Rosalie Trail

On a warm and sunny day in late August, I set out for another hike into the Mount Evans Wilderness. Originally, I wanted to reach the summit of nearby 13er Rosalie Peak but ended up taking the Rosalie Trail further out into the wilderness instead.

Looking back on it, I probably spent more time bushwhacking through the wilderness than on the actual trail itself. Nonetheless, here is some more information about my hike:

  • Date: August 19th, 2019
  • Miles Hiked: 15 Miles
  • Route: Rosalie Trail and then bushwhacking off trail

Getting There

Both the Rosalie Trail and the Tanglewood Trail can be reached via the Deer Creek trailhead outside of Bailey, Colorado. It can easily be found by typing in Tanglewood Trails into Google Maps.

The Route

Upon reaching the trailhead, I started hiking up the trail but just followed the creek for several miles until it came out onto the actual Rosalie Trail. I stopped to have something to eat just before I reached treeline.

Sitting under a tree.

Shortly after I started hiking again, I reached the intersection with the Three Mile Trail and soon decided that it was time for something different. Although I did end up taking part of the Three Mile Trail for a mile out and back, I soon decided to start bushwhacking over the open tundra towards the east.

Rosalie Trail above treeline.
Looking over towards Mount Evans.

With the weather continuing to hold, I continued on through the tundra for several more miles. The scenery was so breathtaking as I was completely surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Continuing on through the wilderness.
Just incredible.
More mountains to the north.

As I was taking in the views, I continued on hiking up towards the ridge until I stopped to have lunch on top of a large rock outcropping. I sat there for about 45 minutes and left once I started to see some storm clouds forming in the vicinity of Mount Evans.

A perfect place to have lunch!
Looking west towards Kataka Mountain.
Storm clouds forming.

The Return Trip

At about one that afternoon, I decided to call it a day and head back to my car. The storm clouds would keep building and within a half mile of the trailhead, it started to rain but it just felt so peaceful.

Looking back at the storm clouds forming.
One last photo before heading towards the Rosalie Trail.

Once I got back onto the Rosalie Trail, things began to get interesting. I stopped to take a picture of the trail next to a pond. Little did I know that I would have some very close animal sightings within the next half hour of my life.

The trail next to a pond.

But that’s not all! Between fifteen and twenty minutes later, I was walking down the trail when I heard what sounded like horseshoes hitting the rocks on the trail ahead of me. At the time, I figured it was literally just a couple people riding horses up the trail enjoying the late summer day.

Much to my surprise, I kept hiking down the trail and turned a blind corner only to come face to face with a moose and her baby no more than fifty feet in front of me!

I knew I was way too close at this point but their was nothing that I could do about it. After looking at me, they both ran off deep into the woods.

Fifteen minutes later, I was walking down the trail just zoning out when I spotted a bear about 150 yards away. Once it spotted me, it just ran further down the valley away from me and more towards the creek.

Looking back on it, it was definitely an awesome afternoon out there on the Rosalie Trail that I will never forget.

Author: David Higham

Spending time in nature calms my soul.

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