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

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. Beautiful views. The first half of the hike was fairly easy with some narrow places and loose dirt. We went down the highland trail at the junction and it was fairly easy and well marked until the last mile where there were numerous downed trees and growth and the trail seemed to disappear completely. We did not have GPS and after numerous attempts to locate the original trail we ended up finding our own way down to the trailhead. We have hiked the highland trail up to the continental divide trail numerous times, the last being 4 years ago and so did not anticipate any problems. I wish I had read other hikers comments before we started. Would not hike this again without a GPS.

hiking
1 month ago

When I looked into people photos and saw the beautiful formation rocks. I decided to check it out. Its about two hrs atv to there. The road wasn’t that bad but long drive. When my wife and I get there we hike there looked around it’s beautiful as it said. The bad part was not enough trails to go around all the formations rocks. There only two place where you can see upper on the hillside and lower by the creek. To me not worthy the time.

trail was great. trail starts at tower. we went off by the overlook. still a great trail. beautiful scenes.

Gorgeous trail. Definitely more of an uphill on the way back.

Lobo overlook has bathrooms and a picnic area. The trail is behind the radio tower. Given the continental divide trail is over 3,000 miles, I was wondering about the "5 mile" out and back. Seemed like too much of a rounded number for it to take us to an interesting destination which ended up true. We randomly stopped in the middle of the trail. Upon our return, we found out there was a lake around approximately 9 miles roundtrip. I would have rather had my lunch there! Otherwise, the sweeping views were lovely as were the wildflowers. The forest has suffered from much beetle kill. For more info and pics visit This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

Since the hiking trail doesn't come up easily when looking for hikes near Creede, but the road does, I wanted to include my review here too. This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this trip on 6/11/18. The number of dead trees was concerning, both for having to find a place to pitch a tent that wasn't surround by dead trees ready to topple over, and also the fact the downed trees conceal the trail, particularly on the loop around the formations. GPS said the trail was 8 miles to tbe loop. Lots of campsites at the boundary, but also lots of ATV traffic in and out all afternoon at the end of the trail. Mostly had the whole night and morning in Wheeler to myself, which made it worth it. A nice moderate hike to a cool place.

The 4WD was rough but certainly worth the drive. The road was free of trees aside from a few moved to the side but still wide enough for vehicles and ATVs. Some downed trees on hiking trail near Wheeler but not enough to be a major problem. Amazing views and terrain at the end of the upper trail to the bench.

hiking
3 months ago

Just hiked this trail with my 6 year old son and he had a blast! We saw some wildlife driving in as well as while on the hike. There is a lot of beetle kill timber all around the lake and I did not see but a few fish make a splash. It is a pretty hike with lots of flowers and is great for young children. Just be sure and watch out for all the dead timber.

beautiful trail, long views, varied landscapes and plenty of interesting flora/fauna to look at along the way.

We went hiking with our three young daughters and we had a fantastic time!!
The drive to the trail was beautiful and the trails were well marked. Flowers were beautiful!!! Views were outstanding!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with all kinds of terrain and vegetation. Was able to hike without issues with my 14 yo and 8 yo daughters. They both did great. Be prepared for jumping over quite a few downed trees. We only came across one other couple so this is a nice quiet hike and no animal sightings. My Apple Watch registered 4.53 miles and an elevation gain of 622 ft. I agree with Alexis below that this is not entirely easy and does require some gps use. Also, it’s closer to South Fork (about 5 miles away vs Creede which is more like 20-25 miles from the head).

Beautiful views but top part of trail is narrow and should take this rating to moderate. End of trail had been re-routed and we had to use gps to get to car because trail disappears. More like 6 miles also, not 4.

The description on the AllTrails app doesn’t do it justice. If you head left at the fork in the road you can wind your way down to the creek floor and then you’re in for a treat. It’s full of small waterfalls, chutes, hollowed our coves, and even some trout. It’s a scramble to get down there and back out but with good shoes you’re good to go. My 8 year old loved it so it’s definitely kid friendly. She was ready to push on when we were ready to head back.

hiking
4 months ago

The road to the trail is in good shape and easy to find. We went clockwise around the trail. The first two miles are pretty well maintained and easy to distinguish the trail. The climb up to the top, going in that direction, can be strenuous as the trail is very narrow in parts and is loose. I’d say it would be a challenge to descend that way, too. Once to the top the trail is all but non-existent for about a mile or so as the tall grass and downed trees have obliterated in parts. We ended up having to use the gps from this app to ensure we were maintaining the right course. After we got back on track it was a nice hike down the mountain. There is a point near the end of the loop that the trail itself clearly goes off the marked route from this map. We didn’t know where that went so we actually stuck to the course and had some trouble with downed trees and the disappearing trail again. The trail doesn’t fork in real life like it does on this map. I suspect the trail has been relocated and the map doesn’t keep up. All that being said, the scenery was beautiful and I’d do it again with my kids this time.

This review is for the hiking trail.

The directions in a previous report are accurate. Take Pool Table Road 600 from CO 149 about halfway between Creede and South Fork. At the end of the road is a parking lot, bathrooms and a small campground. From their to the bench with the best views of the Wheeler Geologic Area is 7.9 miles per a GPS watch. We decided to mountain bike the first two miles to save time and walking until we got to the wilderness area where no biking is allowed - at the stream crossing. There were a ton of down trees in this first two miles which made biking pretty tough. Had to carry it over probably 30 downed dead trees killed by the pine beetles. So because of all the dead trees in the area I don’t expect this to get any better for the next 60 years or so. After you get to the parking area for Wheeler - you’ll meet up with the Jeep road about a mile before getting there - it’s another 0.9 miles to the actual Wheeler site. You’ll follow a path that will come to a sigh where you can go straight or left to Wheeler. We went straight first which takes you to the bottom with some cool formations and perspectives but it dead ends in about a half mile. We backtracked to the left hand turn and that takes you to the bench with the awesome views of Wheeler. Very unique and worth the almost 16 mile round trip. Biking the first two miles in saves some time and effort but with the downed trees it’s probably a wash. Round trip was about 8 hours.

Scenic and nice little hike. Fair amount of blown over trees on the trail and trail is very very lightly used / difficult to see in more grassy areas but doable. Did lose the trail the last half mile (went counter clockwise on the loop) and ended up hiking an extra mile so just be heads up. Overall great views of a lake, alpine meadows and some distant peaks. Road up to trail head was dry and clear. A little clearance may be needed (I drive a Silverado with standard clearance) as there are some dips in the road that'd make me nervous in a car.

Did this hike on 5/11/18. Hike is long but very doable in a day. Wherever the trail goes through the trees there are a significant amount of downed trees blocking the trail. The 4x4 trail was closed but wouldn’t be able to make it to the end bc of all the downed trees.

A beautiful area all seasons. The falls area includes benches , bathrooms, and signs to learn about the history of the falls. While a little bit of a climb, it is possible to reach the base of the falls. Please do not try to drive here in the winter. I have had to help people who thought they could make it before. Less than ten cars might pass threw here per day, and the nights can drop well below zero. If you want to hike here in the winter, snow shoes are a must.

Really fun hike with amazing views. If you carry a pack with food, watch out for chipmunks. They are all over this area, and will try to get into your pack. The description says it's near creed, but due to the weird way the boundaries are set up, its in the same county as Creed, but it's about a forty minute to an hour drive away Creed. The closest town would be South Fork, which is about a twenty minute drive.

hiking
8 months ago

Great little trail. Have seen moose here several times. Sadly the forest fire we had a few years ago, went around this area, so the view isn't as good as it once was, but it's still a beautiful trail.

It was cold and windy at the start (16 degrees) but got better as we got into the hike. We met a hunter on horseback and he told us about a lake that was further down the trail. We continued to the 4 mile mark before turning around and still didn't see the lake. We really enjoyed the hike.

backpacking
Monday, October 09, 2017

The reviews already submitted are accurate. I just did this hike over the course of two days. I recommend getting out there early. The best camping spots in my opinion are near the trail shelter which is a short trail just off the Wheeler Geological Area trail. Additionally, beware one of the creek crossings is quite large. It was very cold when I went and wet feet would have been a nightmare. If you go upstream about 100 yards you can find two logs to cross. The trip going back to the trailhead is a lot tougher as others mentioned (many uphill sections) Lastly, tie your shoes tight this trail killed my toenails.

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Favorite CO hike!

We hiked this trail in 8" of fresh snow with our dog and it was stellar! Wish we had remembered our poles because it got slushy and slippery on the descent.

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My wife, 5 year old, 8 year old and I went on this yesterday. The scenery is out of this world! The hike itself was not too difficult for myself and my wife but the kids had a difficult time coming back. The hike there is mostly downhill, but the hike back is almost all uphill. We did this in about 4 hours, and it was totally worth it. I highly recommend it!

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

My husband and I explored the wheeler area on September 16 2017, we drove the 16 mile 4x4 road in our 2007 Chevy silverado. We made it fine. The road was very long and lots of mud puddles and places where there lots of rocks. It look us 2 1/2 hours to reach the trailhead where we camped in a tent for the night. Beautiful area but there is alot of dead trees due to beetles. We hiked the 2 mile loop . The views are amazing! The formations will make you wonder if you are still on planet earth. It was well worth the time and discomfort of the long rough road to get there! We saw a couple vehicles with flat tires so make sure you have a spare and don't attempt to drive this road without 4 wheel drive. I would of given it 5 stars if it weren't so hard to get to.

Great views. Elevation change was gradual and not too terrible on the return trek.

Long winding hike to summit. Scenery is amazing.

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