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Only went in the first mile or so. Steep so very challenging Parking is sketchy. We overnight camped on the first flat area in which was very nice with a great view.

closed due to logging

off road driving
6 days ago

Not so good with a dirt bike. Narrow rocky trail makes it tough to ride. Great for a hike though. Very nice area

lots of loose rocks since it is ATV trail but nice scenic views.

hiking
19 days ago

Trail is closed, but as we were getting ready to leave a logger gave us permission to use the trail, it has been logged but it’s still a nice hike and the view is certainly worth it. Also it’s a nice breezy 80 degrees up here vs the 105 temps down in Pueblo. I suggest going to bishops castle as well, if you are already in the area.

hiking
25 days ago

Great views of forest to start, after a decent downhill walk, it takes you to some more open areas. This is starting from the Highway 78 side to the North. Even a relaxing night hike if you don't mind using moonlight.

The trail was very nice for us on our horses, although rocky in places. Shoes would be a necessity. Once you climb up about 3 miles or so you enter a very pretty aspen grove.
The parking situation, however, was pretty scary. The pull off is immediately past the turn to Mears Junction on the west side of the road, and east to miss. However, the turn out is between blind curves from both directions. Our horses are used to traffic but it was still concerning. I chose to continue further south to Poncha Pass to turn around vs attempting a U turn.
It appears the trail goes both east and west of the highway, but we followed the trail to the east thus necessitating crossing the highway.

Fun with son

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. 2700 vertical is a good indicator of the difficulty. I would rate it more on the strenuous side. Lot of bears too.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is heavily wooded and has a bit of downed timber. Not a super easy hike, but very enjoyable none the less. The 6.5 miles in is well rewarded once you reach the creek and cabin at the end of the trail. Great place for an overnight trip, but doable in a single day. I hiked this trail yesterday in 2.5 hours round trip.

camping
2 months ago

Can you camp overnight on this trail?

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful area and not very busy on a Saturday morning or afternoon.

Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.

Some of the trail near the 3 mile mark was hard to follow due to all the downed trees.

Did the trail in April and did run into some snow/ice, however easy to get around it.

If you are a backpacker, saw two camping spots, marked them both on my recordings with pictures.

AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions about this trail.

Used to love this trail but it has been destroyed by logging. The view at the end is still amazing but the hike up is depressing.

Loved it

hiking
5 months ago

Steady incline the whole way. I was by myself with two dogs and we all made it fine. A few hours in I noticed some mountain lion poop and got a little nervous. All in all it was a nice quiet hike up the mountain...bring good shoes (lots of snow, ice, rocks). I went middle of January and it wasn’t too bad.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, easy to follow. Steep for 1st mile or so, but rewarding views all throughout.

8 months ago

Nice infrequently used trail, maybe only 2-3 people per week so you'll probably have it to yourself! I hiked it 11/2017, very few down trees until the last half mile, even then it wasn't bad. It's a steady climb but trail conditions are good, not too muck rock, steepest section is the first half mile. At about 0.75 mile stay left, there's another trail/road that could be confusing. No water anywhere on the trail until you turn around, nice creek there. There is a dirt floor cabin, no door but a good roof in case you wanted to camp and it was rainy, at the trail end. Lots of wildlife in the evening, good birds and a few mile deer. Just a couple ok views, not great for that. Could be confusing if there was much snow, it's not blazed.

hiking
8 months ago

Was looking for a different trail but couldn't find it. I found Snow Slide instead. I didn't know what to expect so I only made it 1.5 miles in before deciding to turn around. There's comfortable elevation gain in that first 1.5 miles and it's a nice walk through a pretty forested area. I didn't see anyone on the trail and it was a Saturday. I will definitely come back and be more prepared to hike the whole thing next time.

hiking
10 months ago

my daughter and me had a good time. great views.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome trail! There are a lot of Aspen trees and wildflowers. It was an intense upward climb at the beginning, so good to be prepared. We continued to Marion Mine and it was so worth it! Really cool to see the Mine and if you hike over some rocks on the left and follow the water you'll find a waterfall.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice, easy trail for the kids and me. We saw a bear right on the trail near the end of it, so we turned around and walked back. Kids loved seeing the wildlife!

10 months ago

Really fun trail! Beautiful views, tons of Aspen groves and wildflowers. We hiked this trail just for the Marion Mine, and it was absolutely worth it. Really neat to see the structures still standing, and the waterfall above the mine. Trail is well marked, decent elevation gain and well maintained. You do have to enter the Lake Isabel area and they charge a $6 day usage fee so come equipped with cash for parking

hiking
10 months ago

only made it about 4 miles in. there's a good overlook. I would have loved to complete it the whole trail but the further up the trail the rockier it gets and it is more than a bit of a moderate trail. beautiful views. I did 8 miles total and didn't see anyone for almost 3 hours. I'll go back to try and finish another time.

Beautiful, nature at it should be. No people in the trail.

Lush forest, beautiful expansive views and wild strawberries, along with numerous flowers, moss and trees. Easy to hike and the mine visit was well worth the extra short distance...plan to do this again soon! Restroom facilities at trailhead.

11 months ago

Followed this trail up to Marion Mine. The trail is almost 100% uphill for the first 1.5 miles and all uphill to Marion Mine. Cool hike but be prepared that if you take a little one you will be carrying the entire way.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Rather steep and rocky, loose from ATV traffic. I went about 3 miles to the top before the trail headed down the other side. Limited views.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

I was looking for a trail my three-year-old could manage, and this was a great match! It was not busy at all and there was a great variety of wildflowers, especially the beginning of the trail. My kids liked climbing boulders alongside the trail. It was shaded with a mix of aspen, fur trees and ponderosa pine.

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

there seems to be some confusion on the mileage....10 miles or 6.5 as All Trails states/ I have hiked this numerous times and it is rough...but it comes out at some beautiful views...I like it in the snow better. I will be going again this weekend which is 7-8-17. see you all on the trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

This was a beautiful hike! However, it was very very difficult. There were a lot of fallen trees and it was very steep. Also, this says it's 6.5 miles, but it's closer to 10 miles. I work out daily and this was pretty challenging for a day hike.

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