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hiking
2 days ago

First hike in the snow! Just us and one other couple on the trail. Lots of animal tracks and beautiful scenery!

Me and my two dogs hiked this today. We started at 8 AM and it took 2 1/2 hours to get up there. The hike was so beautiful I kept stopping to take pictures. This might have been the prettiest hike I’ve ever been on! I highly recommend this hike

hiking
1 month ago

My two coworkers and I did this hike last Sunday (9/30), and it may have been one of the prettiest treks we have ever done!

It took us about 4 and 1/2 hours to complete this hike (including 30 minutes of leisure time at the Mill while having lunch/swimming) after driving up from Denver to Marble.

As everyone has stated in their previous reviews, the amount of Jeep/ATV traffic was a bit frustrating at times, but we didn't let that deter us from enjoying our perfect day!

The road up to the trailhead is unpaved, but if you have a vehicle with decently high clearance, you can eliminate about 0.6 miles of hiking (roundtrip) by parking in the area at the top of the hill.

This was a very moderate hike that runs along the Crystal River for the vast majority of the trek. The fall colors were in full bloom as well, which made this one of the most beautiful hikes to take in Colorado’s magnificent foliage.

Once you get the Mill, there is a $10 per person fee to go under the rope and view it from the water (which we did), but you can also view it from the roped off section on the road. I would highly suggest this option, as we had lunch on a rock next to the waterfall and I even jumped in to cool off!

All in all, this is one of the more rewarding hikes I have ever done in terms of scenery. The only reason I gave this trek 4 stars instead of 5 was the amount of traffic on the road. Would definitely return sometime during the week when the trail is a bit less congested. A must do for anyone in the area!

hiking
1 month ago

I agree with other hikers. While I’m so happy I did this 10 mile hike, the atv’s, SUV’s and dirt bikes were super frustrating. Lots of dust and traffic, not foot traffic. I’d suggest going from the other side, via Crested Butte. That’ll be my plan for next fall. Crystal was so cute and I’m happy we got to see it. My black lab was in paradise the whole way! Lots of swimming opportunities

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Starting at the mailboxes is approximatly 10 miles roundtrip. Only four stars because of all the atv and 4x4 traffic. The dust and constantly moving out of the way gets very annoying. Amazing views and a beautiful mill. The little town of crystal is beautiful as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trek, did a version of this last summer. You can read the full story here:
http://thousandtreks.com/2018/09/22/hiking-maroon-bells.html

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful views and the end was great, but the constant car traffic added at least an hour to our hike. Each ATV or motorbike or Jeep that passed kicked up a bunch of dirt and dust too. Be prepared to pull over on narrow roads to make room for the vehicle traffic or go on a weekday where there is less traffic.

off road driving
1 month ago

Beautiful views around every corner. The stretch along the Crystal river is rough with lots of sharp rocks.

Did this hike on 9/22/18. The mill is beautiful, especially with the foliage this time of year. The trail is actually a 4x4 road, with loose gravel that can be a little tough on the feet if not wearing proper hiking footwear. After the initial access road the hike isn’t too challenging with a mixture of inclines and declines.
The only reason for not giving 5 stars is the amount of vehicle traffic and in particular amateur 4x4 drivers. Non stop jeeps/4x4s, atvs, and dirt bikes and the majority were very inexperienced, making it really dangerous at times for hikers. I was told it’s WAY better to go during the week with much less vehicle traffic

off road driving
1 month ago

Beautiful in the fall. Follow the directions to the town of Crystal. We were in a 4runner and made the mistake of following someone else's directions. It took us on the extreme off road part. After several hours and extremely rough terrain (with kids in the car), we made it to the mill. At this time of year, paying $10 to go down to the water isn't worth it. You aren't allowed to fish and it's too cold to swim. The drive down was much easier. The gentle rocking put our kids to sleep. We will definitely do the drive again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area and easy to access the lower start. If you have any SUV don’t be scared to drive up a bit further to the fork (about 1 mile). We made the mistake of not doing that and walked a while longer. Very exposed so not recommended for children unless you are driving to the mill. Gorgeous valley and highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Things to know:
1. Many people talk about parking at the mailboxes, if you do this it adds at least 2 miles to the hike (one mile up steep road). There is parking at the top of this "4x4" road next to sign. READ Blog link for more info.
2. As an avid hiker, I hate to say this hike is better suited for driving an SUV or ATV as mill is a bit anti-climatic after 10 miles
3. GO early (7am) to have the road to yourself for the first few hours. You will also likely arrive at the mill before the bookstore folks have their table set up and you can walk to water at your own risk rather than pay $10
4. Don't miss the BBQ place in Marble for an amazing lunch
Here is link to blog: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

2 months ago

Beautiful but 4 wheelers were a distraction.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but closer to 10-12 miles round trip depending where you start. We started near the mailboxes and it was about 11 miles round trip. Fall is the best time to go! There is a lot of atv traffic but easy enough for people to pass each other. Town of Crystal is adorable. It does cost $10/person to go down to the waterfall near the mill but the Family that owns the land restores the mill out of their own pocket so I'd suggest donating or paying that $10 because its only a matter of time until this is off limits to the public.

2 months ago

Seriously way too many cars jeeps and it is 10 bucks to walk down to the water in front of the mill.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this beauty on Friday, 9/14. Left Denver at 7am and hit the trail/road by 10:45. The little parking lot beyond the mailboxes was empty! But I DID notice some cars parked on the side of the rugged road leading up to the parking lot, so even if the lot’s full, but you don’t wanna start at the mailboxes (it’s a pretty steep half-mile hike from there to the trailhead), you have options along the way.

The hike itself is super easy-going. There were a few short inclines, but nothing terribly difficult. Otherwise it was relatively flat! I’d rate the hike as easy-moderate due to the distance, but it only took me about an hour and a half to get to the mill, and I stopped quite a bit to take photos!

The road follows the Crystal River which is absolutely gorgeous, and (appropriately) crystal clear. There were some folks rollin by in ATVs, dirt bikes, and even 4x4 trucks and SUVs, but it honestly didn’t bother me that much. Everyone that passed was super courteous and friendly, and you just pull over to the side and take in the view a little more!

The higher elevation aspens had already changed (which were STUNNING), but the trees down along the road and at the mill were not quite there yet - in a week it’ll be PERFECT.

The mill itself is pretty cool - there was a guy who lived in the super tiny town of Crystal that was at the mill to answer any questions. In the little town, there’s a small store and a few homes and cabins.

Overall, a great hike! Was home by 6pm, so if you’re coming from Denver and wanna kill a day, this one’s perfect.

It was a great hike but next time would take ATV. Hike was very hot but beautiful.

off road driving
2 months ago

ok we took this road on accident in our 04 jeep tj with 4inch lift 35 tires. views were great & road was good until we got to the bottom by waterfall. then it was rocky with really sharp rocks all over with no way to avoid them. a fun jeep trail & it woulda been alot beter if we had another vehicle with us because we saw no one else. dont do this trail alone because if u breakdown u are way out there! i wld do again but i wld camp at the top & go with another vehicle!

2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Got to the trailhead at the mailboxes at 7 am and were at the mill by 9am. Had it mostly to ourselves! Not much traffic until after 10 am, so recommend getting there early if you don't want to encounter atv and 4 wheel traffic.

hiking
3 months ago

What a beautiful hike. We parked at the cluster of mailboxes. We had a nice conversation with a worker at the shop in Crystal and learned that the family owns much of the river on both sides between Marble and Crystal. Bring plenty of water and wear really sturdy footwear. We went on a weekday which was nice. I’d guess we were passed by 20 motorcycles, 10 cars and 15 ATV’s during our 7 hour leisurely hike. 1st mile is pretty steep.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was good. Good footwear needed- kinda rocky. Beautiful scenery with majestic peaks. Make sure to bring sunscreen- in the heat of the day there isn’t much shade. Only downside is the occasional passing vehicles- not too much of a problem, but we had our two dogs and had to step off to the side any time a truck or ATV passed. A bit dusty too but worth it! They do charge to swim at the Crystal Mill but there are plenty of spots to stop off for a quick dip or refresher along the stream. The hike took us about 6 hours with stopping for lunch and pics at the Crystal mill, and letting our dogs take numerous river dips. Bring water shoes if you can and you’ll really enjoy going in on your own accord.

on Crystal Mill

hiking
3 months ago

Best money ever spent. Hire Smitty‘ Jeep tours to take you to Geneva Lake trail head and hike that amazing hike then hike down the three miles to Crystal Mill and get picked up. I did this on a Monday and there was not much atv or jeep traffic.

3 months ago

This is a nice 3 star hike. While the scenery is a 4 star, the regular ATV and 4WD traffic make it far from ideal.

On both sides of the road you will find private property signs. Additionally, the Mill is not much to see and unless you pay $10 are not welcomed to go to the waters below. The town at the end while small could be much more accomadating. They prefer you pay for a drink and leave just as quickly as you can.

Hiked yesterday once we found out our Nissan Rogue should probably not be on this road... lots of ATV's but we loved every minute of this hike! Gorgeous area and we came back with lots of beautiful pictures! We loved every minute of this hike, including nibbling on a few wild raspberries that we found! Everybody sharing the trail/road was wonderful! A definite must-do!

hiking
4 months ago

I’m sure this has been written in other reviews, but although the hike features seriously gorgeous views of lakes, rivers, mountains and of course the mill itself, it is moderately to heavily trafficked with off-roading motorists. That means stepping off to the side of the trail every few minutes to let someone pass, and if you have a dog, keeping a tight leash around bends and narrow sections of the trail. It also means that you should not be expecting a “hiking trail” so much as a rocky dirt road.

Traffic from motorists can be avoided by getting an early start (around sunrise) to make it there and back to the trailhead with few interruptions, or go on a week day if possible (I’ve hiked this trail on a few separate occasions and found this to be accurate).

The hike is definitely worth doing! It is very picturesque and there are several beautiful pit stops to take along the way. Just do yourself the courtesy of going at an off time!

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite hike to date! Challenging, spectacular views. Love the river along the trail. I did read people upset about the 4x4 vehicles, honestly didn’t bother us one bit! We parked down by the mail boxes and was between 9 and 10 miles round trip. Brought our dog too! Stop by groovy slow bbq after in marble for an amazing post hike meal!!! Soooo yummy!!

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was absolutely gorgeous work beautiful mountain scenery, Aspen forests, a winding river, and of course the beautiful Mill at the end. My only complaint was the trail is yard frequently by ATVs and 4 wheel drive vehicles so you frequently have to move to the side to allow them to pass. The trail itself is also all gravel and can get uncomfortable to hike on, but it was all worth it for the views

hiking
5 months ago

Almost didn't go on this hike due to food poisoning the night before, but it was so worth it!

I drove all the way up to the "Crystal Mill 4 miles" sign in my Chevy Cruze. I've been on worse roads, but if you treat your car like its your baby, you may want to park down by the mailboxes where others suggest.

My pup and I started the hike just before 7:30am on Sunday 6/10 and had the whole trail to ourselves pretty much the whole time up until the very end near the Mill. I even had the Mill to myself for quite a while since it was so early! It is absolutely stunning and I'm so glad I checked it out. Checked out the town of Crystal as well, but there wasn't anybody around.

On the way back (between 10-11am), I did come across many ATVs and jeeps, but they were all driving carefully and it was not an issue for me and my pup to hang off to the side of the road while they apssed. The hike is quite shady and cool if you go early in the morning, but on the way back, it was mostly out in the exposure - so definitely don't forget the sunscreen!

hiking
5 months ago

Yes, the Mill is the most photographed place in Colorado, and yes, it is a beautiful site... BUT, as a hike -- not so great, unless you enjoy hiking sun-baked jeep trails with clouds of dust from passing vehicles (as noted by other reviewers). We wondered why the parking lot was so tiny -- people are driving this trail, not hiking it! As Stephanie says, the town, which could be really cool, comes across as very unfriendly.
Just a nerdy note on the Mill. Not really a mill, but a power station, with only that solitary building left. The shaft was used only very early -- water was sluiced down it to a horizontal wheel (to a turbine) to generate air pressure for pneumatic mining drills. Later this was abandoned and the river was dammed for power generators for the mines. The town itself was only "bustling" for eight years before the silver market bottomed out.
Well worth seeing whether you hike or drive!

hiking
5 months ago

GO EARLY.
On the way back out I ran into so many motor vehicles and almost got hit by a dirt bike. Lots of dust kicked up.
The mill is gorgeous.
By the time I was leaving it was flooded with so many people.
The town of Crystal would be much prettier if there weren’t ugly bright “no trespassing” signs on the doors of the ghost town buildings, and camp gear strewn everywhere and unsightly camp chairs everywhere because of people in the cabins. Wish the lady would have bought it to preserve it, not to use it to make money.

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