Woof. Horses wrecked the trail quite a bit, and I'd estimate 50%+ of the trail was overgrown, and that grew to 100% for the short summit trail branch. Overall, though, the views were fantastic and the isolation was great—no other hikers today, just 2 teams of horses on the way down.
Baldy trail up and Storm Gulch trail down for a nice loop. A few horses, no hikers. Great views of the surrounding high peaks.
Hiked this twice. With snow, it's a slog. Dry, its pleasant. Great views of the surrounding area once you're on the ridge.
The winter road closure adds an additional 2.1 miles, one way.
In the afternoon and evening, I climbed Baldy Peak in the San Juan Mountains. I made a loop up Storm Gulch and down the Baldy Trail. There were quite a few hunters on the mountain (I wore orange), but I had the summit to myself. The views were really nice.
Save this one for the fall! Perfect autumn day in the San Juans. Great little hike with fantastic views
2x - once in the winter, hiked the road since it was closed, 2nd time in May. Great for running.