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“Great views and an incredible trail, but not for people who fear falling off cliffs.”

Ranked #25 of 36 things to do in Ouray
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Owner description: Beginning at an elevation of 7,900 feet and ending at 9,200 feet, this eight-mile, easy-to-moderate trail allows hiking, horseback riding and trail biking as the only forms of transportation.
Reviewed July 9, 2011

I've hiked in national parks throughout the west and this trail rivals the hikes that you could find in any of them. The trail is incredibly well maintained. It begins with 13 switchbacks and then flattens out after the first mile. The send mile and a half is much more level, with a gradual climb as you go further up the Bear Creek canyon. We went to the Grizzly Mine which made for a round trip hike of 4.8 miles. The views were exceptional and the trail just hugged the cliff walls. It was thrilling to hike along the trail and view the waterfalls hundreds of feet below in the bear creek. Just watch your step, it's not for the faint of heart. If you enjoy "Angels Landing" in Zion National Park, then this is another trail for you. The trail continues into the Uncompahgre National Forest/Wilderness Area and connects with several other trails, but those are going to require some overnight backpacking for all except hikers who want to hike over 15 miles in one day at 12,000 feet. Not something that we were ready for. But our shorter excursion to the mine and back was amazing.

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Reviewed June 10, 2011

And I've been on a lot of hikes!
Spectacular views, challenging ascent, very little traffic.

My only recommendation is to wait until mid-June to go; we were stopped by snow a little after Grizzly Bear mine.

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