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

Had a blast but more people have to pay attention to the leash law. I do and it annoys me that others don't.

Great short hike for family

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25 days ago

My new favorite trail. The end would have been a little better a few weeks ago, there's tons of aspens up when you go away from the creek. Unlike most trails this follows along the creek right at the start, tons of shade even in late October and still lots of color. You climb up along the side of the narrow valley following the creek, lots of cross overs from the little streams that flow into it. Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek get all the attention in Glenwood Canyon but this is a great trail.

Hiked this trail this past Friday morning with my kids, aged 11 and 14. Remember when these smokejumpers lost their lives on this mountain and think of that every time I drive through here and look up the mountain, which is still dotted with charred trees. Wanted to share this with my kids. Perfect fall day. Bright blue skies against the red of the mountains and the muted copper and gold of scrub oaks lining the trail.We were one of two cars in the lot. The other reviews are accurate— there is a fair amount of climbing, but the overall elevation gain is only 1830 feet and relative to 14er hikes, there is plenty of oxygen. That said, my son complained a lot until we reached the memorials. Amazing 360 views! And the interpretive signs along the way explain the logistics of that fateful day. As you descend into the gulch floor and back up to the high point, there are charred trees to remind you of the power of fire. My only complaint is that the memorial trees and the individual stone crosses are overwhelmed with mementos— some appropriate (fire axes, helmets, gloves) and some that are just clutter (empty liquor bottles?). The memorial trees are covered with t-shirts that have disintegrated over time, so this particular spot is quite haunting. Overall it is a great and somber hiking experience— and a nice way to pay respects to those people who came here from other states to fight fires in Colorado.

Awesome hike.

Hiked storm king today. Started at 8:30am a nice 49 crisp morning. Perfect. The trail is rated extremely difficult. I hike every week and I would absolutely rate this the same. The trail has a short cut way up and down once you go up the stairs to the other side of Canyon stay to the right. The trail looks like it goes of to left. It does if you want to add distance to your hike. Which we did. Only because the short cut trail was very over grown sage brush. The trail was covered in fall leaves so we didn’t know it was a trail. We were ok with going the extra distance. But coming down we found the coming down from the memorial sight if you see the post with #3 that’s your short cut down just past it. Marked only with ribbons tied to the sage brush. Very heart breaking to see the crosses. Very breathtaking to see the view. I would do this trail again.

Absolutely incredible. Very challenging. The history behind it makes this trail that much better. Thank you to all our firefighters!

hiking
1 month ago

Grizzly Creek is a great hike! Peaceful with the sounds of water and beautiful scenery! We didn’t walk the whole thing so I can’t say how it ends but the first 1-2 miles in was pretty easy. Not too crowded either.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! We loved the constant sound of the creek and the high canyon walls either side. The climb is broken up by numerous short stretches of flat (or almost flat) which often allow you to catch your breath a bit without stopping. Highly recommended and easy to access.

nice long hike by the water, mostly shady there will be a point where you'll see a broken tree on the trail and it will seem like you can't go any further but climb over it and keep going till you get to the waterfall

Going past the main bridge is moderately worth it. Probably another 15 minutes until a nice view looking down the canyon. All of the waterfalls are about 10 minutes before the main bridge 3 miles up.

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1 month ago

Nice quick steep hike with pretty views of Glenwood Springs & dog friendly.

Easy and nice and scenic. Short and urbanish.

I only hiked to the observation point. I’m writing this review in Sept but I hiked this trail in the July heat. Not a smart move. By the time I got up to the observation point, two liters of water were gone. I had two dogs with me that weren’t going to be able to make the rest of the hike without water. So, after we reached Observation Point we turned back. I’d like to return on a cooler day and finish out the hike. It’s a very sobering journey up. Firefighters are heroes and this fire was a big one that took many lives. I look forward to returning and completing the historical trail. Steep as can be on the way up, but a really good work out. Bring water, snacks, and tissue for wiping your tears away.

Great hiking trail just past Kid Curry gravesite if you desire to go further. First seems to go straight up and can be strenuous but after a short while there are small trails off to the sides that go back and forth and are more level if you don't desire going straight up. Hiked for a total of 2.5miles from TH before calling it quits due to half bottle of water

Good short trail, easy for young kids.

Very pretty hike. Knowing the history of the area makes the experience much more meaningful.

hiking
1 month ago

First Colorado hiking trail, excellent choice. Steady incline with beautiful bubbling creek sounds alongside trail. Lots of large stone & creek photo ops. Plenty of shaded & sunny sections.

Beautiful, quiet hike along a stream with old mining sites, cliffs and a lot of shade. We walked about 1/2 way and were able to overlook the small canyon with the water below. Not crowded, especially in the earlier AM.

hiking
2 months ago

this is the best trail i've been on, beautiful creek with flushing water, not difficult, you can actually enjoy the beautiful scenery without having to watch your feet every 2 seconds... you go as far as you want, when the creek end, it start getting a little stiff and edgy so we turned around but still go further next time!

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2 months ago

Awesome trail. Rated moderate but still a good steady climb. Great scenes, lots of running water. At about 7,000, my wife and I took a quick break a few feet apart from one another...I was up trail when I heard a rustling in the brush on the upslope side and then thumping on the trail - turned to my right and saw a black bear cub, golden brown with a darker brown ruff around his neck...we saw each other at the same moment. The "little" critter did an about face and retraced his steps back from where he/she came...there were ar least two more, probably mom and a sibling judging from the sounds we heard. My wife never saw the bear - the whole incident occurred over maybe 3-4 seconds... We made some noise, carried on up trail without further incident. My only regret is not getting a once in a lifetime photo op...
This occurred last Monday, September 10. Lots of berries along the trail. Overall I'd rate this hiking trail a 10.

One of my all time favorite bike rides. Get up close to the majestic Colorado river as it changes personality - rapids, calm. Seeing the amazing engineering of the highway through the canyon is an added bonus - constructed to minimize blasting the canyon. Finally, you get views of the steep canyon walls, which seem to change as the sun crosses the sky and shadows play.

Walking it? Maybe. Bike out and back yourself, or use a shuttle service from Glenwood Springs.

hiking
2 months ago

Take your gps, otherwise who knows where you’ll end up! There are no trail markers. I followed the AllTrails gps. I went on a hot day. I would go on a cool day if I was you! My dog and I went through 4 liters of water. First part of trail is uphill and a good workout. The rest is a mix. I took lots of pictures and stopped for water breaks. It took us 3 hrs 15 mins. I’m a physically fit 62 year old. I’m sure young whippersnappers could do it faster

nice and easy hike along the river with easy access

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Not many hikers on it. Lovely hike along the creek which has many waterfalls and cascades. We walked to the bridge~3 miles up. We will do this trail again when we’re in the area.

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2 months ago

A nice hike with pleasant views the whole time. The last 1/3rd or so is substantially steeper than the beginning, and people with a little juice still left in them have the option of continuing across the creek and climbing a bit up the valley. There and back took me about 4.5 hours at a brisk pace with a quick exploration of the other side of the creek.

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2 months ago

The coolest part of this trail is that it follows No Name Creek all the way up the canyon (?). Someone in the comments below suggested turning back at the foot bridge. I want to clarify what they said and then offer my opinion. There is a bridge at the very beginning of this hike - about 1/2 a half - they aren't talking about this bridge. They are talking about a downed tree turned into a bridge to cross the creek further up the trail. This is a good spot to turn back, depending on how far to wish to hike. If you continue about a mile further up the trail you will come to a magnificent and breathtaking view of the surrounding canyons. I also suggest dipping your feet into the cold mountain water for a soak on a hot day!

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2 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful trail, if you can find it. Here are some directions to help you. First, your GPS will take you to a neighborhood, and this is correct. The trail head is at the dead end of 8th St. to your left. You'll see a small red sign directing you. There is nowhere to park directly near the trail head, so you'll just have to find street parking. The visitor's center said you won't be ticketed or towed.
When you first get to the trail head you will see 3 trails that appear to go in 3 different directions, any of these three will actually get you up in the same direction. I personally recommend the trail to your far right. Once you get to the top of that hill stay to your left and look for a bench. If you pass that bench you are on the right trail. If you do not pass the bench turn back. There is an incredibly steep trail that leads upwards, I mistakenly followed this trail and had to back track. This trail is not part of the official trail.

Hope this is helpful to you guys as it is information I wish that I had before starting the hike. The view is worth the hike!

Loved Hanging Lake trail! It’s definitely steep, especially in the beginning. And, the trail was very crowded. That aside, it was super beautiful and worth the pumping heart rate! The lake is fantastic, as was spouting rock. Get there early so as to have a spot to park, and avoid the rush!

The first coupe of miles are pretty easy and has lots of river stop opportunities for your pup along the way. After mile 2 more significant elevation gains are made. The trail is well maintained and the views are beautiful. I had my dog on a leash like requested but no-one else did, so be prepared for that.

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