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Really pretty trail, beautiful forests and there are views of the mountains in a couple of places. There are a couple of places where you can see Pagosa in the distance with mountains in the background. It is an ATV trail but there was nobody on the trail. We went in November so it was quiet. Somewhat rocky, parts are a steep but easy climb. There is a place where trail loops but it wasn’t marked and we missed it and had to back track. It’s not obvious to turn there for the loop so watch for that or use this app to track your location.

Beautiful hike along the river with mountain and cliff views. Nice meadows for a picnic. We went to the bridge before turning back, it was a nice 2 hour hike.

A nice trail with a variety of terrain! A few steep ascents but pretty even mostly.
Not great views of the mountains (even in November) and very few open overlooks. Very pleasant since I love groves of pine trees and shady valleys. Loop was a bit confusing and not always clearly marked. I turned left at one point and ended up on a different trail. The length and the pretty sunset definitely made this worthwhile, but not a hike I feel like I have to do again soon.

backpacking
13 days ago

A wonderful trail! Slightly longer than what AllTrails says, but worth every step. One of the best we’ve ever tackled.

Did this trail the first part of Nov. Absolutely beautiful and a good family trail. Beware of the horse/mule trackings; while it is beautiful countryside, there is significant trail wear from the mule/horses. Still! It is worth the trek. I hiked this trail with my 66 y/o father and we loved it. Cozy enough to wear a mid layer sweater and get to it! Get outside, Colorado!

Pretty trail for seeing mountains. It’s well maintained and fairly flat for most of it - perfect for an easy afternoon.

Loved this trail! It’s uphill for 3/4 of the way, but the lake at the end was worth it. We hiked during a light rain - trail was slippery with mud as a result, but manageable.

mountain biking
28 days ago

On mountain bikes-Rock chop all the way to the top! big climbs, punchy trail with lots of steep sections. The loop is fun and semi flowing in spots. Primarily an ATV trail but had it all to ourselves without a soul in sight. There's an unmarked T in the trail after an open valley - stay left and start gradually climbing. great ride in the fall with lots of shade. Not as bad going down as you would expect. Rode the whole loop in 2.5 hours including photo ops.

hiking
1 month ago

The best hike I’ve ever done after years of admiring this mountain from the ground in Pagosa Springs. Not for the faint of heart - not the off road drive to find the unmarked trail nor the strenuous back half of the hike when you’re hiking a steep narrow path flanked by precipitous drips. But it’s SO worth it. Incredible 360 panoramic views once you break the tree line and a rewarding bottle of names for those who reach the true Pagosa summit. (Beware the 2-3 false summit sighting before the real one). Difficult several hours hike but definitely doable if you’re in pretty decent shape.

Great little hike with plenty of Aspen and Pine views.

Had a great hike! Some steep parts, over all it was easy. Watch the weather, as we left there was hail, no problem for us, but some people were hiking in t-shirts and sneakers.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike. Well marked. Saw horseback riders and a group with a couple dogs. Beautiful views of the mountains!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. The end makes the long drive worth it. We'll marked and easy to find.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep, challenging hike! Not for the faint of heart climbing up the ridgeline, poles were essential. Very steep trail as described with lots of loose rock and trees/logs to climb over. We made it halfway up the 4WD road and had to park along side as the terrain is ROUGH. Not many places to bail out along the road. Hiked up the rest of the road (-1 hr from car to trailhead). We made it to the summit in 2 hrs and back to trailhead 1 hr 15 min. Great views if you’re not too focused on not falling off the mountain! Good luck, make sure you have a lot of clearance in your vehicle/someone who has driven up to trailhead if you opt for that route.

Short hike, beautiful falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable trail , pretty views. Took us about an hour and a half.

1 month ago

Loved it.

Beetle kill trees along the beginning but stunning 360 view at the end. Changing aspens were a treat.

Short, easy, steep hike to a beautiful lake and mountain view

Beautiful hike with great views. Worth repeating any time. This is must do hike. Put it on your list.

Great easy trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for the family. Enjoyed the beautiful cliffs and picnicking by the river.

on Opal Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this easy hike through majestic aspen groves! The lake (pond) is beautiful!

make sure you bear right to see the views

Outstanding 360 degree views of Rocky Mountain peaks. Was just under 3 miles up and 3 miles down. Took us about 3 hours to do the whole thing. Well worth it once you get to the peak!!! It’s pretty forresty and shady, but the trees are pretty dead once you’re up at the top of the ski lift. Truly one of my favorites though.

Nice view of mountains. Lots of meadows and some forests. Mostly in the sun. We

I absolutely loved this hike! We started on a Saturday around 6pm right after a major hail storm so the trail was covered with about 1-2” of hail. Made for a wet, sloshy but unique experience. Saw pikas, marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, ravens, and even a set of weasels!

This time of day was magical! The sun cast golden hues on the mountains the entire hike. We didn’t make it to the Peak because it started getting dark. But the open meadows at the top literally took my breath away. one of my new favorite spots. So peaceful ...not another person on the trail!

Setting varies from shady woods to open rock fields and meadows. Could hear some highway noise for the first 1/2 mile or so but not terrible.

We walked down the ski slope to shorten the time so we’d get back before dark. It was just amazing overall. Can’t wait to go back and go all the way to Alberta Peak! We went about 4 miles round trip, in the hail and mud in just over 2 hours. Loved it!

camping
3 months ago

It was a great hike. Trail was clear in the way in, but wind knocked down some trees and the trail was obstructed on the way back. Camp close to the hot springs so the walk back wet is short. Amazing views! The only wildlife we saw was snakes. The hot spring on the other side of the river is the warmest.

Beautiful trail, and not very difficult or long. The whole hike took me 2.5 hrs, not stopping often or long. I didn't keep track of time, but the first lift tower for Wolf Creek could probably be reached at 30 min, and that is a good view a s beautiful hike in itself. There was an offshoot for Treasure Mountain. I'm not sure where that is but have a good guess it was the beautiful neighboring peak to the west. You could also continue to keep following the continental divide. Stunning views.

I only give it 2 stars because I wad by able to access this. There is about an 11 mile dirt road with tons of bumpy ridges to get there. You don't need clearance, but if you have an old car you may have to take it slow. My car was shaking so badly from the ridges in the road I had to turn around because it was going to take 40-60 minutes getting there...going 10 mph.

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