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This was on the top of my daughters hike I visited her from Connecticut she lives in Boulder we were staying in Deckers co where my husband did some fantastic fly fishing. So when I looked into Altrails for close places to hike near Deckers and this trail popped up. Being what I consider myself a flat lander and noticed it was rated moderate I said why not for those of you that live below sea level should be aware that when it says moderate it is for us hard. But I was here and I was determined and let me tell you it was the one of the most breath taking views I ever saw and from the top we saw a Forrest fire which believe it or not was close to Deckers what are the odds. I am disappointed I didn’t have a chance to speak to Billy because I was pressed for time.

Great places to see the aspens in the fall! Also a great place to bring visitors to Colorado who are looking for a rewarding hike and view.

Been hiking this trail for 35 years. Always fun and beautiful! Great for kids and dogs.

Good short hike, great views including Denver 30+ miles away. I did this hike on a Thursday late afternoon and only past 4-8 hikers heading up for sunset as I was heading down.

Traveling to trail head is a decent trek on a dirt road which doesn't require 4WD/AWD but does have washboard segments which keeps the speeds slow.

Good quick sub 2 hour trip.

This is my go-to hike for all my out of town visitors. Typically it is very crowded, but most people are courteous and friendly. Get an early start to get parking and be sure to bring water for the pup. Great views and a fun experience climbing the 143 stairs to the fire lookout tower and of course meeting Billy Ellis who has been stationed at the tower for over 33 summers!

That smell....is it always there? Anyway about the hike. It was nice but nothing special. The trees offer some shade.

Loved this hike! Amazing views!
Only issue was our gps took us down a county road that was full of rocks and we had off road for 5 miles. We took another way out and it was fine. If your gps tries to take you down a county road and it looks rough don’t go down it, it only gets worse unless you have a Jeep or 4 wheel drive. We were coming from Colorado Springs.

Nice! Uphill 1st half then down way back. Plenty of shade along the way but no water for the doggo so bring some for them too! Great views from the lookout tower.

From where you park following the paved path down and at the fork go Left to get to the trailhead. Great hike with lots of boulders, greenery, shade. Once you get through the trees and come to the open space look for pink tag markets on trees and follow the cairns to keep in the path. Thank goodness someone marked or it would be hard to follow. Makes it fun looking for the markers. This is a good hike for kids too.

Hike this trail once a week. Easy walk from home to trailhead. Not crowded weekday mid-mornings, but extensively used on weekends. Moderate uphill segments that get the heart pumping. Beautiful front range views. Wonderful urban trail resource.

i really love the app, but you really need to give me the option of downloading maps when a wifi is not available. 9 times out of 10, I'm out of wifi range when I decide to plan a hike.

Super steep and not well marked at all. Luckily there’s cell service so I was able to use the app to get to the top though I ended up taking a different trail up somehow. I did not take the loop but came down the back side of Mt Herman. It’s just too steep to risk falling. Views were amazing however I will never do it again.

mountain biking
15 days ago

Awesome trail! This area has tons of great trails in it and has an amazing view of both the rolling hills of Colorado and downtown Denver. PARK AT MOUNTAIN VISTA HIGH SCHOOL. Go past the football field and then take the left trail. That should lead you right to the trail. Great ride! P.S.- Go later in the day to get an amazing view of the sunset over the Rocky Mountains.

hiking
15 days ago

Spectacular views! Had a great time on this hike. Short and sweet.

still closed

Nice surprise to have 9 varieties of flowers blooming at this end of season date. Today we saw 3 deer, one little snake, and one horse. Lots of friendly people and dogs :)

Great trail. Moderately traveled with lots of horseback riding. Absolutely beautiful views and landscapes.

It's a great short hike in the city, perfect for an after-work hike or early morning. I've done it many times, mostly due to location convenience. Easy, moderately trafficked, but you can get the work in!

Nice short hike with moderate elevation gain.
Beautiful / awesome views.
Yes, lots of hikers, but what the heck! They are all doing what we love, and introducing kids and “newbies” to the joys of “getting out there”.
Easy access. Give it a try!

Wonderful hike but most days busy with crowds hiking up. Easy hike although parking can be a challenge.

Beautiful hike! Fun for the whole family, though difficult in certain areas. Be prepared for the steep step climb at the end to reach the lookout itself.

Recommend going during the day on a weekday, as it is pretty popular.

Well designed

Some nice views along the way but would be good to find a better turnaround point

As of two weeks ago the lake side of the loop was closed. There are signs at the beginning that note that. We trekked on and took the advice of others and went up the steep portion first. Not easy to find so definitely download the map and have it open and hunt for the river and a low point to cross. If you follow the easily marked trail at the beginning you are on the wrong path. Once headed up, it’s definitely nearly straight up for about 1.5 miles. I’d recommend trekking poles for support. Up you can manage without them, down they are nearly a must have. It’s a good workout on the way up. Towards the top there are lots of large “balanced” rocks you can climb on. We decided to chance it and kept going down the lake side hoping it wasn’t closed to hikers but just cars. Saw a few campers and evidences of rock slides they have been repairing. Eventually you get to a locked gate when that portion is closed. Was able to go around the side (steep and some barbed wire but passable) and get back to the beginning where we parked. Definitely enjoyed the loop more than an out and back. Hopefully it’s open now after repairs have been firmed up.

Beautiful night

21 days ago

Dog friendly lots of flowers!

Great hike! Path was well maintained with lots of great photo ops along the way.

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