Trailblazer | 4180 pts
This is one of the best trails in Colorado for getting away from it all. Very few people seem to know about it and in a weekday, you rarely see other people, especially once you get past the falls. The forest is thick and virgin timber abounds. The mountain ridges are often lost in the trees, which makes the trail less about stunning vistas than about intimate moments. Most interesting are the enormous boulders that are laying scattered around the valley. They range in size from that of a small car to that of a three story building.
Up toward the far end of the trail, the trees thin out and you get some amazing views of the Indian Peaks.
The general lack of traffic make It an excellent trail to let the hiker visualize what Colorado must have been like a hundred years ago.
There are some downsides about the trail, however. First, horses do use this trail, so watch out for road apples. Second, the trail is deceptively steep and rocky. You do not notice it that much going up the trail, but coming down, the rocks and the slope combine to create several areas where you can easily twist an ankle. It has been several years since I hiked this trail, and in my opinion, the condition is much worse than it was the last time I was there. The third thing to be aware of is that small streams cross the trail in many places. In spring, you are guaranteed to get your feet wet. Later in the year, the water is less, but there is one area where you have to cross a sizable stream by walking across a log. It is difficult if you don't have a good sense of balance. (Alternately, You could decide to get your feet wet and ford the stream.