #Mountain biking

Thursday, May 11, 2017

So much fun and so much beauty! Loved it. Looking forward to another visit.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

We've hiked this a few times in the Autumn. We go for about an hour and then head back. Gorgeous and not strenuous.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Excellent recommend doing full loop

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gorgeous view. Moderate hike. Bike trails available too. Great for dogs. Instagram worthy shots there.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

One of my favorites! Can do steep uphills to mild depending on how you feel. Lots of trails to choose from. Beautiful view of Mt Sopris.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beautiful, actually quite a few trails to choose from and different distances

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hiked Thanksgiving day 2016. Great views.

Amazing views over Mount Sopris and Carbondale.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Convenient parking/easy access. Very good for a quick exercise. Great views of Mt. Sopris and Carbondale from the Mushroom Rock.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

really nice in the woods

Friday, October 07, 2016

Lovely hike! Great views & easy accessible

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Quick trail for an evening! Great views of Carbondale & Mt Sopris!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice little hike with great view.

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