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hiking
15 hours ago

Hiked this trail on 11/10. Like the other two posts mentioned the trail is significantly covered in ice and snow with a decent amount of foot traffic. Be prepared to slide and have a few good wipeouts. The views along the trail are spectacular and I’m looking forward to going back again in the spring, summer and/or fall when the aspen leaves are changing. And yes the 30min drive on the dirt road is pretty rough, but if my Sentra can do it then all other vehicles can also.

Hiked this trail 11/10/18. The 9 mile road, like others mentioned, is pretty rough but it was well worth the hike! There’s plenty of great viewing spots on the way to the lookout station. The only thing I’d note is that it was pretty icy when I went. Many people (myself included) were sliding and took some bad falls. However, if you’re prepared for the icy conditions it’s well worth the drive for the 360 views of mountains.

Great little trail to run laps on. Not incredibly well marked, but a hell of a lot better than other trails in this park!

hiking
19 hours ago

Waterfall is currently iced up and slow flowing. Not one of the most exciting destinations to visit amongst the Rocky Mountain trails. Would recommend traversing past and head over to Mills Lake.

Some of the best views from any trail in Colorado. Before I got to the trail head I had a bear run across Rampart Range Road in front of me, he was a light brown color. Hiked on 9 Nov 18, started about 0900, temp was 27 degrees at the trail head. Trail is almost totally covered in snow and ice, wear crampons or micro spikes so you don't fall. The stairs to the top are mostly snow/ice covered, best hang on tightly on the way up and down.

Beautiful even in snow-packed conditions. The falls are mostly frozen over right now, but there’s lots of easy trails in the area. Good grips on shoes (or traction clamps for shoes) would have made it easier, but still fun! And dress warm!!!

hiking
6 days ago

I did this short hike in the snow on 11/4/18. It was pretty and peaceful - a perfect winter hike. We decided to go further, maybe another mile and a half. The hike kept getting prettier. I wouldn’t do this hike in the summer as it probably gets too crowded, but I am looking forward to hiking to Spirit Lake on this trail in spring or early fall.

This place is over rated. We went to this lake and found dead fish scattered all around the lake. The smell wasn’t nice and it was dirty.

Very slippery in winter, wear good shoes with grip. Husband slipped three times. Beautiful falls.

Absolutely loved this hike!

This was a beautiful and scenic hike. It was EASY and great to bring kids for a “hike”, more of a walk for adults. This trail reminds me a lot of “Garden of the Gods”. Lots and lots of beautiful rock formations. There were many easy trails to venture out and do as well.

walking
14 days ago

Really pretty park! This trail was super easy and not crowded. Perfect for us with our energetic 3 year old! I loved how the trees hung over the trail ... made it very peaceful.

Easy hike with incredible views. dog friendly and not busy. The 9 miles of dirt road are a little rough, but we managed in our Honda Civic.

hiking
15 days ago

We did this hike today (Oct 26) starting at 2pm and it was beautiful. There is some snow and ice starting around 10k ft but most of the trail is wooded and wide with great cover and pretty trees. The lakes are really pretty and we met several people who saw moose. Since we started in the afternoon we avoided most of the direct sunlight and the trail wasn’t crowded. I would definitely do this hike again.

Got this trail done while I completed 2 other trails.

Easy, family friendly...best views I’ve seen yet!

hiking
16 days ago

We did the short ~2 or 2.5 mile loop.
It was ok. Easy for out of towners but not much to see unless you do the longer loops. Part of the forest was being thinned intentionally by the park service. Equipment and sights of the road took away from the experience. It is a gravel/rock path and very exposed to the sun in midday so bring sunscreen, hat, plenty of water anyway.

Cows grazing freely which was interesting. Mountain bikers to be cautious of and let pass. Dogs on leash.

$5 parking for non Boulder residents or you can get the $25 year pass online ahead of time.

Fantastic trail for a quick hike that (including travel time to get there and get home) will only take a few hours from Denver metro. Brought our almost 4-year-old and 3-month-old with us and they did very well being carried, though it was a bit long for carrying. Recommend strollers if the very young kids can't make the distance. We went counter-clockwise on the loop, and I thought that was perfect. Walked through the valley first, got to see the overlook second and towards the end of the trail, so it was very rewarding.

hiking
17 days ago

Pretty basic/boring/easy hike. The only excitement on this hike were the cows....

Loved it! Soooo beautiful!! View was breathtaking!

Great hike. Breathtaking views from the top. Worth the climb up to the tower at the end of the hike.

Beautiful hike, lots of scenery and mountains all around you covered in snow. Parking lot (due to road closure) is 3.5 miles away from the lake Isabelle trailhead, entire hike ends up being 12.5 miles. Lake Isabelle is completely frozen over and looks immaculate. Expect a 5 and half hour hike. I would arrive early to get the best views and temperatures.

Took the dogs and kids. Amazing drive up, beautiful views. It’s a must.

I'm sort of in between a 3 and 4 on this one.

PROS: Bathroom at start, lots of parking nice trail. Some decent views, although, at this time of year, there was no "falls" to look at. Just a trickle coming down...literally!
CONS: Not specifically a con, but make sure to review the map prior to starting. It connects to the Spring Creek Trail and then Soderberg as well... be mindful of that. All Trails *sometimes* mentions when there are connections and sometimes doesn't. My friend and I went to a dead end due to this. This makes it sound like it is just one name all the way around.

It was decently hard in some spots (elevation gain!) so the designation of moderate is right. My phone app said we went 4.2 miles, however maybe we went longer due to going off course a bit. All in all, decent and a nice hike for a sunny Sunday (no shade) in the fall.

Amazing family hike! We arrived at 9:45 on a Sunday and found a spot right at the front, mostly because there was a steady stream of people leaving. We have been looking for a hike our almost 4 year old could do to build stamina and not ask to be carried constantly. She walked almost 1.5 miles on her own, mostly due to the creek running alongside for us to stop and play in every few hundred feet and the CONSTANT stream of other kids around us. We saw lots of strollers (BOB or similar would be best) and families. We had a blast with the almost totally flat trail and other families around us. Great family outing and great for building stamina for little hikers! ❤️ we will be back soon!

Nice hike! Got there a little after eight and there were a few cars in the lot but I only saw three or four other people on my way up. A little icy about 3/4 of the way to the top but I did ok in just sneakers, just had to go a little slow on the way back down. Lovely views all around from the lookout. Seems like a good one to bring visitors to as it’s not too long but you get great views at the end.

The road is bumpy — you’ll definitely get jostled in a few places — but my Honda Accord made it up no problem and the beautiful drive through the forest more than made up for the bumps.

**there is a separate account for “winter” trail, but this is the first account most people go to** Beautiful hike the entire way. As someone else mentioned the road to Brainard Lake is closed. From parking and back we clocked a round trip of 12 miles to get to Lake Isabelle and back to parking lot. The trail had nice packed snow 90% of the way, the last part before the lake is a little slushy and muddy being exposed to sun which can cause it to be a little slick, so careful if you have some limitations. The lake was completely frozen on 10/20.

I loved the tower trail! Not difficult and beautiful!

Great introductory trail to RMNP. Easy for all ages and abilities.

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