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

hiking
3 months ago

We accidentally found this CPW wilderness area while searching unsuccessfully for places to hike on BLM land. So glad we found it! It is very close to the town of Meeker, only a 10 min drive, and was perfect for snowshoeing! We saw impressive views of the entire valley during the majority of the hike. We will definitely be coming back here again to snowshoe, hike, or trail run!

on Marvine Loop Trail

backpacking
5 months ago

Amazing views almost the whole way. Mosquitoes were very bad around 4th of July.

Did this on gaited horses yesterday. Great loop awesome views of different types and all kinds of terrain. Tracked on 2 gps and it was more like 29 miles, not sure where 21 came from.

The Marvine Loop trail is nearly snow free and passable around the entire loop, as of a June 13-15, 2018 trip.

backpacking
9 months ago

Has anyone attempted this trail recently? I am planning a trip here on June 13, 2018 and looking for condition reports. Thanks!

hiking
10 months ago

Lots of trees and not many open views.

hiking
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Great little hike.

hiking
Monday, November 13, 2017

The trail is no longer public, private landowner now.

backpacking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

This trail was very beautiful, the scenery was literally breathtaking! Both Marvine Trails (East and west) were very well travelled and easy to follow but once you get to the "trail" that connects the two you better have a good sense of direction, a map to follow, and altimeter, and something that keeps track of mileage. The trail literally disappears at the top of the plateau and you have to figure out which way to go and for how long. My group got so lost going from West Marvine to East Marvine that we ended up in the middle of the plateau, cliffs all around us, and 6 miles out of the way of the trail. We were forced to go through some tretortous terrain just to finally find the trail so far from where we realized we were lost at and we had a map of the area and a Garmin watch that kept track of all our mileage and stuff. Our 21.8 mile hike quite rapidly became a 29 mile hike and I was to the point of calling search and rescue to come help us. My advice: get a fishing license before you go so if you have to call search and rescue it's at no charge to you, buy a handheld and topographic map of the region, and hope that you can make your way from one Marvine trail to the other without getting as lost as we did. Oh and bring a water purifier because I know we ran out of water on top of the plateau and had to stop at a stream to fill up.

backpacking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Some of the most beautiful scenery in CO! We backpacked the full loop over three days in August hiking about 7 miles per day. Weather was perfect. We started the loop going counterclockwise and returned on East Marvine Trail.

There was plenty of the water on the trail, including streams, ponds and lakes, but we made sure to fill up at each opportunity. The trail is not well marked with sign posts except for a few locations, but is fairly easy to follow. Few horse trails branch off. There are also a good amount of stream/river crossings.

About half way out where you reach the top of the flat tops, the trail disappears completely in places and is only marked with cairns and post (but some have fallen down). Best to have a compass for this section to avoid walking the wrong direction. It helped immensely to have the AllTrails map too. Make sure you have plenty of water BEFORE you reach the flat tops as there is no water available for this section (in August) until you're back down the other side of the mountain - a good 4-5 miles.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I've hiked this trail three times discovering new features every time. I recommend hiking a mile beyond the bridge over Cross Creek for the outstanding views of Cross Creek from higher elevations. Many folks turn around at the bridge over Cross Creek which a very nice hike. But ther additional effort beyond the bridge is rewarded with wonderful views. I have met families hiking to this point beyond ther bridge who pitch a tent and stay overnight so they can fish the pools of Cross Creek. The wild flowers during late July and early August are outstanding. But if you don't want to hike this 600 foot gain in altitude which is very manageable, there are places even before you reach the bridge that offer an outstanding picnic location for a shor day hike. Be aware that the parking at the trailhead is limited. I recommend arriving at the trailhead at 9 AM or no later than 10 AM.

backpacking
Monday, September 12, 2016

I was not a fan of this hike for a few reasons: 1) the hike immediately descends into lower elevation where the creek is and views are inhibited; 2) the terrain rolls up and down for miles gaining and losing elevation which plays tricks on your mind when you're on a long backpacking trip; 3) the hike is almost entirely woody until you reach Harvey Lake (Mile 11); and 4) the trail is badly maintained in parts and overgrown with dense, thick marsh in lowland areas. We hike in 9 miles and did one night before hiking back out. We only did this because neighboring Fall Creek Trail is shutdown due to wildfire. This hike is certainly not on my favorite list.

backpacking
Friday, September 09, 2016

Awesome trail! We hiked in about six miles with one overnight stay. Great views and varied terrain with ascending and descending treks, open and rocky trails. Excellent water access for filtering. Weather was perfect.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great hike. About 30 minutes to the bridge. Fairly easy to this point with spectacular views of aspen, pine and mountain vistas.

Monday, September 05, 2016

I did this hike 20 years ago with friends when I lived in Vail. Came back today with my family. My daughter and husband loved it as much as I did. Its the perfect Colorado hike. Slight hills. Very cool bridge over the creek. Open Meadows. Side trail down to a waterfall. Amazing trees surrounding you the whole way.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Gorgeous

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Perfect hike to the bridge with my 4.5 & 2.5 year-old. 1.4 miles from trailhead to creek crossing. Beautiful, interesting terrain, and 2 little stream crossings before the big one. We'll definitely do it again!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Great trail. We didnt get to as much of the trail as we wanted to because we fished alot. beautiful mountain stream along the way. I liked that the trail started up into the mountain.

backpacking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

This is hands down the best trail I have ever hiked. The way I have always done it is to start out on Missouri Lakes trail and cross over the pass to start out on Cross Creek trail from the end at Blodgett lake. I camp out at Mill Pond in the valley beneath Blodgett lake the first night and then travel down Cross Creek trail on the second day to a campsite near a bridge crossing. You will know it when you see it. The second day hike is all down hill and is crazy beautiful. You probably won't see a soul on the second day and you can take a quick side trail to Harvey Lake if you feel ambitious. On day three you can either hike out to the end of Cross Creek trail or you can take West Grouse mountain trail to Turquoise Lakes. The Grouse Mountain trail is seldom traveled and the trail disappears so you need to follow the rock cairns. Fishing is really good at the lakes and in the creek but they are generally small cut throat trout. Crazy nice trail and a must do if you are an avid back packer. If you go to Turquoise lakes and camp an extra night the last day out is all down hill and ends up at the base of Beaver Creek ski area where you can collapse and drink many beers!

trail running
Monday, June 06, 2016

this is beautiful country and there was not a soul in sight either. This is more of a horse trailer but hiking would also be good. Running was a bit rough because the trail is not in the best condition. There are a lot of fallen trees but overall this a great trail with gorgeous views as the trail runs a couple hundred feet above a river. The trailhead starts right at the first campground at the end of county road 12, super easy to find.

camping
Friday, June 05, 2015

Our first camp out with the kids...at 10,000 feet. Paradise. Looks like a beer commercial in the land of endless lakes, pines and flowers.

camping
Saturday, March 21, 2015

I only hiked in about 5-6 miles. Camped just above the open Meadows. It was a nice hike in and out. Did't make it to any lakes but the creek was wide enough were I was Camped.

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