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One of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I have done!! The only annoyances were the mosquitos/flies and the final 2 mile uphill (especially since we were in campsite 11). I found the whole area to be very clean and peaceful. Although all sites were booked on the website, we found that less than half were actually occupied on the Wednesday and Thursdays nights we stayed. I would consider this a MUST do hike if you can physically do the mileage with backpack.

Completed this trail on 7/7

This was an amazing trail! The mileage here is a little off. My garmin watch calculated it around 9.25 miles each way(18.5 round trip). The trail takes you through several different landscapes which adds a lot of great visuals for the hike. It is about 7 miles to the ford crossing which you will need to either take off your boots totally or switch to other footwear to cross without significant water intake. The final 2 miles are very tough and up hill. A full pack certainly makes it more difficult. Once at the hot springs, it was a great relief. With the new permitting system, our stay had about half the sites occupied. Some of the grounds were on a slant which made sleeping not ideal but some of the spots were perfect and flat. We watched the sun set in the hot springs and called it a night.

Make sure to bring bug spray, your bear canister, and human waste bags! The rangers are on the lookout for folks not bringing the bear canister as their reports say the activity is high in the area.

Also, be mindful of when you stop and rest. A moose came out of the trees and there wasn't much for cover besides a rock and a very thin tree. Luckily it saw us and kept walking.

This trail was absolutely beautiful! The hot springs at the top are completely worth it.

The trail leads through several valleys, fields of wild flowers and refreshing river crossings! My boyfriend and I reached the hot springs at about 4 hours (moving time), by keeping a good pace with the bags on. The last stretch was a little bit of a false hope due to seeing signs for the campsites, then ended up trekking about another mile to our site. The last stretch is all up hill. We ended up doing 9.1 miles to the hot springs.

The trail is an easy hike to the hot springs which are some of the best I've visited. Park in the Mad Creek trail head lot, there is a map posted there showing the HS trail. It's a narrow trail, not very scenic but good option instead of driving up. We made it in about 75 minutes. Lightweight pants would have been nice but not necessary.
As for the springs, go early like right at open if want a chair but either way go. I've visited a dozen springs in colorado and these are some of the nicest.

Great spring day adventure. I guess being June it is summer. butterflies line the trail and the strawberry hot springs are a unique trail end treat.

It’s been a long time since I’ve hiked this but one of the greatest hikes I have ever been on.

15 days ago

Thank you thank you whoever cleared the trail, takes about half the time to get to the spring now.

16 days ago

Started out around noon to hike to the springs. Fair warning, there is not much shade on the trail. Got to my destination in a little over three hours, set up camp, then had the hot spring all to myself! Perfect end to the day. Camped there overnight and hiked out in the morning. The trail is clear and beautiful!

on Radium Hot Springs

23 days ago

I only gave this trail 3 stars because it just wasn't for us. This trail is referred to as "THE party stop" on the Colorado River, according to one River Ranger. On a weekend, if you're up for a festive, party atmosphere with people watching, including dare devils cliff-jumping from 40-50 feet and rafters / paddle boarders, loud music starting from early afternoon to 1 AM, and revelry of the like, then this is for you. If quieter, more serene backpacking is for you, the River Ranger recommended coming during the week or not at all. After the short scramble up, it is easy for 2 people to share carrying in a cooler or box of firewood -- as close to car camping as you can get without the car.

***no glass***
***pack out your poop***

Stunning hike and hot springs, except that we cleaned up and packed out a previous camper's food trash and poop, in addition to our own. The hotsprings was lovely but people brought glass wine bottles and glass pipes. This area is world class! Be a better steward!

We are pretty fit ladies from Denver and we took six hours going up and four coming down. My GPS/Garmin claimed it was 9.8 miles (?!?).

The creek fording was mid-calf/below the knee on June 13-15.

Gorgeous place. I hope people don't ruin it.

Incredible hike, the new permit system and ranger enforcement has really gotten the area cleaned up. Springs are very clean. If you can do it on a weekday you'l likely have the area to yourself or only with a few other people. Not near as difficult of a hike as a lot of people seem to make it out to be. Trailhead to main pool in just under 3 hours, back down to trailhead in just over 2 hours. Don't think of it as a 17 mile hike, it's more like a 8.5 mile hike, with several hours in a hot spring, with another, separate 8.5 mile hike afterwards.

GPS clocked around 8.4 miles each way, trail and campsites are now free of snow.

Nice single track trail with good variety of vegetation, views, and shade. Tons of butterflies in June. The hotspings are a great destination for an put&back trail. My kids (8&10) and husband (with recent knee replacement) had no trouble at all, so I would rate it easy. Fun outing for the family!

At this current time with the condition of the trail, it is easily do-able in one day! There's really not a lot of wet trail, mostly dry except for the creek crossings. I started at 0730 and I was at the hot springs by noon. I had the springs all to myself for about an hour, which was a very nice treat. The trek down took about 3 hours, but I was hoofing it pretty hard on the descent. Definitely will see some wildlife! I saw two moose! and others I talked to on the trail had seen a bear. The rangers were out and being very stingy about permits and bear canisters, so make sure you have both if you're doing an overnight. Enjoy! It's a magical place.

Backpacked this 6/13-6/14, trail was fairly moderate most of the way up until about the last mile. That was the steepest part of the hike in my opinion. Also, got to the top and we were booked to camp inside eight. My partner and I spent amount 45 minutes to an hour simply looking for the site. We did not find it, as a lot of the area inside seven and eight were covered with snow. Not sure if you can find them now. We ended up staying inside one, even though online everything looked book, there were probably approximately six groups at the top. Also a woman that I met at the top said that this trail was actually approximately 10 miles instead of the 8.7 miles according to the app.

We did a 3 day backpacking trip from Aspen to Crested Butte so I'll break it down day by day. There was 5 of us and all of us are in our upper 20s and in good shape. However, only one of us had been on a long backpacking trip like this before.
Day 1: Arrived at Condundrum Creek trailhead on Aspen side on June 14, 2018 around 9 a.m. Got to the springs by 3. Still a few parking spots left. Parking doesn't seem to be as much of a problem as I thought it might be due to people constantly coming and going on the trail. However, it was a Thursday, not a weekend day. It took us about 6 hours to reach the hot springs including lunch and other short breaks. The river you have to ford towards the end of the hike was not difficult at all but we did not see the rope that is mentioned in other post. The last 2 miles is the most difficult part of this hike with most of the elevation gain in this section. The springs were beautiful, clean and only had about 20 people in them that night. Didn't feel crowded at all. Most people chose the nude option when in the springs. No snow pack on the trail at all this time of year. Definetly a doable out-and-back with just a day pack but would need to start early.
Day 2: Hiked over Triangle Pass to Copper Lake. Started around noon and got to the lake around 5. The hike up to Triangle Pass was very difficult with about 2,000 feet of elevation gain in only 2-3 miles. You cross over 4-5 small streams, about 2-3 snow packed areas and 2-3 small scree fields. It gets cold and windy towards the top so bring warm clothes. From the top of the pass it is a 2,000 foot elevation drop over about another 2-3 miles down to Copper Lake. There are about 7 areas where you have to walk through snow pack and most of the way down is through scree fields. Not particularly difficult but very tedious and tiring especially after just summiting Triangle Pass. The whole trip took about 4-5 hours. The last hour or so was difficult as we were very tired. However, Copper Lake was definetly worth it. We camped out there that night and had the whole lake to ourselves. Would not recommend hiking all the way down to Crested Butte from Condundrum Springs in one day and unless you are a very strong and experienced hiker or started early enough to take a lot of extended breaks.
Day 3: Continued down Copper Creek Trail down to the Judd Falls Trailhead. Was only about 4-5 miles long. Downhill the whole way. Had to ford a few small creeks but was a very easy and relaxing hike to end the trip. Only took about 2 1/2 hours.
Overall, a challenging trip, especially for beginners. But the springs, the views and alpine lake made it all worth it. The challenge was just part of the adventure.

This is a great hike with beautiful views and a CLEAN hot spring at the end. Sorry, but this is easily doable in one day. My daughter is 27 and I'm 54 years old and we not only did it one day, but drove all the way back to Colorado Springs too. Do get there earlier in the day bc the parking lot fills up fast. Happy trails!

nature trips
1 month ago

shhhhh.... total secret. LOVE this place! BEST HOT SPRING EVER!!

Great trail. Beautiful views. Hot springs were wonderful! Too many people on the trail though.

Took my 8 and 5 year old as far as the Weminuche wilderness sign (2.3 mi). We passed the crew clearing the trail on the way in and they were coming back from the springs so the entire trail should be clear of downed trees now. The views are stunning at times. The first 1.5 mi is walking through private property and the ranch owners spent way to much money to remind us common folk that we arent welcome on their property.

Came from the Aspen side and got an early start (7:30am). I highly recommend it as the campsites fill up quickly. The hike is pretty difficult, but manageable. The last push is the hardest and you just want to get there. We camped at #8 and though it's up the hill, you have a nice "balcony" there to look over the hot springs. I expected it to be crowded, but it wasn't that bad. Even got some alone time in the springs. We were there at the end of August, and it got pretty cold at night. 32 degrees. Stayed 2 nights then hiked up to Triangle Pass and into Crested Butte. Now, about that...

We left too late (10:30) and the hike to Triangle is very difficult, especially with 35 lbs on your back. Once over the pass, the trail is a long hike through scree. No one warned us, so I am doing it here. It was very scary. We had to ford many streams down the trail and it got too dark to do that, so we ended up having to camp another night. Be prepared and leave early.

Completed last year. Tons of fun, excellent hike!!

Lots of downed trees. Couldn’t find the spring.

Came from Aspen side, Memorial day weekend 2018: By the time we left the trailhead around 845am, the parking lot was emptier than I thought it'd be--about 50%. Much of the trail was very wet and muddy-- Goretex /waterproof boots were necessary (for me). The notable stream crossing after Silver Dollar pond was about knee-high at mid-day and not bad with some Tevas and a trekking pole. After that point, there were more stream crossings around ankle high--gatiers would keep your feet dry unless you can stand some water getting in above your ankles. Our campsite #9 was past the hot springs up the mountain. Much of it was covered in snow and unfortunately was quite sloping. The views were absolutely stunning though.

Coming from the aspen side. Trail was really easy to follow and a good hike. One part was really washed out but with trekking poles was ok. Snowshoes no longer needed. Many campsites still covered in snow. Maybe bring a shovel to dig yourself a level spot. Snow was mashed potatoes and lots of postholing. We brought snowshoes and didn’t need them except to hit our campsite (#11). Other than that, a good water proof pair of boots are essential. Sandals and trekking poles for the creek crossing. The water was about knee height and moving with some force. Pools still not very hot due to run off flowing in.

Hiked this may 26-27. Incredible trip. Only stayed a single night but the spring is well worth the effort. With an evening and a morning soak before hitting the trail, it was about as much as we needed. Truly incredible natural spring with views of the peaks and a stunning shot of the valley you came up. The creek crossing was a great addition to the diversity of this hike. Don’t forget your permits and bear bins - rules and regs here https://www.recreation.gov/permits/Conundrum_Hot_Springs_Maroon_Bells_Snowmass_Wilderness/r/wildernessAreaDetails.do?page=detail&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=156790

1 month ago

Boondocked at Mugrage Campground (at the trailhead, free dispersed camping up to 14 days with a pit toilet and a running creek within easy walking distance from all sites, but otherwise no hookups) and hiked in to the hot springs. About a 20-30 minute hike, depending on dalliances. Distance ain't bad, but prepare for some steep trekkin' on the trailhead and some light rock climbin' to get down to the pool from the cliff, but nothing requiring specific climbin' gear. Secure footwear and hands are all y'need. Highly suggest recording the trail through the app your first time with gps on to make sure you don't head off on the wrong prong of a fork - there are a few enroute. Definitely go hands-free for ease of climbing and pack as light as you feel comfortable climbin' with. Be aware also that afternoons in this neck of the woods can bring ferocious electrical storms, so either plan to ride out the storms (rain, lightning, and wind as possible conditions during the current season) by hunkerin' down in a rock crevice with rain gear or cross the high road back over the trail before they hit. Looked to be spots around the cliff over the spring to set up a small campsite for y'all backpackers, and no posting against it. The spring itself was delightfully effervescent and warm enough for daylight soakin'. Plenty of soft algae to stroke! With guidin' season, you should see kayakers and rafters rollin' past on the Colorado river, as well as the roar of the passing trains.

on Rainbow Hot Springs

1 month ago

I was very excited about this trail, especially after all the fantastic reviews. The campground is perfect. We had a spot all to ourselves right next to the river after the bridge. A wonderful way to spend the evenings.

We got up early to start the hike and had no trouble finding it and heading in. That said, once we really got into it, it was fairly treacherous with all the fallen trees. Almost every step for about 3/4 of the hike was climbing over and under the fallen trees. I imagine later in the summer, once they've cleared it, it would be an amazing hike. But in May, no bueno.

It appeared that people had gone through and broken limbs off trees to make it 'easier' however, because they left loads of nubs, it made it harder to avoid the inevitable scrapes and scratches.

I finally found the hot springs, and while a beautiful spot, definitely not that hot. And in my opinion, not worth all the very hard work to get there.

All this said, I LOVED THE CAMPGROUND and could easily wile away the hours near that river. On a side note, we didn't see any wild life, which was kind of strange.

Coming from the Crested Butte side, things to know in mid-May: There is a gate three miles prior to the trailhead in which only locals can pass. The gate opens for a short 30 minute window each day if you’re lucky. Bring snow shoes, there is snow 3 miles up from the trailhead which gets as deep as five feet. If not, prepare for miles of postholing which will really slow you down. There are five water crossings. Two have downed logs to carefully walk across. The other 3 will get you wet below the knees. Once you’re above tree line, the snow covers most of the trail, making it slippery and slow moving. Don’t forget your permit, bear spray, and bear box as they are required.

Dogs are prohibited here. it's in the Snowmass wilderness. This is protected wilderness. you may get a huge fine. Better do your research.

2 months ago

We hiked this trail two days ago and it was still in the same condition as about a month ago. There are A LOT of downed trees so if you are going to try to make it start early in the day. We added about an hour each way compared to our usual pace. We had our large dog with us and she was able to make it. There is a lot of over and under trees however so just know that ahead or time. Also pay attention to the trail directions. The turns are hard to see with all the downed trees! Pay attention. That being said, we found the hot springs and had it all to ourselves. The risk was worth the reward!

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