Looking for a great trail near Fairplay, Colorado? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Swan Mountain Recreation Area or Kingdow Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Fairplay ranging from 0.7 to 18.3 miles and from 9,708 to 13,825 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Beautiful, however it is at least a 7.5 mile RT hike if you go all the way to lake. Steep, rocky ascent towards the top, multiple water crossings but you was rewarded with beautiful lake and waterfalls at the top

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
12 days ago

Great hike. One of the easier 14ers since you start above the treeline, but still challenging. It took me 3 hours to the summit and 2 hours down. Easy access to TH.

This was a great trail for a short family hike. Mostly shaded with a gradual elevation gain, lots of aspens, and some wildflowers too. Trail is maintained very nicely and even has an added bonus of a cool tree branch teepee. We came in from Breck and the road was pretty rocky in spots, but the road to get out we took towards Fairplay and it was much smoother and more typical of a Colorado mountain dirt road. My family really enjoyed it!

hiking
scramble
12 days ago

hiking
bugs
washed out
13 days ago

Trust in the map. It is accurate and will get you there. An easy and relatively flat trail with a rewarding creek at the end. We parked at the Continental Divide sign and crossed the road to start the trail. There is a trail that’s marked and looks like a dirt road—that’s not the trail to cornice creek. Stay to the left on what looks like a drainage ditch and the trail will emerge. In some areas it’s not very clear where the trail is—but the map is correct. One part was totally washed out. We only saw a few other people on this trail. You know you’re at the end when you come upon a pretty little creek. Lots of wildflowers. There is a sign high up on a tree that says Cornice Creek.

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

hiking
over grown
14 days ago

Nice loop hike. Suggest backpackers hike counter clockwise. Trail has dried out and is possible in tennis shoes especially if you have hiking poles. Lots of brush that has grown into the trail but is easily manageable. This trail directly below a flight path for a major airport. Planes are overhead and can be heard day and night. Some bugs were out but hardly any mosquitoes. There was need for bug spray.

hiking
off trail
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

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no shade
rocky
15 days ago

Just did this today and it was my first 14er! Challenging and took a while getting up but down was fast. Windy until you get close to summit. Very windy lol. Took me about 3.5-4 hours to complete. I’m from Maryland tho so altitude was hard on my breathing during ascent.

hiking
muddy
rocky
18 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Super rocky with it being a 4 wheeler trail but great views the whole time. We got going at around 8:45 am on a Saturday and were the only ones on the trail and up at the lake. Then as we were coming down around 11:30 that’s when we saw the long trail of jeeps with some hikers. So I recommend starting early. Would definitely do again! Also make sure you wear hiking boots . One for the rocks and two the trails are flooded at some points.

This was a great hike but not an "easy" hike. It is definitely a "moderate" if not "hard" hike. First off it is 7.4 miles round-trip, not 5. Second, the altitude alone makes this difficult. You start at 10,800 and climb to 12,200. The wind was pretty strong the day we went, not sure if that's normal or not above the treeline. The trail is also very rocky with lots of water washing over it in places. The views were amazing and the fishing was rewarding. Caught a couple nice Brook Trout without hardly trying. Would have fished more if the wind wasn't so challenging. We thought we were going to have the lake to ourselves after hiking a couple hours not seeing anyone but then just before the top we got passed by 3 jeeps. Then at the top 15 more jeeps arrived!

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Not too much water now and the wild flowers are out everywhere. Found a good spot close to midpoint and saw a moose the next morning. Beautiful.

The trail is an excellent one, the complaints I have is with the wind. There were easily 60 to 70 mile per hour gusts this morning for the early climbers. It got a little frightening at times. All and all though a fun time for my 1st 14er.

hiking
21 days ago

Trail was great. Went counter-clockwise and saw very few people the whole weekend. Flowers are still in bloom but the bugs were low and creek crossings were easy. Did not get wet. The meadow is gorgeous and we saw a bull moose. Multiple campsites were to be found at the tumble creek trail junction. Plenty of water to filter for drinking.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike. The whole trail is on a 4x4 jeep trail, but there are 360 degree views and the lake is beautiful. We didn't see many people or any jeeps but we were also there mid day on week day after school was back in session in August. I do see a lot of jeeps there on Saturdays so be aware of that. The trail follows the road and goes all the way up to the lake. The road is pretty rocky and is a gradual incline the whole way. We did have to cross a waterfall/flooded area of trail at one point near the lake. We were able to just use our hiking poles to balance and walk down the middle of the road on the taller rocks. The last little bit of the trail is fairly steep uphill but it's definitely worth it. This is probably my favorite hike we've done so far in the area. There are two waterfalls going into the lake and there's a another smaller lake a little up higher. We didn't go up there but it did look like it may be more difficult rather than moderate like the rest of the trail. The wildflowers were amazing on 8/20/19.

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bugs
muddy
no shade
rocky
26 days ago

As others have said, this is a 4WD trail, so it's rocky, big mud puddles, loose gravel, and no shade at all. Other than that, a nice trail, although I went all the way to Traver Peak. No jeeps, no people, nothing at all be me and dog.

hiking
27 days ago

This was the quietest trail we have ever been on and we LOVED it! The hike is beautiful, peaceful and so different than typical trail hikes. We wouldn't necessarily qualify it as a "hard" hike, we would solidly say a moderate. The last 3/4 of a mile has a 1/2 mile of rocky path (like the kind that enjoy slipping from under your feet. Pretty much more of a challenge heading down, trying to remain on feet not your bum!), but otherwise a fairly relaxing hike! We would highly recommend to anyone!!!

off road driving
rocky
28 days ago

I'm a first time offroad driver. This trail was just challenging enough! Mostly easy travel but there were a few butt puckering moments as we descended from the top of the pass. Beautiful vistas and I bet it's even prettier in the fall when the aspens are turning.

hiking
28 days ago

Our first 14er, so why not do 3? Started around 9:45 - a little late as parking was crazy. Was heavily trafficked but the day was sunny and beautiful - but very windy. Too busy going up to Mount Democrat so we went right and did Mount Cameron, Mount Lincoln (my personal fave) and Mount Bross. Descent down Mount Bross was challenging as it was loose and we skidded a lot. Had my pole’s so I felt a little more secure than I might have if I didn’t have them. Loved the day.

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