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Heather Thestrup reviewed Dark Canyon, Irwin and Dyke Trail Loop
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Hiking

Great hike! Go clockwise from start. Great views from cliff about 2 miles up.

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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail. We hiked the loop clockwise. The aspen groves are breathtaking. We saw a yellow bellied marmot, a white tail doe and lots of birds and chipmunks. Not many people. The wildflowers were beautiful. We hiked with our Great Dane who enjoyed splashing in the beaver ponds. This is a mostly moderate hike with some significant difficult steep inclines. Bring food and lots of water. If you bring your dog you will need extra water for them too.

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Hiking

I highly recommend this hike. It is one of the best I have ever taken. I agree with other reviews, do the loop clockwise. The last 2 miles downhill is all loose sand/dust. Would be challenging going up. Just know you aren’t walking on flat ground much, it is mostly up or down. Do bring bug spray, there are some wet areas you pass, 2 beaver ponds among others, that have bugs. There are many amazing views of surrounding peaks throughout the hike. Lots of aspen, both in the views, but also hiking through the groves, especially toward the end. Be sure to turn around regularly or you will miss spectacular views behind you. Tons and tons of wildflowers throughout the hike (July). We saw one mule deer, only about 20 feet off the trail. It is a mix of pine forest, high alpine meadows, and aspen groves. Lots of shady areas, so not getting baked by the sun. The trail is open to mountain bikers (part of it anyway) and horses, but we only passed one group each of bikers and horse riders. Only passed 6 or 7 groups of people total, and this was on July 4th in the middle of the day (9:30-1:30).

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Hiking

We went clockwise to avoid a 2 mile climb and I’m glad we did! Epic view at mile 2, best on the trail. Coming down the last 2 miles on Irwin was challenging. Also passed by 6 bikers. All were polite though! Check our recording for photos. Great hike!!

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Caitlin McVeigh reviewed Lost Lake Campground
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CampingBugsFee

Gorgeous campground with million dollar views right on the lake. Was a good base for activities along Kebler Pass and Crested Butte. Don’t forget your bug spray!

Lizzie Bartholomew reviewed Dark Canyon, Irwin and Dyke Trail Loop
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HikingBugs

only about two and a quarter miles to the overlook of the largest aspen grove in north america which was pretty cool. this is the first time i’ve done the whole loop and the uphill after the overlook is all pretty steep but not too long until you get back to downhill so it’s doable. lots of horse poop and bugs because it’s right next to a horse park. overall really beautiful

Jennifer Saless reviewed Dark Canyon Trail
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HikingOver grown

This was an absolutely stunning hike! Yes, it is overgrown, but not anything you can’t move through. We only hiked in about three miles (to the fork in the river), and it was a very mellow hike (6 miles total). Beautiful scenery, river, flowers, rock formations, mountains. Quite a few different butterflies, and neat shade plants and flowers. Very lush. As far as Colorado hikes go, this was a really amazing one for all that you see. Lastly, we went on a Wednesday, and had the place to ourselves. It would be a fun one with kids.

Kayla Christine reviewed Lost Lake Campground
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Hiking

Easy, beautiful, secluded...this was such a great hike...far from Denver but well worth it. I would like to try and camp there one of these days. BRING BUG SPRAY I forgot mine and the sqeeters ate me up.

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HikingMuddy

Great hike, still patches of snow and mud. Few river crossings a little higher than normal

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Hiking

Still some aspens left to turn, but others may be bare by the time they turn. So beautiful! Do it counterclockwise!

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Hiking

Great trail with lots of variety. Definitely recommend going clockwise along the loop, the section along Dyke Trail is very steep. Gorgeous views of Mt Beckwith and other peaks at several places along the trail. And so many aspens! There were still a lot of green aspen (9/23), but several patches of beautiful yellow.

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Hiking

Easy loop trail that we did today (9/8/19) through rain, thunder and lightning. Can't wait for the aspens to change in a few weeks!!!

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Hiking

Awesome!!! Flowers for days! Can’t wait til fall!

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HikingBugs

Hike was well worth it. Many overlooks with great views of the spectacular landscape. Mosquitos were bad lower on the trail. Wear bug repellent.

Julie W. reviewed Dark Canyon Trail
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HikingOver grown

Expect this trail to be overgrown the majority of the way, def recommend to wear pants as my legs were quite cut up from little thistles and pricker plants. Beautiful day, started on the canyon side and hiked the relentless (but moderate) incline up to Horse Ranch(?) campground. Lots of wildflowers through out the trail. This trail is a mix of shade and sun, especially when you get out of the canyon. Stunning views of the canyon, and surrounding mountains once you climb out. Hike ended up being more like 15miles.

Pamela Zablocki Wilson reviewed Lost Lake Campground
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Hiking

Nice 4 mile hike! We enjoyed the views and the lakes!

Kyra Long reviewed Dark Canyon Trail
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HikingBugsOver grown

The trail is pretty overgrown on the erikson springs side and there were a lot of horse flies. Beautiful views made up for it! we saw 2 bears and 4 snakes! Watch out for snakes on the trail under the growth, I stepped on one.

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HikingBugs

We did this trail counter clockwise on July 21 based on the last two reviews. The views were absolutely stunning. Maybe it’s the time of year (we did this trail once clockwise in the fall) but the sun was always in the right direction to capture amazing photos of Marcellina Mountain, Ragged Wilderness Peaks, Ruby Peak, etc. There are some beautiful wildflowers in various locations along the trail. The trail seems much longer than the advertised 5 miles. Bring bug spray -a lot of mosquitos at the beginning and the end of the loop.

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Hiking

Absolutely gorgeous trail! 7/20 the wildflowers were very pretty, but I think in a week or two they’ll be really great! There are parts of the trail that are a little overgrown, so consider long pants. Counterclockwise is definitely the way to go! The views reveal themselves perfectly in that direction. Don’t hesitate to check out the view about 2 miles from the end (going counterclockwise) from the top of the rock formation. Most breathtaking part of the hike—- and there are several! Will definitely be back for fall to see the Aspens!

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Hiking

Beautiful summer hike. Tons of wildflowers. Creeks were all easy crossings. Counter-clockwise is a steeper start but much better reveals for the views. Would do this one again. Be ready to yield to horseback riders, we saw many of em!

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Hiking

Easy, well signed loop mostly in alder forest with some clearings and a few spots with excellent views for the surrounding peaks and valleys. Not an alpine route—for that you’d have to go 1000’ higher. I did the loop plus an extension out and back towards the Silver Creek junction.

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Riya Calton reviewed Dark Canyon Trail
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful views. Made this a multi day camping trip and it was spectacular. Definitely had to fight your way through the thick greens. But everything was great. Lots of water access

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Hiking

Great hike. No snow and nearly dry throughout. Stream crossings are easy without need to get wet. Great views. Counterclockwise loop is a steeper ascent than clockwise

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Hiking

In short: Stunning. A must-do if your in the Gunnison Area.

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Kelly West reviewed Dark Canyon Trail
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Hiking

Hiked 4 miles in then back out with my daughter and two dogs...one just a Corgi pup. The canyon offers much in the way of spectacular scenery and challenging hiking. Anthracite Creek was a raging river due to an abundant snowpack. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike and I hope to do the entire trail someday.

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HikingMuddySnow

Beautiful hike with great views. Saw quite some wildlife along the way. Parts of the trail were still covered in snow. Due to the melting snow we had to cross a couple of wilder streams which got us wet feet, but hey, it made the hike a bit more adventurous.

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