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Gorgeous hike on a gorgeous day. Spikes were essential up to the Loch, and poles were helpful after the trail splits to Hiyaha. Wind was brisk at the Loch but calm enough to break for a snack. We’d made good time and decided to try for Sky Pond. Definitely a good decision, but snowshoes would have been helpful. Wind was pretty calm at Sky Pond, and the views were fantastic. Definitely recommend doing the full hike in the winter if you haven’t!

4 days ago

Hiked on 4/17/2018. Left Long's Peak Ranger station at 9:15am and reached Chasm Lake at 12:00pm. Did the whole trail with micro-spikes only. Trail is well traveled and well packed. Micro spikes a must. Weather was perfect on the way up, clear and a little windy. On the way back around 1:30pm it got really windy and started snowing. I made a hustle to get back to the treeline as fast as possible. Made it back to the Ranger station at 2:15pm.

Love it. Amazing views!

Hiked on 4/16, the trail is well packed with snow, and not super icy. I would still recommend spikes and poles, but snowshoes are not needed. Above tree line, this trail can be brutally windy. Me and some other hikers in front of me were turned back by gale force winds that would knock you over and make it difficult to move forward. I would recommend checking the wind conditions for the trail, but even making it as far as I did the views of Longs Peak were seriously awesome.

Did it yesterday, MicroSpikes are a must, however some people did it without them.

6 days ago

Beautiful winter hike, gorgeous views of Longs Peak. Didn't need the snowshoes yesterday but was glad to have the microspikes. There are a couple areas of exposure just before the big snowfield traverse, probably better early with ice and microspikes than later with softer snow.

Easy trail if you stick to the formation area; it’s all paved. Going to the actual trail is a little more like a real hike instead of a stroll. Trail is still very easy, even if you do the four mile loop. More of a nature walk than a hike; if you are looking for a hike or something remotely challenging look elsewhere. Views are beautiful though!

Just did this today, took 2 hours to get up at a steady pace not rushing with a couple small breaks maybe 5 min each. Micro spikes are fine as well a must. I saw people with out them and didn’t look fun for them. Took 90 mins to come down as well a steady slower pace. Great views!

7 days ago

Hiked on April 14th. Great hike! Definitely need micro-spikes. Really, really beautiful. The drop from the trail to Chasm Lake is actually pretty steep, which in the snow we decided to do anyways and just took some small boulder climbing. AMAZING views. The final few turns in the trail after the privy had some icy spots with steep drop offs but with the micro-spikes it wasn’t bad at all, just take it slow if it’s icy. It’s just so freaking beautiful. Start early in the morning. It gets icier and windier in the afternoon.

hiked this morning 4/10, microspikes were sufficient up until the Mills/Loch junction but from there up to the lake snow shoes were definitely necessary (snow was well over knee-deep) super windy but beautiful as always!

12 days ago

Hiked on 4/9. There was 2-3ft of fresh snow above tree line which made it very difficult to find the trail. Snow shoes are a must with all of the snow.

18 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Not too difficult and definitely worth it. Amazing views of Notchtop and Flattop. Beautiful day today (4/3) but pretty windy. Snowshoes are definitely a must. Might be able to get by with microspikes but prepare for postholing. Especially with the wind, the trail is somewhat difficult to follow. There were a few times I pulled up my AllTrails map to find where the trail was. It’s just not too obvious with all the snow, especially the closer you get to Mill Creek, Two Rivers Lake, and Helene. Planned on continuing down to Odessa but as said below, the gorge looked like a death trap.

I hiked this on Easter. It was snowy but packed enough for spikes and not snow shoes. Several times there was no one in sight, so I wonder how many people make it to the top. The wind was whipping! Had to stop at loch Lake but a beautiful and somewhat challenging hike!

We hiked this today and it was absolutely beautiful! We found it challenging since the snowpack was icy as well. Highly recommend using microspikes and trekking poles.

This is close to our house and is rugged enough to be a good workout, but not brutal. Lots of very interesting rock formations. Can be very muddy in spots after snow or rain.

Best view on the south rim!

One of the best views in the park. It is right behind the visitor center, not the overlook right before you get to the visitor center. If you’re at the south rim, you have to go see this!

Love this whole area!

Nice, fun loop. You can really make it your own as it has alot of other trails surrounding it. We didn't do the whole loop this time as the parking lots near it were at capacity so we ended up on the other side of the park. We did this trail on a Sunday morning, alot of people and cars if possible go on a weekday.

21 days ago

The trail is 90% snow packed, very doable with just hiking boots but strongly recommend wearing spikes if you have them. I didn't realize the last part of the trail follows the river bed into the Loch instead of the regular way through the switchbacks. Its kind of steep so that's where having the spikes comes in the most handy. The Loch is gorgeous but I it was extremely windy so I didn't stick around too long

Did this hike at the end of June with no research on the trail whatsoever. We were simply exploring and happened to find a trail. We hiked all the way to Lake Isabelle before turning around (started late in the day). The trail is very well maintained. There was some snow around the 10,000 foot mark, and some rock scrambling near the end. On our way up we saw a waterfall coming out from a mound of snow and ice high up. We didn't realize until we got to the lake that it seemed to be coming from the lake. The lake itself is serene and beautiful. We were the only ones there. Hike was fairly easy and we would love to do it again maye this time going a little bit further.

Super pretty!!! It’s really fun to hike around or drive around. Lots of different trails with views of rocks and mountains.

23 days ago

Beautiful hike. We took the family out today. We hiked in boots and it was very do-able. There are some slick spots as the snow was coming down fairly heavily on the way back. Lots of traffic for a snowy Thursday. Beautiful scenery. Highly recommend.

Good for family. There is a little area kids can play on the rocks. Great for some family photos to.

One of the best trails I've ever done. We did this trail in early September. Weather was nice and cool and we saw 4 moose while on the trail. We could not finish the trail because they camped up just off the side of the trail. Looking forwarsld to going back and completing it

27 days ago

Hiked today 3/25. Started early in the morning and was the first one to the lake. Only need microspikes, snowshoes are a bit much, at least until the next snowfall. I started at 6:00am and it was a bit windy. Made it past the snowfield with no problem thanks to the previous tracks......but coming back was a different story. I stayed at the lake for about 2 hours and that was enough time for the sun to soften the track on the snowfield. As I was coming back across I slid about a quarter of the way down and had to dig into the side of the snowfield to make my way back up. Be careful once the snow begins to melt it can be a bit treacherous. I would go as early as possible if the weather is warm, to make sure the snow stays solid.

28 days ago

Hiked on 3/24/18. Started at 7am with mostly snowpacked trails along the way. Met up with a couple other guys at the Chasm/Boulderfield split, and hiked all the way to the lake. We hugged the upper incline and it was fresh 4 in of powder with a thick layer of ice underneath, highly recommend at least microspikes. The wind was mild and final destination was totally worth it!

28 days ago

Hiked 03/24/18- microspikes very helpful. Multiple social trails after treeline break so keep your eye out for the cairns but you have an epic marker: the diamond and keyhole of Longs Peak. Above treeline, very mild “posthole-ing” (less than 8 inches) but past the fork to Chasm or Boulderfield is a different story. Too off camber for snowshoes in my opinion and spikes worked but you had to be diligent. Considerable “posthole-ing” at times just before the 2nd privy and headed up to the lake (depending which route you took: Rocky scramble/icy or posthole land). We lucked out with little to moderate winds and lots of sunshine! ENJOY!

The road to the trailhead is currently closed for construction. I would not recommend until it reopens as it will add miles of pavement hiking.

One of my favorite hikes ❤️❤️

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