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hiking
18 days ago

We hiked on Sunday, Oct 21st. It was a beautiful day and the river and rock formations were stunning. There are MANY social trails headed to and from the river. We found ourselves searching for the main trail either the lower or Gill Trails. Made for a fun day! I would hesitate calling this an easy hike. But the weather was great and with dry trails it was fun. Might be a little more sketchy with snow covered trails. Few hikers, more anglers.

Amazing hike. Really enjoyed the views and the weather was wonderful.. The hike wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!

Real nice in the autumn. I'd rate this trail easy, it's a lot more flat trail than usual for the area. The dirt road in took me about 20 minutes in a truck. It seemed doable in a car as well, not much clearance needed.

on Cheesman Canyon

1 month ago

Hiked this Trail on October 13, 2018. hiked 3 miles up and 3 miles back, that put us about a quarter of a mile into the Upper Cheesman Canyon Trail. The trail is easy to follow although the crumbled granite gravel trail is washed out in some places and a bit slippery because of how dry it has been this year. As others have said there is a Y in the trail in several places and you can hike by the river or on the higher trail. We did the higher trail. This trail and the Upper Cheesman Canyon trail are together the same trail as the Gill Trail on All Trails. US Forest Service calls it the Gill Trail #610. By parking cars at both the top and bottom you could hike the entire trail about 4.25 miles one way. I found the part we did beautiful and fairly easy. I'm 70 years old, but I hike frequently.

off road driving
1 month ago

Exactly what we wanted. Basically a very unique dirt road with fall offs, and narrow roads. We only came in contact with 1 vehicle in the north direction and had a stock Jeep Compass behind us. Great camping spots now that we know they are there. It does take you out to the middle of nowhere, so it’s a hour to get anywhere from where it ends.

3 months ago

Took my family(17, 16, 13 and 10 yo + 40lb dog) this afternoon. Spent a total of 3 hours with a few river breaks. It was warm but breezy. Bring bandanas and throw them in the river; they feel awesome on your neck while hiking. I would rate sections of it as easy(from TH to split about .75 miles in)but it definitely gets harder in places along the ridge as the trail gets narrower with crushed granite as the only footing with steep drops toward the river.

hiking
3 months ago

Most of the hike is actually on a mountainside and can be dangerous if you're not careful. Best advice: take it slow and enjoy the GORGEOUS VIEW!!! There will be a sign when you begin your hike, maybe a quarter mile in, go to your right. About a mile to a mile and half from there, you can find an area to climb down and reach the river. Have fun!!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful canyon hike.

I started around 11am and finished around 3pm. The trail will split past the sign and you can either take the high trial above the water or the low trail by the water edge.

Misleading to call portions of this easy. In fact found myself in one or two extremely difficult/hard spots where I questioned if I was going to fall a hundred feet into the river. I'd say I was in a bind at one point up there with the most difficult hiking. Eventually got to a point on the lower trail that was off the trail by accident. At one point it was very slippery with gravel and there was little to nothing to hold onto. Be warned if you get off the upper trail that it is not safe to try and get back up to the trail. Once you are off trail by the waterline it is easy to get lost. It gets steep and treacherous and at one point I considered swimming back and in the river because where I was at was literally a cliffface straight down. Luckily i didn't fall and was able to basically crawl back up but almost did fall and having a backpack didn't help either.

Also be warned that the rocks by the river are slippery and it's easy to lose balance. After finding the upper trail it seemed to me to just taper off although i thought i saw the trial continue, however it became extremely steep and the loose gravel i didn't risk falling so i turned around.

Positives: Great views, especially the upper trail on the way back.

Negatives: Saw used, discarded hypodermic needles right off path on upper trail (hard to miss since the syringes and orange plastic did not belong out there). Felt extremely grossed out by this. Extremely DISTURBING to say the least both the fact people are shooting up out there and the fact they just left their used, hazardous TRASH. Disgusting.
>>>Would have given 5 stars except for the hazardous needles (pack in pack out / LEAVE NO TRACE is basic hiking etiquette) and dangerous conditions when you get off trail by accident.

Fun little hike, but I would definitely recommend leaving your dog at home in the summer. Because of the fire that went through (I'm assuming a few years ago), the trail is really exposed. our pup burned her paws a little since there was little shade to retreat to. It is, however, a really good trail to take out of towners who are not used to the elevation.

hiking
3 months ago

I took my 3 teenage kiddos today. It was hot(we left later than planned). It beautiful, scenic and full of small critters. Great time and plenty of trees to get into shade. We will go back again and again. Only draw back was people left their dog doo doo bags on the side of the trail or didnt even pick up in some areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail with some shade. Parking lot at the trailhead does fill quickly. There are some areas that have been washed out and can be tricky. Approximately .75 miles in, you will come to a sign about the trail, canyon, and river. You can split away from the upper trail there to go down to the river. Be warned that trail along the river is difficult in areas, and is definitely not kid or novice hiker friendly. Stay to the upper trail for an easy hike with great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Not too challenging but the scenery was great. Lost of people fly fishing. Our dogs loved playing in the water!

hiking
4 months ago

Just go, it's worth it.

Love the hike. The end game is the best though..catching tanks!!

backpacking
4 months ago

I drove from Denver and even though the description doesn't say it, the road from Bailey to the trail head is 100% gravel. Long time for gravel. But, that is the only negative. The hike was fantastic. We hiked in on a Saturday Afternoon in June and prime open camp sports were everywhere. One of the guys in my group caught a bunch of fish at the beaver ponds (very small however).

Beautiful trail runs right along the river -lots of fly fishing and some nice pools for breaking at.

Easy drive, took the family. A lot of camping opportunities.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of people fishing the river. Really quite scenic and very easy.

Pretty view but a lot more restrictions than we were expecting. It’s dog friends but they must be on a leash and are not allowed in the water. Not much tree cover due to the fire that was there a while back.

hiking
6 months ago

Only did a part of it but it was gorgeous. There are plenty of people but it didn’t seem overcrowded. Plenty of “river access” spots to go directly to the river.

Very, very high pressure

Really interesting landscape with all the downed trees from fire damage. Pretty easy hike and great views of the lake and dam below. Very exposed to sun - was hot.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed this hike. Little foot traffic but well maintained with nice views. Certainly 'easy' as opposed to the 'moderate' rating listed on the site.

Awesome hike! First mile are so are through the remains of a forest fire, so there is very little tree cover but awesome views. Bring sunscreen! Only saw a couple of people. This connects to the Gill Trail in the canyon which has river access and is great for dogs. There were a bunch of people fly fishing. The Gill is pretty difficult so we only did 2 miles before turning around. I highly recommend this trail, though it would be very hot in the summer.

Was not expecting to go on this hike but so glad I did! Some parts get a little narrow and close to the edge but nothing hard to navigate. My favorite hikes include water, huge rocks, dense forest mixed with amazing views & some wildlife & this has it all!

4.2.18 This is now my new favorite trail in Colorado! Stunning views and really quiet. only saw two guys fishing and that's it. very little cover from the elements, so plan accordingly. Would suggest this is more on the easy side of moderate, save for the last quarter mile is a steeper grade. Speaking of, be aware that right when it is getting steep going down, there are about 6 unmarked rebar rods poking out of the ground that would be easy to trip over! Overall, loved this trail and it will be my new "go to" when people come to visit from out-of-state.

My boyfriend and I went on 3/25/18. This was my first real hike more than 1 mile. My boyfriend probably thought it was very easy, I thought it was moderate. We went down to the dam and had lunch there and that was at 2.5 miles. It was a beautiful memory and a serene hike.

off road driving
7 months ago

It’s an unpaved road that runs past Cheesman Lake and right through a burned forest. Amazing for sight seeing and the road itself is an extremely easy drive. There are a couple of campsites along the way which are amazing photo opportunities. I would definitely do this drive again and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for beautiful scenery without a tough drive.

Some steep areas but overall a great hike! Beautiful views of the reservoir.

It was beautiful. Definitely will do it again!!

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