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off road driving
Great hike! While it is rated moderate, keep in mind that the first half is an easy hike through the forest and the second half is a significantly more difficult ascension up the mountain. The view at the end is incredible though and well worth it. I strongly recommend this hike in the early fall when the aspen are changing colors.
It's a workout! Hiked this trail with a group of coworkers/friends, it was all up hill (at least the 3 mile we hiked)! We are weekend warrior hikers and it was a challenging hike. One guy said "My lungs were burning on the way up and my knees were aching on the way down!" There are some overlooks with beautiful views and some pretty meadows to stop and rest. Trees were starting to change color. Parking lot is small but you can also park on the road.
Brenda S. on Mount Elbert South Trail
Amazing! Relatively easy for a fourteener.
At the risk of getting lynched, I rode the trail on my dirt bike (KTM 520 - it is open to motorcycles). The trail is definitely technical (3.5/5), a little more so if you're coming from the north. There are lots of loose uphill sections with exposed roots and a couple of stream crossings.
I wouldn't recommend it for a dual sport ride, but it's a lot of fun on a decent trailbike.
We've hiked this trail twice - August 2015 and Sept 2016. The August hike was green and filled with wildflowers, and Timberline Lake itself is quite scenic. We passed through a few marshy spots in addition to creek crossings. This September felt like such a different hike -- too late for wildflowers but pretty fall-colored ground cover. The trees are mostly evergreen, so no Aspen yellow but still pretty. Our group rated the trail easy to moderate, depending on fitness level.