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15 hours ago

Amazing views! I didn’t get to finish the trail since I started too late in the day; I only went out three miles. I’ll absolutely be going back soon to finish it though. Some of the rocky parts were probably made a tad harder in the snow but still not bad. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to do the trail if you’re going to go.

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washed out
2 days ago

Excellent hike with a little history at the top, I love hikes with a goal! As for the trails, Turkey Trot was far more entertaining than the Castle side which we came down. Being that the Castle trail was on the sunny side, it was pretty slushy and muddy. Yaks or spikes were necessary today to prevent slipping on my a$$.

Love this trail in all seasons. Snow packed and muddy. I hiked in boots with good tread.

Perfect. Yak tracks or microspikes help but not required.

Went on a fresh snow day. It was stunning great views wildlife and moderate traffic. Under the snow there was packed ice but the drag snow kept the walk stable without having to wear spikes. Snowshoeers were out and about. I’d definitely do it again!

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11 days ago

Great hike. Light cover of snow made the views beautiful. Snow packed trail, no ice. Wore my boots and had poles.

Little icy in spots but all in all a really solid hike with great views!

Good hike. Couple of muddy spots and some snow pack towards the top. Didn’t need yaktrax. Nice views.

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22 days ago

Pretty much my favorite front range trail. Great, up close views of groovy rock formations.

Good cardio hike near Denver. "Castle" is a bit of interesting history.

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24 days ago

Did this hike on 12/30. Definitely a good choice for a winter hike. Not much ice or snow at all! We decided to make a loop back to the car. We detoured down Alameda Parkway to Dinosaur Ridge and took the Dakota Ridge Trail back to the starting point. Great views on both ridges!

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

Well marked and nice scenery. Keep watch for cyclists.

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25 days ago

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

Found this trail to be slick in only a few shaded spots on the trail, but poles and spikes were not necessary. This hike is a good excuse to get out and moving without fighting winter ski traffic. Keep in mind that most of the hike is sun-exposed.

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27 days ago

The Morrison slide switchbacks were enough to put this into the 'moderate' category. It is perfectly flat once you reach the top. The views were fair. I approached from the south and am happy with my choice. I ended up foregoing the last mile down the other side -- it looked open, grassy, and shady (mid afternoon) -- not particularly exciting -- so I opted to turn around instead. Not a bad small trail close to town. Has potential for mountain biking, too.

Amazing views of Denver as well as other mountains in the distance. There were a few people on the trail (We went Christmas Day). There was ice, so please prepare accordingly. This was my wife and my first moderate trail since moving to Colorado. It can be challenging, but it isn’t too bad if you go prepared with water, snacks, and shoes for the ice.

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29 days ago

12/25/18
this hike was great but VERY icy. highly recommend hiking poles and/or micro spikes or doing it in the summer!

the views are beautiful, and besides the clear ice it's a very pleasant hike.

Beautiful hike. I made a mistake and took the trail to the top by accident - but glad I did - awesome view!! Got windy on top!!

Nice easy day hike. Lots of options to extend into a longer outing or shorten into a quick explore. Dogs loves it! Started at 16699 Golden Hills road that has a few parking spots

You’ll find mostly mountain bikers on this trail. The degree of difficulty is moderate only because of the “mountain slide trail” portion. It’s 2.9 miles up to the top of the mountain and 2.9 miles back. It starts off as an open meadow, which winds around into a very easily run valley that dips down just before reaching the mountain slide, which traverses around a moderately steep accent to the top. Many people take landscape pictures of the beautiful views at the top which the trail continues to wind around the back end of this mountain peak into a loop, leading back to the Matthew Winters Parking Lot/start/finish point. This land is located adjacent to Red Rocks, Morrison, Colorado.

Great trail. You really don't feel like you're gaining as much elevation as you are. The views are amazing. The only negative is the ack of parking spaces.

I’ve hiked this trail multiple times. Was virtually empty today. You do need micro spikes to stay safe on the ice.

Beautiful views on this trail! There is lots of ice on it right now but many ways to walk around it.

BE CAREFUL at this point. Mt Falcon trail (Castle Trail) is ok except for maybe 300’ of ice.

Returning on Turkey Trot, or going up Turkey Trot, involves thousands of feet (45 minutes) of hardpacked glass ice, even hard to manage in yak tracks.

Nice relatively easy hiking trail with several views that over look Golden.

Really nice trail. Well maintained and popular. Lots of cool formations. Favorite part was being on top of the ridge. Saw some snakes.

Amazing

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