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Empty. Well packed for The 1st mile and a half or so, after that you might want snowshoes.

Directions were accurate to TH. Starts in the burn area but quickly drop int the woods along Goose Creek. Good trail conditions all the way to the historic buildings. Just as much up and down coming and going, good training trail. Links up with other trails in the wilderness.

hiking
17 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.

hiking
17 days ago

Pretty and very quiet hike after getting off the Staunton ranch portion of the trail. Didn’t need spikes, trail was quite easy and marked clearly. Some nice views and beautiful trees throughout. The best views, in my opinion, were on the return route on Scout line trail. Saw several good sized bucks on SR, about half a mile from the trailhead. Did 11 miles total in 4 hrs + a few minutes. Route I took out was trailhead to SR - BE - CR - EF then on the return route: EF - CR - MP - SL (most scenic view portion) - SR to trailhead. Not too bad of a hike.

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

hiking
1 month ago

A moderate hike without a lot of foot traffic. Only a couple switchbacks and the trail is well maintained. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of views on this hike. There's a spot about halfway up that allows you to look south east into the hills. Even in mid December, there was no need for spikes on the shoes.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great escape from the city, as I did not see a single soul on my entire hike. The trailhead was not exactly right across the street from the parking lot as my map had indicated. Look for the gate in the fence.

on Three Mile Creek Trail

1 month ago

A gental rolling trail that crosses the creek in several places. This trail isn't overly crowded. No snowshoes needed. The lower section of the trail is dry or covered with a light power. The upper sections have snow but compacted. I am not sure the mileage is accurate. I recorded over 7.6 miles and didn't make it to the end or valley. I would think this trail would be spectacular in the fall due to the abundance of Aspens.

Nice snowshoe. Easy to follow and I had it mostly to myself on a Tuesday morning. Didn’t need snowshoes or traction until a mile in.

Nothing to crazy to see. It does have some decent incline. I did use crampons for some more grip because of snow on the trail. Otherwise pretty easy.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Gorgeous snow shoe. However, snow is about an inch or less on the first 3 miles of the trail. Might be good to bring crampons and snow shoes. Most of the rivers are frozen over.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail continues longer, but 6.25 miles will get you to the wilderness boundary marker and a treed saddle. Very satisfying climb and well maintained trail, 3 hours round trip. The written directions to the trailhead are rather poor, but just follow a map and you'll be fine. There is a sign pointing to the trailhead past the Meridian Campground, when you make a left off of the pavement. The last one mile is bumpy but not so washboarded that a regular car couldn't make it with care. Loved it at this time of year - only passed one other couple of hikers, and that was on the way back. No footprints past the two-mile mark, yet the snow is not a deterrent at this time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Climbed this in just winter boots and had a blast. Once you get above tree line the path is impossible to find. Rather than freezing your hands fumbling with the GPS, head straight up and you will get to the gorgeous alpine clearing where you can see mountains from all sides. Then it's a leisurely mile to the lake

Not the best trail for views, but great otherwise. No snowshoes needed on this outing, though microspikes are highly encouraged. Trail conditions were mixed, some dry stretches, some snowy and some icy. This trail would probably be best in fall when the aspens turn, or as a connector to other higher trails and summits in the area. We ultimately dubbed this "300 Crossings of 3 Mile Creek" as we crossed the creek more times than we could remember! Great day on trail :)

Beautiful XC Ski!

walking
2 months ago

perf.

So beautiful! The trail is a little hard to find at one point,..you have to climb over some rocks on your right instead of trying to cross a creek with a hastily placed log. Spikes are good to have!

Awesome hike, i took it up to Logan Peak in the snow and enjoyed the whole hike. It is non-stop beauty. Also, my ski goggles fell off of my backpack about 5 miles in, it is probably a longshot but if anyone finds them please contact me at 5806564957. This trail is a must hike, and is well built

Snow/ice on the trail about 2.5 miles in. No fall color left but really peaceful trail

Great simple hike. The trail is in and out of light snow. I had micro spikes on but they were not necessary. The trail was half wet/muddy, half dry. Some deeper drifts, avoidable if you skip the upper lake but as long as it's cold, post holing would be unlikely. Snow is still shallow and sparse enough to summit Square Top Mountain as well.

Today, 10252018, there was extensive snow on the trail just past the switch backs after the junction with the Rosalie trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is terrible and depressing.
There are mounds of cut trees and debris that the forest service I guess has been cutting down for some time.
Don’t waste your time , plus trail is not well marked and turns into a wide road in the dirt probably for the loggers. With not much views and all of this going on no wonder there was no one there on a Sunday afternoon.

Amazing beautiful Trail! Fantastic rock formations if you go all the way up. We will be back. Camped at
Goose Creek campground, but could have camped on the trail. Got fantastic photos!

Trail is not closed, I did a solo over night hike here 10/6/18 -10/7/18. Hiked 8.5 mimes in from brookside/ Payne Creek trailhead. A couple miles in there is a junction, go left (Payne Gulch). Pretty trail. Not too difficult. Found a spot to hike alongside the Creek. Only saw two other guys on the trail. I just moved here from St. Louis MO, with no real hiking/back packing experience and did fine.

This hike was magical today. The Aspen trees are turning so beautifully and you walk through countless forests of them. This was a pretty consistent incline, yet not too difficult. Very tranquil!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was nice. A lot of good shade coverage. Definitely recommended during leaves changing. Once we got to the top of the trail, we laid down in a sea of trees and it was so unbelievably peaceful. The creek towards the beginning also looked like a fantasy. The water is crystal clear blue.

This is my favorite trail! It’s absolutely stunning right now with changing aspens. The trail takes you through forest along a river and over many bridges. The scenery is beautiful and the sound of the river is so calming. In the middle it goes through a field and then goes back into the forest over the river. Towards the end the trail rises in elevation and gets a bit more challenging, but nothing more difficult than medium. It’s a steady incline, but nothing too steep. The trees are beautiful and even in the parts where the Aspens aren’t changing the scenery is wonderful. I cannot recommend this trail enough. It’s perfect if you want forest, river, moderately challenging, and shaded.

trail running
3 months ago

From a serious trail runner's perspective, it is too technical to run the majority of the trail minus the first mile - trail studded with huge rocks, trees, roots, sloping. It is a rewarding trail, lined with aspens along the creek. It goes through a forest then proceeds to crisscross along the creek under aspens for the majority of the trail until it gives way until a clearing/bog. We clocked 9 miles total as well, the end of the trail is the cover photo. There is no proper 'end of trail'. If you choose to continue, it does through a forest then stops abruptly.

Beautiful hike with great views of Bierstadt, Sawtooth and Evans group, as well as Sawatch Range far away to the south-west. Hiked on Sunday, September 23, 2018, met no more that 25 people along the trail, while crowds were going up and down Bierstadt.
Near the upper lake the trail branches and continues additional for 1.5 miles with a steep elevation gain of 1,500' to the summit of the Square Top Mtn. - almost a Fourteener at 13,754'. That part is quite strenuous. Even greater views from the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

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