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Definitely a tough one with the snow! Make sure to have snow pants and waterproof boots through it. At some points you’ll be hiking through knee deep snow. The top is well worth it if you’re determined enough to get through!

First 14 for us. It was a beautiful day but there was a lot of snow on the ground. It was slippery on the way down. We got an early start and beat the crowds. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. The trail starts out very easy and starting before sunrise was great. The elevation was a factor for us near the top, but it’s a great hike.

Great 14er with some amazing views. Best as a sunrise summit.

Great climb. Went up 10/10/18, 3-6” of snow on the trail for the first 1.25miles. 1’ - 3’ feet! snow drifts from there on to the saddle. We were unable to make the peak due to conditions. Feet were soaked on the way down. 2hrs 50 mins up, 2hrs 10 mins down. Be smart. Be careful. We were the only car in the parking lot. Only ones out there.

One off the more challenging trails in the region but worth the effort. A good stopping point is the short spur to "Sun Tan Rock" as locals call it for fantastic views of Cascade Canyon and the small mountain town of Cascade, CO.

Easy to find, good parking and the views driving to this hike were stunning at this time of year. Only wish there was a trail marker closer to the top. The end view is beautiful and yesterday the fog was still on some of the mountains, so we had aspens, pancake rocks, fog, sunshine and beautiful blue skies. I really enjoyed this hike.

My first 14er today at Mt.Bierstadt. It starts out not too bad, but I agree with these other comments, the elevation totally got to me and I felt like I had to stop constantly towards the steep part of the trail. Still feels like a great accomplishment! No mountain goats or any wildlife that we saw. Super windy at the top, so we did not stay long up there! With windchill I believe it was close to 15 degrees.

Tough loop for me. Clouds rolled in on Spalding, almost turned back but as fast as the clouds appeared they disappeared.
Great hike, a little Cairn hunting on the back side of Mt Evans but nothing too bad.
The scree trail down is treacherous with out poles.
The thin air from the altitude is immediately noticeable.

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16 days ago

A challenging and enjoyable hike! I took a previous hiker's advice and took the Pancake Rocks trail first before the Falls and that would be my recommendation as well. This trail is an incline for the majority of it and I didn't meet a single person on the trail that wasn't huffing, so if you want a physical challenge this is the perfect hike for you. The leaves are a gorgeous fall color on 10/2, but I suspect they won't be that way for long. Lots of pine coverage along the trail so would be a great hike year round. Parking at the trail head is limited and this is a popular trail so plan ahead and happy hiking!

Better than I thought. I went on a Monday so there were fewer ppl. I less than a day if you start around 6:30. You could drive to Quandary or something and get that one done too if you have a good pace. It is a rocky and the abandoned mines are pretty neat. Overall I enjoyed what it had to offer.

Truly an awesome experience. So glad to do it. And the dogs loved it too. Moderately full lot. Don’t go all the way to the top of the parking lot without high clearance. Keep an eye out for active mines on the road up and ruins of mines throughout the hike. Perfectly sunny day but it was entirely above 12,000 feet on the last day of September so I wore ski hat, ski mittens, ski pants and a fleece the whole way. Started up Democrat at 730a. Democrat is pretty steep. About 1 3/4 hours to that summit. Went back down to the saddle then up Cameron. It’s tough but not as tough as Democrat. Cameron has several false summits. Only about 900 vertical instead of 2,100-2,200. Another 1 1/4 for that leg. Cameron is a weird domed summit and then you feel like you’re taking a leisurely walk down to the Lincoln saddle. You don’t even feel like you’re descending but you do about 200 feet. Lincoln is by far the most interesting looking of the mountains and you can ram up the 250 feet or so on a very well worn trail in 20 minutes or so. Take the same trail down Lincoln and take an easy traverse around the side of Cameron to Bross. Another gentle trail brings you up Bross. We headed down the trail from Bross at noon (4 1/2 hours) and oh crap that’s when it gets hard. I forgot my poles at home and really regretted it. Don’t be that guy: bring your poles. I read other reviews on this site about the scree field going down Bross and thought people were exaggerating. They’re not. This was an hour and a half of making sure each step doesn’t send you sliding off the mountain. I loved it once I was done as that descent was one of the more challenging experiences of my life. But I could see where many people would only want to do Democrat and Cameron (once you go down Cameron to the Lincoln saddle, you either have to descend via Bross or summit Cameron again). A perfect day for me and the dog did fine, but this full loop is not for everyone.

hiking
17 days ago

Lots of variety. Spectacular lake.

we did this hike today and it wasn’t too bad. it was pretty easy as far as the trail goes, but then the elevation was kind of an issue when you got asthma. nothing a puff can’t fix tho jaja.

the wind was wicked at the summit so we didn’t spend a lot of time there. the views were worth the work and dealing with so many people.

18 days ago

I like this trail so much that I hiked it twice in one week. The views are stunning. Shared the trail at 13,000 ft. with a mountain goat

My 1st 14er definitely tough the views were amazing throughout. the winds were super chilly at the top. definitely layer, coming down we saw a couple of people with minimal clothing. Don't underestimate this hike and be prepared.

Was really windy. Got to the trail at 5 and climbed bross route first. It was a bit of scree and loose rocks. We made it for sunrise. It's nice to have the wind shelters on top. We left and got destroyed by wind on our way to Lincoln. Wasn't to hard to grab the second one, we were done with that and then Cameron at 8 or so. then came down to the base of Democrat ate some, and were up to the top at 10. Down to the car at 11. So about 6 hours total. bring Lots of layers because of the wind, heat, cold. Amazing views, most of the work is at the beginning and end.

hiking
18 days ago

My fiancée and I took on this trail. I did it a couple years ago in September and loved it so I wanted to share it with her. She had never really hiked before, so with a lot of perseverance we made it to the lower lake. She said the trail was challenging but satisfying, the lake was worth the hike and the people were exceedingly friendly. She was glad we got her some high quality hiking boots and socks. Being from Missouri, we sucked a lot of air, but we used a neat little portable oxygen tank we found at the store and made it without too much trouble. I would highly recommend these to those without experience hiking at altitude. It made a big difference. The aspens were beautiful. The vistas were outstanding. We saw marmots, a couple cow elk, a grouse, a trout in the lake and countless songbirds.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful Hike, I started at Rainbow Trailhead and hiked too and around the reservoir in the counterclockwise direction. Lots of aspens changing colors for the fall! (29 Sep 2018) I started at sunrise and didn't run into anyone for the 1st several hours of the hike. The reservoir was very low, but, the hike is still very enjoyable and not very difficult, aside from the distance.

hiking
18 days ago

So beautiful. We started at 10:30am and it took us about 6 hours. We had a little one on our backs so we took lots of snack/picnic breaks. Quite windy at the top so I recommend you dress accordingly.

Beautiful hike with color around every turn. The only reason to go past the first lake is to see it from above, absolutely awesome, the other two lakes are major waste of your time and energy

Great day for a hike! Started later than normal- around 8:30. Parked on the road about 1/4 mile out from TH. Took ~2:15 to summit grays, ~45 to get to Torrey’s, and ~2 to get down. 5.5hrs total with 15min breaks at each summit. My GPS watch was closer to 8.5miles total. Gusty winds at times but I was prepared with layers. Trail wasn’t too busy and lots of friendly hikers. Definitely recommend a car with good clearance to get to TH- AWD. People were offering rides to those who parked further down the road or bottom.

This was my first 14er (and 2nd) so I was a tad nervous about the weather and altitude (being from Chicago where a 10 ft hill is a mountain!) but they were great! The winds did not start until you hit the switchbacks on Gray (wide open) and then ALL the way up the ascent on Torreys (25+ MPH is what I would venture to guess where I almost lost my phone numerous times "documenting" the hike). I was able to make it through with shorts, t-shirt base layer and a flannel, although, I put gloves on 3/4 up Gray and a hat for all of Torreys.

As mentioned, starts out slow, little steep, but nothing compared to what comes as you come around and see the "ants" walking up and down the mountain. It is good to be able to see the trail in the mountain and the goal always being in site. Was not very scenic for flowers and wildlife, the Aspens are still golden, but the views are SPECTACULAR!!! Could not believe how clear it was and the 360 panorama view.

I hit the Trail Head about 645am and had to park on the street. By the time I arrived back, 1030am, it was full with another 30-40+ cars! It took me under 4 hours to solo summit both but I may say that I was going at a brisk pace (did not feel that way) and I still took about 10 breaks for food, water and, of course, PHOTOS.

Awesome view of the aspens

Beautiful trail with scenic views the entire way up and the entire way down. We started at 730 and ended around 330 for both 14ers (including many breaks). The first portion of the hike is a slight inclined walk through the valley where you can see chipmunks, bunnies, and marmot. Then you reach a more rocky area where the incline increases through many rounds of switch backs up to Gray’s peak. To get to Torrey’s, you walk down the back side of Gray’s for maybe 30 minutes before hitting a relatively straight, rocky incline to Torrey’s peak. This section of the hike is definitely the most difficult, but you can clearly see the end goal making it a great challenge with a rewarding ending. At the top of Torrey’s you can see 4 ski resorts, Pike’s Peak, Mt. Evans, and Mt. Bierstadt. Truly a great weekend hike that is 100% worth doing. Worst comes to worst, you do Gray’s and call it a day! Remember to bring plenty of water, food, and also something to make a sign with (i.e. cardboard) to commemorate the feat. Happy hiking!

Great hike. Very doable. The wind felt stronger than the 20mp forecast and really cold. beautifl blue sky sunny day though. By the time we summitted Grays my fingers really hurt and wouldn't work despite wearing gloves the whole time and I couldn't stop shivering. We started to go toward Torreys as I really wanted to do both while I was there, but it was so miserable with the wind whipping so I'll have to go back do Torrey's another time. It was spectacular views and great people on the trail. Just the right amount of company. I also lost my down puffer. It was stuffed in my friends outer pocket. looks like a black pillow on the side of the trail. lmk if you come across it. Thanks!

Rocky covered with scree a d talus. Trailhead at about 12000, well above treeline. Easily accessible from hwy 285 just south of Fairplay north on County Road 18. Travel on this dirt road until a closed gate parking along the road in front of the gate where ever available. Parking is suitable for a weekend crowd. The dirt road is flanked by a healthy forest of limber and bristle cone pines. There is a short trail called Limber Pine Trail along the way that flanks a creek filled with willows. Great for possible moose sightings. The hike from the closed gate to the summit of Mt. Sherman is about 2.5 miles and about 2100 feet elevation gain. There is a very short area of exposure along the ridge near the top as well as strong winds.There are two false summits as well. Like any alpine peak, the view from the summit dismisses all experiences of wind rocks and fatigue. Great hike for a first 14er. It was considerably easier than most of the other alpine hikes I did this past summer. Sadly, I missed the wildflowers on this peak due to the lateness of the season.

Great trail for the fall! Hiked to both summits with 2 other 30-year old girl friends. We stopped for maybe a total of 1 1/2 hours to eat lunch, drink a beer, relax, and it took just under 8 including that. We live in the high Rockies, but the altitude way at the top still made it difficult to breathe. Towards the very top of each it's really steep but definitely doable.

Disappointing trail, gorgeous lake destination. Did this hike September 26. 90 per cent of this trail is through dense forest with no vistas - you could be in an evergreen forest anywhere in Colorado. Extremely overused trail, not well maintained and poorly designed, employing steep straight up gradients where switchbacks should have been built. No fall color here and in late September obviously no wildflowers. Blue Lakes are in a beautiful setting, especially Lower - with cinnamon orange slopes framing the lake to the east, sharp snowy peak and talus slope to the south. Try Ice Lake Basin nearby for a far superior trail, though harder.

hiking
21 days ago

Got there at 7am on a Tuesday (9/26) and there were still plenty of parking spots. Wasn’t crowded at all. Make sure you bring a wind breaker, gloves, a hat, and plenty of water. 2liters was just enough to get me through the last stretch on the way back. Trail is well mAintained. Saw big horn sheep and mountain goats while I was up there! Started at 7:30 and I reached the summit at 10:30. I’m coming from below sea level so I took a lot of breaks to catch my breath. The hike wasn’t too hard in my opinion, but I’m in shape and exercise regularly.

All in all a great hike! We started at 5:45 am on a Friday and about 5 vehicles at the trailhead. It was a brisk 35 degrees at start and 20 mph winds around 12,000 ft and up to both summits . Around noon it warmed up just in time for our decent. The highs were in the low 50s but felt warmer. Took us about 8 hours to complete both Grays and Torreys. My friend and I are in our 50’s but both in decent physical shape and we conditioned ourselves for about a month with several high altitude hikes before we tackled this one! This hike was difficult breathing once we got up to 13,000 ft and I did have slight altitude sickness. My recommendation would be to replenish fluids with plenty electrolytes and make sure your munching something throughout even if your body doesn’t feel the urge. We met up with mostly young hikers (20,s and 30’s). Thought the trail would never end coming down . Recommend using poles as some of the mountain had steps as high or higher than my knee height (I’m 5’4”) All in all an awesome day!

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