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We started hiking this from the Platte River end and we made it 3 miles in the snow before we had to turn around. It was gorgeous and amazing and with the right gear I would do it again in the snow, but I wasn't prepared and this is what led to us turning back after 3 miles. I can't wait to go back there once the snow melts away so that I can finish what I started.

Great hike, big sweeping views. Completed today.. Wild highly recommend bringing Snowshoes and Microspikes.

Why exposed, no water.

Hiked this in one day on 01/05. The hike begins in Waterton Canyon, although scenic, the first 6.5mi are on a dirt service road. We saw big horned sheep duking it out in the canyon which was a really neat experience. The trail becomes more interesting and scenic after you pass the dam. In total we saw maybe 3 people aside from our group of 4 on the trail once we passed the dam. One of the hikers we came across warned us about a mountain lion that had been spotted on the ridge around mile 13, we saw a number of tracks in the snow on the trail itself. Be aware of your surroundings if hiking here alone.

Great hike! Many different perspectives with the recovering burn providing unobstructed views for the first few miles (also sunny and warm, bring sunscreen!). At end of December there was some snow in the shaded areas but no winter gear needed.

Unfortunately went when about 2 miles in, a fork appeared and both routes ended up being snowed out/extremely icy. Had to turn around... But beautiful open space about a mile in for an awesome view of the mountains. Very quiet and serene trail :)

backpacking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail backwards (west to east). I got a late start on Saturday and hiked just shy of 4 miles in and stayed the night in my hammock. Temp was 18° overnight with clear sky’s. Hiked out the next morning. Most of the north and east facing trails were lightly covered in snow and icy spots. One section has an ice flow for about 30 feet that is passable on the shoulder. The only reason I did not give the trail 5 stars is because of the 6 mile stretch in Watertown canyon were you are on the service road, however the Bighorn sheep are really cool.

Great trail near some good car camping spots. Great views, very well marked.

backpacking
2 months ago

tough section. grinding ascents with wide trails. plenty of water. heavy forested area under canopy does make viewing a bit limited. start early, as temps rise it get sticky and many mosquitoes if you stop in lower areas(at least in mid july).

3 months ago

The beginning of this trail was heavily logged, very few trees standing. There were a couple scenic segments and good views of the Breckenridge Ski area much of the way. This was a day hike for us. Only moderately enjoyable.

We took the alternate route and met up w/ CT, Seg 1 @ Lenny’s rest. Stryker (my pup) and I spent the day on this trail. Beautiful aspens in the beginning feeding into quite a bit of elevation and some beautiful views. Lots of great camp sites.

Great trail, but our tracker came up with 13 miles. probably better to go from copper to gold Hill. Slightly less strainuous.

I loved it! It’s so beautiful .

4 months ago

Started at Kenosha Pass and hiked toward Long Gulch going out 3.5 miles and then back to the parking lot. The view at 3.5 miles is absolutely panoramic. A gorgeous day and peak color on the aspens. Beautiful views of Southpark. Love this segment of the trail.

made this a 2 day thing. hiked out to the trailhead of segment 4, found a nice camping spot just before, and made it back to the trailhead the following day. super fun, hard hike to do all in one day if your not prepared for it. overall good first backpacking experience!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail labor day weekend, so it was packed with bikers. Very pretty trail that did not have very much elevation change, it was easy to keep up a pretty consistent speed and a good conversation. Decided to take the Buffalo Burn trail segment on the way back, offered gorgeous views and it was flat enough to run it for a while. Great trail, but very busy.

As good as it gets. Long. Pretty arduous. Well marked. Three hard climbs at least from the north. Fantastic view. Just go do it.

Well designed

Gorgeous! I only did a short section of segment 25, but the views are outstanding. I am coming back to do a longer section. Trail seemed well marked and not difficult-at least the section closest to Little Molas Lake. Lots of mountain bikers out today.

Did out and back to treeline, parked in lot by copper. Great trail with some good steep parts. Challenging.

Hiked this on 8/18-8/19. Flowing water in several creeks beginning approximately five miles in.

First part of this trail is amazingly beautiful and varied. Super lush. Mixed pine, aspen, and spruce, changing up frequently. The meadow portion is also beautiful in its own way, but be mindful of the lack of shade for that portion. I prefer forest, but even I found the meadow to be starkly beautiful, especially in the early morning.

Challenging trail, but lots of variety: through forested areas, lots of creeks and small waterfalls, wildflowers in the summer, a burn area, areas above tree line with sweeping views, boulder mound, scree fields. Most parts of the trail are not too steep, but everything is above 9,000 feet, so the climb is demanding if you aren't acclimated to the leaner oxygen.

backpacking
5 months ago

We went from Molas and did half the trail up toward Kite Lake, then hiked back down to the train pickup, then we followed the train tracks into Silverton. It was a great trip!

Lovely day hike

Awesome hike! Was longer than listed! We saw sheep!!! That was awesome! The trail head at Waterton was closed which was stupid! But we didn’t let that stop up! The canyon was very hot but was fun along the river!

Longest hike I've ever done, beautiful view, abundant wildlife, very hot through Waterton canyon, overall, very tough 17 miles, extremely tired and sore, would not trade the experience.

Did partial of this trail catching it at 290 and hiking up and over to 273 intersection. It was the day after a heavy rain so the trail was a bit washed out and definitely moderate steep. Views from the high point back towards Tin Cup Pass beautiful. And the hike down to 273 easily trail run-able. Great time w/ my 78 year old dad!

backpacking
5 months ago

Great backpacking spot! There are some stellar views this segment. You definitely have to work for them, there are three parts that get very steep, and are anywhere from half a mile to a few miles. Hard, but worth it!

backpacking
5 months ago

Tons of mosquitos in this section. plenty of water. We finished up our hike at Twin Lakes, coming from TN Pass( Seg 9). We summited Mt Elbert too. Hike Mt Elbert EARLY. We started at 5am. AWESOME views at sunrise on Elbert. packs snacks, water and a rain jacket. We slackpacked with granolas, 100 oz water, rain jacket and emergency bivy. Plan for 6-8 hours on Elbert.

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