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I use this trail year round. Love it because it's so easy to get to and gorgeous year round. Plus my huskies love it. It was fairly windswept today and a bit difficult to find easy ways across some of the snowfields on the slope, but we did make Silver Dollar Lake today.

2 days ago

I went late in the wildflower season, about August. Up this high, still plenty of flowers blanketing the ground. I wouldn't say it's difficult, but it's not easy, either. It's high, so if you're not acclimated to altitude, it might get ya. Once you get up, you can see forever. One of my favorite days hiking (oh, and I saw no one else on the hike, on a weekday)

2 days ago

we hiked this on Feb 18th. beautiful day, great hike. it was snow covered, so I recommend traction devises for your boots. Also, there are some steep spots, so light weight packs are advised.
Beautiful scenery and well worth the $5.00.
I will most likely do this hike again later in the spring.

This trail was pretty icy and narrow at parts. Ended up turning around and wouldn't recommend it for a solo hike with all of the current ice.

3 days ago

Beautiful hike, definitely need spikes to get up a good ways. Snowshoes are absolutely needed to do the entire hike! Go left when the trail splits if you're trying to make it without snowshoes. You can make it about 30/45 minutes in before you are start to really sink. Dogs loved it!

4 days ago

on Squaw Mountain Trail

4 days ago

Lovely views from the top, and not too strenuous a hike, I am in town visiting a friend for the weekend and not used to the altitude but I didn't have a problem with this hike, I just went slow on the way up. Snow was packed on the trail but I was able to make it in my tennis shoes - only sank a few times when I wine off the path. The view from the lookout was amazing and it was very windy at the top, but the rest of the hike was calm. The biggest downside was people firing guns not far from the trailhead entrance on the way back - it was loud and one group was a little rowdy and smelled of weed, but I suppose that isn't too rare in Colorado.

4 days ago

Gorgeous day. Stopped just short of Herman's Lake. Storm started to roll through pretty quickly so we decided to head back down.

Used micro spikes until the last mile. Started to punch through so we switched to snowshoes. Can wait to return for a summer hike.

5 days ago

With packed snow this was a great, quick hike. What a view from the top, you can even see Denver in the East.

Hiked this back in the fall of 15 and took our fly rods. It was a great time, but we only made it to the lower lake. On my list to go back to and make the trek to the upper lake.

Great hike I live really close to it. Never dissapoints

it was a great hike. nobody else on the trail, great view. but wish we would have had snow shoes.