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Jane Reuter reviewed Herman Gulch Trail
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Great hike! I’d rate it hard in the winter for the last half mile or so. We broke trail on snowshoes while climbing steeply up to the lake. But so worth it for the stellar views and utter quiet. The mountains are so rugged in this valley, it feels like you’re in another country. Only saw a few other skiers and hikers.

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Andrew Kramer reviewed Grays Peak Trail from I-70
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HikingSnow

The elevation gain is no joke on this one. We started at the winter trailhead (i70) at 6am and there were maybe 10 other cars parked already. The three miles up the road to the summer trail head are steep and packed (we used spikes). We switched to snow shoes at the bridge (summer trailhead) and glad we did. We were the only snowshoers out today - everyone else was on skis. Incredibly beautiful, cold, but minimal wind. Excited to come back when we can drive to the summer trailhead. The extra 3 miles uphill really took it out of us. As of this morning snow covered hills/ mountain made certain spots a bit dicey. We had axes, held them, but didn’t need them. GREAT hike if you’re up for it!

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Brittany M reviewed Mount Flora Trail
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HikingSnow

Hiked 4/18 after the 10 inches of snow. This would not have been possible without snowshoes today. The snow was packed down in the trees/on the Colorado lines switchbacks, although we still wore snow shores on this section. Once coming out of the trees we were able to follow ski tracks. Once we rounded the curve of the mountain where you can see the false summit we broke trail. We made it to 2.5 miles before deciding to turn around as the clouds were descending and visibility was low and temps were dropping. The wind was minimal which was such a pleasant surprise and hard to come by on Flora. The hardest part was traversing along the 27-30 degree angle on the fresh snow probably around the 1.3-1.8ish mile mark, this is an estimate (mile markers on the way up).

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Dillan Metzner reviewed Herman Gulch Trail
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Watch out for skiers. They think they own the trail and will not move out of the way for you. Overall a really fun trail to hike.

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Trevor H reviewed Grays Peak Trail from I-70
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Snowshoeing

Woah.

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Grant Parajuli reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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Hiking

We got lucky and the clouds opened up right when we were at the summit. Did it with yaktrax but was really hard, lots of postholing and sliding. Wear gaiters or your ankles will be full of frozen snow.

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Brittany M reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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Started at 8:15 am 4/14 after the latest snowfall. Most of the trail had very minimal snow, but there were snow drifts that had us post holing up to our mid calves to knees. Yak traks would be helpful on the way down, but no one in our group used them the whole time and were fine.

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Natalie Stefka reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Trail itself was in good condition. Minimal snow spots and those were all manageable without any additional gear. Great views at the top. The wind was HORRENDOUS on Sunday 4/11 and made it pretty brutal.

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Lev User reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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Hiking

Good trail with great views throughout. Make sure you’re prepared for wind. Probably best to wear a balaclava, ski googles and long underwear. Spikes weren’t necessary and I kept them in my bag but some snow and ice.

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Charlene SoloSol reviewed Herman Gulch Trail
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So beautiful! Nice weather today and excellent views! You definitely still need snow shoes on this trail. When I got to the trail at 10:30 there was ice in the shade and some snow in the sun was already softening and making it difficult to walk. I started with yak trax But switch over to snowshoes about 3/4 of the way to Herman lake. Also the trail splits to the left which will not take you to Herman lake. Stay to the right, in the trees.

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Liam McNulty reviewed Grays Peak Trail from I-70
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SkiingGreat!

Only spikes needed

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Tyler Jensen reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!

The trail was great. Minimal snow. No spikes needed. It was constantly windy.

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Mandy Doria reviewed Grizzly Gulch Trail
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Hiking

Amazing time! Good haul and elevation gain. Packed down in the morning (started at 830am) but started to become corn then mashed potatoes on the decent.

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Steve Schmidt reviewed Grays Peak Trail from I-70
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5 of us started at 7 am and summited in a little over 6 hours. Very punishing wind maybe 30 to 40 mph or more all day. Met dozens of people turning around. Deep snow, not much ice, bring snowshoes, poles, big spikes like kahtoola. Ran out of time and energy to do Torreys. Guessing that would add 3 or 4 more hours. Good luck

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Kate O’Donnell reviewed Butler Gulch Trail
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Really neat trail, first mile is flattish through forest, then the incline really starts. Path is kinda blown out past 2 miles so snowshoes could help and keep an eye on your map. Amazing views at the top, I skipped the loop because some weather was blowing in but I’ll 100% be back for more!

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Brittany M reviewed Grizzly Gulch Trail
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HikingGreat!Snow

This is a favorite hike of mine. Hiked this on the afternoon of 4/7 and no spikes needed and saw no one. About 0.15-0.2 miles up from the winter parking lot on the road a sprinter van was stuck- as others have said do not drive on the road.

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justin enos reviewed Herman Gulch Trail
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HikingSnow

Great hike, beautiful views! Only saw 2 other people. Still plenty of snow left. Didn’t need snowshoes on the way up, but did on the way back once the snow warmed and softened.

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Jeanette Moody reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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Such a fun trail! Had it all to ourselves today. Started at 130pm. Sunny. Perfect weather. Very windy at the top. Beanie, Down jacket, gloves, and hiking boots was perfect. Were a little skeptical since we forgot our poles, but the hike was wonderful even without them. Just a 10 foot ice patch that’s easy to avoid. No extra gear needed.

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Emily Szymanski reviewed Butler Gulch Trail
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Bird watchingGreat!Snow

We went just in hiking boots and decided to skip spikes today. We only went up about 2 miles and decided to turn back but conditions seemed consistent the whole way up. Took butler gulch trail and so long as you stayed on center areas of path with clear foot traffic the snow was well compacted and not even slushy!! Totally fine in just boots. But if you stepped a little far off the trail you could sink 2+ft down into the snow haha. Good conditions today, 68° and sunny blue bird day. Will come back when it’s warmer if I can! Saw a few folks skiing and gliding past happily.

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Adam L. reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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HikingNo shade

Most trail was snow free, few spots where spikes might’ve helped but made just fine without them. Somewhat windy but dressed warm and had no issues.

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Jon Myer reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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Fiona Boger reviewed Grizzly Gulch Trail
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Hiking

Nice hike in the shadows on Grays/Torreys. Fine with micro spikes, though as with any spring hiking if it’s a sunny day the way back is going to be a lot softer and more prone to post-holes. Be careful. Also *don’t drive up the road* we saw three cars (including a tundra) that were stuck and abandoned.

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Alexa M reviewed Sniktau Mountain Trail
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Great conditions today! Spikes were helpful but not totally necessary. The snow was packed down. The wind was pretty minimal today, maybe 30ish mph max! I got there at 7:30 and the small parking area was pretty much full

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dahlia Gelbaum reviewed Cupid Peak
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beautiful trail perfect day everything was wonderful. You don't need snow shoes it is a good idea to wear your spikes enjoy your time there it was just amazing!

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Vikas Nataraja reviewed Grizzly Gulch Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked April 3, 2021 (Saturday). Excellent hike with breathtaking views of snow covered Torrey’s peak and grizzly peak. You will absolutely need some traction like yaktrax (I had crampons). Every inch of the trail is covered in packed snow that is anywhere between ankle deep and up to your waist. My feet slipped through some loose snow up to my knees. There’s also very few resting spots. Saw about 10 people throughout, many of them skiing downslope. I started at 12:30pm and ended just before 5:30pm but couldn’t do the final quarter mile as it was entirely snow covered and couldn’t make out a proper path. Definitely a good workout!

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