hiking

views

nature trips

walking

wild flowers

birding

forest

wildlife

lake

trail running

kid friendly

mountain biking

dog friendly

horseback riding

Contrary to the months listed in the description, the trail gets a lot of traffic in the winter months as well. Because of the heavy use, the times I've been on it this winter I haven't needed any equipment besides my hiking boots, but I've passed a lot of snowshoers and cross country skiers (and a lot of dogs). The later part of the trail reads closed due to elk habitation (although it's clear many have ignored that signage and continued on) but even the shortened hike is fabulous, with great views. Hiking through the snowy pines is a magical experience as well. Not challenging.

Contrary to the months listed in the description, the trail gets a lot of traffic in the winter months as well. Because of the heavy use, the times I've been on it this winter I haven't needed any equipment besides my hiking boots, but I've passed a lot of snowshoers and cross country skirts (and a lot of dogs). The later part of the trail reads closed due to elk habitation (although it's clear many have ignored that signage and continued on) but even the shortened hike is fabulous, with great views. Hiking through the snowy pines is a magical experience as well. Not challenging.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Just finished 1A today, massive amount of snow up there. It's alot better going clockwise as the climbs are broken up vs. the long up hill going counter. Just a perfect snow shoeing and beginner Xcountry track, as the hills are mostly gentle.

Great hike, views, adventures. Must see if your visiting.

backpacking
1 month ago

A wonderful and moderate level hike with breathtaking views at every switchback and turn. Gilpin Lake is quite the treasure. We will definitely hike this trail again.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked to and across the causeway, then back in July. The causeway was so amazing and fun to cross. Makes for fun pictures too! There were a lot of mosquitos in the first half of the hike up, in the woods. Still worth it!

It had just snowed and the views and hike were beautiful!

Great views! Love being able to take the dogs up with me.

Tried to 4x4 up the road, had to stop, and hike the rest. It was absolutely beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago