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

3 days ago

Hiked it on a weekend and was not very crowded. We parked just past the point where the stream crossed the road and the hike was 7.5 miles round trip (from car to the lake and back). Very pretty hike, very challenging. Would recommend it.

Wonderful trail! We hiked only 3 miles in, then turned around as we had our dog and needed to get things done at home in the afternoon. Aspen and/or pine woods for the first mile, mostly shade. The trail then opens up to grand views of the valley below and surrounding mountains. We plan to return in the fall and do more, if not the entire trail.

Other hikers and mountain bikers. Everyone was very pleasant.

Despite the entrance being adjacent to a campground, there is a sign very specifically about no public bathrooms.

We arrived at 8:20am, four cars in the lot. Nearly full at 11:30am.

18 days ago

Wildflowers still blooming: Indian paintbrush, lupines. Didn’t see columbines. Nice easy hike but turned back as a storm came in and make it back to the car just in time. Many bikes but most were polite, but it’s a narrow trail so you have to keep moving over This would be a good place to alternate day use for the bikers.

Moderat trail, shady, has a creek for dogs to get water! The path has Pineneedles on it , so soft on the feet!

25 days ago

It was a beautiful challenge. 9.04 miles in and out on my Fitbit from the 4WD trailhead. My husband and I and three littles 5,3 & 1 year old in hiking backpack, went with a group and had a wonderful day. Beautiful waterfalls, birdsong and gorgeous fields of wildflowers through the whole hike.

Was a bit boggy/muddy nearing the lake on the trail. People were fly fishing at the lake. Mild rain coming down on the way back. There was also a little field of wild strawberries that were delicious.

It is a longer hike than I have done in the last but none of the trail is very hard not steep. I hope this helps.

Great, easy hike off Guanella Pass road. Lots of parking. Gradual incline but nothing major- beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing.

1 month ago

Took my 11yo niece up here for her first backpacking trip last weekend. Our Subaru Outback didn’t quite have enough clearance to make it to the TH so we found a campsite about 1 mile down from the TH and hiked up the road to the trail. Most of the cars at the TH are trucks and SUVs with big clearance. The hike to the lake is exactly 3 miles from the designated TH.

The trail was in good condition and there was a bit of mud up near the lake in the willows. Our night at the lake was fantastic, although super windy! It’s such a beautiful lake. The campsites are few (3-4 total) there’s not a lot of level ground. We used a bear canister for food and a jetboil stove.

I was bummed to see what looked like recently burned wood in the fire rings at the lake. Also, saw some abandoned fire rings on the hike out that were still smoking. Put it out people. Drown it in water!

The trail length is off. From 4 wheel drive lot, it is closer to 10 miles round trip

1 month ago

9 degrees in the parking lot this morning when we headed out around 9:45AM. No wind in the trees. Looks like a good one to do in the summer too.

1 month ago

Parking lot to "top" -- 7.6 miles, 1,469' elevation gain (i.e. the miles / elevation on the trail description is wrong - whoever mapped the trail turned back early so don't rely on the AllTrails map).

Very pleasant hike on a Saturday in June. We saw two other people on the trail the entire time. The first 1+ mile is the most scenic, as it closely follows the stream and has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Most of the rest of the trail is in the trees, with some near a creek -- very peaceful, easy / moderate trail.

1 month ago

So to add more info about the trail length; my garmin watch had me at 2.7 miles from the trailhead to the lake. I'm guessing the distance of 7.5 includes the walk from the campground if you don't have 4WD. And you turn right just before the campground, not left. That is where the bumpy road begins. So many species of flowers, though it's definitely dry, so I don't know how long they will last; delphiniums, columbine, waterleaf, paint brush, jacob's ladder, chiming bells, globe flower, penstemons, violets, primroses, moss campion, valerian, kings crown, golden rod, aster, milk vetch, marsh marigold, Elephant's head.....

Great trail, the hike was a bit longer than the app says GPS said 6 miles round trip. The road up is a 4x4 only because you need higher clearance. Very worth the final push to the lake. The flowers are in bloom this week.

Easy and pretty... evergreens,aspens,rivers, peak views. 6 month puppy loved it.

beautiful views , vault toilets still closed, people had thier dogs off leash, annoying, still beautiful.

2 months ago

We made it to the 3.75 mile mark and ran out of water. We only crossed 2 streams and both were dry. There was not a stream that ran alongside the trail. On the positive note the views incredible and it was very lightly trafficked.

This is not a super easy trail. there aren't many wild flowers yet so it was disappointing to me. there is some snow closer to the top and pretty muddy but the view and lake are worth the draw backs.

We had a beautiful day. met wonderful people (hikers & bikers) & dog. want to try again only longer.

trail running
2 months ago

Did trail run from Kenosha pass to the high ridge line about 1 mi before Georgia Pass. Great views of the peaks above Breckenridge. This is an excellent stretch for trail running - low traffic on this Sunday and nice steady elevation gain up to Georgia Pass. A little snow on trail above 11k but nothing to slow you down much.

Big bad news: vault toilets at trailhead are CLOSED due to idiot yahoos throwing in their trash. So pack a few squares of TP, ladies, and a little bag to pack it out. Limited privacy first mile of trail.

2 months ago

The road to the trailhead is 4x4. Completed 5/27/18 and there was still snow knee deep towards the top. The last half mile is completely snow covered, and had to pretty much guess where the trail might be. Lots of other people where turning around, so it was nice to have the lake to ourselves. A few different trees fell across the trail towards the bottom, but climb over them, or walk around. Beautiful views the entire trail. You walk along side the creek pretty much the whole time. This time of year, would recommend for more experienced hikers.

3 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. We did it in two days, but it could easily be stretched to three. The views were fantastic, especially once you get into the alpine parts of the hike. There's a stream that can serves as a water source that stays close to the trail for the first six miles or so. A lot of the last stretch up the mountain is exposed, so expect it to be bright and windy.

Super easy for all ability levels. No gear needed, didn’t touch my snow shoes. Peaceful hike through the woods, not your huge vista finale.

I’m sure it’s beautiful but heads up- the road is closed for the season about 3 miles ahead of the trail head. Will definitely be back to check out again! Definitely a seasonal trail! Rookie (like me) be forewarned! That’s the only reason I went with 3 stars

Hard enough snow pack that snowshoes are not useful/necessary today. As always, strong winds unless you’re under tree cover.

Snowshoed this trail today. Beautiful, quiet and serene. Not many people on the trail. Great workout. I’ll hit it again.

9 months ago

Beautiful Hike! Just enough snow to add to the beauty! Winds at Gibson Lake were definitely 50+ miles an hour so we took a few pics and heading back.

Absolutely breathtaking. Very easy hike and great view of the fall color's. Went last weekend but started right before sunrise before the crowd, good thing to because by the time we got back there was more than 100 people when there was only two cars when we started. Highly recommend to keep walking the trail till you get a gorgeous view of the Valley.

on French Pass Trail

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great trail...some really steep sections

10 months ago

We were looking for an easy hike where we could enjoy the fall colors and as a diversion during our drive along Guanella Pass. We were shooting to make it to the ridge, and I believe we did, but we didn't really know it because there wasn't any sort of vista. It was a good hike for what we were looking for today.

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