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snowshoeing
14 hours ago

Hiked 4/21. Broke fresh trail as it had snowed about 5 inches overnight. Definitely needed snowshoes for the top 1/3. This trail is far more beautiful covered in snow than in the summer time, so get it while you can!

hiked this morning 4/16/18, some snow and ice accumulated on the upper half of the trail, microspikes would have been helpful but was doable without. beautiful as always!

hiking
8 days ago

Great Hike! Great views! Right now (Mid-April) there’s still a lot of snow - packed on the trail -about a mile from the summit. Crampons are recommended for that section but it can be done without - trekking poles were very useful as well. There’s some good uphills but it’s never too strenuous. If you’re in decent shape this will be a great hike! Please bring water! Saw so many tourists without water! It’s a 6 mile RT hike!

hiking
8 days ago

This trail will reward you with fabulous views and a particularly rewarding view of Estes Park as you crest the summit. I carried micro-spikes for the snow and ice but found I did not need to use them. The trail got busier as the day wore on, but the views are worth tolerating the traffic.

Snow storm set in just as we got started. Glad we had snowshoes!

Awesome views and fishing

Great trail for getting grand views of most of the northeastern side of RMNP. For those acclimated and in good shape this will be a nice leisurely hike to the summit with just a little push the last 10% or so. For out of state visitors not acclimated this will be challenging, but doable with a good pace and some perserverence.

The good news is that you do not need to do the entire trail to benefit from all of the views. Even doing half of the hike will get you a lot of payoffs!

Currently the trail is a mix of mud and intermittent snow/ice. Traction is not essential but you would probably be glad to have it, especially on the descent. We wore yak trax for the first half of the way down, and after taking them off I did slip a good number of times.

snowshoeing
26 days ago

Great day! Several very steep sections, plenty of flat in between. Put snowshoes on at about 2 miles. Trail was easy to follow even with fresh snow on the ground. Didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time but will be back soon to finish for sure!

hiking
27 days ago

We did this hike on Saturday, March 24 at 9 am. The first mile was relatively dry dirt, the second mile was patches of snow, and the third mile was snowy. We originally brought our snowshoes and spikes but we didn’t end up using either. Trekking poles definitely came in handy descending in the snow as there was ice under the top layer of snow.
Wind was mild for most of the hike until the summit push. I think the hike is perfectly rated moderate. It’s easy enough for families and novice hikers to do and tough enough to feel like you actually did a hike. The view from the top is gorgeous and great for taking a break before heading back down.

3/26/18. Great hike within close proximity of the Beaver Meadows Visitors Center. Great views at the top! mild switchbacks, flattens out before the final push, nice meandering trail through the pines. Summit view of the park and surrounding peaks awesome.
We brought our traction for the top 1/3 which makes it so much easier.
6. Miles, 3 hrs round with a break at the top with my wife and daughter.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked 3/25 in hiking boots without spikes and the trail was manageable. Right as you’re ascending toward the lake at the very end of the hike, the snow gets about knee deep so you should try and stick to the packed sections. Overall, the hike is worth it with amazing views , just prepare to sink in snow in a few spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked today Saturday 3/24. Mostly covered in snow, though did not use snowshoes. Used microspikes the first half going up but would have been OK without those as well. Top third was very dip and you'll sink down every once in a while but it's more or lass packed down at this point.

Great hike with great views. You can always find more breathtaking views in the Rockies, but you can't beat this one only an hour from Denver.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail but normally lots of traffic. The views at the top are well worth the hike. Spikes are a plus on the second half.

hiking
1 month ago

HIked on 3/17. Packed. No snowshoes required. HIking boots/trail shoes required. Not a very pretty trail, but links up with others which is a work around for a lack of parking at Bear Lake.

Best views in RMNP in my opinion!

hiking
1 month ago

We completed this trail today. Snowshoes were not needed for the first two thirds of this trail, but were very helpful for the top third. That’s how my wife did it, I didn’t take my snowshoes and still did fine. A lot more snow than last weeks pics.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail, definitely moderate especially with the snow pack on the trail. It's highly recommended to use ice cleats as the second half of the trail is all packed snow which turned to ice in many spots. Beautiful views along the way and at the top. Mostly an uphill hike on the way in.
Not enough fresh snow today for snowshoes so they would be cumbersome on the packed snow but would provide better traction than plain boots.

hiking
1 month ago

I hit the trail at about 9:30 am. Made it on the packed area...straight up to the lake...without traction assistance, but definitely needed my snowshoes to bound around up by the lake. I saw three people on the way up (all within the first half mile) and about ten—on their way up—in the last mile of the descent. :) Windy but great!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up without snowshoes, just spikes, deep in spots, but was able to make it all the way up to the lake. Trail was pretty packed down.

It was snowed out, only snowshoers and skiers were on it.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to this trail this past Monday before the big snow hit and it was beautiful. The trail begins as a wide road and there was considerable accumulation of snow, although it was packed down pretty nicely and made for pleasant travel. The road continues past a few barriers to prevent motor traffic and then thins out. The snow makes the official trail difficult to find towards the top, but there is no danger of getting lost as the remainder is mostly above tree line, making the route to the lake obvious. I would recommend snowshoes for the final bit. It seems that the lake could just the start of some great exploration, but the snow at the top here fairly deep.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice winter hike. A good climb and beautiful views. For pics and more details: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/01/02/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-deer-mountain-trail/

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing beginner winter hike with gorgeous views along the way. There were a few icy patches making trek poles or ice trekkers useful but not necessary. Other than that a great day hike trail.

Beutiful hike, but very windy in the morning. Make sure to wear layers. The last part of the trail to Odessa is also extremely icy and inclined so make sure you have the right equipment .

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Beautiful hike!!! We did it last week, and snowshoes were definitely necessary for the last half, and it was windy at the top. But the snow was deep and so much fun to snowshoe though.
Also, if you go in the winter, It's hard to see the trail through the snow towards the top. Stay to the right of the wooden fence after the metal gate. We just followed GPS.

It gets really snowy at the top, but we actually couldn’t find the summit unfortunately but the hike was beautiful and I totally recommend it! Prepare for 2-3.5 hours of hiking.

on Loch Lomond Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, if extremely windy, which made it a little miserable towards the top. Made it with yaktrax and regular hiking boots. Gorgeous views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views! Made it fine with micro spikes on 1/27. Several places on the trail have been blown completely bare of snow. Very windy both times I’ve hiked this trail this winter.

camping
2 months ago

Rough Road getting to the top, but there was plenty of space for hiking and camping in a group!! Beautiful views, marmots on marmots, and great foliage!

Pleasant hike with a steady, but not too bad, incline. Hard packed snow throughout most of the hike, some kind of traction would have been helpful but not required. I just had old worn out, non waterproof hiking shoes and I made it to the top just fine. The views at the top are awesome!

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