Tanglewood Trail is a woodsy adventure popping out above the tree line on the way to Roosevelt Reservoir in the Mt. Evans Wilderness. Across the tundra, several trail options give you the “make your own hike” easy.

Trail Stats and a Map are Located at the Bottom

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A little off the beaten path, this was a good choice to avoid the more crowded hikes. It begins gently, but not long after, it is a rocky uphill climb. 

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It is very woodsy; you can smell the forest. It’s pretty and quiet. I heard a twig snap occasionally but saw only squirrels. 

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Water is a continuous sound rushing alongside us as we continue upward deeper into the mountain and forest. 

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Later, the water sounds end, and it’s a beautiful forest; the path is less rocky through multiple switchbacks until the forest abruptly ends — one of those moments when you stop in awe at the sudden views.

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Now, the hike feels intriguing, and I am excited to see what lies ahead; however, the skies look intriguing, too, as dark clouds are rapidly approaching. Loud claps of thunder rumble, and it’s about to rain out of nowhere — typical Colorado.

We head back down. Never reaching Roosevelt Reservoir. My > hiking umbrella is now my best friend.

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Located at Deer Creek Trailhead

11.8 miles out & back (to do the entire hike), we did half due to inclement weather.

Rated: Hard

Elevation Gain: 3507′

No restrooms

Nearest Town: Bailey, CO

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The map at the trailhead shows several trail options once on Tanglewood Trail.


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