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

I loved this segment of the CT. It was full of just right up and downs, beautiful terrain that was varied and interesting, it had good water and nice camping spots. It would be a perfect hike/backpacking trip to do with kids. And I can’t wait to hike it this fall when the aspen turn!

This was a fun trail for sure. Once you are on the trail, the first few miles are pretty rocky. A few spots you need to make sure you have a good line, but otherwise it can be done. I’d recommend good tires, a lift and a functional T-case at a minimum. There were a few strangers that went up, but turned around while we were up there. The top of Red Cone is amazing. The trial going down is steep, but nothing too bad. We will go again soon.

hiking
12 days ago

We hiked this in the morning of 7/7/2018. We hiked from the south end, located a mile or two north of Grant. We left our car at 8:30am, entering at the very far south end which is marked only by a bridge over the stream and a small sign stating No Camping. Only 4 - 6 parking spots there. You can drive on north less than a mile where you’ll find what seems to be the main parking - several spaces and bathrooms. The trail was easy to follow, and at that rather early hour, we didn’t see anyone until we’d walked north 3/4 of a mile and came to the parking lot with bathrooms. We walked two miles north from our car until we hit what was, for us with a leashed dog, a roadblock. At that point, you’ll need to cross the stream by walking first across a fallen tree, then onto a pile of flotsam maybe 8-10’ long to continue across the stream. We plan to return sometime without our dog and do that. The trail was for the most part damp to a bit of mud, and probably 90% shaded as it goes through forest. I thought it was quite beautiful. It closely follows the roadway but isn’t right next to it. We saw no animals, but as the forest is quite dense, I wouldn’t imagine there aren’t any. Overall - beautiful hike.

Addition: Although this is a driving road as mentioned by others, there most definitely *is* the very nice hiking path that I’ve described. After the first of our two hours, we saw quite a few other hikers.

Amazing trail, only went in 2 miles, to a sweet campsite then scrambled down to the river. Perfect quick afternoon hike

Drove the byway today. Its 24 miles of smooth highway. Great views, plenty of areas to park, picnic, hike, or camp. Didnt see any 4x4 trails.

This was a really fun trail! Some very high and steep points.

Very beautiful, but we only went one mile in and back

scenic driving
1 month ago

We just drove this scenic byway today, 6/16/18, under nice cloudy and overcast sky's. This would be a great drive in the fall as there are a lot of aspens along this route. We came in from the Grant side which is a fairly gradual climb to the pass. This is fathers day weekend, and there were a ridiculous amount of people at the pass hiking, camping, and whatever else. Tons of cars. At the pass there are several trails one can start off on, the most common being the trail to the 14er Mt. Bierstadt. There are a few high country lakes you can reach on the west side of the road from here too. Continuing on down the Georgetown side of the pass, it is really steep!! We saw a trio of bighorn sheep right on the road. Then finally down into Georgetown and a stop for a libation. Cool town with some really neat old homes and buildings. Very nice drive!! Have to do it again some time in the sunshine, but the clouds were very welcome. Well worth the time.

1 month ago

Nice trail to the lake, no trail after the lake. The GPS is just from someone hiking straight up.

hiking
1 month ago

easy hike until 3.5 miles in, which is where this trail technically ends but the trail continues after that. Can’t wait to go back and see after I turned around and make the hike longer. Very pretty and shaded.

This trail mingles with the Colorado Trail for about 0.2 miles then breaks off. Easy hike for most of the trail until you hit 3 miles then it is a mild to moderate scramble along the river. Ending was great and a good place to sit enjoy a snack and rest before heading back. Good for trail running too.

The trail continues another 2-3 miles past the red highlighted route on All Trails but it doesn’t really lead to a peak with a view or anything unless we completely missed it. This trail is a great backpacker’s warm up for a longer, higher more strenuous trek if planning one. Rated 3 stars for lack of open views.

This by far has to be one of my favorite trails lots of great views and the further you go the better. It gets really rough which is what I like I actually fell on my face lol. Great water crossings and even a small waterfall about 5 miles in. We got a late start so we didn’t get as far as we wanted to but we’re definitely going back.

on Whale Peak

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Don't underestimate this little 13er! The terrain is rough and the road to access the trailhead is even rougher. You will not be able to access the trail without a off-road decent vehicle (we had an awd Subaru outback with good tires, and still barely made it). That said, the trail is very nice, if somewhat poorly maintained. We saw moose, ptarmigan, marmot, pika, and deer. The views of Gilpin lake & the surrounding valley are fantastic, as is the view from the summit.

Nice drive-in to this hike - managed the drive fairly easily without 4-wheel drive, though I imagine it would be necessary in the colder months when the road is in worse shape. The hike itself was beautiful with multiple river crossings. The All-trails rating is “hard” but this was an easy-to-moderate hike for most experienced hikers. The trail continues past the all trails map for at least another 2-3 miles where it gets quite a bit steeper and may cross into the moderate/hard range. Could not follow the trail to the end because it started to get fairly icy with packed down snow near the top. Follow the all trails route for an easier, albeit slightly lengthy, and picturesque hike. Continue on for a more challenging and steeper grade and some more nice views.

Fantastic, easy trail! We only passed a few water trails but the viewpoint a few miles in is beautiful.

This place is beautiful! Ideal forest hike w/several small streams to cross. we went well further than we were to, and things only get more beautiful the farther you go. Trail is in really great shape. Some snowy patches up high, but again - we figured out we'd gone too far. About 10mi - this place just got away from us.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Saw some bighorn rams and spectacular views of Georgetown and surrounding area. Road is closed at 8.2 miles in due to snow. Worth the drive!

The first couple of miles are nice a pretty free of snow. Gets a little trickier to find the trail the higher you go due to the snow. Didn't make it to the lake and didn't see any tracks of anyone who had. Still a lovely hike though. Camped nearby and was great weather.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great and easy.

bit cold this morning. here to video sunrise. awesome!

mountain biking
6 months ago

gorgeous! bikepacking from Kenosha pass, camped in Grants pass and rolled out the next morning to Copper mtn. Plenty of water in this segment on the CT.

Just a forest walk. The trail just keeps going up. No variety and easy to get lost at switchbacks as the trail is not well marked at all.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Nice drive on a fall day with snow at the top of the pass

Aspens are at their peak and starting to drop their leaves. Walked from Highway 285 trailhead in 1.5 miles and back. Easy incline and amazing views. The trail is very busy with hikers, families, photographers, bikers and dogs.

Such a beautiful hike!!

Amazing, but don't go if you are afraid of heights

off road driving
10 months ago

July 15th 2017.
Made it to Webster pass from Montezuma but Webster was snowed in on the south side, so went down from Webster Pass and up Radical Hill. Didn't make it all the way either as Radical was snowed in as well but did make it pretty close to the high point of the trail before stopping for a picnic and heading back down. Very beautiful views from Radical Hill.
Radical Hill lived up to it's name! Some good rocky areas that required a walk before attempting to pick out the best path. 4wd low was a must as was some added clearance.
A really good trail for off roading but not so much for beginners. Large sections of the trail are easy enough but then there are a couple areas that can be a bit really intimidating.
Need to go back so we can complete the trail this year!

1999 Jeep Wrangler, 3" lift, 33x12.5 tires, 4.0L 5 spd. Needed the clearance and the tires, didn't need to use the 9000# winch or unpin the the front sway. So a rocky ride but not a crazy one!

Great trail with great views. The trail up is very rocky and was more difficult then expected. The views on top are amazing.

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