Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
8 hours ago

Hiked this 8.18.18. Beautiful but isolated and full of moose. I startled a bull coming out of a scrub thicket. I usually hike alone but I would recommend a friend on this one. Didn’t finish due to threatening weather and the overpowering musky smell of animal. Just didn’t feel right. I’ll be back but with a buddy next time.

off road driving
2 days ago

Super fun beautiful drive. Started from Jefferson and came down into Breck. I did it without issue in a lifted Tacoma, but my buddy drove his stock Ridgeline down without issue as well, (just a little extra heat to the breaks). I regret that I may have left our doggy bowls at the peak.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
21 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!

off road driving
27 days ago

I am in a stock suspension 2016 JK Rubicon. I have full skids, stock tires. The first real obstacle was a little difficult, but we made it through without help. We stayed to the left at the high rock garden, it was a little difficult, but again we made it. The final descent has a couple holes in it.

Go very slow, use your low range and engine brake, be in good mechanical shape. From what I've heard, someone lost power on the final descent and was stopped my some luck and some metal sign poles on Webster pass. This is not the kind of place you want to take that chance.

It is an awesome trail, but it demands caution.

walking
27 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.

off road driving
29 days ago

I really enjoy Webster pass. it can be impassable early in the spring (if you are wanting to god down the other side) so keep this in mind.

The switch backs on the pass can be nerve wracking esp if you don't like shelf roads, they tend to be washed out, so know where your tires actually are. Views at the top are worth it IMO.

off road driving
1 month ago

I started this trail from the Hwy 285 side at the beginning of March. I did not do this whole trail because unfortunately I got stuck and had to have help out. I have not been on this trail in the summer but with snow on the ground I would highly advise you consider what your vehicle is capable of and that you do not attempt it alone. With all that said I did about a 3 mile portion of the trail and loved it right up until I got stuck haha.

For reference I was in a stock Jeep JKU Rubicon Recon. Happy Wheeling!

off road driving
1 month ago

Had a great time going through it in a ram 1500 3 inch level kit and all terrain tires a bit challenging going down steep drops being wide also during sunset got dark quick but made it no problem took about 1:45 to complete trail.

1 month ago

great trail. I bit bumpy lol, they are called the Rocky Mountains for a reason. The ledge on Webster is not for the faint at heart.

I was on a different loop, but started on this trail around mile 6 on this map. It was so steep at one part that we had to turn around. We had backpacking backpacks so it was also harder to go downhill at such a steep gradient. Would also note that there is a lot of bouldering and the river is hidden under the boulders at that point (mile 7 or so).

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

backpacking
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!

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy little trail to the top and back down. The scenery was okay, nothing spectacular for Colorado. Driving in the wooded areas was very nice.

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

snowshoeing
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.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike yesterday. I went an extra mile so ended up walking 8 miles total. Beautifully peaceful and serene given a Saturday. Can’t beat the views. First couple miles are shaded but then full sun exposure. Not as many mtn bikers as on Seg. 3 of Colorado Trail, thankfully. Horseflies mildly annoying but again, worse on Seg. 3. Bet this is spectacular in Sept. I’ll return for the colors.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.....

hiking
1 month ago

A popular place in the fall time to see the leaves changing. It's just as beautiful in the summer time with everything so lush & green & wildflowers blooming everywhere along the trail! Walking thru the aspen grove is magical!

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.

backpacking
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.

off road driving
2 months ago

3 stars only because we didn't get to the top, or down the other side. We headed towards the pass from the Breck side and got within a half mile or so, and the road was still snow bound in places. It appeared like some went further than us, but I wasn't about to. Towards the top this road is only one lane for the most part too, and that is always sketchy when meeting someone coming the other way. It was bad enough backing up where I was to get turned around. The north side, which we were on, is really rocky the further you went. It does get steep too, the closer you get to the pass. I was in 4 high up until I turned around. I may try the south approach and see if I can get up. Was glad to be down and off that rocky road though, just didn't think it would be back the way we came!! Too early yet for my truck.

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