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

on Dark Canyon Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Completed a little over half in and out. Very scenic and enjoyed hiking along the river. Trail was a warmer-up for a more difficult trail the following day.

I was here in July, it was beautiful and I knew I need to come back.
so I came back on the end of September for the fall colors.I was fantastic. love this huge aspen forest ,the view and feeling in whole that is impossible to describe

This trail has two separate connections points. You can start at the Erickson Springs campground area or you can begin at horse ranch park, those are the two most popular sections to begin at. If you start at Erickson springs it is going to be a fairly flat and semi rocks trail but it is wonderful and follows the river the whole time. in the summer it is a great time here for berry picking. About 4-5 miles in from the Erickson springs entrance you will hit 2 fairly consecutive bridges. there is great camping on the flat section just after the first bridge. After the second bridge you will ascend up devils stairway which are excellent switchback, not too exposed, and they will begin to direct you up towards horse ranch park. The elevation gain that is referred to here is only after you reach the bridges, otherwise the trail has some grade reversals but nothing too steep or overwhelming. good fishing at Erickson springs.

We did the three lakes trail with our 6 yr old son and two pups. Everyone was good and tired after spending a good half day exploring these beautiful alpine lakes. Would highly recommend this trail, especially in late July when the wildflowers are on fire!!

Gorgeous and pretty mellow

One of my favorite hikes in the state. Quiet, out of the way, and beautiful. Anthracite Creek is amazingly clear (and can rage in the spring after a heavy winter). Small trout can be caught in the creek.

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

This hike is tough! The views are awesome but 2+ miles of rock field is exhausting. Also the trail is non-existent even outside of the rock fields. I would recommend just going around lost lake and then up a bit part way through the fields - the whole way is not quite worth it, in my opinion!

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lots of snow still up high, and lots of talus/scree hopping. Some of this gets loose, steep and sketchy on the route I chose. Up high, I followed a previous hikers AllTrails gps map, but had to deviate due to snow. My route only got to the ridge that you would scramble up to get to the summit. It was getting late in the day, I was alone, and a little scared of the loose talus ridge climb, so I bailed, to return another day!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Easy trail.. Beautiful lake

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

Awesome

camping
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Absolutely beautiful lake and mountain views right off Kebler pass. I prefer the disbursed camping sights on the way up to the lake or all along Kebler Pass. Some of the best camping in Colorado in my opinion. I would not personally camp in the lake campground simply because it is a little to crowded for me, but if you have a family, and like having restrooms and a nice picnic table and fire pit, this would be a great choice.

hiking
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We entered the Canyon from the West and encountered 18" of snow November 22, 2013. Difficult travelling, many mountain lion tracks, very cold. We were on our NOLS independent travel for Outdoor Education. No Shoe shoes. Trudging with 60 lbs on our backs.

hiking
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Very beautiful. We went over memorial day weekend so it was a little crowded. But we loved it. Had some great swimming holes and beautiful rock formations.

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2 months ago

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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