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Best trails in Carbondale

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Looking for a great trail near Carbondale, Colorado? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Rifle Falls State Park or Sylvan Lake State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Gothic Natural Area or Two Rivers Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 16 hard trails in Carbondale ranging from 3.3 to 60.7 miles and from 6,164 to 14,133 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Carbondale
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#1 - Crystal City Road #314
White River National Forest
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
Leave about 4 and 1/2 hours to complete this hike (including 30 minutes of leisure time at the Mill while having lunch or swimming). As many of our users have mentioned in their reviews, the amount of Jeep/ATV traffic can be a bit frustrating at times. The road up to the trailhead is unpaved, but if you have a vehicle with decently high clearance, you can eliminate about 0.6 miles of hiking (roundtrip) by parking in the area at the top of the hill. This is a very moderate hike that runs along the Crystal River for the vast majority of the trek. The fall colors are beautiful, and summer is a great time to swim. Once you get the Mill, there is a $10 per person fee to go under the rope and view it from the water but, you can also view it from the roped off section on the road. Show more
#2 - Mount Sopris Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 8 h 11 m
#3 - Devils Punch Bowl Waterfall
White River National Forest
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
You can also begin this hike from the northwestern endpoint of the trail from the town of Crystal, making it about a slightly longer trip of about 6 miles.Show more
#4 - Mushroom Rock
Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Note: The trail is currently closed from the Carbondale access point due to ongoing construction. For more information, please see https://www.postindependent.com/news/red-hill-road-work-and-trail-closure-coming-soon/Show more
#5 - Perham Creek Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
#6 - Lead King Basin and Crystal Mill Loop
Carbondale, Colorado
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
#7 - The Lorax Trail
Carbondale, Colorado
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
#8 - Avalanche Creek Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 19.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
#9 - Schofield Pass Road to Crystal Mill
White River National Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
#10 - Geneva Lake OHV Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
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