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Beautiful hike with a couple short steep spots on way out so worth it

A lot of switchbacks down the trails make the trail a perfect grade. The trails was well maintained and had 2 bridges to cross the creek. Towards the bottom of the trail you were walking next to the creek which had numerous waterfalls. At the end you could see where the creek and river meet up and because of the current from the river up into the stream you could jump in. The canyon wall was stunning the entire way. Took my dad and I just over two hours with a break at the bottom

hiking
10 days ago

this is 2 miles up a rocky trail and 2 miles down. It was much more strenuous than I thought it would be. it just wasn't fun.

Beautiful trail. Amazing views. Great place to swim at the bottom. Awesome campsites down at the bottom. Wish I had known about it would have been a great place to stay. I clearly don’t do enough cardio, had to stop a few times coming back up. But we did the whole thing in about 2.5 hours including a stop at the bottom. Be sure to go check out the vista...you can look all the way down to the beach you just walked to.

230 some Steps going up and down is the only challenge here. Nice and flat following the river. I loved the feel of being in the canyon. The little history info along the way was fun too! We got to go even a bit further since the water was low. I wish it would have been Raspberry season because of all the plants along the trail. Free snacks. :)

I hiked this the 3rd week in June. I started up the trail late in the afternoon with my backpack and after a couple of miles, found a place to set up my tent next to the creek just below the gate. It was a nice spot but I probably would have gone farther that first day if I had known there were so many great spots to camp. The next morning, I hiked up to storm pass. Lots of elevation,but excellent views: wildlife, several waterfalls, and very few people. I sat up on Storm Pass for quite a while just taking in the views. I hiked back down and packed up my camp because I decided I wanted to camp at the lovely meadow by the creek under the huge aspens. I was visited by some free range cows that night before sundown. The next morning, I unzipped my tent to spot a big black bear down by the creek. He just lumbered up into the trees, but I was glad I hung my food the night before.
This is an enchanting strenuous hike. I cant wait to do it again.

My 12yr old daughter enjoyed this for something quick to do.

on Mill-Castle Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail to high point on June 3. Still spectacular with lots of water and waterfalls. Snow in upper basin still present but clearing and not a trail obstacle.

What an absolutely beautiful hike. I hiked with two Gunnison residents, that find the hike back to the top strenuous, but not too bad. For myself, coming from sea level and not used to strenuous hikes... it was really tough going up. And slow. It took us about 4.5 hours all total which included hanging out with our feet in the lake for a while before heading back up. Bring more water than you think you’ll need. Passed two great camping spots along the trail too, complete with fire pits, picnic tables, and one had a bear box. Very hard and tiring, but gorgeous.

25 miles in and out? or just 25 miles straight in and 25 miles back??

Beautiful. Easy out and back trail. The end of the trail offer great view. No sheds though. Went out there this morning (around 6.30am on May20, 2018) so it felt nice when the sun was out. I could see it being super hot in mid-summer days.
there were some muddy spots in the beginning but they dried out pretty quickly.

hiking
2 months ago

GF and I did this hike two days ago and absolutely loved it. The Curecanti Creek is running high with runoff right now and was present in all of it's incredible glory. As most have commented, the climb back up is moderately strenuous, but we did it in short time. The map is a little deceptive as the trail leads all the way down to where the creek feeds into the reservoir. This is now one of our favorite hikes.

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy hike. Bring the dogs or kids, and a lunch to eat at the end. Great early season hike, just be prepared for super muddy spots on the trail!

Kinda strenuous, but totally worth it.

Beautiful views throughout. Beautiful in the fall time

If you get the chance you should absolutely hike this trail!!

hiking
9 months ago

Though it's quite a drop, the hike back up actually felt quite gradual. Because of this (and because I'm not super athletic), I'd rate it as moderate. Of course we were hiking in October ~ perhaps the midday sun in summer would make it a different story! Ahh, but it's just about as beautiful as it gets...

We did the trail because it Saïd wheelchair friendly... but in the middle there is a bridge with stairs... so totaly not wheelchair accessible... so we were disappoined

hiking
9 months ago

Fun for kids

9 months ago

Fun for kids

hiking
10 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. Yes, it is muddy from the horse traffic, but well worth it. Bring an old pair of hiking boots and embrace the muck. Because it gets so much rain, the wildflowers are tall and plentiful. The aspen forest is full of huge trees and there is a lake that is completely covered with grass. There are excellent views of the Castles at the beginning and equally impressive views of the Anthricites as you continue up the trail. Fall is a wonderful time to do this hike. The Castles in the fall are breathtaking, and this trail offers the best views of it and it is drier. Once you hike up the steep hill at the trailhead, the trail mellows out into a much more gradual ascent.

It's so peaceful and very diverse.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trail. Creek is very pretty to walk along. At the end you get to a larger lake like body of water with the canyon all around you. Take a swim! The hike back is a nice little workout

hiking
11 months ago

This hike starts off route 92 and travels deep into a beautiful canyon.  The trail runs parallel to a raging waterfall leading to a serene reservoir with the Curecanti Needle in prominent display along the way. While it's definitely steep on the way back up, if you're in reasonable shape this hike is doable.

walking
11 months ago

Neversink is never open during the summer when there is a lot of runoff. The trail tends to flood. I tried to go at the end of May and July, and the trail was closed at the bridge. The walk up the bridge was nice though.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We did this trail at night. Started around 8pm. Took small kids and dogs with us. Fun trail and a great view. Lots of ambient light so we barely needed our lights.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

This is a down and back up trail, so conserve energy and water to compete the trail. Vault toilet toward the bottom of the canyon.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Absolutely amazing

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Very Nice. Easy and quiet. Some great vistas for photography.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Easy access for a quick outing. Did it in deep snow. Only saw a couple folks on the trail. Overall nice hike.

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