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Awesome hike. Not overwhelming hard but tough for moderately in-shape folks. Mostly climbing steps. Gorgeous view at the top.

hiking
8 days ago

Trail was not super tough. I would highly recommend using spikes. I did not and was fine. Just watch where you’re stepping. Though my wife did use spikes and said she felt much more comfortable coming back down. There was an incident with a dislocated hip. Not sure if it was from a fall or whatnot, but it is better to be safe than sorry. As you get further up trail you run between dry land/rocks and icy areas. The end is def worth the hike up. Just be careful!!!

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome hike. Leg burner for sure!

Started early about 8am. Trail was very muddy in sections but was frozen on the hike up from cold overnight temps, but was starting to thaw on the hike down. By mid-day will be very messy. Several sections of ice but we did not put on our spikes as the sections were not too long or steep. Freeze-thaw conditions in sections, but dirt and clear trails for most of the hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail. well maintained and not much traffic on the trail today because of the cold may be. But the parking lot is full as there are lot of trails starting at the same place. I have parked on a close by street. It snowed a bit while I was there and it was beautiful

sick trail

large crowds, leg burner, beautiful trail and views

hiking
10 days ago

not your average trail. stairway to heaven. seemed longer than 3 miles. arch was stunning, view of boulder and denver as well. very crowded. leg burner. loved it. bring toilet paper, i found free parking away from main lot.

hiking
11 days ago

My favorite trail in Boulder. I do it several times a year in all different seasons. Traction is definitely a good idea in winter. Can be crowded. It is steep. But I still love it. On clear days, one can see out the expansive eastern plains, and the city of Denver in the distance appears very small and isolated.

Pretty awesome hike close to home.

hiking
16 days ago

This was a lovely hike, quite the ass kicker at the very end. Good workout and a wonderful view at the end.

Mt. Yale was my first 14'er. I am from the midwest, so not use to seeing or hiking this type of terrain (mainly the elevation). It is not for the faint of heart, that is for sure. But I was in OK shape from running and decided to give it a go.

The river is the first thing you notice at the start of the trailhead. It's refreshing to hear the water rushing down as part of the snow melt. The trail is wide and easy to follow for the first several miles. There was a little ice and snow to deal with below the treeline. I was able to move at 2-4 mph for the first several miles before I decided that I should slow down and conserve energy. Later on, I would realize that was a wise decision.

Getting above the treeline was exciting and you really begin to see the beauty of this trail and climb. The initial part above the treeline is steeper but it "flattens out" for a ways (meaning the elevation gain is not too difficult). The most difficult part that day above the treeline was trying to navigate the trail with large swaths of snow. I lost the trail a few times due to the snow (it wasn't deep and I was up early enough that it was still in the shade, so no post holing). Once you get to the last 1/2 mile or so going up, it moves into a switchback that I couldn't find due to the snow. So, I could see where the false summit was, so I just decided that I was going to start heading up vertical...I did that for ~900' of vertical gain! The most challenging part here was the loose terrain and the fear in the back of my head that I wouldn't make it home to my wife and 3 kids :-) However, I took it slow to make sure I stayed safe.

Once I got to the false summit, it was another 200' up (vertical) having to hop and jump around large boulders. It was also VERY windy. The wind made this part very challenging. But the view up at the summit, seeing so many snow capped peaks, was breath taking. I ate my lunch up there, took it in for about 30 mins, and then headed back down.

One thing I will say, you feel so small when you are on top of a mountain. Great perspective on life from up there. I feel so important most days, but it was a very different feeling up there. Humbling and good for the soul.

The trek down was most difficult for me...didn't realized how much that would pound on my thighs. I had hoped to run down, but decided against it to stay safe. My legs were spent by the time I got down. I took a 3 hour nap that felt like 5 mins!

I'd highly recommend this route...the beauty of the trail is worth all the effort. The view from the top is breath taking. Have a blast!

hiking
20 days ago

Harder trail than you'd think! (A few 14ers are not this challenging.) If you're hiking in summer, watch for rattlesnakes. Bring plenty of water- there's lots of sun on this one.

Thanks to Beau for building/improving much of this trail!

nice

Had a great hike today. The trail is covered in a few inches of soft snow almost the entire way. It was easily doable with regular boots and poles, but definitely slowed us down. Took us almost four hours from the radio towers to the peak (and usually a hike like this would take us 2.5-3). Got back down to our car in 2.5 hours. The views from the peak were amazing- probably my favorite 14er views to date!

Of note, the road to the radio towers is rough with deep ruts in spots. There was very minimal snow on the road. My 2WD high clearance Ford Escape did fine, but this is probably at the limits of what my car can handle. For comparison, my car had no issues on the Grays and Torrey’s road or the road to Sherman.

Started at trail head around 930. Was pretty packed at the arch but a great hike. Some challenging switchbacks for people like us that live at sea level. Take plenty of water!!! Gorgeous views of the flatirons and surrounding valley. The arch is absolutely stunning. Will do again when I come back to the Denver/Boulder area.

hiking
21 days ago

Went on a Saturday morning (10/20) around 9:00. Wasn't busy on the way up but packed on the way down. Challenging hike but nice views at the top and the arch is very cool.

Favorite trail in Boulder!

hiking
22 days ago

Rewarding Trail for steep ascend and rocky terrain.
Hiked on 20/10 with no snow, good footing.
Large crowds on the trail but very friendly people.

Need spikes! 12 miles.. unable to make it to frozen lake bc of snow. Although the trail won’t ever close, it’s advisable to not take on frozen lake again until the summer. Tough sections for sure but amazing. Many water crossings and bridges :)

Really nice and amazing view

Amazing. As good as it gets!

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday evening. Encountered a few slick areas, but very manageable, even without spikes. Took 2 hours there and back.

hiking
27 days ago

Well it was super icy today but it sure was easy if you have spikes on your shoes! Slippery for sure but if you’ve done it before you know to just keep pushing. If you haven’t done it before.. well, keep pushing! Beautiful fun tough work out. I always take the 1st and 2nd loop, i even took my parents from Texas in today and we finished it in 4 hours... beautiful in the snow if you ever wanna get it :)

Great hike. More challenging than I thought especially attempting it immediately upon arriving from the east coast. Well worth it once you get to the arch.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike, but beware that it is very slippery and icy with the recent snow. I underestimated how slippery it would be on the way down and I fell several times. Definitely come prepared and watch the weather before you go!

hiking
29 days ago

Did this trail after some snow, beautiful on the way up and at the top! Gets pretty steep and challenging towards the tree line, be prepared to stop and catch your breath. Because of the snow, I was not able to make it all the way to the top (did not have the right equipment) but above tree line the views are still amazing. Definitely doing this again later with the right equipment to reach the top! I can easily say this is my favorite spot now in Colorado.

hiking
29 days ago

There are many routes to the top! be aware when you finish the switch backs that run doing the creek there is a false summit. Go past the trail marker and you'll have to head down for a little bit before a short climb back up to reach the Arch.

Challenging for a recreational hiker & worth it - beautiful views, the arch did not disappoint!

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