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Love this trail! It has the perfect balance of climbing and down hill running.

Loved it!!!

Open, lots of snow and a little ice. Wife and I just did this as our 2nd hike ever (just moved from SC) rookies don’t shy away it’s an easy path (basically a service road). Picturesque views, have fun

Easy trail. Lots of pines. Not much else.

This trail was an awesome, snowy workout. I could potentially rate it a 5 after another visit, but with the sky dumping buckets of snow there was just no view, so I couldn’t get the whole picture. The snow sure made for its own beautiful spectacle, though, 6-8+ inches on the ground and snowing during the whole hike. We worked counterclockwise, and parts of the ascent were a bit slippery and tricky in the snow. The decent was very gradual and easy breezy, quite picturesque. We saw maybe 15 people during the 2 hours, 45 minutes it took us, which is unusual for this normally very popular spot. All in all, the views may have been nonexistent in the snowstorm, but it’s definitely worth it for a great workout and general good time.

We did a beautiful snowy walk up to Dewy’s Hill with some friends and all the kids. It was pretty with the gentle snowfall, the kids loved it. Nice winter walk!

Brutal but well worth the pain. It was awesome.

trail running
11 days ago

First time on this trail this afternoon. Nice trail, a few mildly interesting spots and a bit of a view right before the falls. Even without any mind blowing highlights, there is pretty complete immersion in nature. Was a bit icy in spots... I didn’t have any traction devices and my dog and I were just fine, but bring some kind of spikes if you aren’t comfortable on ice. There are still plenty of decent foot placements that aren’t solid ice if your eyes are open, but I’m sure many would appreciate spikes. I’m wondering how this’ll be in late winter/spring though... yikes!

Some mention they recorded the trail as longer than 6.3 miles, but my gps recorded it at 6.2 miles, 1440 ft of ascent, and it didn’t feel any longer than that to me.

hiking
12 days ago

Be aware: the site CLOSED in October 2018, and it won't re-open until April 2019, so don't take the time if it's not open! You can find info on if it's open or not at elpasoco.com.

Very Short hike: 0.3 miles max. Not digging the graffiti

beautiful place to be! the trail is beautiful with plenty of things to see. BE AWARE: there are wildfire midigators working around the trail and in the forest. they are there M-F from 8 am to about 3:30 pm they do a good job keeping everyone in mind but just be aware if you are sondering they could probably use a heads up! currently they are over by HP.

Trail is indeed open and lovely!

very cool,can't wait to make it up pikes peak

Beautiful trail, especially in the snow!

Beautiful but definitely a challenge. If you are visiting, bring water and be prepared for climbing up on rocks. Waterfall was lovely even though it’s not a lot of water. But considering it hasn’t rained, it was such a treat to hear any water. Loved it.

Open today! Lots of people hiking. Gorgeous as always.

For beauty, challenge, trail head access I give it 5 stars. For speeding, inconsiderate and sometimes dangerous mountain bikers I give it a zero. Especially if you bring your dogs please watch for bikers.

A fun run and nice variety of trails for mountain biking/trail running of different skill levels.

Anyone know if it’s still closed?

Hiked up and down on Monday 10/22 on a spectacular, clear day. Navigation was mostly self-explanatory, Barr trail camp was a wonderful gem of a stopover, and the range of terrain was spectacular. Upper three were occasionally snow covered, better part of last 2 miles were often icy and left me looking for rocks. If doing again, I’d take micro spikes with me in addition to poles. It’s a really strong, intense our and back is you are up for it. Took me 6:30 on way up, and 4:30 on way down. Hard and glorious day.
I had 3-20oz bottles with me which was plenty of capacity - refueled at Barr camp (2x - you need a filtration system) and summit once. Your last water source before the summit is the creek. H the A-Frame (around 11,800 ft and 2 miles beyond Barr camp, i think). And make sure you age. Every basic essential - this is a high, exposed trail with little support.

hiking
27 days ago

The hike itself was pretty but there was a part where I could not figure out where the trail went. I ended up on a different trail through the rocks and had to find my way back to this one. Overall good little hike with some pretty views.

28 days ago

Has a little bit of everything!

hiking
29 days ago

If you're looking for an easy hike, this isn't it. Almost the entire way to the falls is uphill & there are several parts of the trail that are narrow (1 person wide). It is doable for beginners, but it will be pretty difficult. Tread carefully & watch your step. Wear good hiking shoes if you plan on going to the top. Bring some snacks like Clif bars & plenty of water/Gatorade.

Beautiful views of nature throughout the hike (especially when you get higher up), and it wasn't overpopulated like a lot of touristy places are. You will be immersed in nature. We noticed a bunch of small Brook Trout swimming in the stream that leads up to the falls, which was the only sign of wildlife we saw on our trek. Once you get to St. Mary's Falls, there will be a waterfall on a steep slab rock. I wouldn't say it is "magnificent", but it's still quite pretty. There are some rock stairs that lead you up to a sitting area of log benches and a better position to look at the falls. Our group went in mid-October, so it was significantly colder when we reached the top. The temperature when we got to the parking lot was high 60's, but when we reached St. Mary's Falls there was snow on the ground! If you go later in the year, bring a sweatshirt or jacket. When the sun went down behind the mountains, it also got significantly cooler.

One thing we did notice is the trail is longer than 6.3 miles, which was mentioned by some other reviewers. There's a part on the trail with a sign that states the falls are 1.7 miles away, but it's actually closer to 2.4 miles away. We clocked the total hike (there & back) as over 7.5 miles. There might be some discrepancies between our mileage and other hikers' mileages, but regardless it's definitely longer than 6.3 miles.

Despite being in pain for a large portion of the hike, I enjoyed this hike overall & would do it again. (Next time I will bring better hiking shoes!)

Not crowded, beautiful views (must have been even better with fall colors a week or two earlier). Very easy. We enjoyed it . Only con is the noise from highway 83. It’s not loud, but still a bit too bad. Want to come back in the spring when it’s all green.

This was a very nice trail with beautiful views at the top. We clocked it as closer to 6.7 to 6.9 miles. The last part is fairly steep. The water flow was low, but there was a bit of ice around the falls which made it very pretty. We did not encounter too many people on the actual trail up to the falls. Most turned off and went the Seven Bridges route.

great trail one of the best Dh runs in the spings

Great moderate trail.

Didn’t make it all the way to Barr camp but still great hike and beautiful views all the way up!

backpacking
1 month ago

This is an excellent, short trail that offers the opportunity to attain a peak that rewards the hiker with some gorgeous views. It's not the most exciting or the most challenging trail in the area, by any means, but its convenience, length, and difficulty level make it an ideal choice for a short escape or for a hike with newer hikers. I highly recommend being at the peak for the sunrise.

I've tried to do this before, but could never find it. With more details I was able to. It was pretty good though it's a bit of a pain to get up to the bed. The point the map suggests requires a 1/2 mile walk along the (VERY NARROW) should of Highway 24. I, instead, scrambled straight up from the parking lot. That was a bit challenging, but I was more afraid of the highway than the loose scree. The tunnels were interesting and some nice views around Manitou.

A step trail up and over the falls. Very pretty and if you want to hike longer there are many more trails close.

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