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

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icy
rocky
snow
17 days ago

Hiked up to the lake today. Persistent, sugar snow ranging from knee to waist deep. Needed flotation for much of the trail. Not a ton of snow in the basin, loaded slopes, or steep terrain but proceed with caution.

hiking
25 days ago

Amazing trail. We clocked 10.6 miles to get to the lake and back

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

great trail yet strenuous. awesome lake and mountains around. camped there 9/8. no mosquitoes no bugs. weather could not be better. saw big horn and deer in campground. going next time with a fish pole but not until late summer early fall do to those blood sucking insects i hear about in posts.

hiking
3 months ago

My boyfriend and I did this as a day hike. We are from Texas (low elevation) and Did this while visiting CO and it was hard but doable. The worst of it was at the very top And I felt like I couldn’t exert any more and took many breaks to catch my breath and slow my heart rate again . But it was so worth pushing through the lake at the top is amazing and that is an understatement. It seemed that many people camp at the top and it would have been so much fun if we had time to do that. We completed it in roughly 7hours total and headed to Valley View Hot Springs to soak after working hard. Solid 10/10 day even though this hike was rough there at the top.

Great hike- we did the traverse from Crestone Peak. Follow the cairns and make sure you’ve studied the route and are prepared to be exposed for a while.

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rocky
3 months ago

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scramble
3 months ago

TOUGH CLIMB. This was a class 2+ climb for the last 800'. The decent is quite tricky with very loose footing at times. The view offered by the ridge over the high valley is worth every bit of the climb. I began recording the assent where the trail became very steep.

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blowdown
over grown
3 months ago

Wonderful trail and gorgeous lake. Quite a few trees blown down and across the trail. I’d recommend wearing pants - the trail is overgrown and I got stung by a bee who got caught between my ankle and my boot. Otherwise highly recommended!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail with friends on 8/11 and not able to summit. The day started overcast and we were hopeful the sun would burn off some of the clouds but it wasn't meant to be this time. At about 13,567 the clouds engulfed us and we made the collective decision to turn back and give it a shot another time. On the hike out a strong storm system came in and we were buffeted by hail. It rained on us pretty much the entire hike out. Still a beautiful trail and looking forward to doing it again.

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bugs
3 months ago

Backpacked and camped here 8/10. Our original plan was to summit Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak. Unfortunately summiting wasn't in the cards due to crappy weather. The trail is steep in sections and I agree that the mosquitos were out of control. I bathed myself in DEET and it only worked for a short time. Camped just below Willow Lake. Camp site was nice except for some brazen chipmunks who were extremely interested in us. We also had a curious deer stop by our site to check us out. Overall a nice time would come back to summit those 14ers.

The hike to Willow lake is awesome. Stream crossings, views of water falls. The hike up Challenger is not good. The steep 2000 feet in a little over a mile is not happy If you make it up Challenger though, push to Kit Carson, the standard route. The gully up Kit is way better than Challenger, and you do not want to have to do it again.

so good! make sure you study the trail

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bugs
4 months ago

Backpacked and camped here from 7/26-7/28 and hiked challenger and Kit Carson in the middle. The mosquitos were ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE!! The lake was gorgeous and it pained us that it was so buggy we hardly spent any time there. All times of day - all over your body, constantly flying into your food - they were the worst mosquitos I’ve ever seen and I grew up on the east coast. If you bring full body coverage and some serious deet, or come at a different time of year, I’m sure this is a really pleasant place to hike and camp. Despite the bugs, the camping area right below the lake was surprisingly full. I wouldn’t worry about finding a spot, but it definitely didn’t feel secluded. There was also a search party for a man who had gone missing on Kit Carson/Challenger a few days prior and a helicopter scanning the area both days. If you’re planning on ascending higher, take the standard route and bring a buddy, please! Views and climb were fantastic though and the bugs dissipated around 12.5 elevation Perhaps a better fall hike :)

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful. As per other reviews, lots of mosquitos. 10.2 miles according to all trails

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, but the second you enter the town of Crestone, to the top of the lakes, the mosquito’s don’t stop and they are thick as I have ever seen- so come prepared with full clothing and plenty of Deet. Otherwise the trial is clear the entire way, plenty of water running over the falls and the lake is full. Still a beautiful hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great day hike to a real nice alpine lake. Not super challenging but right before the head wall there a dual log bridge over a high and fast running Willow Creek that was wet and slippery. I was solo so just to be safe scooted across on my butt. It wasn’t the manly thing to do and my rear got a little wet but way better than slipping off into some very cold water. Yes the mosquitos are bad from the second you step out of your vehicle at the trail head all the way to the lake, so bring some kick butt insect repellent.

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bugs
5 months ago

Hiked this trial with my 10 year old daughter this summer(2019). It was a great trail and kicked out butts. It had amazing views and vast terrain. The only bad thing is I twisted my ankle half way through the hike and we ended up turning around. I'd love to eventually go back and finish the trial.

hiking
5 months ago

7/4/19: hiked this trail on July 4th and was not able to summit. Snow was covering the trail for the last 1000-1500 feet, turning the Difficult Class 2 into a Class 4. The last bit is so steep that with snow it was way to slippery to do without significant gear and climbing experience. It made for an extremely long and exhausting day. That said, the rest of the trail is stunning! Willow Lake is one of the more beautiful alpine lakes I’ve ever visited. The trial runs through all the best parts of Colorado trails - single tracks through trees, meadows, rocky bits, lakes. 10/10 would do it again. BUT, the mosquitos this year were absolutely insane. We couldn’t even stop for water or breaks during the early parts of the trail without being swarmed.

hiking
5 months ago

The hike itself was pretty great, however the mosquitos were AWFUL. Think in the thousands. Really hard to enjoy the hike when your swatting at mosquitos the entire time.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
snow
5 months ago

Made it to the top.. barely. Almost involuntarily glissaded into a rock meat-grinder. Fun Day. Amazing views. Real Calf Burner

Hi Mr Cline, Sorry to hear about Tyler. My condolences to the family. Would you like to report what happened here so that the community could know? Please stay strong.

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