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1 day ago

Beautiful trail.... well marked & well kept. You follow Mosca creek the entire way - very peaceful. The views of the sand dunes are also marvelous. The first 3/4 mile is definitely the most difficult with the elevation gain. We saw very few other hikers. Be prepared for a plethora of mosquitos (the only reason I ranked it 4 stars - I wasn't prepared) !!

Beautiful and family-friendly campground nestled in GSDNPP. The sites vary in size and are mixed use RV/Tent. We had a couple of pop ups and one luxury bus style RV nearby during our stay and didn't have any issue with noise or the like. Camped in Loop 2 Site 81 which was very accessible to the bathrooms, had a peekaboo view of the Dunes, and a small creek running along one side, mosquitoes were light to average amount. The kids loved playing in the creek and the mule deer that would wander down every evening sipping water and looking for scraps of food. The trees provided some light shade in our site but a few sites were more exposed along the far side of the Loop. I would recommend bringing a pop up canopy if it's going to be very hot/sunny during your stay. There is a small store for essentials (ice etc). The store has a rather impressive selection given how small a space they occupy and a very friendly proprietor. Bathrooms are flush toilets and sinks. The only drawback I can think of is that there are no showers anywhere in the park *except right at the edge of the Dunes and they have signs clearly posted forbidding soap and shampoo use so if you stay more than a day or two plan to pack baby wipes or your own solar shower. The Dunes were a blast to hike/sled and rentals from the Oasis shop just outside the park was a simple process. We lucked out in that Medano Creek was still flowing thanks to a couple of storms that rolled through. The kids loved splashing in the shallow water and playing in the wet sand. There were several excellent trails varying in degrees of difficulty. This particular trail was very easy at only a mile and with minimal elevation gain. Lots of wildflowers while we were there. Gorgeous views no matter where you go in the park. Make sure you swing through the Visitor Center to take a look around and pick up Junior Ranger booklets if camping with Tiny Humans. Overall two thumbs up. Would highly recommend for a family camping experience.

Tough to hike with sand and gravity working against you, but if you're having trouble, just take it slow, don't give up, and look forward to the speed and ease of coming back down. The views are totally worth it! Took someone's advice and wore gaiters, hiking boots, and snug clothing, so came away a little gritty, but not as sandy as others. Recommend at least 2L of water per person.

Took the 4WD road to the Sand Ramp trailhead, parked, backpacked to Little Medano backcountry campsite (0.7 miles, uphill, in the sand). There is a drought, so Little Medano Creek was dry, which was a shame; we ended up going back to the road and carrying water back. We set up camp and then hiked just past Aspen and back with lighter gear. As others mentioned, there seems to be a lot of unnecessary winding, but the views are beautiful. I'm surprised people rate this trail so low, but maybe it's the time of year that you go? We had a great overnight, and then packed up and hiked the dunes on Day 2.

Pretty and easy hike near Great Sand Dunes National Park. Long and slow drive up a very rugged and rocky dirt road - beware if you're worried about your car. Maybe 2 miles to get to trail head from main road? Also pretty well-trafficked trail. Our kids loved wading through the creek and maneuvering across the rocks to reach the falls, which are back in a cave. Yes, the water is most definitely freezing, so be prepared. After a hot day on the dunes we kind of found it refreshing.

hiking
7 days ago

That was fun!

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backpacking
18 days ago

Beautiful, very tough hike. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes though.

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18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Made the round trip with a group of Boy Scouts ranging in ages 11 to 14. Tough on the way in with the elevation gain...well worth it! Nothing but smiles upon completion. Troop 524 recommends it!

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23 days ago

I did this trail last year in very early June and we had to park our SUV and set up camp only a mile or two from the dunes as the Medano Pass primitive road was blocked because of high water. The next morning we began hiking up the road and several miles later we found the Little Medano Creek trail to take us up to Medano Lake. Once on that trail it was very beautiful especially through the large Aspen trees. Only a few miles into the trail it began getting steep and, very unfortunately, snow became a problem. We lost the trail, much swearing ensued, the predictable noon thunderstorm was threatening, and we decided we had to turn around. It was a very long walk back to our camp. Total roundtrip distance was 18.6 miles. Too long and too much snow! Go later in the year than June!