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

The gravel road that crosses the creek that goes upto the trail head is definitely four wheel only with decent clearance with very few pull offs. Once at the trailhead we hiked just under 4 miles in until we hit larger snow drifts and turned back. Very nice views and well worth the hike but we didnt make it upto the top sadly!

Very nice hike but I can’t give it a 5-Star rating bc:
1. I don’t know where they came up with this being a 4.7 mile hike that it says in the description as if you do the entire hike following the signs it is more like 6.2 miles and 1,600 feet of climbing.
2. Not best hiking footing for parts of the hike as loose rocks and metal grates (I had to carry my black lab as these bugged her so much she refused to walk on them) for climbing over large water “pipeline” and across high bridge.

Overall not bad for being right in Ouray and this time of year the waterfall was amazing and luckily not super hot (was getting a bit too warm for my dog but that was bc it was 1.5 miles longer that we expected so it was close to noon when we finished.

one of the best hikes I've done

hiking
9 days ago

This is a great trail. Well signed to keep you on track, takes you past many beautiful locations. Some parts are difficult if you are a novice hiker like myself. However, it’s definitely worth it.

hiking
10 days ago

Great views of Ouray, a waterfall ( May) and enough of a challenge to get winded occasionally. Fun trail!

This hike was wonderful! Traversing the loop brought gorgeous views of the valley, waterfalls, blooming wildflowers, the million dollar highway, box canyon and the cute town. I saw a fox on the trail as well. Definitely worth it if you are in the area!

hiking
17 days ago

Trailhead is open. Beautiful hike with stunning views! Make sure you bring trekking poles or a walking stick for the descent!

off road driving
1 month ago

Definitely one of my favorite passes in Colorado. I lived there for about 7 years and have traveled over many. This one is not difficult at all with the exception of a spot or three. A must is a side trip from Camp Bird to the west up to the base of Mt Sneffels and the high alpine lakes there. IF your lucky and are there end of July early August you might catch the wildflower explosion. On a good snow pack year it might not be clear until end of July. On July 4th, they have the July 4th Ski Race at summit of the pass. Fun event.

hiking
1 month ago

hard trail. well worth it. Id really like to go back and loop it overnight to bear creek.

FYI trailhead is still closed. About a mile hike from the parking lot to the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

I liked what I was able to hike. Would not recommend going in winter months without proper gear! Parts of the trail were pure ice - had to cut the hike short due to ice. Nice steep inclines at the beginning of the trail. Eventually comes to a pretty waterfall (which is where I stopped b/c ice).

I did the north east and northwest sections on 2/16 in the late afternoon and 2/17 in the morning, using microspikes for parts of both. Great minimalist trail, with sketchy shoring up by the falls on the northeast section. Seems that some people go hors piste there which disrupts the integrity of the hillside. Stay on the trail. At the bridge past Henn's overlook on the west side, the snow was too deep and unbroken for me to continue w/o snowshoes or any knowledge of where the trail lay. I'll do it again when I have enough time to do the whole loop.
Pro tip: get a map of the trail from the visitor center in town, and they might give you updated trail condition info.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike, first mile was mostly uphill with well packed snow. The snow got deeper a couple of miles into the hike but not enough to require snowshoes (we wore microspikes). The trail markings are almost nonexistent near the high point and there were tracks in the snow in several different directions so we ended up going off trail to get down to the road. After the steep descent we flatlanders decided to call it a day and take the road from the Ice Park to our car at the Visitors Center with a stop at the coffee shop. I would do this hike again.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike! Hiked it last Thursday had some icy spots but was not bad.

Great hike to make with kids. Visited the day after Christmas, weather was great.

off road driving
5 months ago

Fairly easy trail but one of our favorites in the area. We did it in a stock jeep unlimited sport with no problems. Great views. Passes by the waterfall they use in the Coors commercials.

My husband and I tried this trail for the 1st time on 12/7/17. Mostly clear of snow and ice, the downhills weren’t all that bad but if it was wetter it could be bad in spots. We really enjoyed it and plan to do it with snowshoes or at least try it.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great pass

Amazing view on geological formation. Not difficult at all and very short but not for people with bad knees for example.

Solid hike, gets pretty busy in the summer

I wouldn't call this a hike, but hearing the roar of the waterfall and exploring the canyon was a five-star experience for me. I went late on a weekday when nobody else was there, so I felt like I was discovering something hidden all by myself. Super cool place.

Spectacular views! May be taxing if not in shape and or used to altitude. Signage lacking at times. Overall amazing hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with fantastic views! Steep and narrow in some areas but easily navigable. A must do if in Ouray.

Great hike. Closer to 6 mi. though. Great views of the valley.

off road driving
7 months ago

Gorgeous scenery. Easy for high clearance Jeep.loved it.

I parked at the hot springs and by the time I got back to my car it was 6.3 miles. Great hike, though. Not many people on the trail and views that can only be seen from the trail. Highly recommend to get the full Ouray experience!

I parked at the hot springs and by the time I got back to my car it was 6.3 miles. Great hike, though. Not many people on the trail and views that can only be seen from the trail. Highly recommend to get the full Ouray experience!

Unique hike, with a cool foot bridge

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