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snowshoeing
27 days ago

Great day! Several very steep sections, plenty of flat in between. Put snowshoes on at about 2 miles. Trail was easy to follow even with fresh snow on the ground. Didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time but will be back soon to finish for sure!

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.

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

This trail was gorgeous, the hike starts at Brainard lake parking lot because the road is closed. it's 3.3 miles from the Parking lot to the trail head during the winter, so start by 0800. Most of the trail during winter is covered and bring snowshoes because you will have to hike next to the lake and up the creek in order to get to Lake Isabelle because you can't follow the trail that is listed. when you get to Lake Isabelle there are a few ways to get to it. There is a massive slope to climb or turn right at the base of the slope and there is a longer yet easier way up that puts you at the trail markers at the top.

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.

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

We started at Finch Lake trailhead. Micro-spikes weren't needed on the way up but recommended for descend. We used snowshoes about 2 miles to the lake but they weren't necessary.

June 4th, heavy snow. Made it to Long lake not to Isabella, still beautiful.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

The first 1.5 miles, dry ground and some snow and hard pack. Next mile, hard-pack and ice and spikes worthwhile. Last stretch 2 mile stretch to the lake deeper snow and can get away with spikes but better done with snowshoes. Trail is used so easy to follow. Once at the lake, no snow on the ice and gorgeous view of Meeker and Longs Peak. Not the most scenic on the hike as you are in the trees a lot but when you get the the lake, it is all worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

A nice hike in RMNP. Early December, 2017. Temp: upper 30s/ low 40s, clear day, lots of wind. Trail conditions: First third was clear and dry, last two-thirds was packed snow and some ice. Traction was helpful, but maybe not necessary.

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail. Escape the crowds of RMNP

Beautiful! Went counterclockwise, I’m out of shape...

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely a cool trail but definitely not a winter hike. Managed to do it yesterday but probably took a few hours longer than it should have. Not mad about it at all, just sore from walking in unpacked snow most of the way. Incredible setting where the lakes are situated, which were frozen, just don't do it out of season unless you want a real good workout.

The view is fricking amazing. But the trail is poorly maintained. The roads were cut off, trail is not properly labeled. I almost got lost with all the misdirection. The elevation is the hardest part.

beautiful views. saw an awesome bird! people falling all over the ice and snow... bring yak trax!

Windy at the lake, beautiful snowy peaks, trail had icy spots the last mile or so, lots of up but I think the first mile or two were the worst

hiking
6 months ago

I listened to the advice and went counter clockwise on 9/30/17. It was the tail end of aspen season and the landscape was pretty boring for 10 miles. We were very disappointed in the hike. At 10 miles we hit “the view” which was 2 miles from the trailhead and only looking back. I recommend just going left from the Rich Creek Trailhead and walking out 3 miles so you get to stare at the pretty view the whole time and turning this into a nice 6 mile hike. It has TONS of aspens so go during high season here to avoid the Kenosha crowd.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great trail

hiking
7 months ago

This is only a 7.3 mile hike if you start from the Allenspark Trailhead. If you start at the Finch Lake Trailhead it says it is 10 miles round trip but my GPS clocked 8.8 to the lake and back. Also this was not an "easy" hike. It is definitely more on the moderate side with a steady 4 mile climb to Finch Lake. Nice hike through thick forest most of the way. An occasional nice shot of the Wild Basin area but no peak views. The lake is very nice and quiet with some nice peaks surrounding. It was very quiet the day we were there.

hiking
7 months ago

09/17/17 - Started at 11:30am a bit late, but still able to parki. The hike is beautiful this time of year. Golden and peach-ish colored Aspens align the trail on/off. The entire hike is lovely, with a mix of mountains views, foilage, and ya know beautiful Mother Nature. We got to the lake at 1:30pm. The lake is quiet unique with sand surrounding the lake. Nice mountains top views. Be sure to walk around the lake to see all the different moutain views. I will definitely do this hike again during foilage time. Awesomeness

backpacking
7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail and only moderately difficult. We had some trouble because the signage is terrible and the map we had was garbage. However, despite adding an extra six miles to our hike, we had a great time. Camping near the upper lake was epic. Fishing was great. Very chilly up at the lakes but the trail was warm most of the way up.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Outstanding hike. Beautiful scenery, including flaming aspens. Highly recommend.

Got to the trailhead around 7:30 on a Saturday and there were only a few spots left. Did the trail counterclockwise (Devil Thumb lake first) which led to a pretty challenging climb up the pass (carried 35lb packs). Pretty crowded up to that point, but then it dropped off. We camped right by King Lake which was beautiful but really exposed. Fortunately there was no lightening but we had to guy out every line on the tent due to high winds - kinda sketchy. Beautiful hike with plenty to explore off the trail too.

Really enjoyed this hike! My wife, 1 yr old and I loved how easy it was to follow the trail and the scenery along the way was amazing! Easy trail, which was great with the little one on my back. Make sure you go early to get parking.

backpacking
7 months ago

Beautiful place for a mini backpacking trip! We stopped at Salmon Lake, and had it to ourselves to camp. From the Willow Lakes trailhead, going left at that Willow Trail / Ditch trail fork is a longer route in, but a very forgiving and much more beautiful than the other route to the right. We took the other one on the way back, which made the return hike shorter. I would definitely recommend doing it that way, even though it adds some miles in the beginning! The last 2 hours to the lake is a steady incline, so be prepared to take a lot of breaks. We fly fished at the lake and got into some big brook trout right away!

hiking
7 months ago

We started at 8 am on a Thursday and had ample parking. The trail was a bit more of a challenge. I disagree with the moderate rating; it was much harder than Gem Lake which is rated as difficult. Not only is the last stretch quite strenuous but the trail rarely levels out the entire time, just up up up! Some people have mentioned a lack of views but personally I enjoyed so much of the trail being in the woods, because doing all that uphill without any shade would be much harder. With frequent stops it took us about 3.5 hours to get to the top. We spent an hour at the lake which was wonderful - peaceful, nice views, and very cold water to refresh the feet. Coming down was nearly as hard as going up due to the rocky nature of the trail and took us just under 2 hours. I would recommend hiking poles for this one; I tend to eschew bringing mine but they would have been very helpful here.

This end destination is gorgeous but keep in mind the trail rating in this site is deceiving. I would rate it in the hard or strenuous category. It's all uphill...and the last mile is a chore and a half. I agree with others that being in the woods is great but there is really no scenery or vistas. Parking? Get there super early or like us park on the side of the county road.

Just a few blocks away from Main Street of Grand Lake the East Inlet Trailhead offers such a diversity of different areas along the trail that go high up into the alpine. With a short hike down the trail you will see Adams Falls so if your just looking to stretch the legs this is a good spot right on the edge of town. If your looking to go the full yard be prepared for gorgeous open valleys with streams running through, beautiful rock formations, lots of wild flowers and signs of wildlife, and five amazing lakes before you reach your way to the the boulder field to go up to the pass. I did this hike on 7/15/16 with a late start of around 1130am i managed to log 19.8 miles round trip returning to the car shortly after dark, this is still to date one of my personal favorites because there wasn’t much foot traffic after the first couple miles and you really do get the whole experience of what this area has to offer being as beautiful as it is. The trail is pretty mellow not a whole lot of steep uphill other then a few sections just a very long day of steady hiking if your looking to go the distance. Follow me on Instagram for more mountain photography @Alex.Newkirk

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