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“Be ready for some steep and narrow climbing!”

Ranked #26 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 May 10, 2012

Stunning views, fantastic challenges and some slick and awesome switchbacks! Take plenty of fluids and climb slowly!

Thank Anna19731970
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

This trail is a slog for the first fifteen switchbacks, but up above the trail is fantastic: very scenic and narrow. Not a good trail for out of control children and dogs.

1  Thank Hilary J
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

This is a spectacular hike that goes trough so many different and interesting rock levels. The views are awesome! There are a lot of steep edges so if you are afraid of heights be careful.

Thank faithndaivd
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

This trail was spectacular the entire trip. We went at the end of July, and it was wildflower season. They were sprinkled liberally all throughout the trail and we took loads of pictures. The first part of the trail is the hardest, lots of switchbacks going up, with shattered pieces of shale that sounds like the tinkling of glass as you walk. Once you get through this area, you are walking almost flat alongside cliffs with stunning views of the mountains and water down below.

2  Thank atroberts
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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.

8  Thank mountainfella
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