Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

off road driving
5 days 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.

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
11 days 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

snowshoeing
15 days 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
16 days 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
17 days 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
18 days 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
22 days 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.

backpacking
1 month 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.

off road driving
1 month 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.

trail running
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

backpacking
2 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike to see the changes colors of the aspen. The trail head gets very crowded so the earlier the better. We arrived around 8:30am on a Sunday and the place was already packed with cars using the side of the road for parking spots. Still, we didn't have too much trouble finding a place to park. The trail begins right off the road, make sure not to follow crowds into campground on the opposite side, you'll just have to turn around. The trail begins through beautiful pine forest but the best is yet to come. A couple miles in, the trail emerges from the woods and reveals an expansive view of the plains to the south and the mountain range farther to the west. Beautiful golden yellows and bright oranges paint the sides of mountains around you. You can keep going on as the trail descends, but once the trail enters the forest again, there are no more high points. The trails does meander its way down through a dense aspen growth but most of the leaves on these trees had already fallen, and you find yourself about the skeletons of trunks and branches with the occasional yellow leaf in its final days of grasping to the tree. We turned around here but the trail goes on for a long ways as this is part of the Colorado trail. We didn't go all the way to where the trail end is marked on the Alltrails map and the out and back took us about 5 hours.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful day for a beautiful hike Trail was not too difficult but you can stay on it and go quite a ways more than just 7 miles total I did 11 round trip

hiking
9 months ago

really easy hike due to not much elevation change. we did it Oct 1st to view the aspens and it didn't disappoint. went about a mile past the "end" of the hike because it was easy and beautiful. we got there at 8 and it was already kind of crowded. when we finished around 1130, we were blown away by how many people were there. parking lot jammed and cars lining the street for a half mile both ways.

hiking
9 months ago

You start to get stunning views about 2 miles in when you head out of the forest and start to descend. I went yesterday (Sept. 30) and a lot of the leaves have already fallen, but there are still a lot changing yellow and orange and some are even green still on hills further away. The snow-capped peaks and valley in the distance are beautiful especially when you hike down to the bottom of the mountain. I recommend starting early on the weekends. Not too many people around 8:30 am, but super busy on our way out around noon.

Beautiful aspens as well as views of the (starting to be) snow capped mountains. Easy, populated trail with many great places for views

hiking
9 months ago

This is an easy out and back trail, so you can make it as long as you want. Beautiful views of the Aspens changing colors (went on September 23rd). There are a couple clearings 1-2 miles in that make for stunning views. Great hike to take out-of-towners on as it has such great views and is an easy hike!

off road driving
9 months ago

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