hiking
15 hours ago

I hiked up from the Green Canyon parking rather than the Wind Caves. As compared to the Wind Caves route, which is on the south face, the Green Canyon route up the north side of the ridge has more shade. Average slope and terrain are very similar. Nearing the top, I took the trail loop to the right, which was a mistake, because there’s a long stretch through brush. I love the views towards Mount Logan and down into the Logan Canyon. Perfect time of year to see green!

This is categorized as a moderately difficult trail here which may be accurate if you’re an experienced hiker. It is a good hike, good vistas and very green at this time of the year, so don’t let the rest of my review discourage you from actually doing the hike but there are some things you should know and I have some advice for you in the last section of this review. The first 2 miles are somewhat steep, after that it got easier for about three miles but in that stretch there were a few river crossings where we got our shoes all muddy and I soaked my feet in water accidentally at one such crossing. There are also some points where having this app helped follow the trail as you can almost don’t see the trail but if you follow the map (for the first 6 miles) you won’t get lost. The hike gets a little steep again for about half a mile around 5 mile mark after which you reach the highest point. We had planned to eat food after reaching this point but we couldn’t find any shade to sit. If you follow the trail on this app, it takes you to an atv trail once you reach the highest point on the trail and then it starts to come downhill. It doesn’t seem like a hike anymore and barring the first 1.5 mile downhill, it gets kinda boring as it seems like a walk with no great views and has almost no shade. If you are to do this hike, which I recommend despite all my complaining, after reaching the high point you should go back to the trail and do it in the reveres.

This was a great trail. I took my 6 and 7 year old daughters and they managed to complete the whole trail (with a bit of whining/complaining)! We had a bit of difficulty finding the trail head... keep heading up the road past camp sites until you hit the upper parking lot (or park there if it’s open). Just after the upper parking lot you’ll see a bridge. Cross the bridge if you want to do the difficult/steep section first, or take the branch on the right (before the bridge) if you’d rather a gentle incline with a steep decline at the end. In hindsight, I’d probably take the steep incline at the beginning... it’s steep, kinda rocky and unstable, but that’s probably easier to manage while climbing rather than descending.

hiking
4 days ago

Did this yesterday afternoon. great weather and enjoyed some of the shady points. This path is uphill the whole way, switchbacks and not the worst incline ever, but uphill none the less. I was huffing and puffing. views at the caves are beautiful and a little bit slippery on the gravel. lots of people at the top makes it hard to get pictures alone. must do at least once.

hiking
4 days ago

Great little trail. A lot of people. Almost too many. Hard to get a good photo with so many people.

Great trail and highly recommended! There is a good balance of sun and shade and very little incline. It’s hard to beat this one!

This is a great hiking and trail running location. It's an easy trail with plenty of great scenery.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail to get the blood pumping! This is a trail for all difficulties and there are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. I’d do this one again

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail with amazing views. Fairly steep at parts but manageable. Would recommend doing in late May/June as the trail was dry and it wasn’t too hot.

Shade most of the hike. I managed my sons stroller but it was bumpy.

hiking
5 days ago

Gorgeous hike, mostly in shade. All up hill. The cave is amazing and the view is absolutely spectacular.

on Wind Cave Trail

6 days ago

Harder than I thought it would be (glad it was relatively short) and so worth it! Amazing views and the cave is awesome! We got there at about 9:30 am, before the crowds and that was worth it too. it was super busy on our way down. Wouldn't want to do it in the heat.

This is a perfect trail for a ride when you don’t have enough time for a more intense ride. It’s a really easy trail, definitely recommend for beginners that want a taste of mountain biking. It gets a tiny more technical once you get off of the wider trail onto the narrower single track with a couple switchbacks that can be tough if you are a beginner, but also a perfect place to learn how to manage switchbacks. Overall, this is a trail for beginners or riders who don’t have a lot of time.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
7 days ago

We left the lot around 7:50 am and finished just around 9:15. Had our dogs and they loved it! It snowed a bit the night before, made for a quiet lonely climb up. Trails were wet but easy to still move on. Lots of birds chirping, flowers a bloom and trees weighed heavy with snow. Saw 4 people at the top and didn’t pass a person until the way down. I think this would be a hard hike in the heat. The top of the climb and the very bottom are small grades. Between is pretty steep but with plenty of breaks we were fine. 5 stars. Beautiful views of the mountain tops.

Beautiful trail! Lots of beaver dams along the way, green hills, and a good view of the surrounding snow capped peaks. Hiked it yesterday and it was a little muddy, but not steep enough for that to matter as long as you have good shoes. I saw maybe 5-6 other groups on the way, but it was by no means crowded.

Nice hike it was busy but 70 degrees and sunny it should have been. The view is breathtaking at the caves.

Very easy hike with little elevation gain. We saw beaver dams the entire way up and kept our eyes open. As we were leaving (around 8:30 PM) we saw three beavers swimming around. The scenery was gorgeous and this hike is highly recommended.

hiking
12 days ago

The trail was surrounded by wildflowers & the view was amazing. Watch out for rattlesnakes. We saw one right off the trail on our way up

Fun paved walking trail with plenty of spaces to sit or stand and enjoy the river. It’s going strong this May, so I’d say watch your kids and animals closely so they don’t drown. The trail is busy, and at times be aware of golf carts and bikers. Good option if you want to get outside but don’t really feel like a hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice easy hike. Very busy, though, so expect a lot of people. Of the dozen plus dogs I encountered on our hike, two were on leash, and there were a half dozen poop piles ON. THE. TRAIL. As well as two dooty bags, one left in the middle of the trail, and one thrown in the bushes to the side. Dog owners need to step it up. You’re not making any friends when you disrespect other hikers like that. Other than that, this is a very enjoyable walk with great views.

Flat at first, incline at the end before flipping back. Shaded, green, beautiful yellow and purple wild flowers.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome trail and beautiful views. It is a difficult hike so be prepared for a work out but well worth it.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
14 days ago

Awesome trail for views. But is severely rocky in parts but the views are worth it. I would suggest a small lift and decent tires to make it up to the top.

hiking
14 days ago

I’ve always loved this trail. It’s strenuous enough trail to get you out of breath if you are out of shape. But the views are beautiful and the wild flowers are in full bloom right now!

An absolutely lovely trail! The scenery is beautiful! About 8 miles from the lower parking lot there and back. Worth every second of it!

hiking
14 days ago

Gorgeous the whole way. Steep in places, but definitely do-able. Shaded a good majority.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Enjoyed the trail in good conditions and pleasant weather today. The trail was dry and easy to find. It was much more crowded when we went last Sunday. We made it to the caves in 1:50 with my 2-year-old daughter. There were several shady places to take a rest. It’s steep at parts, but not too difficult.

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