This road has long been popular with hikers set on climbing all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners (14,000-ft. peaks). Two are located at the end of this road. The climb is shortened by starting the hike at 12,700 feet, where the road ends. Otherwise, it’s a great trip, if only to enjoy the view at the end. Hike higher if you’re in good shape.
Trail changes from easy to moderate within the first few miles as you pass through numbered designated campsites. If you camp in this area, you must camp in one of these sites. At 1.3 miles, next to a foot bridge, you cross Castle Creek, which can be deep at times. Higher up, you’ll cross a small wooden bridge below an impressive waterfall. From here it gets rockier and you soon make a right turn up Montezuma Basin. After another brief rocky section, the trail gets easier until you reach the top, where one last rocky section remains just
before the parking area.
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