Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Lake City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

3 months ago

This was my first 14er and was perfect for that, as there is less elevation gain than most and the trail is gentle. It was far more impressive scenery-wise than I expected. I've hiked 6 other 14ers since and while some others offered more interesting scrambling, wilder exposure, and so on, none quite matched the visual beauty of this hike. I did it in the late afternoon after a big morning thunderstorm, which is unusual, so I got the beautiful late light, which contributed to my experience greatly.

Lots of friendly marmots!

Don't hesitate to give this a go!

hiking
5 months ago

The start of the trail follows an old road for a couple miles which isn't the most interesting thing to walk on but makes for a nice warm up I suppose. Shortly after crossing the wilderness boundary you're in the woods and there you'll stay until you get above the trees at the final mile or two. The setting where the lake is situated is one of the most stunning I've seen. It sits almost as tall as the next highest point around. Walking around the lake to the ridge behind offers an even more impressive view along with a view of the valleys and peaks on the other side. I imagine in the summer this would be rather moderate like Peter mentions but doing it in December created quite the challenge. Some deep snow made trail finding near the top impossible but it's impossible to get lost walking between these two giant plateaus so finding the lake wasn't an issue. Worth ever amount of effort.
by the way... the gate was still open when I went so you can drive all the way to the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

Really great hike. I'm sorry Kevin below didn't enjoy it as much but I thought it was really spectacular. The Aspen forest was huge, one of the largest I've seen, and the lake was gorgeous, although frozen and snowy in parts which might have added to the beauty. Perhaps early December is the time to go, if you don't mind snow. The dirt road leading to the trailhead has a few forks along the way, take the first left and stay straight the rest of the way. Also, this trail does not actually make into the wilderness boundary. Still feels like wilderness though.

Pretty. We only took it for 2 miles and turned around due to dark clouds overtop.

off road driving
7 months ago

Did this in a stock Jeep Unlimited. No problems at all. Views were amazing! I would recommend this trail to anyone.

Beautiful day to hike William's Creek Trail! We forgot to download the map and of course there is no service in the valley. Even if we'd had the map, I don't think it would have helped us. The All Trails app says that at 6.1 miles, the trail stops but backpackers said that you could take it to the Continental Divide Trail. And our Gazetteer map shows that we could have gone as far as a lake just below the CDT if we had gone about 2 miles further. As it was, I think we went in about 6 miles - crossed two pretty good-sized rivers and passed through three large, gorgeous meadows. Great day!

backpacking
8 months ago

fantastic place to get away from society. My dad and I spent a week here backpacking and the trails were great and there is plenty of spots to get water. Slide Lake isn't really a lake anymore but it's great hiking. And the fishing is good. caught some rainbows and brookies.

off road driving
9 months ago

We took this pass two years ago the day after it opened. It was a blast. We rented a keep for that trip. We are back this year and might do this one again on our Polaris. We are for sure doing engineer pass this time also.

9 months ago

Love this hike!!! Do it, you will not regret it!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike my first 14er! Wildflowers blooming all over so gorgeous!

off road driving
9 months ago

This is a great "first trail" when starting a week in the area. On the west side, just after starting the trail, the steep rocky part begins. If you don't have low range or 4x4, this part will be difficult to very difficult. After this section, we took the Jeep out of 4x4 completely and didn't put it back in 4x4 until we were a long way back on Engineer. East of the pass is very easy.

Hiked on July 28. Steep uphill climb at first 1.5 miles. Gets easier after that thru nice meadows. At split between two trails we stayed left. At 3 miles nice Creek that my group played in. We turned around and went back at that point.

Lovely hike and a beautiful valley once you get out of the climbing section. Plenty of water, so no need to carry a lot of it. Will definitely return!

very nice and not to hard

hiking
10 months ago

Wow! The most beautiful 14er we've done. Wild flowers in full bloom. Mountain steams, waterfalls, and amazing views from the saddle to the summit. A must.

off road driving
10 months ago

Easily traverse the pass with high clearance vehicle. Great views. Wild flowers are blooming.

scenic driving
10 months ago

I've driven over Cinnamon twice now, and let's just say the road doesn't get any better with each passing year. It is a pretty nasty rocky drive. High clearance for sure. The trip is worth it though as there are great views from up here. There are also some spots where you need to make sure no one else is coming down or up, as it would be pretty impossible to pass each other due to the width of the road. But that's typical of most of these back country roads out here. Lots of narrow places.

10 months ago

Did this with my dad the day after Father's Day and it was absolutely amazing! Had to stop ever few feet to take a picture. Really breathtaking scenery

hiking
10 months ago

We have spent many summers hiking in Colorado and seen many beautiful lakes (Ice, Columbine, Blue Lakes) and gone on many beautiful hikes. Unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites or one that I would recommend. The lake was pretty, but there are prettier lakes & waterfalls to see in town. You do go through a large aspen forest, but other than that, the trail views are average. As an experienced hiker, I would say this hike leans more toward hard rather than moderate. You gain 3,000 ft in elevation quickly. We took a group of inexperienced hikers with us and it was a mistake. They really struggled. It's always fun to spend a day in the mountains, but I would say look into other hikes if possible!

Beautiful stunning views of the valley. Some of my favorite views around!!The first couple miles are fairly easy...lots of trees down right now though.
After you make it across the valley you begin a pretty steep but short climb to a gorgeous lookout with 360 views. We were stopped right before the switchbacks to the pass due to sketchy snow field crossings.
Totally worth the hike! Great backpack and good day hike too if you leave early!

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11 months ago

Prepare for a solid 2 miles of steep uphill hiking! We took quite a few short breaks throughout this part of the hike to make it more bearable. You hike through some gorgeous Aspens, which helps you forget that you're climbing straight uphill. After the Aspens, you come out into a meadow with beautiful wild flowers and a spectacular view of the mountains. Great place to reenergize yourself for the rest of the hike. The last few miles are still pretty difficult in that it's mostly uphill, though it's not as steep in most parts and there's more even hiking along the way to give your legs a bit of a break. Again lots a beautiful scenery though this. We reached the lake in about 2hrs45mins. Once we got there, we ate lunch and rested about an hour before beginning the journey back down. We really enjoyed the hike and would highly recommend it!

This is a tough and worthwhile hike. Did it September of 2015 and it did not disappoint. There will parking about 1 mile or so north of the trailhead because the last bit takes quite high off-road capabilities. Jacked up jeeps and trucks should be fine but it's rough and relatively steep. Trails start is very easy as it just strolls through meadow. Don't be fooled, it gets tough a couple miles in. No shade once above treeline which is a majority of it. Bring a good hat and lots of water. Couple nice river crossings and lots of wildflowers in the right season. Again, no shade so be prepared for that. 10,000-12,000 ft with no shade can be exhausting. Toward the end of the hike is large scree field that's moderately sketchy but it's a beautiful hike. We were the only people on the trail that day. 360 views of awesome.

Monday, April 17, 2017

super pretty and a lot of solidarity! it was too windy so we can't walk over the ridge to sunshine, but the basin was super colorful

Monday, April 17, 2017

first 14er in the san juans, it's far away from civilization, and the American basin during labor day weekend is so full of color.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

My son and I tried for Handies in Oct. of 2013. We got to American Basin and started in on the hike. There was snow right off the bat but it wasn't enough to keep us from going. We got just below Sloan Lake and decided to take a short break. While sitting there, my son became ill due to the elevation so we turned around right away and went back down. I believe we would have made the top if it weren't for that. I would try this again some time as it is an easy 14'r for the most part. I will say, the road over Cinnamon Pass and down to American basin is as ugly as it's always been. There are some really nasty sections along that. Once again, my Expedition handled it all, but I had doubts a few times about clearance. 4 x 4 for sure here

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

We did this hike in July of 2015. It was our first 14er. We had no problem getting to the American Basin in our jeep. The wildflowers were beautiful and Sloan lake was spectacular. It was a little difficult near the summit for us since we weren't use to higher elevations but was well worth the extra effort when we reached the summit.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Absolutely stunning scenery once you get above tree line. We hiked up Grizzly Gulch and it was definitely harder than I had planned, but having a dog who was sick all night didn't help. The views were spectacular and the ptarmigans were in abundance. Hiked in September, it was quite chilly in morning and there was a bit of snow on the trail. We will definitely do this earlier in the year and leave the dog at home.

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