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

23 days ago

My friends and I walked along the lake- it was a gorgeous day with amazing mountain and lake views!

backpacking
1 month ago

seems to be some confusion regarding the length of this trail so let me see if I can clear things up a bit. First of all, it is ALL uphill... so don't expect any relief from the climb. You will climb 6 miles, then... you climb down approximately .2 miles... that is 2 tenths of a mile, very short... then you have to cross the creek and go right... about another 100 yards you will find the cabin that was built in 1939. It has some things in it... no door... good place to overnight with an adequate fireplace and fire pit outside. Right next to the creek with some great bathing pools. Now... if you can find it, the trail keeps going passed the cabin. Look for green, pink, red ribbons and also the stacked rocks every now and then, cross a very small skree field and keep going another couple of miles and you will end up on the forest service road. The best part of this is getting to the cabin by the creek... it is worth it... especially if you stay the night and actually use the cabin. Important to remember is that it is ALL UPHILL... so do not think that the uphill hike will end... because it won't. I was there today and fixed the mantels in the lantern, installed new ones. Please do not touch the mantels when lighting them. That is not how they work... you will ruin the new ones and then the next campers will have no lantern. Also, the propane tank that feeds the lantern is full now so it all works. Dry matches and Firestarter fatwood is in the dry clear container on the shelf. Please respect the cabin so others can enjoy it too. Cheers.

hiking
1 month ago

this is a strenuous hike I would rate this hike as moderate to hard.
beautiful scenery stsrted at 1040 hiked half way and were back down by 1.,

2 months ago

amazing! a perfect example of why I moved here in the first place!! Gorgeous!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to use and enjoy. The whole family (ranging from 3 to 37) enjoyed the mostly flat trail. The wooden bridges are a nice inclusion with the maintained trail. It's not a strenuous hike but is a good way to take in the lake when not fishing. The path gives plenty of room so you aren't interfering with those that are fishing but never too far from the water. The kids look forward to doing the hike each time we camp up there.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

My home lake... a nice gentle walk around the lake... beautiful scenery!!

hiking
3 months ago

Wel groomed trail. Dog loved it. Lake very beautiful. Not sure how you get around all of the lake but it was very nice to hike. Rained a bit on us which was also refreshing.

3 months ago

water looks gross!

closed due to logging

off road driving
3 months ago

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

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
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful lake great for children

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

The map says the trail goes around the lake but you have to walk next to the highway and through town to complete the circle.

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

Can you camp overnight on this trail?

hiking
6 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.

walking
6 months ago

Good trail for the kids. Not hiking but a nice walk around the lake. It still had a bit of snow/ice in the shady parts but great walk.

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
8 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.

11 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
11 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
Saturday, September 16, 2017

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

walking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Beautiful lake, very popular with fishing. Didn't realize the walk didn't go all the way around the lake so ended up climbing through some rocky, slippery areas on the edge of the lake by the road. Apparently it's private property on that side so you'll want to turn around.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

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!

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

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