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backpacking
8 days ago

Backpacked in to Helms lake 8/6 - 8/7. A bit marshy getting around helms lake but the trail was in good condition and relatively easy to follow otherwise. Lost a blue nalgene somewhere in the helms lake area.

backpacking
8 days ago

Awesome trail with dispersed camping spots easy to find. Light elevation gain for first 2.5 miles and then it increases significantly thereafter. Excellent camping right after the first creek crossing at 2 miles in. There are flattened logs to walk across so no getting wet during the creek crossings. We went further and camped just short of Helms Lake (5.25 miles in) in the tree-covered area. Wonderful views and a few dispersed campsites easy to find.

Great Hike , close to Denver .
loved hiking next to creek all throughout the time.

great cascades, beaver ponds, flowers, birds, meadows

Nice quiet hike along a creek. Opens into a meadow with nice views. Then the trail continues through a large aspen grove. We went about 2.5 miles and had to turn around due to the time.

hiking
19 days ago

Lots of shade, which was perfect for our pug who we brought along. We went just about 2 miles then turned around. The sound of water below was awesome and the view when you get to the open field is beautiful. We arrived at 830am in a Sunday and there were only 2 other cars in the lot. By the time we made our way back we ran into a few small groups of people and the parking lot was full (it is a small parking lot though). I’d suggest getting there early at or before 8 on a weekend if you are looking to be one of the only ones on the trail. But it did not feel overly crowded like some other hikes in the state. It was perfect!

hiking
22 days ago

Nice peaceful trail. Hiked on a Thursday morning. Plenty of parking and very few people on trail.
Pros:
-easy access from Hwy 285
-gradual elevation gain
-river and creek crossings
-shade
-aspen groves
-wild flowers
Cons:
-limited vistas

hiking
27 days ago

Average hike. River and stream. Hot in July.

This trail was great. Lots of shade, you walk along the water, great for dogs. The wildflowers are in full bloom. Make sure to get there early as parking fills up. There is no trash service at the trailhead. Lots of backcountry spots along the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. For doing only part of the trail it seemed like a moderate hike but we only went 3 miles out and 3 back. Uphill mostly out, winds through the woods and can hear the creek (see it a bit too). Nice aspens as well. Will go back and do the entire hike. Hoping it’s the length that is making it hard. We hiked on the weekend and only saw a few hikers.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful scenery with ample camping. We wanted to camp up at Helms lake but it was extremely buggy so made our way back down. It wasn't an overly crowded trail and finding camping was pretty easy.

Great trail lots of shade, sod ground, good for the pups. Get there early short on parking fills up fast

backpacking
1 month ago

Just completed 2 day back packing trip. Great camping sites and lots of room to roam. Menacing weather kept us from making Abyss Lake day 2. Awesome wilderness area!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing and beautiful and predominantly quiet. The only people I came across were on the return trip and on the Bierstadt and Evans ridges. Plenty of wildlife. Evans and Bieratadt are accessible by climbing out of the cirque. That way you can avoid the ultra crowded standard routes. The views everywhere are amazing.

It gets rather hard to follow the trail on the east side of Helm's Lake. It isnt a very hard bushwack as its just waist high willows and only for fairly short lengths of time.

What a fantastic trail! We only made 6 of the 7.5 miles for it started clouding up and we decided to head back down the mountain; good thing for it started storming about 5 minutes after we got to our car.
If you like to take pictures, allow A LOT of time for there are so many pretty views. The aspens are abundant and beautiful! We plan on going back very soon starting a little earlier so we can get the whole trail in.
There is one spot that ya t real easy to determine exactly where the trail goes, but thanks to the GOS on the map on All Trails, we were able to figure it out pretty easily.
There’s not a ton of parking and today there were quite a few people on the trail, but it wasn’t packed..

Fun amazing hike...loved walking along the creek the whole way up

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail is not accessible, as far as we could see, from the trailhead parking lot. You have to hike on tanglewood trail for a mile, then take a right and head over to Rosalie to get on it. It is beautiful, a little challenging, and the terrain is varied. we backpacked in and stayed just a couple miles in. There weren't too many people and the stream is wonderful.

backpacking
1 month ago

Just wrapped up this trail. Bottom part is very mellow and well maintained. To be expected the trail gets a little faded above tree line. Helms lake and Abyss are beautiful and the trail offers amazing views all the to the South Park valley. It was a beautiful hike well worth the trip.

hiking
1 month ago

We had to park about 2 miles from this hike. We asked the park person who was in charge of taking money for parking, where this trail was and she replied, "never heard of it". Thank you gps. I don't recommend this trail if you're not prepared to feel your lungs burn, get tears welling up from the beautiful view or if you don't have walking sticks. (we didn't have walking sticks, highly recommend the $20 spending on some). I got proposed to at the very top if this mountain. He did this as I was panting and tearing up from the view. Great hiking trail, along with the most gorgeous view.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike. I started around 10:00am on Saturday. Not at all crowded. Gradual incline with a good amount of heart pumping exercise. The dog loved the continual creek access. Shade is a major plus.

hiking
1 month ago

I didn’t travel the whole trail—making it just past the third bridge. The trail is easily identified and the views are spectacular!

Not the to the peak trail we thought, but it was beautiful and the views are amazing! glad my hiking partner stuck with me, we were not expecting a 23 mi round trip, but it was amazing none the less.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail and my dog loved the constant water access. nice and shaded most of the way.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a hot day...went about halfway up the trail (~3 miles) from 285. Shade started about the 1.5 miles mark. Took me a little over 3 hours RT, but I took lots of great photos. Wildflowers are popping up everywhere and the aspens are looking so lush and green. Trail is in good condition, just goes up and up. One day, I'll be back to do the trail to the saddle.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail is not closed! We hiked it about two weeks as an overnight with the dog. It was not very crowded and there was a beautiful aspen grove at one point. There is really only water right when you enter Lost Creek Wilderness and at the end of the trail where you can camp for the night. There was a good amount of people camping but there were plenty of spots and we were not near anyone. Great hike! It was a perfect hike for end of May, very warm.

hiking
2 months ago

2018-06-05. Abyss trail to Kataka Mountain route.

2.4 miles on the Abyss trail until we ascended through the woods to Kataka Mountain. The descent was fine until we neared the Rosalie trail (at mile 5.6). Recommend descending West through the forest at mile 5.5 to avoid the dreaded willow bushes.

It wasn't too difficult to find a way to cross the main creek without getting wet at mile 6.0 before getting back on the Abyss trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is in good shape. Just a few patches of snow covering the trail but 99% is melted. No need for microspikes.

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail was the perfect pick for today! Temps in Denver were hot - 90 degrees, but about 70 degrees for a high at the parking lot at the end of the hike (about 2:15). The trail climbs through a beautiful forest with lots of shade and a stream along the entire way. We were day hiking, so went up 3.5 miles (it’s all uphill) and back the same way - a total of 7 miles. But you can keep in trekking as far as you want - connecting into the Rosalie Trail or the Abyss Trail. The stream crossings - about 10 of them going up - are well established with double hewn logs to walk across. I get nervous on these crossings, but the logs are large and very well secured. Heartleaf arnica is about to bloom all along the trail. Also saw wild strawberries blooming and lots of elk or moose scat.

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