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snowshoeing
8 days ago

This is a great snowshoe hike!! It’s so gorgeous thru the rolling hills with great views of fluffy snow covered trees and mountains in the distance. Lots of animal tracks, possibly moose or Elk - some were giant! My dog enjoyed sniffing them out! First time ever trekking out a trail on my own through the fresh powder. Gators and snowshoes were a must! The first 3/8 of a mile was pretty easy to find the trail (since the powder lays smoother over it), but we most definitely got lost and had to watch the All trails map live to figure out how close we were. But it made it all that much more fun. I apologize to anyone following our trail anytime soon! You will get lost too! We only made it like a mile in before we turned around, but if we had more time would have loved to keep exploring! We parked across the highway as there didn’t appear to be a great public place near the trailhead. But it’s just a short walk over. Maybe it’s more obvious when it’s dry.

hiking
11 days ago

Snow packed, great trail to upper lake. Traction was ideal, snowshoes not necessary at all. Clocked 9.9m, 2100’.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Snowshoes or Skis necessary as there is 1-2 feet of snow at the trailhead with snow-depths well over 4' near the ridge. The trail had little use since the last big storm and needs some traffic to pack it back down.

Want to test your new microspikes out? This is a great hike. Hard because it ends with an incline. Strava mapping wasn't as great at calculating the distance/elevation gain- was more than 2 miles off (said we hike 11.2 versus the listed 8.7). Enjoy!

snowshoeing
14 days ago

Lovely conditions on 1/5/19 - snow covering 95% of trail to upper Chicago lake. Most of trail has packed snow, due to heavy use, but adequate to snowshoe, which we did for part, but using micro spikes was ideal due to rocky trail (particularly, the type that have crampons - I use Hillsound, rather than little yaktracks). I snowshoed on the lower reservoir lake surface, which looked to be solid ice. However, use caution...

Great hike overall. Brought snowshoes in anticipation of a lot of snow but micro spikes worked well since the trail was packed snow. Definitely coming back this summer.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful "gotta do" hike.

snowshoeing
19 days ago

Trail snow covered but packed down. Cold but trees blocked the wind while still allowing some sun through. Most vehicles parked at fork in road 1/2 mile from trailhead-a but dicey after that.

Really solid hike with good views. It doesn’t seem like it should be rated hard, it is level most of the way.

hiking
22 days ago

First couple miles are awesome! Overall would do it again.

Views at the top are worth the lack of views during the hike through Shadow Canyon. The first 2ish miles are not bad at all. Once you hit the real elevation gain in Shadow Canyon it sucks. The last 1500 ft in gain seemed to take forever! Only section that really might want to consider spikes is after the saddle on the final ascent to South Boulder Peak. You can get away without them though with careful foot placement. If you really want to hike to South Boulder Peak, go up through Fern Canyon and hit Bear Peak then South Boulder afterwards. Fern Canyon is similar in toughness, but better views. Though when I hiked it 2 weeks ago it had much more snow and ice and spikes were necessary the last 800 ft in gain. Have fun!

The hike up to the lake with no name is beautiful, and the plane wreckage is sobering. I went with two of my siblings, both experienced hikers (and I consider myself experienced (non-technical) as well), but we all decided it was too sketchy going up the shoot, as we could barely find a rock that wouldn’t move under our feet. I recommend finding the engine and propeller of the plane (I can’t remember which was further up), but then turning around before the shoot. This is not an easy hike, and upon returning to the trailhead, we found out 4 days earlier a man fell to his death on this trail. Please, if you are attempting summiting, do not underestimate the mountain, or the warnings from previous hikers on this thread.

snowshoeing
29 days ago

Beautiful hike, make sure to bring snowshoes and your gps in the winter time!

Beautiful Packed snow trails. Micro spikes came in handy. Chicago lake was amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Be mentally and physically ready for a Very HARD hike-climb.

The long lead up trail to the small un-named lake is a very nice hike. Be careful to stay on trail. There are sections one can easily get off the true trail and detoured by a social trail leading elsewhere.

Once you get off trail and start up to Navajo, it is Very Hard. Very steep. Lots of loose scree and talus---lots of wasted energy slipping and losing ground. Class 3 stuff in some sections going up airplane gully.

Once on the ridge, it is more solid but the typical un-steadiness of rocks. The summit climb is nice. And, of course, on a nice day, the views of Indian Peaks Wilderness from on top are Awesome.

The airplane debris is sobering.

Be careful on the descent not to go down the wrong gulley off of Navajo. One of them will end in certain Death if not careful and you don't recognize it and turn yourself around. (Don't ask me how I know that? :)

Once finally back on the trail and heading out, you will be proud of what you've accomplished.

VERY HARD

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! Started a little too late and made it nearly a mile from the end and it was getting too late and we were too tired to go any faster. Right now only need mircospikes, snowshoes don't seem necessary if you stay on the hard packed trail. Trees blocked most of the wind. Definitely will be going again!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Following the trail was almost impossible after the first two miles. There were tracks in the snow that we followed and they abandoned the switchbacks and just went straight up. We saw a handful of backcountry skiers on the trail. The weather was beautiful until you come up the saddle, then the wind is bone chilling.

We did this hike on thanksgiving day and we were happy to see many faces on the trail. It’s definitely one of the most gorgeous hikes we’ve ever done. Even in late fall with ice on the ground, this trail had a lot of scenery to offer. I’d say it’s one of the best hikes to accurately represent Boulder, as you see diverse rock giants throughout. We are quite fit so it wasn’t terribly difficult, but let’s be honest the way down was INTENSE! Complete and utter focus is required to make it down those huge rock stair cases. Saw a family of deer and that made my day.
Will be back in the spring time to see all the wildflowers bloom. You have to see this place!

Extremely beautiful!!! Make sure once you hit the first lake, to keep going. Did this hike over the summer and was beautiful the whole way! Not sure what the blue bomber is speaking of! Peaceful and gorgeous.

hiking
2 months ago

11/16/18 - packed snow/ice all the way up to the lakes. Carried snowshoes but didn’t use them, only used microspikes but could’ve been done without. Very few people past TH, nothing spectacular until the views above treeline. Damn kids doing there vaping stuff around Echo Lake, hopefully the fruity chemical flavors they crave will end up killing them sooner than later so when we go out to get fresh air, we can breathe it instead of breathing their second hand vape smoke!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible trail! The snow makes the trek a little difficult but the views are beyond rewarding! Went last weekend and left feeling changed. Hop over to @2_Summit_Up on Instagram to see great pictures of what you can expect to see on this trail

off road driving
2 months ago

Just a reminder regarding a statement on a previous review, if you encounter a locked gate, you should not go around it. Bypassing locked gates and/or going off trail encourages others to follow in the tracks and is what gets trails shut down. Rollins pass and Jenny Creek are fun trails, really fun to do some snow bashing!

Great trail so close to Denver. Hiked a week ago and got into some snow near first lake. Can't wait to go back next summer or when I get some snow shoes!

Drive this last weekend in my stock JK rubicon. Made it 5-6 miles in before the snow became too much for the Jeep. Definitely need to come back once it melts, I only saw people with snowmobiles out there when I went so mid November is too late in the season for my Jeep.

trail running
2 months ago

Took me 3 hours 48 min. I ran ~4 miles and hiked the rest. Good views at beginning and end. Middle chunk gets a little bland.

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed it very much

2 months ago

Honestly, really incredible views. Tough elevation climb and there’s a bit of uphill near the end on the way back which was especially challenging. We went in late October on a warm clear day and it was beautiful, challenging, and very fun. Enjoyed doing the labyrinth/maze on the side of the trail too, about half way up :)

This trail freakin rocks! Awesome open areas and great trails! Highly recommend this trail!

Oct 19 2018 hike nice loop around cone, West to East. Nice views. Exposed rolling hills. grp of 14 Hikers CMC 5 1/2 hrs-6 hrs. Two groups separated after 1/2 way. Fun, sunny day took chill off.

off road driving
2 months ago

About 3.5 miles from the summit parking lot the road turns to ice right as the Rogers Pass sign comes into view. Bring a friend and a winch or chain up if you plan on going past the gate at the bottom of the trussel. I had a fox sniffing my tires as I was writing this :)

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