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Beautiful winter hike great place to watch the sunrise amazing views all around. Word of thanks to the snowshoers who went up the previous day , made the hike much easier.

3 days ago

Beautiful setting. This is set as Easy however parking is a bit tricky and it's a pretty steep climb to get to the glacier. Was pretty slick with all the snow, will go again in spring.

I just moved here and found this hike a little challenging because of the altitude. the trail is pretty packed down so I did it in tennis shoes with no problem. a lot of people brought sleds that looked fun! I took a lot of breaks but the view was great.

Awesome hike! Went up in November 2018, trail was pretty icy / snowy but could hike it in sneakers (did a lot of butt slides on the way down). The fire tower is well worth the hike and then the climb when you reach it.

Getting to the trail head was very very bumpy and slow moving in some spots.

For someone not used to the altitude, this hike can be more challenging than most people have rated it. It’s short, but fairly rocky and steep. Combine that with the altitude, and some breaks may be necessary. Once you reach the top though, it’s worth the effort and you’ll probably want to hang out for a bit. Beautiful hike, but don’t underestimate it!

snowshoeing
3 days ago

First ones on the trail 1/13/18, for the most part followed skiers along the trail I was familiar with. We reached a point where the trail was lost and followed up a skiers way for a bit and turned back. We were about .5mi from the lake which was a bummer !!

Absolutely bring snow shoes and spikes. Views are just fabulous

Beautiful bluebird day! Snowshoes were very helpful with about a mile to go. The trail was clear and easy to follow. I highly recommend!

Amazing hike! We took our sleds and had a blast.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Currently there is about 24inches of snow on the trail. If you don’t have 4x4 with snow tires, bring chains or cables or park by the camp. Had to help several stuck cars on road that got stuck and could not reach parking at trailhead. A rav4, Honda Pilot, bmw and Ford Explorer all had all wheel drive but didn’t have the tires needed for that kinda of snow.

Best to go on a cooler day. The hike to all the Buttes is worth it!

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked on 1-13-19. The Road past the Mennonite Camp was not plowed. With well over a foot of Snow, several Vehicles got stuck. The Hike is one of my favorites to date. The Trail is uphill for the first and last parts, with a long meadow in the middle. It had been well traveled in the Snow and easy to follow. Micro Spikes and Gators came in handy. It took us over 4 hours with a short break at the top and many breather s along the way.

hiking
7 days ago

Went with just spikes and gaiters. Unavoidably deep at some parts. Waist deep about 0.3 miles from the end of the trail, which was a real bummer.

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike for the entire family! We battled 40+ mph winds and still had the best time! Can’t wait to do it again. We hiked on 1/4/18, completely snow-packed but made it even better. Kids slid back down the trail almost the entire way!

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!

Beautiful!

hiking
11 days ago

Lovely hike through the forest. Best views are in the first mile and then it’s about enjoying the serenity of the forest. Follows and crosses the stream which is mostly frozen at this time of year. Trail was well broken, mostly packed snow the whole way, some bare spots. Could do it with boots, traction was helpful. Could use snowshoes but not necessary. Made it to the 4 mile mark where it flattens out and there are some nice logs to sit on for a snack.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Pretty trail but not enough snow right now. The trail was groomed so much that we had to take our snowshoes off and hike instead.

snowshoeing
11 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...

Took family there to snowshoe Dec 29, 2018. Was a beautiful hike, though not enough snow to merit needing snowshoes. Would love to return in summer

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Great day to get out and explore. Honestly, the trail is so packed you don't need snowshoes. I put mine on about 1/2 miles before the lake, thinking I would need them, but I didn't. Micro spikes would've been fine. Also agree with the last comment...please pack out all of your trash and your dogs as well.

We did this trail end of July. Trail itself is rocky and steep but the reward is an amazing view of the lake and glacier. Hike up the glacier for more amazing views! People were sledding and skiing down the glacier!

I grew up hiking this trail. Recent changes made you unable to park near the original trail head, but I think this is because there is a new trail head. I'm not 100% sure on this. When I was a kid, my favorite part of this trail was looking forward to finding the old energy station (or something) remnants at the top of the switchbacks. Overall the trail is pretty gentle, and you'll find raspberries at the top if you're lucky.

hiking
12 days ago

Went to the top where it levels out today - used spikes for more sure footing but could be done without them. Such a beautiful, warm day!

hiking
12 days ago

Started at NCAR and made my way up the “shorter but steeper route”. You’ll want spikes! There’s a false summit, so keep going when you think you’re at the top. Bring layers - It’s windy and cold at the top! This hike has earned the rating of hard - steeper than Flatirons and Sanitas! Round trip, with multiple stop and catch my breath! and take this view in, 6 miles in 3.5 hours.

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Great hike! Started mid-morning and the sun and incline kept us warm. Snowshoes definitely recommended for the second half closer to the lake. Personally had fun figuring out where i would less likely sink down ha
My friend had snowshoes which helped a lot

hiking
13 days ago

Gorgeous views throughout! We snowshoed today but probably could have gotten away with just microspikes as long as we didn’t step off the trail (we definitely saw evidence of postholing a couple feet deep just inches off the trail). Please pack out ALL trash as there are no trash pick ups here. In other words, please don’t leave bags of dog poop on the side of the trail or laying by the port-o-lets - take it home to throw away. Thank you for keeping the trails clean.

I was able to jog this up and down in just running shoes with a little caution. It’s gorgeous in the winter! Make sure to go the extra couple hundred feet to sprouting rock.

Hiked to Lake Dorothy up the Arapahoe pass on Sept 17, 2018. A beautiful day, we arrived at the trail head at 8:30 AM and were able to find a legal parking space just down the hill from the camping area. We only saw 5 other hikers the entire trip; one woman coming down, two college men who passed us on the way up and three people going up on our way down.
Very windy at the lake, The "shelter" at the the lake is little more than an organized pile of rocks that is too short to protect you from the wind. The Arapahoe trail was protected from the wind, and the sunny south exposure was very pleasant. Completed the 7.6 mile round trip in a little less than 4 hours with a lunch break at the lake.

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