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Started at 7:00 AM with one other car in the parking lot. About 1" of fresh snow on the ground. Need to walk up the closed road about 1/2 mile to get to trailhead. The trail was easy to follow and packed. Had 1-2" of fresh snow for the most part with hardpack and ice below. As you got close to the scree field near the summit, larger snow drifts. No snow shoes required, spikes highly recommended due. Trail easy to follow up the scree to the radio tower. Gorgeous 360 degree view on top as well as into RMNP, Meeker and Longs Peak. Headed down around 11:00 and met fairly heavy traffic going up.

Perfect time to go before the parking lots fill and the crowds roll in. The falls are still partly frozen but it is even more beautiful.

Hiked yesterday. Packed snow and ice along the trail, but was able to do it in just hiking boots. Trail is pretty poorly marked so you definitely have to pay attention. Some scrambling toward the end of the trail. Views at the top are GORGEOUS!

My cousin and I started our trek around 7 am and arrived back at the parking lot around 11:30 am. When we first began it was lightly snowing and visibility was poor. But around 8:30 am the skies began to clear and the sun made it's way through the clouds to warm us up.

The mist surrounding Long's Peak from across the valley made for an incredibly picturesque viewing of the peak. The trail was in relatively good condition, only covered lightly with snow most of the way up, and we pretty much followed the footprints of a prior trekker the entire ascent. We did lose the trail about a mile from the summit and had to scramble up some boulders before we found it again.

Microspikes/crampons were abundantly helpful on the way down, as there were some areas on the switchbacks that were exceptionally icy, and the traction enabled us to descend safely. We only saw two other hikers on our descent, which made the peaceful tranquility of this trail one of my favorite spring hikes thus far.

This is an amazingly beautiful hike that I would love to revisit later in the summer when the snow has melted and the trail's a bit easier to follow. The views along the way and from the summit are incredibly rewarding and the long, steady hike to the top is absolutely worth it. I would highly recommend!

It's certainly pretty, but this has to be one of the worst marked Trails I've ever seen. I got lost multiple times. I don't even know if I ever made it to the job. Very frustrating.

Fun hike with my son! Need spikes when coming down towards the top because it is slushy and snow packed in areas.

3/24/18
Trailhead parking is on the road. The trail gets hard to find a out .8 miles in. Nice overall hike, a few spots on the way up would have been nice to have micro spikes. By 10am the snow was starting to melt and it created some challenges coming down without solid footing.

hiking
27 days ago

really nice view

walking
28 days ago

Nice walk with awesome views.

hiking
30 days ago

(3/26) Good hike. Excellent views from the summit. The trail gets a bit lost near the top, but if you look for the carins you can find your way. Traction not necessary but could be helpful as some spots are slick. We made it up without too much trouble in hiking shoes/tennis shoes. Very do-able for the whole family (ages 10 and up). My Garmin clocked this at a bit over 4 miles out and back from trail head.

3-25-18 Little Gem outside the park. Suggest an early start as there isn’t much parking along the road, trailhead just before Lilly Lake TH.
Nice rolling climb, scramble last 200 ft or so. Bring traction, parts in shade still covered with snow, makes it a more enjoyable trek.

Great hike, wear good hiking shoes. Our end point was at Ouzel Falls. Take some time to get closer to the bottom of the falls, well worth the extra time spent.

hiking
1 month ago

Made Summit 3/24/18. Microspikes highly recommended. Some ice/snow covered steep sections going up and then of course soft and slippy stuff going down. A few small sections up high where you'll post hole 6+ inches but the sections are short so snowshoes are not needed. For now (until that area gets new snow) there is a clear path or trench established by hikers all the way to the trails end at the high ridge below the summit. At the trails end you'll hike left and boulder hop/scramble up to the true summit (class 2+). for someone used to summits above treeline this is quick, easy, & rewarding. For someone not used to going off trail to scramble to a summit, this is good beginner introduction. I was hiking heavy and slow (bc I carried more gear than needed) but the hike only took me a total of 3 hrs 45 mins round trip (including 25 mins on the summit) from the winter closure gate (lower parking lot right off Hwy 7).

I went here for the first time, on St. Patrick's Day, because the Bear Lake Trailhead was packed. This is a great trail with fanatic views of Longs Peak and the surrounding mountains. I will be coming back again. Strongly recommend microspikes because there are a few slippery spots that require them.

hiking
1 month ago

NEED microspikes to scramble too top but worth it for 360 mountain views. Also, Garmin pedometer clocked at 5.5 miles.

1 month ago

this was a lovely hike! I just wore my hiking boots and tried to be careful in areas where it looked icy!

It is definitely uphill! I would consider it a moderate hike...

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 3/12/2018. Spikes were not needed, but would have been nice leading up to and during the scramble. The dog and I made it up fine.

Nice easy hike

Loved it!!Hiked the whole thing without snowshoes- would not recommend! Extremely snowy and icy, but rewarding with good forest views and beautiful views of peaks. Really hard.

It had snowed this morning so some of the trail was covered with maybe an inch. Watch out for those snow covered icy spots. Also, the last stretch to the falls is extremely icy! Watch your step and wear spikes!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Hiked Sunday 2.25.18

Snow is ankle-deep until the landslide, then begins to deepen. Having only brought microspikes (and knowing that I might have to turn around because of this), I continued 2/3 of the way up the trail before turning around due to postholing up to my knees in places. Snowshoes would be optimal. Good route-finding skills and a map are essential this time of year--I nearly lost the trail a few times in the switchbacks due to snow obscuring the trail's clarity.

I was the only one there this morning and the quiet trek through the snowy woods was beautiful, especially when the sun came out and splashed through the pines to illuminate the forest. Definitely looking forward to returning either with snowshoes or in the summer.

Additionally, with the snow cover at least, the portion of this trail I completed I would rate as only moderate at most.

cross country skiing
2 months ago

Tried this on cross country skis on Feb 17 2018 and it was a mixed bag. Plenty of snow once you got to the actual trailhead (about a mile from the closed road/parking area), but very narrow and steep in places. This made skiing up awkward and skiing down pretty tricky. Some parts of the trail are on the side of a hill, making it difficult to keep from sliding off going up or down. Only made it as far as Ouzel falls. Fun, but snowshoes would serve you better.

Loved this trail! Steep at times for a challenge, but quick enough for a half day trip. Views at the top of short scramble were incredible. Off the beaten path and super quiet (not much parking at the trailhead, plan accordingly). Snowpack was melting so it made the trip out a little slippery, but doable in just boots.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail with incredible views all the way to the top. Covered in snow on 2/4, but was fine in boots, didn't even use spikes. My 10 year old daughter made it to the summit, so can you. Worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views for such a short hike. A couple inches of snow made trail finding tricky at times but didn’t need spikes. Incredibly windy at the top.

Great, quick little hike. 5.4 miles total with added mileage from winter gate. Did not see a soul all day. Snowshoes are overkill. Traction devices maybe, only really handy for very end to descend steep area to view falls from bottom. Many sections of road/trail still exposed dirt. Not my favorite hike in Rocky but I’ll take a day spent in the park over the office anytime ;)

Dog friendly, not actually in the national park. Have to walk down 7 to get to the trailhead. Parking at Lily Lake. Lily Lake not dog friendly as it is in national park.

hiking
2 months ago

Started at winter trailhead. Windy. Seems no one has been up since last snow (Monday?!). Needed poles or traction till on backside. Then snowshoes after allenspark junction. No tracks after that -except us in snowshoes. Too deep to go without. And tired legs turned us back.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Trail was in good condition (received about 8 inches the night before). Soft-Packed trail all the way up to 11,400 ft (just before tree line). Snowshoes came in handy breaking trail to the summit (would have been fine with micro spikes and gators). Had a hard time finding the trail but eventually made it. Beautiful day!

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