Explore the most popular forest 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.

trail running
18 days ago

We ran out about a mile to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Fairplay, the valley, and the distant mountains. The trail offers a lot of reward for minimal effort. There are lots of beautiful aspen groves but beware of the crowds when the leaves are changing.

Hiked about 2 miles in, 4 out and back. gorgeous day, gorgeous scenery but aspens are all gone. Get there early, got back to the car about 10 am and both sides were full.

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived about noon and it was busy but cleared quickly. Aspens gone at tailhead, beautiful at 1.2 miles in. Great hike up to 10,350 ft. Very courteous hikers, only one very nice mountain biker, 2 horses. However, the dog trash left on trail is disgraceful. Why put dog poop in a bag, only to leave on trail...and why not have a trash can there to encourage those who might dispose properly? I brought a dog, and I know what a hassle it can be, but if you are not going to carry it out--don't bag it up. Probably 100 bags, many decaying along trail. Surprised to see this in Colorado.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike, get there early, people who like to take up the entire trail show up in groves at about 9am through the rest of the day.

Cold in the morning but warms up quick, got there just before 7am and it was a zoo when leaving.

Nice, easy hike. Nice leaves but fairly boring otherwise.

Went Friday 9.14, arriving late morning. Traffic and parking was a zoo, first 20 minutes were the selfie-stick and flip flops crowd, but then it thinned out. Worth the crowds as Aspen at peak. Would rate this trail Easy+. Perhaps rated Moderate due to the 10,000’ elevation start, but very little gain.

hiking
1 month ago

Very popular trail and for good reason - the aspens steal the show. Not a hard trail. Great for all levels. Start early. The crowds take away the peacefulness of the mountains- that’s the downside - but we all want to enjoy.

hiking
1 month ago

Important- Bathrooms are closed due to high maintenance costs. Other than that- beautiful Aspen colors but pretty crowded!

hiking
1 month ago

Great foliage and great hike with kids. VERY CROWDED.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great ride most the way. Some points narrow to just a little more than a 4-wheeler. Need good clearance and good tires too. Stopping places to eat a packed meal are many, and beautiful. Summit is beautiful.
We also went on up from the GP summit to another trail which was good but a narrow road with a lot of steep drop offs for a good ways. Summit view there was wonderful too.

Beautiful, the Aspen's are peaking.

hiking
1 month ago

Colors were at their peak - absolutely stunning! Got there at 7am (Sunday 9/16) and wasn’t crowded yet. Tons of mountain bikers and runners , eventually thinned out the further we got. Easier hike, and just could not beat the views! We took about 4 hrs, but it’s because we kept stopping to take so many pictures. Got back to the cars about 11am and parking/285 was a madhouse. Expected though for this time of year and area - still well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Got here on Saturday around 830. It was peak foliage, and the crowds were insane. This time of year you have to just expect it there. That said, the colors were outstanding. Lots of people on the trail. We kept going on the Colorado trail another mile to get away a bit more, and that was well worth it. Take your dog, but make sure to keep it on leash. One family was yelling for their dog for a good 15 minutes because it got too far away. A must do this time of year!

hiking
1 month ago

Fall colors did not disappoint! The trails were crowded, but that was expected with the Aspens at their peak of color change. Once you were a ways down the trail the crowds kind of thinned out, but you were never alone so not a good choice if you are looking for solitude. Beautiful vistas at several points along the way. I do consider this an easy hike. The only down side today was that the bathrooms at the the East side trailhead are closed unless you want to pay $7!

on Georgia Pass 4x4 Road

off road driving
2 months ago

I made it about halfway up from the North side, coming from Breckenridge, before I had to turn around. I drove through two water crossings before hitting a steep section with loose rock and slid about 20-30 feet downhill, backwards, into the water! Had good tires, but that doesn't mean anything when you are on loose rocks. It was pretty nerve racking but everything turned out okay and next time I may try it from Jefferson to Breckenridge - sounds a lot easier coming that way. The top of the pass is deeply rutted and a bone shaker - so I hear. I would suggest a good 4 wheel with adequate clearance. Make sure you wheel with a buddy in case something happens. Lots of great campsites!

2 months ago

9/14/18.... Colors are within one or two days of the peak. Crouds are already at their peak.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, fast hike! No summit, but gorgeous views, especially with the fall colors popping.

Glorious views.

hiking
2 months ago

Well groomed trail with beautiful views of the mountain range and the valley. Aspens were at their peak color.

Great hike, I go every year. The leaves haven’t fully changed yet, I expect next weekend to be a good weekend to go. Hiked just over 5 miles out (10 rt), was a great day, the first 2 miles were people but less as we went further.

hiking
2 months ago

Walk through aspens at the beginning, then see spectacular views! Beautiful scenery. Friendly people. Lots of bicycles.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail to see the aspens. I arrived at 7:40 and it was not very crowded. Left around 11 and it was madness! Lots of bikers. Easy trail and gorgeous views

off road driving
2 months ago

Went Aug. 11 from the Jefferson side. Regular dirt road 'til the top of the pass. pretty rocky the first mile and a half or so. A stock 4 x 4 can make. Just make good decisions over rocks. Good family trail. A couple geocache's to find. pond. lots flowers. drinks at marina. good times.

lovely walk in the woods with some amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the trail today with my wife, and even with the weather threatening nearly all day the hike was fantastic! We arrived at the trailhead later than anticipated at 10:30 after eating an awesome breakfast in Dillon. Somehow I guess I didn't anticipate the trailhead being something like 90 minutes from Breck in one of those mountain "can't get there from here" situations. Even at 10:30 we were only the fourth car in the lot, though there were a ton of campers along the creek. We only encountered a couple other kind folks on the trail, and none headed up when we were because of the threatening rain.

The hike overall was challenging for us, but not by any means "Hard" rated. After the creek crossing we huffed and puffed a little to get to the top. We were rewarded with awesome views and I had a chance to sit and glass for mountain goats (we saw some!). We were worried we didn't get to the "end" of the trail but saw a post in a carin that was otherwise unmarked. If we'd have kept going we'd have went to and over the pass itself -- not really the plan today.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great day trip. North side is rough but the south side is not much more than a gravel road Trail markings on the north are good. Coming at it from the south is harder to find the road.

Only did the first 3 miles due to limited time. I wasn't expecting much at all but I think it will go down as one of my faves! The aspens & views were amazing and the trail was pretty easy. Can't wait to do it again when the aspen leaves change in the fall!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy, dog friendly trail! Great views after the first mile.

Completed this trail going clockwise from Lost Park Campground

Day 1: I took off down Wigam Trail 609 and split south to follow lost creek. Starts out as grasslands with marshes around until you first see the creek. All around the creek is a beautiful old growth pine forest. Magical campsites were all over the place here!

It was easy going until around mile 4 where the canyon narrows and boulders fill the creek bed. Lots of scrambling and climbing was required here. The trail was difficult to follow at points simply because there was nothing to do besides sig-zag down the creek by hoping across boulders.

I lost the trail at mile 6 where it turns 90 degrees up a very steep hill to go around the canyon. There is a trail that goes around some huge boulders that cover the entire creekbed. I mistakenly followed this instead instead of up and out. This adventure unknowingly off trail led to a beautiful little campsite right next to the creek where I stopped for the night. No need to worry about losing the trail until the end since it's marked by cairns throughout


Day 2: I had to backtrack and find the trail again. Following Muccurdy trail uphill across many switchbacks was extremely tiring and everyone I passed on the trail was going the other direction. This section of trail is mostly aspen and young pine. Huffing and puffing as a lowlander not used to the altitude I made it up to the creek again, where old growth pine & large aspens created groves intermixing with the marshy brambles not far off. Plenty of great campsites along the creek just before the junction onto Brookside Mccurdy trail.


Day 3: The Brookside Mccurdy trail felt the same as the day before but with more aspens and a much better view of the canyon I had climbed out of. Sunrise here was beautiful

Cresting Mccurdy mountain there was a sudden change to an alpine biome with spectacular views south and west! The rest of the trail west to Bison mountain was a series of ridge-lines with interment marshes in the gulch. Easy going compared to the uphill switchbacks on day two, and much more wildlife! I surprised a herd of dear 25ft away, and ran into a huge moose on the trail

After reaching the Bison Mountain peak, a series of very gravely switchbacks began on the way down. It begins to follow the creek through the marshes keeping to the edge of a pine forest with dead logs all over the place. The marshes are beautiful with a few good campsites around in the trees that overlook the entire area. This section of trail was easy going

I recommend a hiking pole/stick for the lost creek bouldering, and also for the gravely switchbacks where I nearly slipped a few times even with a stick.

As one reviewer pointed out, the downhill section is very steep around mile 4-6. Having a 60L pack made it difficult at points, but I would still go clockwise if I did it again as my knees are still young and can take the load. Going uphill would have taken me twice as long along this section... if you are worried about this steep downhill the rest of the trail is probably easier going counter clockwise!

All my pictures are from the southbound lost creek trail canyon, miles 4-6

off road driving
2 months ago

We went up from Breck side using a quad ATV and it was an awesome trail. Pretty rocky in several places, but on an ATV it was very easy. I don’t see how these jeeps make it. Lol but we got up to the pass and it was beautiful! We couldn’t go down on the other side because it’s highway legal vehicles only. But we took a different way down and we were rewarded with being the only ones out there and breathtaking views. However, taking GH 258 down was very very very difficult near Road 6. Like, we had to get off the 4 wheeler and take one boulder at a time. But we made it and it was a blast.

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