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

A nice trail in a beautiful forest, but I wouldn't recommend going in the winter without snow shoes. The top of the trail was hard to define and we couldn't get to the top. Still worth a shot if you're prepared for the challenge!

I gave this one star due to The fact that the hiking trail has been closed off 5 miles before you hit the trail head. So we started at the parking area where they give snowmobile tours. We could not drive us to the tell trailhead because it was blocked off because it was snowed in.

I highly recommend this trail for hiking. We take our German shepherd , Juno out and both of us enjoy the trail, nature and the amazing quietness of the forest. We have been hiking while snow is on the ground but the trails are well groomed.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was an extremely easy hike with amazing views. We hiked this trail in early December and the water fall was still flowing great! The hike is quite a ways from Pagosa Springs but well worth the drive. If you are going in the winter do not drive a car there. Make sure you have a SUV or truck with 4X4. The last 8 miles to the trail is narrow and not travel much. However, do not let this deter you, if you have a 4X4 the road is manageable. Last note, make sure google takes you to the right road it did not take us to the right road first. You want to take the road that ends on 637. Great hike must do!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is public as it is on USFS land. Only the trailhead @ gate 5 is marked for residents only. Respect that and park at the public parking lot/trailhead off N. Pagosa Blvd. as shown on the All Trails map.
If parking is full there there are several other USFS gates that are on public land but all require street parking which is usually not a problem as long as you're not blocking the road.
This map shows a MTB/road biking loop but for hikers/snowshoers better loops can be made from 312, 311, 315, 305 trails. Nice scenery and rarely used in winter. But bring a map/compass/GPS as some of the trails are hard to follow when snow covered.

Beautiful scenic view at the very end. Aspens just happened to be turning. Gorgeous! ♡

Very short trail but definitely an upwards hike. Once you get to the end the view is outstanding! You can even hear the rushing river below. Very good meditation spot. ♡

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.

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
4 months ago

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

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
4 months 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.

A hike with everything you could ask for. Flat open areas to rocky narrow inclines. took my wife and I about 3 1/2 hrs with frequent small breaks and 20 min at the falls. Amazing views throughout and very cool end at the towering falls. The last 30 min to the falls is the toughest. Hike back is much easier than the hike in. highly recommend

5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

Short hike, beautiful falls.

5 months 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

Its a beautiful trail. A few steep inclines but all and all good hike. Up and down in 3 hours with a 30 min lunch at the falls.

You can get right under the falls which is really neat. Great views on your drive up to the trail. Lots of ups and downs and pretty rocky. This time of year there was not allot of water coming off the falls.

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

Great easy trail!

on Opal Lake Trail

hiking
6 months ago

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

Fun trail. It took me 3 hours including a 20 min break at the falls. I will definitely be back during run off season.

wonderful hike, not hard trail, some of it is rocky but it is well used and maintained. this trail will offer you a lot of nature and from some vantage points you can get a good view of the valleys below!

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.

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!

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