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

hiking
25 days ago

My first fourtenner and a good one for first timers and beginners. Awesome view and easy incline!

One of my favorite 14er hikes. Mid-sept is a great time of year to hike with the great temps and changing aspens. I stayed on the main trail and did the out-and-back from Sunshine; didn’t follow any shortcuts (seriously bad erosion happening and unnecessary steepness). My round trip clocked in at 13miles, 7.5 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely worth the trip. The drive in from Cinnamon Pass was sketchy like a lot of people have said previously. I’m an inexperienced off roader driving a Jeep Patriot and I made it down but it was shaky. If you are about the views getting to Handie’s then definitely go through Ouray and Cinnamon Pass, if not and you want an easier drive in, take Co 30 in. The hike itself was a pretty steady gain. I did this as my first solo 14er and absolutely don’t regret it. But never underestimate a 14er, even the ones considered easier. Make sure to start earlier, 7/8 at the latest, so you can get down before afternoon storms start up.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. Even though this is rated as the easiest 14er, it was still a relatively challenging hike. For being a class 1, I was surprised at the amount of loose rock at the top. Trekking poles would have been a good idea. No wildflowers along the trail anymore but also no snow yet. Views at the summit were beautiful, obviously.

backpacking
3 months ago

We went from Molas and did half the trail up toward Kite Lake, then hiked back down to the train pickup, then we followed the train tracks into Silverton. It was a great trip!

Gorgeous views of the San Juans! You can see Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre from both summits. Traverse from Redcloud to Sunshine was relatively easy with a well defined trail. Had to summit Redcloud again to return and there were a few false summits on the way back but the traverse was one of the easier ones I’ve done. Only took about half an hour each way to traverse. The entire trail was pretty gradual which made it one of the easier fourteeners I’ve done. Nice thing about this one is you can get two done in a day easily. Tracker logged 11.5 miles with both peaks.

3 months ago

Did this yesterday. Excellent hike. A relatively easy 14er, but a moderate hike. Past peak wildflowers.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Easy 14er, but a moderate hike. Past peak flowers, but nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike, beautiful views. Tons of wildflowers. The lake was really pretty and a welcome sight for the pups. If you have 4wd, follow the road up to the highest parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Made it to the upper parking lot in my Ford Escape but it was definitely a little sketchy at times. I would recommend driving a car that has a little more clearance than mine. I would rate this hike as an easy to moderate hike. One of the most scenic hikes I've ever done and the dogs handled it really well!

Well marked and the scenery is beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. This is the first 14er I have done. I'm from Utah, and due to the high starting altitude at the TH, I thought this trail was a little easier than some of the 10,000-11,000 ft. peaks I have hiked near home. The trail is easy to follow and progresses nicely from the shade of trees, to the stream and meadow, then to the ridge. The final ascent to the summit is steep but nothing that requires special skills or daredevil attitudes. The views from the top were breathtaking. My dad also really enjoyed it, although he did not want to go all of the way to the peak.

4 months ago

was a great hike! beautiful!

Absolutely Stunning! The peak of RedCloud is a dramatic rusty orange landscape with nothing visible but mountains as far the eye can see (no towns etc). Feels like you’re on another planet! The hike is mostly mellow and meandering (for a 14er) but there are some steep scree sections near the top which are challenging, especially on the way down (especially in Chacos)! A long drive from the front range but highly recommended!

Last mile is the hardest

It was a perfect hike for my 1 year old pup and I! The weather was amazing and only had some shadowing clouds in the late afternoon! After the Sunshine summit, the trail down the skree was intense and was hard to get down with my dog. The trail down it is advised to look for cairns but follow the stream down and it should lead back to the trail. With this app's GPS I was able to find the loop's trail easy. A great first 14-er for the pup and I!

Great hike! Hiked it on 6/23 - snow free.

Typically if you do both you come back over Redcloud. We did not, and instead went down the Northwest Ridge of Sunshine. It’s a relatively easy route, but make sure you don’t descend from the saddle between Redcloud and Sunshine. It looks like a route and there are some faint trails, but it is not easy; it’s super steep, super loose and will dead end in a lot of places. We saw a group get stuck and have to climb back up.

hiking
4 months ago

Great first 14er! Rolling hills and beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent hike. Well marked trail. Beautiful wildflowers. Long hike. Last mile short, steep, slippery switchbacks. Amazing view at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked June 15. A few small patches of snow that will not ruin your day, a million fat, hilarious marmots that will absolutely make your day, and a sketchy drive up Cinnamon Pass that'll give you a right good jostling. We parked about 1/2 mile away from the trailhead in our CR-V.

If you're concerned about smoke from the 416 fire, I have asthma and while we could smell the smoke in the morning (6am), it didn't bother me enough to notice.

I wouldn't call this easy (I'd put Bierstadt and Quandary above this in terms of difficulty though), but it's got a little bit of everything. American Basin is truly stunning. If you do this one, you won't regret it.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked Handies late March and left around 9:30. Still quite a bit of snow on the trails, so we lost the trail a few times, but it was easy get back on track. I hiked in trail running shoes and they got wet from mud and melted snow, but worked perfectly otherwise. Beautiful views. Good for beginners who have done some preparation for the altitude/incline.

8 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!

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

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
Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

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