hiking
1 day ago

Pretty hike. Only passed two other people on my way there and back. Longer than 4.7 miles.

This is an easy trail, that has a gradual but significant overall elevation. Aside from the length, it doesn’t require any hiking skills as it ascends up a wide service road. We enjoyed the variety of trees, vistas, creek sightings (at mile 1 and 2), and the view from the top of the ski lift. Around mile two there were tons of butterflies and caterpillars around.

hiking
4 days ago

Very simple hike, pretty flower, a few nice views at the beginning but mostly boring hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Most boring hike I’ve been on in months.

hiking
4 days ago

Easy hike, however not much to see. Takes about 2.5 hours to hike, and did not see any wildlife.

mountain biking
no shade
6 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Steep but so worth it! At the top, we hiked up slightly towards Gold Hill and view was spectacular!!

Gorgeous views up top! The waterfall is not very impressive, but the views once you’re about 3-4 miles up at least are incredible. The forest is amazing right now. There is some snow but only at the very top. It’s a longer hike but not very steep.

hiking
scramble
snow
12 days ago

Really good hike, steep in some areas with some snowfall near the top, highly recommend!

The aspens are beautiful right now since they are turning green! About 2 miles up from the aspen vista picnic parking lot is a waterfall with an amazing overlook. It is a great point to turn around which turns this into a manageable 4 mile loop!

Awesome trail, we actually came back and did the first mile again later the same day. Couldn’t finish as my kids didn’t have the endurance to finish the climb, but we made it about 2/3 up. The trail is well-maintained and was easy to find through the part we covered. There does appear to be a mountain lion who was passing through when we were as we found remnants of at least 2 deer and fresh droppings / tracks.

Did this one month ago. We had some post holeing through the trees- which was only frustrating because we weren’t prepared and were in tennis shoes and shorts. However, the hike was beautiful and had some amazing views!

hiking
off trail
over grown
25 days ago

Beautiful trail at high altitude. The trail is at 10000 feet, and that did affect my fiancé. There are a lot of dead trees across the trail, some of which even have the markings used to navigate the trail. This can make it hard to follow the trail at points, and we ended up following the wrong path 4 times. With a little bit of maintenance it would be a fantastic trail. A good day overall.

snow
25 days ago

Stunning trail. The only challenges are the incline and elevation. No exposure or anything technically difficult. A few parts of the downhill are very steep, particularly when you first turn around, so you may want to bring or grab a walking stick. There was one stream crossing (very easy) and a bit of snow, some knee deep, but nothing too bad with waterproof shoes. Go up a little towards lobo peak if you can, even if it's just 5-10 minutes. The views are amazing.

Better in the fall or perhaps later in summer when the aspens have more leaves. Otherwise kind of monotonous. The mountain streams about 1.6 miles are beautiful

Great trail. We only went about 1.6 miles up and found the river (my favorite part!) and rested there a bit before heading back to the car. Took our 4 year old up and he was able to do as well as we did. There are some rocky hills but very passable. Many butterflies.

Did Aspen Vista; a beautiful day, not too much wind. Snow-free for first 2.5 miles, then alternating snow, about 18" deep, with snow-free patches all the way to the towers at the top. Based on the rate of snowmelt and project weather for next week, it should be snow-free in 2 weeks.

mountain biking
30 days ago

Another fine day on the RT

mountain biking
no shade
1 month ago

The rail trail offers distance and vistas. From El Dorado, ride ~8 miles to Lamy on graded, maintained for about half the way. Cross US 285 and take Cerro Alto just south of the RR tracks to avoid most of 285 to get to Lamy.

A very nice trail! We went on 4/24. NPS fees were waived, but the main road to get to the trail was closed. That added an extra 2 miles each way, but even the road was a beautiful walk. The trail is very short- if the road was open and we only did the trail, we would've planned to do another small trail in the area.

I've jogged around this trail a few times - good place to see elk in the evenings

on Burnt Mesa Trail

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Great trail for beginner’s. Figure around 3 hours for round trip. Well layed out trail

hiking
1 month ago

This area is definitely a walk in the forest. Trails going all over and can access at the Crest or from stops along the way. Trails are well marked. Definitely go to the top, the views are worth it. And the forest is beautiful. Try to make the Kiwanis Cabin part of the day. There’s a place to feel like the top of the world.

hiking
icy
1 month ago

Great hike. I started at the turn around point. Roads and Tram closures. I did the route counterclockwise. I used/needed spikes on portions due to the ice. Spectacular views and scenery.

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