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long hike but well worth the veiw from the top did it in sept had nice weather

I went to hike this yesterday morning/early afternoon (12/7/2018) and the road we came in on was closed about 6 miles out. I did not try to loop around to the west nor did I head back east to go over and up and see if that pass was open. Beware.

hiking
8 days ago

definitely need spikes, thin layer of snow/ice over substantial part of trail, anywhere that is mostly shaded.

hiking
12 days ago

Trail wasn’t difficult i would consider it more of a tough walk than a hike. I enjoyed the view at the top and the weather was perfect. The train was a mix of dry dirt and slippery snow. This is a good trail to just get outside and walk! I didn’t run into one person and I went around mid day.

Great views at the top of pikes peak. Well marked trail.

Easy, beautiful views, and close to Denver!

Beautiful views, well marked

Easy, close to the city.. Limited shade

Pleanty of incline and finishes that with stairs that seem to go on, on. You are rewarded with views that go on forever & an old fire tower that is very cool to see. Very nice hike with many photo opts. Did this hike in July/18 and it was very busy but perfect weather.

Nice easy trail

Very beautiful easy hike, great views, flat and well maintained trail. I would give this an easy rating. The trail is a little icy in some parts but not too bad. Great place to bring out of town guests.

Easy day hike with rolling hills. Nice if you don’t have a lot of time easy to get to.

Great hike! You definitely won't have crazy views of the mountains as a lot of the reviews below point out, but you will still definitely get your nature fix. Microspikes helped a lot as some parts were both steep and icy. Not a great trail for dogs because of how steep it gets in spots.

Nice views and good elevation change, great mix of snow, slush, ice, mud and dirt.. definitely kept us on our toes!

The trail is nice, but be prepared for some slushy, muddy parts. It is very easy and absolutely gorgeous!

While there is nothing spectacular about this trail it was a good one to do during a decent snow. The trail was still fairly easy to follow even though no on had been on it since the snow. Keep in mind that no matter which direction you go, you end the hike going up. This hike is mostly through forest and follows the stream in many areas. I would not recommend this one for little kids. There are a few spots with steep drop offs from the trail. With easy access to Denver, this is a good hike if you want to get out in the woods and need something close.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked this trail on 11/10. Like the other two posts mentioned the trail is significantly covered in ice and snow with a decent amount of foot traffic. Be prepared to slide and have a few good wipeouts. The views along the trail are spectacular and I’m looking forward to going back again in the spring, summer and/or fall when the aspen leaves are changing. And yes the 30min drive on the dirt road is pretty rough, but if my Sentra can do it then all other vehicles can also.

Hiked this trail 11/10/18. The 9 mile road, like others mentioned, is pretty rough but it was well worth the hike! There’s plenty of great viewing spots on the way to the lookout station. The only thing I’d note is that it was pretty icy when I went. Many people (myself included) were sliding and took some bad falls. However, if you’re prepared for the icy conditions it’s well worth the drive for the 360 views of mountains.

Some of the best views from any trail in Colorado. Before I got to the trail head I had a bear run across Rampart Range Road in front of me, he was a light brown color. Hiked on 9 Nov 18, started about 0900, temp was 27 degrees at the trail head. Trail is almost totally covered in snow and ice, wear crampons or micro spikes so you don't fall. The stairs to the top are mostly snow/ice covered, best hang on tightly on the way up and down.

Did this hike 11/10 and it was a pretty quiet trail. I enjoyed the hike but the one negative was that there aren’t many good views of the mountains. It was still nice to get out and be by the water which was frozen over in some parts. Overall I recommend doing this trail for sure

Great 5 mile lollipop trail, clearly marked. There were some nice creek crossings for the dogs to play in. I’ll definitely be back!

This hike was good to get out and move. Not a lot of sights to see and really only one or 2 that are worth the hike. But there is nothing big to see really at any point. Mostly through the forest, which is nice, but there are a lot better hikes in Colorado. It is nice to be by the water most of the hike and hear that. I was one of maybe 2 people on the trail without a dog. Great trail for dogs as it is not too steep and mostly gradual up and down. No dangerous spots for them either.

Gorgeous, nice short walk with some stairs.

Nice, easy trail that has amazing views of rock formations. It would be a great trail for snow shoeing this winter.

Absolutely loved this hike!

Loved this area. Lots of great views, nice climb to get you heart going. Saw four mike deer at the end, very close to the TH

Very short but beautiful. It’s pretty easy but there are stairs made of rock. (Rocks are pretty firmly in place) It took us less than 20 minutes including taking pictures.

I took Chavez to Beaver Brook. Overall this was a very enjoyable hike. Tons of forest, good inclines and declines. Most of the trail runs along the brook which is so incredibly soothing to listen to. There are parts that are very narrow where you are walking on rocks along a narrow and steep edge, but I thought that was super fun. I went on Monday and it was very quiet. Passed a few hikers, but was mostly alone. It was very relaxing and I will definitely do this hike again. 10/10 recommend!

Beautiful hike!!

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