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

Wonderful trail that’s just wild enough to be challenging! Great views the whole way up to the lake and a great lake it is! Access road is dirt and is probably not well suited for late season travel unless you have a good overlander

Challenging steady to moderate climbs. 3-4 stops that are beautifully breathtaking. The final destination point is fully gratifying. Strongly recommend this trail.

trail running
14 days ago

Heavy incline with the altitude but through piney single track. Rocky but not overly technical, small lake at the end and an easy pacer down.

hiking
14 days ago

We hiked this trail on Oct 1. Path cuts through and near aspen groves or pine forest the entire length. Steady climb with a long uninterrupted stretch in the middle of the route that was fairly steep walking. Beautiful wide open view in two points along the way as well as at the summit. As a others have noted the trail signs never call this trail by the name here so keep your AllTrails app open at the trailhead and at the trail split after about a half mile. Cell coverage throughout (AT&T). Great trail!

hiking
15 days ago

Wow. Today was one of those rare occurrences where parking wasn't really an issue. We arrived at the trailhead at about 11:30 a.m. and had our choice of parking spots. This is a great trail. There weren't too many people. However, I would say that it is a popular local and visitor trail. I saw lots of people without any gear just going for a short jaunt. You can backpack this trail and do a big loop with adjoining trails in the area. There were piles of gold everywhere on the forest floor. The Aspens were shimmering with every breeze and this glorious sunny fall day. There was a little rock scrambling to be head, boggy spots to maneuver through with care, and a Pixy land of overgrown ferns within huge stands of Aspen groves. One could easily loose the trail if not paying attention. The lakes along the way are really little ponds, but the entire hike has great vistas and ambiance. There are house sized, moss covered boulders, stone stair steps to climb (careful! they are steep) and a great creek crossing. The hike is about 5.2 miles. Moderate is a good rating. My 10 and 7 year old did it no problem. Keep eyes peeled. This is mountain lion, bear and Squatch country.

22 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Fantastic colors right now! Be sure to turn on your All Trails map because the TH sign isn't even for Lionshead. It is game creek and then at the trail junction it is cougar ridge. For pics and more details, click here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

We could not have asked for better weather this past week. We hiked to mile 3 starting at about 1pm, arrived around 4:30pm. We’re both in shape but definitely took our time- the views made for good distractions to keep a nice, relaxing pace. We stayed on campsite 10, just after the creek, which had plenty of water to filter. We ended up not building a fire because we were unsure if we could or not. Signs on the ground said no, but the forest website said the ban had been lifted. We didn’t want to risk it. The low got to about 35 degrees at night, clear and no wind. We woke up at dawn and hiked to the top, arriving around 10am. Weather was 60-70 degrees with little wind. The boulder scramble near the top is intense, but fun. A bit stressful going down because the trail isn’t so easy to identify but you’ll find it. Our first fourteener is one I’ll always remember!

Breathtaking hike!!!! I went in Mid July and got a bit of a late start...5:45 am and was up at the summit by 10:15 am. The clouds rolled in quick and we were off the summit by 10:45 am but eventually had to race down to the tree line with another couple because of the thunderstorms and barely made it! The hike is long and steep but it rolls in the beginning and allows time for your legs to rest a bit. It makes for a long day and a lot of people decided to camp at mile 3. Personally, I don’t think the trail is long enough to make for an overnight camp. In total it took us just over 8 hours. It was a tough hike but we were not hurting the next day. Key to this hike is an EARLY start. I bet trying to see sunrise at the summit would be incredible. Careful coming down the summit over the boulder scramble, I went a little too close to the edge as I was making my way down.

Hiked from the trailhead with full packs, which we left at a campsite near East Cross Creek, and continued with day packs to summit in five hours. Holy Cross Mount is located in the center of the Colorado Rockies; the view is stupendous in all directions. We spent an hour on the top just taking it in. Pleasant campout that evening after a two-hour descent to the creek. Took about 1.5 hours to hike out from there in the morning. Very dry route - no water between Cross Creek and the summit so bring a couple liters on a warm day.

hiking
1 month ago

great work out, gorgeous views - perfect to see fall colors

backpacking
1 month ago

This was our first 14er. We are 55 and 60 years old. We both work out frequently and felt like we’d be as prepared as possible in regard to our fitness level. We live in Hot Springs AR and trained with backpacks doing 2-3 mile hikes with 1000 elevation gains in the heat and humidity of August. It is hard to prepare for the altitude.
On day of hike we left early afternoon from Half Moon Pass trailhead and set up camp late afternoon so we could break it up into a 2 day adventure. We restocked our water bottles with filtered stream water. Our plan was to get up early hike to summit, return to our campsite, rest for a while then finish the hike after a break. The hike itself was very hard to us. I started feeling a little dizzy and zero energy after an hour into the hike. In the back of my mind I started wondering if we would be able to make it to summit. We saw a few young people coming down saying they couldn’t do it and had decided to turn around and came back down. There were numerous young people who were hiking with complete ease too. I got to the point of taking 20 steps then stop and break, etc... We ditched our poles when we got to the boulders and glad we did. They would have just gotten in the way as we crawled over rocks with our hands. My husband forgot our lunch, sunscreen and extra water bottle (that I said to bring just in case we needed it.) Ugh! We had to ration what little water we had left all the way down. By the time we got back to camp I was completely sick feeling, sunburned and thirsty. We had to camp an extra night because I didn’t have the energy for the last 1000 ft hike out of the mountains. It was fun to set a goal and accomplish it. The views were gorgeous and the stars at night where we camped equally stunning. September is the perfect time to go-glorious fall colors, No mosquitoes and no spiders on the rocks at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Rated as moderate but for this middle aged woman from the south, it was tough. Several long steep climbs but the views were unbeatable. In the end I’m glad we did it but a little long for my taste.

hiking
1 month ago

Great scenic trail, moderate traffic all day. Hiked up to a ridge between hilltops-spectacular views for 50 miles in every direction. Lionshead rock was on the way, about 1/3 of the way up the one hill.

Easy hike. Make sure when you see the secondary trail spurs you venture out, usually 20 yards. Great views from these advantage points.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty trail. Nice views. Wide open spaces. Lots of sun exposure. Not heavily trafficked today considering the holiday weekend.

Nice hike. The distance is much closer to 5 miles one way to the lake. Steady climb the whole way

Such a pretty trail, and the lake is lovely. If it weren't for the drive to the trailhead this would be one of my regular day hikes. 1 hour and 20 minutes each way at a good pace.

Was disappointed that AllTrails didn’t mention is was 10 miles off road, steep, hairpin turns to make it to this trail. Started to feel uncomfortable since we were not in an SUV and had to around.

Great hike Great views. . From parking lot hike to top is closer to 5 miles and 2000 vertical per our Strava app. Trail is very well maintained just relatively steep from bottom to top. Recommend going early parking lot empty at 8:30 completely full at 11:00 when we left.

Topped out at 6:30 AM yesterday. Was hoping for a nice full moon hike but hardly ever saw the moon. Drizzled heavily 3-4 AM. Cleared up on descent. Long road from Minturn to trailhead, almost an hour.

Exhausting but rewarding hike! Started at 1:30 am and peaked right before sunrise. Watched the sun come up over the smoky landscape and headed back down in the morning light. Was stunned by the landscape and setting of the trail. There is no part of this hike that wasn’t breathtaking! I will admit that the 1000 foot elevation increase on the way back to trailhead killed, but was worth the views! Would be a great 2 day trip as many recommend, but one day is also very rewarding!

A very pleasant, varied, interesting and scenic hike. There are a couple of very short spurs (one at about .8 mi and another at about 2 mi in) which were real highlights for me as they afforded lovely views over the creek.

The Fall Creek trail head is adjacent to the HalfMoon Pass trail head. This trail is moderate with small inclines and a few narrow parts on the trail- the lake at the end is very pretty and you have the option to hike past it to the pass for more incredible views.

HalfMoon Trail is definitely more challenge with the steeper incline, but Lake Constantine is a longer more moderate trail option.

We enjoyed this trail. It continues on beyond the lake (it is a 14 mile trail) so we decided on a longer hike. We went out to mile 6 in the area of the intersection of the Grouse Mountain Trail/Martin Creek Trail. Beautiful vistas out there. The big elevation gains are after mile 8 so it was a very pleasant hike out to mile 6 and back. The trail is well maintained and is often shaded as we hiked along rock formations among the pines and aspen.

This is a great hike! Nice bridge over the water makes for great photo opportunity. We hiked to Surprise Lake and found it a little longer the the 4.9 mile total. Also, road is open all the way up to trailhead.

backpacking
1 month ago

So beautiful, so fun! The trail is definitely challenging, especially with a pack on your back. We stayed 2 nights and each night a moose and her baby would come down to the lake for some grub and a swim.

Great trail, worth going through the thick ferns to get to the lake!

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail, but straight up to start. Don’t be daunted, great hiking after you get up off the canyon floor. Some great views, lots a shaded areas and very few bugs. Nice hike, but dedicate a good half day and go early in day if hiking mid-summer season.

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