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.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.