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

mountain biking
20 days ago

Great mountain biking trail system. It can be hiked but is designed for biking so be careful. These were well designed and allow for some great descents. Lots of cactus so be prepared to repair flats.

hiking
20 days ago

Great walk, paved trail. I do this almost daily with the wife and dog.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great for mountain biking. Can link together several trails for a fun loop

Trails interconnect with one another. Gets kind of confusing but it’s a blast.

hiking
7 months ago

Yeah, sure...followed the directions...no trailhead marker whatsoever...

Lots of elevation gain for an absolutely breathtaking view on top. Ran into a red fox, which was cool. Most challenging and rewarding hike I've done so far.

Gorgeous trail-completely worth the climb. My husband and I did the Blue Lakes Pass route, which, although longer, has incredible views and is well worth the extra couple of hours. I wrote a complete trip report if you're interested in seeing photos and getting more information on trail conditions, gear, and general tips and tricks : http://borntobewandering.com/2017/09/15/the-ultimate-guide-to-mt-sneffels/

This was our first 14er, and to be honest it was the most difficult thing we have accomplished yet. We started early at 540, very dark out and lights were necessary. This is mostly uphill and the trail is mostly rocks, very much a workout. It was worth it, but don't underestimate it!

Was an epic adventure going up to the peak. And coming down was a blast sliding down the dirt and rocks!

Mentally challenging
A great physical work out

Definitely a class 3. Only 1.2 miles from TH to summit but also a 2,000ft elevation gain. Hands and feet bouldering all the way to the top. And the boulders are your friend. The V notch isn't bad...people help you through it. And the summit is completely worth it. It is very steep and exposure at the V notch and a little after up to the summit!
It was my first 14er...definitely a challenge!

There is a great video on YouTube that shows the V notch...

The views are beyond a 5-star rating - completely out of this world and so different than any other 14er. I have to give it 4 stars though because I don't think I could ever push myself to do it again - it was by far the most mentally challenging climb I've done to date - many "life or death" moments with steep steep uphill scree shifting beneath every step you take up to the ridge and then again up to the summit. The V-Notch was a test of true grit, be sure you research this part well so you're not surprised when you see it. The summit wasn't crowded at all, we even had about 5 mins of it completely to ourselves. It was hardly windy either which was a plus and a surprise. But all we could think about was the journey down, and it certainly was difficult. Had to use 3 points of contact minimum for most of the stretch. Great experience but one should really assess their mental stamina and physical capabilities before daring to attempt this one.

I gotta be honest, we hike a ton! We live in Ridgway and had been wanting to do this hike for awhile. Let me tell ya, it's probably the last time we will do it. We hiked it 8-6-17 and it was way more work than fun.
We parked at the bathrooms the normal spot, about 2 miles away from the trailhead. Take the trail when you see it, skip the road. It's more scenic and takes you around wrights lake with great views.
The trail... started on packed down scree, easy, no problem. Then once it started straight up, there was no trail, just crazy slick rock and dirt. This climb was shitty. We have had a ton of rain so I don't know if that affected the "trail" but it was basically just pick a line and take it. This portion easily took us an 1.5 hours each way.
At the top of that, you climb straight up a boulder field for around 300 feet or so. Of course the views were incredible but we definitely felt like we missed out on some of the fun by how focused we had to be. There are other hikes that offer these views without the risk of death. Lol! But really. Very tough on the knees, especially coming down. We were surprised by how we felt after about not wanting to do it again but we aren't trying to die on a hike. Bring a helmet.

Love this mountain range! Beautiful views and so peaceful. We saw a handful of people on the trail which gave this hike a 5 star for solitude. A recommendation is trekking poles. It had rained the night before and left the trail very muddy and slippery. With the steep incline it made it a more difficult hike. Note to dog owners keep them leashed please. Every person we saw with a dog didn't have a leash. This trail has many steep drop offs and blind corners. One dog surprised us on a corner and scared us and him and became aggressive and lunged towards us before the owner could even get his hands on him.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked trail early morning, good hike, overview of lake, wildlife along trail, rather easy hike.

Snow blocked the last part of the trail, but great views to that point.

It was my first 14er. The views and surrounding wilderness are worth the difficult climb at the end. We were in the clouds at the top, so we couldn't see the view of the mountains at the top, but still beautiful regardless. Coming down from the top is a little scary because of the loose rocks, so have make sure to have good supportive shoes and take your time. I would do it again!

This was a beautiful and moderately challenging hike! We started out hike at the lowest end of the four wheel drive road. Ten miles of hiking from start to finish. We started at 6am, reached the summit at noon and then returned to our starting point at 3pm. The pictures do not do this scenery justice. It is a must do in my opinion! Plan for weather around mid day. The clouds moved in around 1130. We were fortunate that the rain didn't start until we reached our vehicle.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail, we hiked but there are lots of bikers and would be very fun bike trail. Easy hike, good views. Great day!

backpacking
10 months ago

Super fun and easy hike! Lots to look at! Went in early July all the wild flowers were out. Lots of places to camp at the top. Good for kids and dogs. Campfires are allowed.

10 months ago

Loved that my kiddo easily tackled this one. And, that with what felt like 100 cars parked on the road for Independence Day, Blaine Basin was relatively open with far fewer people than Blue Lakes.

hiking
10 months ago

Was a great hike and the trail is now totally free of snow and the wildflowers are out. Loved hiking along the creek and then seeing the waterfall on the way up. The last .07 miles is steep and rocky but well worth it! View is spectacular, the little waterfall up there in the basin meadow is great and everything is green with the flowers just coming out now.

hiking
11 months ago

2016 review... we went up here in September as we live in Ridgway. It was beautiful! This is the same trailhead as lower blue lakes except this trail splits left and immediately crosses a bridge. This hike is relatively easy compared to most in the area. There is 1 creek crossing that is a bit challenging during meltoff but hiking poles will keep you steady. Good chance of getting wet feet too because the water was high even late in the year. Tevas. The hardest part of this hike is the last .5 mile- pretty much straight up. You arrive to an open meadow with beautiful river and waterfall views. Also, it puts you a couple thousand feet below Mt. Sneffels which is a great lunch view. We had the trail all to ourselves which is just the way we like it.

11 months ago

We had amazing views. There was still quite a bit of snow which made the last part of the trail a little tricky. Well worth the view! Would like to go back later in the summer when the snow melts more. First river crossing needs very sure footing until the creek slows down. Beautiful views of Sneffles.

Note as of 6/9/17 there is too much snow to finish the hike. We were able to hike to 11,500. You can't find the trail after this. Very hard from a cardio standpoint. Beautiful views.

very well maintained trail... paved river walk from downtown and many more side trails/single track within the state park... great workout and views of the area's reservoir... True Grit restaurant in town ended my day i this mini Foodie Town

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

this is my favorite hike so far

trail running
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fabulous!

My favorite CO fourteener never disappoints! Nice moderate hike. The scree can make things a bit interesting so trekking poles are a good idea for the descent.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Definitely difficult. Especially skree field but worth it. Spectacular views!!!

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