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great hike. limited parking

I loved all the different colors and scenery on this hike. Lots of different plants and flowers. The beginning of the trail was probably the hardest and strongest incline, after that it's fairly flat. There was some snow when I went and certain areas were kinda slippery so be mindful of the weather. Beautiful trail.

Decent short hike to a great view! Too many peope.

Great hike. Tough elevation gains but great views to reward you. A hike we will go back to for sure. Not too many people, trail was mostly dry with a little bit of mud and snow (no traction required). Don’t forget this is a Colorado state park and requires a day pass.

Gorgeous hike. Not too crowded. The trees aren’t too dense, so you get nice views along the way. Definitely worth the push to get to the peak, as the view is breathtaking. Took quite a long time to do the entire hike due to altitude gains.

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5 days ago

Great for what we were looking for. Awesome views on the way to panorama point and at panorama point. Some spots were icy but we were wearing hiking boots and we were fine. Make sure to pay attention to signs to not go off the trail!

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5 days ago

FYI: You have to pay $7 cash on entry to the park, and there is no human there to give change. You have to put your money in an envelope and drop it in a deposit slot that is too tiny to fit a bunch of coins in (we tried), so make sure you have correct change in bills!

The hike itself offers beautiful views of the mountains from a couple of different lookout points around midway, with most of the trail surrounded by forest. As of 4/15 there is a fair amount of mud on the trail and still a couple small patches of snow/ice, but nothing unmanageable in just boots. It was a nice hike to do with the dogs, and definitely on the easy side of moderate compared to other trails we’ve done. Enough incline to get your heart rate up in a couple places, but easy enough that we saw some people with kids on the trail. For us, hiking from Reverend Ridge campground to Panorama Point and back registered as 3.8 miles and 1 hr 45 mins.

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6 days ago

Snow is almost all melted away. Had a hard time figuring out if we had gone on the right path since it converges with other trails. But great views and not too crowded.

Good gradual incline! Great views and not very heavy traffic!

I liked this trail. Definitely felt like more than 4.6 miles. The first incline is pretty tough but after that it's not so bad, especially through most the second part of the loop until towards the end. The rock scrambling was a lot of fun. I went in early March and there was a lot of ice still but passable without spikes. $7 to get in.

Crowded today. Steady hike up to the ruins. The views were good. I guess one can easily be spoiled by Colorado's other scenic vistas, but neat none the less if this is your first time. Patches of snow and ice on the trail; quickly melted by the afternoon.

Very cool to see, smell, and learn more about the bristle cone pines! Would highly recommend stopping here

Lost dog. His name is Stanley and he was last seen on this trail on 4/5. He is a 70 pound wire haired German Shorthair pointer. Very friendly. If you see him please call 720-940-1089. If you can grab his collar and catch him please do so. His owner is hiking the area to find him as we speak.

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16 days ago

I was here on the last day in March and the snow had melted to just a few inches so boots were enough to navigate the terrain. It was quiet and uncrowded and absolutely breathtaking.

It was very beautiful, but I have trouble breathing in high altitudes. I would defiantly recommend it. It was really hard, but I persevered and when I got to the top, it was breathtaking!

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19 days ago

When up to the start of the ascent and decided not to do the peak. Wind was super strong. No one else was out on the mountain. Snowshoes were extremely helpful (yay Revo Ascent!). Crampons and spikes were not needed on the glacier, though the hike from the parking lot to the lake had some pretty slick spots, especially for non-hiking shoes. Boyfriend brought his skis and took a few runs down the glacier.

19 days ago

not exactly easy going up because there was no flat area. going up was a bit challenging. the trail was beautiful; covered in a fresh snow. lots of unleashed dogs running around and pushed me. almost fell because of that. it was windy too, but a good trail overall.

I was just glad to see the trail was open this time of year. A lot of places in this area are closed due to the mud. Some of this trail was closed off due to the season, but it was still worth going. We liked that there was snow sporadically along the trail which made it a little more challenging with just sneakers on. I read reviews talking about the limited parking, but the gate keeper said that they let people know when it’s full which was comforting. We got lucky and got to park by the trail we wanted to go on, but you may not get as lucky as we did. Overall, we will definitely will be doing this one again to experience the entire trail during season.

20 days ago

Today may have not been the best day to trek the loop. Lots of snow and ice, just slick enough to need bands. Of course we didn’t bring any. Beautiful day though. Frazier valley is nice.

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20 days ago

This hike was great! With recent snow, the hike was 98% snow covered trail, but thankfully very little ice. Half of our group wore tennis shoes and shorts and they slipped a bit, but survived. If you have yaktraks or extra traction for shoes, bring it. Once through the trees, it got really windy and cold. We were greeted with blue skies and beautiful views at the top!

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20 days ago

Great trail! Covered in thick snow: Yak Traks are a must. Trail is rated as easy but to me it’s more toward moderate. It’s very well marked which made it easy to follow but it’s a good climb.

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21 days ago

Well packed snow through the initial wooded area with a few spots above tree line with ~6”. Totally doable without poles or spikes right now. Great 360 views from the top, but be ready for some wind. A few large boulders made for some easy wind shelters for stopping to snack. Parking is on the roadside near the ski lift for echo mountain (trailhead can be easy to miss if there aren’t other cars parked already). This hike would make a great introduction to a bit of altitude for a lowlander without being too long or strenuous.

Great, close to town. Short enough complete in a morning with enough elevation gain to make it worth it. Lots of ice/snow still on the trail. Recommend yaktrax!

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26 days ago

3/25 - hiked up Chief Mountain after doing Squaw Mountain. The trail was mostly packed ice/snow mix, but definitely starting to melt in places. I brought my spikes and they were needed, although I saw groups doing it without any traction. Beautiful day outside today and fantastic views from the summit - clear skies all around!

3/24/18 - Only made it to the lower lake but a beautiful hike! The forest of pines in the beginning is scenic and the view from the lake is awesome.

Wore only mircospikes and we post holes the last half mile - Would heavily recommend snow shoes.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked this trail to catch the sunrise. Beautiful 360 degree views of the plains and mountains. No snow currently. Not a long hike from the trail head... about 20 minutes.

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27 days ago

3/17/18 — Microspikes were necessary as it’s all snowpack and ice. Beautiful hike with a 360 view at the top. We got to the trailhead at 8am and there was only one person at the summit when we arrived. However, we passed a good amount of people on descent.

Beautiful views all the way up, 360 degree views from the top! There's a good amount of packed snow on the trail (was there on 3/24) so I recommend microspikes- they really came in handy.

Great views! Snow was pretty packed. Spikes needed.

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27 days ago

Beautiful views all along the trail and the continental divide was gorgeous. A gradual incline all the way up, and a rocky trail which we loved.

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