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

Hiking up to the peak is beautiful, but the sawtooth from south trailhead to the peak has a lot of direct sunshine and it can get very hot. The trade off is a magnificent westward view.

backpacking
10 hours ago

trail is not easy by any means but easier than your average 14er (just to give a comparison idea on the steepness). it's mostly uphill the whole way but does drop off a bit here and there for a break. be warned, to get to the campsite is almost an extra mile so the route round trip is more like 12 miles instead of 10. camping by the lake is phenomenal but be sure to bring bug spray! also keep in mind that the camping area is almost at 1200 feet so it is colder up there than expected. Our second day we had some beautiful fog and saw a moose! I was carrying about 35 lb. and others in my group were carrying about 50 lb. and we made the trip in a little under 5 hours. with a bit of preparation and knowledge of the difficulty, it is a great hike!

hiking
13 hours ago

Grew up hiking these hills. Would suggest early morning or evening jaunts to avoid the heat. It can still get very warm here even though you are in the mountains.

on Evergreen Lake Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Nice little jaunt. Can be super crowded with people and vehicle traffic.

Very nice, very mellow little trail!

As you can see in the recordings made by 2 users, the trail/road was closed 50 yards above the final turnoff (basically at the edge of Mt Evans Wilderness) so we had to walk from 2+ miles before the listed trail start. I passed the trail start and never saw it and continued on to the junction of the actual Grass Creek and this road we walked where there is a solitary sign labeled Grass Creek at a big meadow with hay bales. Turning right went towards Mt Evans and the Lost Creek trail. Not well signed at all and pretty hot and dry beyond about 1/2 miles from the parking lot. Grass Creek was dry so no water for the dogs. Saw about 10 people and many had dogs.

Wonderful views at the top and several different paths to get there. Right in the middle of a cute little town, too.

My sister-in-law and I hiked this trail late afternoon and it was great! I’m not in great shape, so it was challenging, but the view was well worth it. If you’re wearing “open” hiking shoes, like Keens or Chacos, be prepared to get some sand and dirt in your kicks. Also, since the trail is sandy, be ready for extra umph to get you up, and extra grip to get you down. I would 100% recommend hiking poles if you’re not fit or only slightly fit. Bring lots of water on a hot day!
We took the north loop up and south loop back.
Even in late August the wildflower foliage was very pretty. Not a boat load of blooms, but still good. In the end, the view from the top is gorgeous.
The hike down was super easy, but because of that rocks/sand don’t forget those good grip shoes.
Again, great hike!

I ended up hiking to the top of Bergen Peak. Definitely worth it to do that. It’s a long hike, but I wouldn’t characterize it as “Hard.” It’s a long moderate. Like many trails in Evergreen, alternations between rocky-narrow paths, forest paths, pretty summits, scenic views, aspens, and lovely wildflowers, especially by the meadows. But I was a bit bummed that I heard the cars on the highway almost the whole time. I tuned it out, and a few times amidst the aspens it was truly quiet. But that’s why I give four stars. Sometimes some mountain bikers come barreling down, and you’ve really got to have your wits about you. But otherwise, the views, the thick smell of pine all along the way, and the serenity of the hike, even on a Saturday morning, is why I live out here :)

Definitely not an easy hike but we did pretty well. The views are incredible and we went right as it was about to rain so at the peak of the trail we were surrounded by clouds and fogs rolling in over the mountains. According to our fitness tracker it was about 3.2 miles up one side of the loop, up the full north path, back out and down the other side of the loop.

A challenge going up, but worth the view at the top.

Went early August, late morning. Plenty of parking in two lots - only saw a few people on the trail. Trails are well marked. I took West Ridge Trail to Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Cutoff. Was a lovely mix of forest and meadow - lots of beautiful flowers! Saw a stag, two does, and three fawns, as well as lots of birds and smaller critters. West Ridge Trail starts fairly steep, but evens out after half a mile or so. Bear Creek is shared with bikers, but wide enough it's not a problem. You'll hear air and road traffic, especially on the last portion of West Ridge, as it run parallel with Meyers Gulch Road. Had a lovely hike!

Great time and great view

The trails are well marked and beautiful scenery. This is one of my favorite trails to go on. However, I would suggest to get there early as the parking lot gets full & it’s a very popular hike.

Nice hike/run/equestrian trail with a variety of moderate work (some stiff elevation gain in the sun) with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and water features. Between the beetle kill and blow down, forest looks stressed. Friends of Mountain Evan and Lost Creek Wilderness are working hard to ensure all trails are open without having to scramble over downed trees. Long drive in, but close enough for a fine day hike in the Denver Metro region. Plenty of elk in this area if your timing is good. Recommend an early start as parking is limited.

16 days ago

Good area to hike with several different trail options. Good variety with forested areas and meadow areas with good views.

Nice little workout in a pretty setting without a ton of traffic. Great little saloon on the way back to Denver, too.

Definitely not a hard trail but was a pretty decent hike

Nice little trail close to metro area. Trail is shaded and not too difficult. Wonderful views at top!

Great quick workout ! Views at the top are superb. Great for out of towners that aren’t used to hiking regularly or at higher elevations.

trail running
19 days ago

We saw two Bull Moose while running this! Great high elevation and uphill training run! Beautiful meadows and lots of flowers! Only downside is lots of dead trees everywhere from the old burn areas and blowdown areas. Other than that, it was great!

hiking
20 days ago

First hike in Colorado in which I thought 'how the hell do I get out of here'. It's my fault. It doesn't claim to have all the glitz and glam of other mountains but I listened to a friend who said it was a great way to spend the afternoon and now I will never listen to them again. Underwhelming views pretty crowded and nothing that made it all feel worth it. I know, I know, I have a bad attitude. I honestly just don't like my job right now so it's reflecting highly in this review which is partially unfair but that's life.

Very pretty with lots of options to expand your hike. Brothers lookout is a short way off the trail that ends in scrambling up some cliffs for a pretty amazing view.

Arrived at about 10:30am, was a lovely trail. Steep in some places, but it was fine even with a dog. Plenty of shade! Encountered a couple of other hikers.

Great hike. Lots of tree coverage and shade and great views at the top.

Very fun hike. Beautiful views. The wildflowers were gorgeous. Very short drive from Denver. The elevation changes are gradual so it isn’t too challenging of a hike; right at 10.5 when we finished. I gave it 4 stars only because it’s Colorado. There are 5 star trails everywhere. Where I live this would be a 7 star trail. I would definitely do it again.

Awesome trail! Close to the metro area and nice and shady.

Easy hike up Mount Muhly and recommend for everyone!

Reallly great trails! I went counter clockwise and it was very step by Too Long trail and a nice decent. The views are really solid but not the best in the area. You get some great elevation gains and loses and is a awesome workout . I went on a Sunday and saw quite a few mountain bikers. I'm glad I was going a different direction since it was easier to see/hear them approaching. The bathrooms at the entrance we're also meticulously maintained! I even saw someone cleaning them on my way back to the car.

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