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hiking
1 day ago

My new favorite trail. Basic to moderate. Great for hiking or shoeing. I hiked it after a snow and it was great. Beautiful views.

muddy
rocky
2 days ago

west climb up was fairly dry with more rock and steps. east side coming down lots of ice at top and mud on most of trail. microspikes were perfect again made life easy. lots of people on east side slipping in non hiking footwear. beautiful views of boulder. nice and different angle to view the flatirons.

Challenging climb going up but great hike. Pretty icy at the beginning of the descent on the east side and then very muddy for a bit until the trail leveled out and got more dry. Just wore hiking boots and we were fine. Had our dog and there were lots of other friendly dogs.

off road driving
3 days ago

The southern section from Nederland to the bus stop on Gold Hill Rd was perfect today. Pretty much any stock 4x4 with decent tires should be able to handle it. The north section from the bus stop to Ward is pretty deep. Ground clearance and taller tires is a must. Two of us bellied out 3/4 miles in.
93 Explorer 3”lift 31”Km2

Great workout. Hiked trail on 1/19. Pretty muddy because of melting snow. A few spots where yaktrax would have been useful but not necessary.

hiking
muddy
no shade
snow
3 days ago

It was icey for the most part, wish I had spikes on my shoes. Despite the trail conditions, I ran into a lot of people. It was 51F on a warm holiday (1/21/19), definitely nice to be out! A perfect short hike in the winter. The view was ok.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Got to South Mess TH at 8am today to only a couple cars in the parking lot. Don't forget to pay your $5. The trail starts off slow on rolling hills. In the morning it was still cold enough to have hard pack snow, ice and just a little bit of mud all the up to the mouth of the canyon. In the canyon, it was hard pack snow and ice. Be ready for 1.2 mile serious trek. The path is beaten in nicely, so there's never a doubt where the trail is. Once on the saddle, I hit Bear Peak first. When I got there there was no trail apparent, except for some postholes. I followed those in knee-high snow to the peak. Coming back down and heading over to S. Boulder was the same. More route finding and postholing. There was no wind today. By the time I got back down, it had warmed so much that all the ice and snow had melted into mud. As far as what to wear on your feet: waterproof boots are a must, spikes once in the canyon are highly recommended, snow shoes would be great for the last little bit but no sense in dragging them up for the last 15 mins; gaiters might be more helpful here.

Nice long trail with some beautiful mountain views. Many signs posted stating no dogs, but unfortunately looks like locals still take their dogs on walks there (we saw two, one off leash). It’s a shame, as it also passes a raptor breeding area. Hopefully more people will respect the rules/wildlife in the future! Trail is heavily rutted, so can be muddy after snow. We parked at white rocks trailhead.

Hiked on 1/13, after it snowed a day earlier. Most parts of the trail were snow-packed but not too slippery or icy. The back areas looked like a winter wonderland. Parts in the sun where the snow had melted were extremely muddy. Overall, a beautiful, easy-ish hike for a sunny winter day, we saw some other groups with dogs on the trail but it wasn’t crowded by any means.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
5 days ago

This is a great hike - easy to get to (which account for the amount of traffic it gets), nicely paced circuit and great views throughout. I went clockwise (up west, down east) which probably was a mistake given the conditions at this point. The west side has a small bit of mud and ice and patches of snow but overall was quite dry. The east side was pretty snowy and icy at the top, and then mud at mid-elevation, and then conditions improved towards the bottom. So it might have been better to ascend on the east side and go down the west side. I had hiking boots on it which were fine, no need for microspikes. Lots of people had dogs but they were all well-behaved and friendly.

on Mallory Cave

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty but super icy and muddy! 01/17/2019.

trail was snowy so we walked the road up. saw a herd of deer! pretty hike and really easy.

beautiful trail and perfect weather on 1/14. 6-8 inches of snow on each side of the trail, moderately packed snow on the trail itself. used micro spikes pretty much all the way.

Today we did the Canyon Loop. It had quite a bit of snow but it was well packed so no need for snowshoes. There were some muddy spots. This was an easier hike.

off road driving
10 days ago

Just came back from Switzerland Trail, it was really nice and easy with great views until we passed Gold Hill Rd going North. Andrea below wrote a warning but I totally didn’t see it. I would not recommend going that last stretch of the trail, at least not this time of the year. It gets extremely narrow and slippery. The back end of our 4Runner (on brand new Wildpeaks) almost slipped off the trail. I was able to save it but we had a really hard time, and turning around was almost impossible. We were finally able to turn around without damage but it took over 2 hours. On the way back we saved a Dodge Ram that was also having a difficult time.

Great views. Did trail clockwise so went up the stairs which felt safer. Trail was snow covered and deep in places. No ice but should wear micro spikes

Great hike and definitely doable and safe for children. I did see the same pit bull the lady below complained about today. It was super friendly and gentle. Unlike her I didn’t see a single pile of poop so not sure if she was looking in the trash or what lol.

Extremely unsafe trail to bring younger children due to lack of enforcement of off leash dog rules. There are literally hundreds of piles of dog excrement within a few short miles.
I can no longer bring my nephew here after we were rushed by an off leash pit bull. Of course the owner thought it was funny. Dog owners in Boulder County are the most entitled and ignorant bunch of people you will ever encounter.

12 days ago

We did this on New Year's Day after fresh snow and the views were absolutely stunning. My favorite Boulder trail that week. Added the Chapman loop to it.

One of my favorite trails! So beautiful. We did the loop counter clockwise, it seems like it could have been a little easier to do it clockwise though.

Super easy good for a beginner trail and just fun to sight see

One of the most beautiful trail from Boulder! This hike was a pure joy :)

hiking
18 days ago

A nice way to spend a couple hours in the afternoon. The dog loved it. Crampons not needed unless you intend to see the cave but otherwise it was fine with just my old hikers.

hiking
18 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.

My dad and I hike this trail often and love it

Trail is super challenging, but interesting and engaging to run the whole way through.

hiking
22 days ago

Easy trail that offers very nice views of the mountains to the west. You can go out and back or take the trail down to Chapman Drive (dirt road) and take it back up to the Realization Point parking lot where you started.

Hiked this trail on 12/30, west side up and east side down. The west side is steep but beautiful, with no ice, and the east side was also scenic with only a couple patches of ice. A great afternoon hike!

off road driving
23 days ago

hit this trail again today, plenty of snow on the trail but in my stock 15 Cherokee Trailhawk made it without any difficulty while in 4 low and snow mode, as always a beautiful and fun drive and the snow today made it even better.

Great option so close to Boulder, a very well maintained and marked trail. I arrived at 9am and was the 5th car in the parking lot. For the first couple miles I had the trail all to myself. When I left (around noon) the parking lot was almost full. I’d categorize this loop has moderate/moderate +, there are some good climbs but also a good mix of flat and downhill - plenty of time to regroup before the next incline :) Most of the trail is hard, packed dirt (currently) and the few slick spots are manageable without needing micro spikes. (*also this loop is a solid 8 miles)

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