Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

good hike nice views

Hiking along the majestic Colorado River with my wife is a dream come true for us. We went from Grizzly Creek Rest area to Hanging Lake Rest area and back; a little over 7 miles. Relatively Easy hike.
Beautiful day to hike.
Good amount of water rushing through.
A few kayakers on the river. A few bicyclists.
Not many people in the trail.
W took a lot of great pictures.
We would recommend this trail for any out-of-state visitors to get an idea of how how beautiful Colorado is.

Spectacular views! Great views of Glenwood and Mount Sopris. There are are a couple of different trails. This trail is very close to town. Both trails plus the road will get you to the cross at the top. The trails were a mix of snow, ice and mud. Yak tracks good but be prepared to take them on and off. It is doable without yak tracks. Lots of history.

Hiked the trail up and walked the road down. The entire trip was snow-covered but very passable with a few ice spots. Fantastic views at several spots.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike with lots of scenic views. You can take the road or the trail up to the top. I highly recommend the trail. There are many different offshoots, so we started on Fall Line and ended on Cross Trail all the way up to the cross. Hiking it in winter, the snow was fairly compact, but yaktrax or similar is a must. There were some slick spots and parts of the trail are fairly steep, so you'll want the traction.
In a couple of places when crossing the road, the trail seemed to disappear on the other side. Just jump on the road for a switchback or two and you'll reaquire the trail. Fantastic views at the top! Will definitely do this trail again!

Hard to find the trailhead, but worth it when you do. Park at the final parking area before the road turns into a ranch private road. Then when you see the fire ring, turn left and walk through the grass until you see a small trailhead. It is near the Rifle Water sign. You’ll cross a covered log over the creek and the trail is easy from there. One of my favorite hikes. It has great variation, isn’t too challenging, and it has AMAZING views. In the summer, the wildflowers are amazing. You feel like you’re on top of the world.

Beautiful and simple paved trail. Great for a leisure day of biking.

5 months ago

Awesome hike close to Glenwood. Good views, well maintained, great elevation gain. I did it Dec 9th, so 50-60% of the trail was covered in snow. Doing the north part of the loop and going clockwise is recommended to avoid going downhill on snow and ice at the exposed portions. Took 2.5 hours to complete

We took our ATVs up transfer trail to Windy point today it was fabulous challenging hard fun fantastic views Rocky and spots steep in spots winding if there’s everything really fun just got to pay attention and stay on point on your vehicle and it was a great time I do it again

very well marked and maintained. great views.

7 months ago

Killer trail
mud rocks up hill down hill beautiful scenery.
well rounded trail!

road biking
7 months ago

The views of the canyon walls are so gorgeous and everyone seemed so friendly. We stopped and hiked Hanging Lake before going to Bain Ranch and turning around. It was a perfect addition for an all day adventure.

hiking
7 months ago

It's a good workout. I love water hikes and this doesn't have any water but it does have great views at the top along with surprises left near the trail. The warning sign is appropriate for bikers, skilled bikers only.

Simply beautiful!!!

Amazing bike ride out and back!

hiking
8 months ago

This was my first time on Red Mountain Trail. I really wanted to get to the Summit and see the cross and it was well worth it. took me nearly 3 hours to get to the top though I have to say a good part of that time was spent enjoying the scenery stopping & taking photos enjoying 360 degree views at every turn. truly fun trail for adventurous hikers. Be mindful of cyclists sharing the trail too. challenging for me at times. I recommend this hike. moderate to hard at least it was for me. Super cardio workout specially going up, coming down was a breeze!! bring lots of water and some snacks for blood sugar and protein

road biking
9 months ago

I have a terra trike, It is equipped with an electric motor, level 2. I have MS and walking and riding has become very difficult for me. My power assist trike has become a major God send for me as I now am able to do things that otherwise were impossible to me. I am looking forward to riding my terra trike from Carbondale to Aspen one day. However I was informed that E Bikes were not allowed on the Rio Grand trail up to Aspen. Is this true? I need to know. artheart1978@gmail.com

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for the person of moderate skill level. Fantastic views! I had no bear repellant and was completely alone on my way back down. As luck would have it, I encountered a bear after traversing about 1.7 miles down the trail. It had stalked me for that distance. The outcome for both the bear and for myself was good, though. Lessons learned: 1. Never hike alone and 2. Always have two cans of bear repellant as a minimum. I will definitely do this trail again. Be careful and have a great hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Very challenging in the dead of summer. PSA: Saw a bear cub half way up, be careful.

walking
9 months ago

For a lazy stroll on Day 1 of vacation - 5 stars. In general, 3 (especially if you you are in the afternoon sun)

hiking
10 months ago

The trail itself goes straight up the hillside and is a bit of a tree basher. We abandoned the trail and took the road, about a third of the way up. Made for a much more pleasant hike. The views of Glenwood below and Mt. Sopris in the distance were fantastic.

hiking
10 months ago

A great day hike, not a lot of people on the Thursday I went, and a stunning end view!! The beginning of the trail was the hardest part, basically a vertical climb. But after that, it opened to a road that takes you all the way up with some trails curving off into the woods. The road is the easiest path for sure.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike. Did the loop in 3 hrs starting at 0730. Some steep parts but the trail is nice and smooth. The quiet on the top was awesome. Just birds and chipmunks. Incredible views. Some confusion on the trail in certain areas since its not well marked but easy to figure out

off road driving
10 months ago

From a Guy who has grown up in TN and wanted to try what was out west in off road trails this is by far some of the most fun that I have had easy to drive in my FJ cruiser did not have to engage the locker or traction aid super fun and great views as well as the trail is moderately traveled and not too crazy light traffic for my day definitely going back

there were no signs a few feet into the start and we ended up going straight up the mountain. had never used the trail app before but turned it on after we had walked an hour at what felt like a straight vertical climb. We finally found the real trail which was to the left initially and the walk down was incredible! Do take fruit and water and sunscreen.

Nice hike. I took the trail up and the road down do to issues with my knees. Nice views of GWS. There is a picnic table at the top which would be good for lunch.

hiking
11 months ago

I really liked this trail. Definitely wear a hat and take plenty water as not a lot of shade farther up, but beautiful. We were the only ones on the trail that day. Where my profile pic was taken.

first time I took the truck out for some 4x4. no one else was out there so it was awesome.

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fantastic exercise. Great views!

Monday, May 01, 2017

It's not a "wild" trail by any means, but if you want a pristine view of Glenwood Springs, this is the trail to take. You can get a solid post card picture. The trail is wide and mostly paved, great for biking (down) and jogging. Optionally, you can take the hiking trail less traveled that shortcuts and is more challenging, a wonderful leg workout. It is mostly uncovered along the trail, lots of sun exposure. Highly recommended.

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