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Got stuck in a hail storm all the way down, but the views are totally worth it.

backpacking
4 days ago

I'm not sure it gets more Colorado, than this trail. Aspen groves and pine forests, massive elevation gain potential, slightly sketchy traverse, and beautiful Alpine lakes with trout in them. One of my favorites for sure

hiking
4 days ago

Wrote a detailed blog post. You can read it here http://wp.me/p7ZycW-2l :)

Beautiful. Hiked this trail in the fall. The aspen trees were bright yellow, chill in the air. It was glorious.

This area is everything we had hoped for! Beautiful scenery, wildlife, fishing. The hike wasn't too bad, beginning at the trailhead makes a big difference. Walking up the FS road would have taken a lot more time and energy. Saw a few other hikers but only one group camping near us. Great trip, we'll be back again! S Reeves, Paris TX

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful scenery, and I guess "moderate" is accurate, but they didn't give it that rating with 62 year old guys in mind. Consistent climb over rocky terrain and easy to miss the trail on the downhill leg. Trail marker at base of Rainbow Trail by my gps and my body was totally in accurate. From Gibson trail head, this is a 9-10 mile round trip.

The route shown on this app, is not the best route in my opinion. There is a route if you turn left (walking from the parking lot, to the trail on the app) following the Forest service signs, that is shorter and more scenic. I went up on the shorter route, and back on the longer route. The longer route has nothing to recommend it, again this is the route shown in the app, as it bypasses both of the impressive waterfalls I enjoyed on the way up, and the added mileage is almost entirely on an ATV track that is not particularly scenic.

first half mile is difficult then levels out for easy climb through Aspen's. the last mile or so is climbing through forest but falls are beautiful. if you go another 100 yards past falls there is a great overlook if the valley.

17 days ago

Beautiful trail, good fishing, lots of wildlife.

hiking
19 days ago

Great day, beautiful hike. Saw only 2 other hikers.

We were told you couldn't drive to the trail head so we parked at the bottom. After hiking up 2.5 mi we saw everyone parked there which was frustrating. So, we hiked an extra 5 miles so app 14 mi all total. That being said, once we got to the lakes it was beautiful. Great views of the Crestones. Had we started at the trailhead, it would have been a very moderate hike and well worth it. I will do it again!

hiking
23 days ago

Completed the loop today (Up V, down C). Conditions and the trail were both fantastic. Lots of wildflowers, and, with the exception of one ~150 meter stretch near Comanche lake, the trail was dry. Lot of bugs in the lower elevations.