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

on Penitente Canyon

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2 months ago

We only hiked the Penitente Canyon Loop, a pleasant 2-mile hike. The map/track for this hike is misleading regarding the southern leg. If you follow it, you leave the main trail to head east down a little canyon and about halfway down you have to scramble around a drop in the canyon floor. (The track does, too.) If you stay on the main trail heading southeast and bear left at each intersection, you go past Point 10 and soon end up on the Blue Loop. Within 100 yards, the marked Penitente Canyon Loop trail heads north and down toward the main parking lot, coming into the little canyon, now more a shallow valley, below the dicey spot. (Point 10 and Blue Loop are shown on the map displays and map handout available at the trailhead and along the route. Sorry I did not make a track.)

hiking
2 months ago

Trail gets hard to follow after it meets with the blue loop. Enjoyed the mix of sun and shade. Little bit of rock climbing to get to the top, but the view is great. Enjoyed watching some rock climbers along the way.

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hiking
3 months ago

Trail is hard to follow without the app. We did get to the top of the canyon and the views of the canyon were great!

hiking
4 months ago

Not a bad trail. Quite a bit of bushwhacking on the first part of the trail not well defined. All in all a good hike.

My favorite trail. The app can be somewhat hard to follow at times but is doable!

nice hour to hour an half walk just the summit part has elevation everything else circles the hill

This was a great after work hike. Quick and easy with a couple of steep inclines to keep your heart rate up.

hiking
8 months ago

This place was beautiful and the hike was not difficult. I don’t think the map on the app matches up with the actual trail in all places. One minute the app would show us on the trail and the next minute we’d be way off. Most of the trail was pretty well defined, but we found ourselves in some areas that were questionable as to where the trail was, as well as being overgrown with brush, and we went through some really steep, rocky spots. Luckily there were a lot of cairns along the way. Lots of offshoot trails as well. I loved the rock formations and the views and I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
9 months ago

This is an enjoyable, gently inclined but sustained, fairly long, non-technical hike with a lot of possible elevation gain, good for getting into shape for the 14ers or just to do for its own sake. If the weather looks favorable, go all the way to Bennett's summit!

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely one of my favorite trails in the area. If you can climb to the top of the canyon, a beautiful view of the valley awaits you. Be very careful of rattlesnakes though. They are fairly common in the warmer seasons.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. I was fortunate enough to see a mountain lion cross the road, close to the trail head. It contains beautiful shaded areas that open into lush fields. The constant sound of moving water is very relaxing. Definitely recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

I’ve hiked this many different times since my cabin is just a few miles away. Beautiful hike. Great gradual elevation changes and heavily shaded by dark timber. Can’t take any ATV larger than a quad. It is along Frisco Creek so the sounds of running water and great.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This was a great short hike. Something completely different...great rock formations and beautiful views.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

We love Colorado and enjoy lots of hiking. This is an amazing trail. There are lots of tangents you can take. Three of my four kids climbed up most anything that could. The views are amazing.

trail running
Friday, June 30, 2017

Dope. Sweet climb that isnt crazy technical and has some fun views

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

First hiking and we loved it !Awesome

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

beautiful and quiet!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gorgeous views and scenery. Bring Off, lots of bugs on the trail, but honestly it's a bonus, means not well trafficked, and you'll see that when you are up there. I started on the Penitente Canyon route, then finished on Blue Sky, enjoyed having the option.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Beautiful lake with a really accessible and easy hike in. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is the number of people there.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Beautiful

hiking
Thursday, November 06, 2014

What a beautiful place! Easy and relaxing walk.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Excellent mountain biking here. Fun and technical, similar to Mag 7 or Sovereign in Moab. Ride the A loop clockwise for a warmup. Then go back for a second lap and take Witches Canyon and return on the B loop.

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hiking
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Nice little hike up a narrow canyon with interesting rock formations. Saw some climbers, but the cliffs weren't high enough to make it exciting (although I am sure it felt much more exciting at the top of the cliff looking down). From the top, we explored mountain bike trails back to the trail head.

The trail was steep and rough in places, with loose rock and a bit of scrabbling. I wish I had taken a hiking pole to negotiate some of the less knee-friendly areas.

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