This really is one of the most amazing hikes Ive been on around here. I took the southernmost trailhead off of 43 and the combinations of meadows and steep slopes plus amazing mountain views is hard to beat. Didnt quite make it to the peak as it was getting dark, but I will next time!
What a fantastic hike. I enjoyed this one more than the famous Estes Park hikes. And the best part of it all? NO PEOPLE.
I took me about 6 hours, beautiful changing landscapes along the way. From rocky and steep to flat wide grassland.
I ran into a huge bull moose right before reaching the summit.
I'm a very fit 30 year old but found this hike to be very strenuous. If you looking for a beautiful trail to experience raw nature without seeing another human being, this is the one.
Just want to warn all hikers that this trail will be closed for repairs and maintenance on October 17, 2016 until June of 2017. The City of Loveland is planning some needed maintenance of the trail head and will be closing this trail in the fall. If you need additional information on the closure - visit www.Cityofloveland.org/trails.
Happy hiking until October 17th! Please don't trespass - it's for your own safety!
we almost missed the parking lot driving up-it's hidden on the side and not well marked! the summit trail is moderate-difficult, a lot of rocks and steep elevation gain! our kids hiked 2 miles up and then wanted to turn back. we later tried the nature trail which was great for the kiddos! a short, easy hike (age 5 and 8 loved it)
Either I am not in as good of shape as I think I am, or this can be rated "difficult" instead of "moderate"...lots of steep areas. Yes, it does go into a nice valley here and there, but I thought it was difficult! It was enjoyable though. Lots of pretty views of the mountains.