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

hiking
23 days ago

I made it about 6 km in, to an elevation of approximately 3,375 meters before I had to turn back due to deep snow (up to quads and did not have snow shoes, so basically post-holing along ridgeline). Knowing I was turning around, I went off trail and snapped some photos. Glad I did, it was awesome! There are really nice areas all about. If anything, I think this trail is underrated if not under-utilized. It is beautiful through and through with the majority of the hike through forest area (serene and picturesque). Views open up toward the top and are excellent. Steep but manageable. Saw quite a few wildlife tracks on the way up. Definitely a bit off the beaten path. I am willing to do this one again a bit earlier in the fall. As stated by another poster, trail is clear of trees and in very good condition.

hiking
1 month ago

Very dry/brown scenery (end of sept). Good footing, just over an hour hike for a group of 6. Overall, good for all ages and skill. Ample parking on a Wednesday 11am - definitely bring sunscreen, no shade.

Good hike worth doing. Average, no spectacular features. Well maintained, easy to get to. Lots of ups and downs, mostly in woods, occasional views of mountains. Nice Aspen groves. Not as much trail along creek as some and no lakes. Limited parking but not usually a problem.

hiking
2 months ago

We found this confusing. We started at the sign (in the mini parking area) that said West Lake Trail 1/4 mile with an arrow pointing up the road, but after walking over an hour on the road — with high clearance vehicles and ATVs passing us, we never found the actual trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a solid workout with uphill and downhill throughout the hike. Takes about 2 1/2 hours round trip. Great for our dogs as they could be off leash. Also the lovely creek at the end of the trail is a nice destination. Good picnic spot before heading back to trailhead. Gave 4 stars instead of 5 as no wild flowers blooming. But still a serene setting with most of the hike in the shaded woods.

Recently cleared of fallen trees. Awesome trail. Tough climb but beautiful!

Had a nice hike with wife and daughter. We saw no one else and that was pretty great.

Loved the aspens on this trail. I didn’t trail run today but it would be a great path for runners.

Not too bad of a hike. Just a scramble towards the end. The views up top are spectacular!

Great day for E. Lake Creek trail. Cloudy on the way to the creek and light rain on the way back. I love this trail. It’s full of wild blueberries and raspberries to munch on. I only passed a few people today. I had most of the trail to myself. Very relaxing....

hiking
3 months ago

Trailhead is just north of I-70 in Edwards. We hiked this trail this morning. As casual hikers, the first 30-40 minutes were definitely challenging as it is a relatively steep incline to the top. Once we pushed through that the rest of the walk was very enjoyable. Took about 80 minutes to complete (with some breaks climbing up to the top). Nice views of Edwards along the way.

It was 90f today so a shaded walk was ideal. Found it the top end of moderate but perhaps it was the heat! Well worth getting to the bridge/river where we had a pleasant lunch and snooze..

this is a nice short hike with a terrific view of the valley and surrounding mountains. the intial uphill climb will get your cardio going. the last half is a cake walk on a fire road. no shade, so wear sunscreen. watch out for bikers as it's a popular mtn bike trail.

hiking
4 months ago

The first part of the trail is all gravel and just a service road to the water tower which is like half a mile or so up. It took some searching but we found a small tracked trail that headed past the water tower to the top of the hill. It went down the other side of the ridge/hill towards Arrowhead. When it came to the first valley where there's an aspen patch it starts disappearing especially in grassy areas. it took some trial and error to find a trail that reappears. There was an old abandoned bathtub in this small valley with plants growing out of it which is cool. A less tracked "trail" reappears for a bit going up the side of the next ridge that crests above the west side of Arrowhead but it completely stops before the top. that's where we turned around. finding our way back was only easy because of my dog.

It was really hot already at 8 am and while you could see everything in the valley its all development and houses because well Edwards. Okay hike before work but Id rather stay near my place in Minturn better hiking.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, and know that you can go much farther than the 4 mile round trip. I did 10+ today before having lunch near a fast part of the river, and got tired going under, over, and around all the dead-falls. Good Job to the two U.S. Forest guys who were walking the trail cutting gaps in the dead-fall.

More just a bike path. Totally unsheltered by trees.

The views are great. There is plenty of scrambling once you start to ascend from where the stick is. It is a long drive to the TH. The hike itself isn’t bad if you can scramble.

Great trail, along with a beautiful drive out to the trail from Edwards.. I was mostly hiking but did do a little trail running. The surface for the most part is smooth dirt. The wildflowers were wonderful and there was quite a bit of shade. I did find a parking spot at the trailhead midday on a Wednesday. Parking could be difficult on a weekend. The terrain does roll with several uphill and downhill sections. I could have used my shoes with deeper treads!

Fun hike. Beautiful flowers and best of all, my dogs had a blast in the water!

Great hike!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Aspens were great today, September 30. Be sure to go all the way to the bridge over the creek.

hiking
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Good hiking trail. No obstructions. Moderate ascents and descents. Very scenic. Many aspen groves. Probably about a week late for peak aspen color change. Hiked to bridge and enjoyed lunch by creek. Very few hikers, maybe about a dozen. Highly recommend.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A beautiful hike through a huge aspen grove. 5 starts for hitting it around the peak of the yellowing leaves today. My Apple Watch called it 4.7 miles from the trailhead to the bridge and back.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pretty view of the aspens in late September!

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Very lush full of wild life and berries along the trail for miles. Nice views of some peaks through the aspen trees at the start, as you descend into the valley you will find a bridge crossing the stream where most hikers will end their hike. If you travel past this bridge you will find beautiful waterfalls first one a half mile past second one is at a mile up, and so on. Mushrooms galore.

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

The end destination isn't that great, but the views along the way are really sweet. Elevation gain at the beginning of the hike is pretty steep and then it gradually gets easier.

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Did a little different version of the hike today with my daughter. Instead of starting at the cabins we cut 6 miles round trip and went around via Eagle and Sylvan State Park to the upper trailhead. Google sent us on a road that wasn't well maintain but we made it up to 418 this way and from there to the trailhead. Once on the trail it was a bluebird day and easy hiking. Our total out and back was 4.2 miles and 1,328 feet of ascent. Cairnes marked the way pretty well although close to the top they are a little hard to pick out. We spent over two hours at the summit since my hiking partner had to take some conference calls (5 bars and LTE). It gave me a chance to pace around a bit and watch the colors change as the sun moved across the sky and cotton ball clouds passed over. We figured out the roads on the way down (who knew paper maps could help) and cut almost 45 minutes off the commute. From the pavement above the Sylvan welcome center take 415 to 418 and turn left - about 45 minutes from the pavement. Great day. Great hike. Great views.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Overall this presentation is confusing. There are two segments here. I followed the driving instructions and arrived at the trailhead by Baryeta Cabins. As noted the road is extremely rutted and narrow. Setting off on the marked New York Mountain Trail was clear until midway up a series of meadows where the trail became invisible. If you hike from this point use my return track from the second trailhead to navigate or my edited route saved in uploaded routes. The Garmin Route and the actual route divert 180 degrees at this point. I bushwhacked along the Garmin route on the way up for about 45 minutes before reaching the actual trail. About 2.9 miles in you'll reach the second trailhead with parking that can be reached via Eagle for the actual climb to the peak. From this point the trail is fairly clear until closer to the top. I joined another hiker mid-way up this section who had done the hike before. We circled to the south around the summit to avoid more significant scrambling. In this case use my outbound route or edited route to navigate. Spent some time at the summit in beautiful weather although watched several storms run through the valley to the north, I started down and overshot the trail in the rocks before climbing back up. Upon returning the the second trailhead I followed a sign "to Baryeta Cabin" which was the actual trail back to the start. All in all an excellent hike. Out and back for me was about 10.4 miles and 3,400 gain. Track has been uploaded and suggested as route.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful hike, great adventure! The forest service road had huge ruts, pretty slow going in our Jeep Cherokee but we managed. Also that road is ~4.1 miles not 3.2 mikes! As for the hike, it was pretty but easy to loose the trail in the meadow around the first mile, we definitely lost it and just bushwhacked straight up hoping we would meet up with the trail again. Luckily we did! Beautiful wildflowers and nice views. There were a ton of trees fallen over the trail, seemed like Forest service hasn't been through with the chainsaw in a while. Strange ending spot for the trail. For some reason we thought this trail went to the top of New York Mountain, but it actually ends at the trailhead for the trail that summits the mountain. Pretty anticlimactic. If you want to climb New York Mountain make sure you go to the New York Mountain Trailhead from Eagle, not this trailhead from Edwards. Or, you could just keep going when you reach the summit trailhead and make it a 16 mile hike!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Narrow at parts, better trails around for sure

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