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Test your driving skills

By far the most challenging trail in the area. Scenery is amazing and well worth the drive. Make... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
annarI8188FQ
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San Antonio, Texas
Your One Hike in Area

We weren't able to stay longer than 3 days in Ouray. This hike was a recommendation, and we were... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
seeindasites
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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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.
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  • Poor0%
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“common sense” (2 reviews)
“great hike” (2 reviews)
“slate” (5 reviews)
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Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

By far the most challenging trail in the area. Scenery is amazing and well worth the drive. Make sure you wither are an experienced driver or have someone to guide you through the passes. Longer trucks need more time and patience to do the trail.

Thank annarI8188FQ
Reviewed 20 November 2016

We weren't able to stay longer than 3 days in Ouray. This hike was a recommendation, and we were so glad we did it! The views were great around every bend. Definitely go on a clear day, you can see the red mountains and Ouray...More

2  Thank seeindasites
Reviewed 22 September 2016

The Bear Creek NRT is just minutes away from Ouray. The trailhead is across the road from the parking area. It starts uphill immediately, so you won't have time to warm up your core gradually. There is slate on part of the trail and it...More

1  Thank Bugger4Oz
Reviewed 22 July 2016

it was a fun hike. A bit rocking in places, but great views. It is in part narrow trail with a far dropoff, but be mindful and sobor and you will be fine on this trail.We only went as far as the little bridge before...More

Thank Will P
Reviewed 9 July 2016

This is a really odd, interesting and rewarding route. It starts by hiking up over a tunnel the highway runs through, climbs up through shale, then suddenly turns to quartzite, contours under massive cliffs, above a wild creek, and takes you up to cool old...More

Thank Insanepeace
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Loved this trail despite my fear of exposure - a trail blasted into the side of a rock cliff. Wonderful views of the gorge and the mountain range to the west. Keep an eye open to the cliffs on the south side where you can...More

Thank Cat D
Reviewed 12 October 2015

In the beginning you feel the slate switch backs will never end (about a mile). When they finally do...WOW! What Views! Mountains abound! However...part of the trail itself can be a bit daunting to those who have a fear of heights. You are really high...More

2  Thank Phoebe729
Reviewed 13 August 2015

This was the best hike we did in Colorado. We went to Yellow Jacket mine, 8.4 miles round trip and 2700 feet vertical. I recommend going all the way to Yellow Jacket, the mining ruins are way better than Bear Creek mine which was pretty...More

2  Thank Mike873
Reviewed 23 July 2015

If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful valley to spend a day or two, this is the place. It is a small park, less than 20 parking spots, but the valley is beautiful and very walkable. The best news is, there are few insects...More

1  Thank Char M
Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

This was my 1st trip to Ouray and what an amazingly beautiful town with so much to do! We hiked the Bear Creek trail and went on to the Yellow Jacket trail. This hike has so many different things to see. Never a dull moment!...More

Thank Lisa A
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