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Made it to the lower crater lakes. Started at 9am and was back at the parking lot by 12:30pm. The last mile is a good upwards climb. Snowshoes only needed up top when you're exploring the lakes. I had crampons on otherwise.

Snowshoed 1/12/19. Tracks were easy to follow. Fairly gradual for the first couple of miles. The last mile is pretty steep so be prepared for a climb

Made it to the upper lake on snowshoes! Lots of people on skis up to the lower lakes, but I'm not sure it would be possible for most to make it to upper lake on skis - very steep! You'll need one or the other to make it to the first lakes, started postholing about half a mile from them.

Started around 8:30, got back to the car around 4, with lots of breaks and trail breaking and route finding slowing us down. Absolutely worth the effort! So beautiful.

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6 days ago

Great hike. Light cover of snow made the views beautiful. Snow packed trail, no ice. Wore my boots and had poles.

Wow for sure the best snowshoe I've done so far in Colorado. This trail was magical in the snow! Even the drive there was delightful. It can be hard to tell which tracks to follow, but if you keep following the signs for the trail you'll get to the lake eventually! If you go up a little beyond the lake it is heckin steep but the views are stunning and majestic this trail was the best.

beautiful hike! lots of snow overnight, some spots near the top had almost a foot. we hiked with just our boots but snowshoes for some of the less trafficked trails would probably be better. so much fun :)

Great variety of terrains.

great trail - went yesterday and still didn't need crampons or yak tracks

This is my favorite close by hike ❤️

Beautiful views by the reservoir

snowshoed this trail 1/6/2019

beginning of trail needed just our micro spikes, transitioned to snowshoes a couple miles in. For a Sunday not busy at all..we arrived around 10am...plenty of parking. HIGHLY recommend some sort of GPS device...as you can follow 1 wrong set of snowshoe prints and add an extra mile (which made it waaaaay harder). we only went to the lower lakes as we were cold by that point. we plan on returning in the summer!

Hiked Apex trail to Enchanted Forest today. 10000% recommend! There was a few icy spots but nothing too bad. I just used hiking boots. Some spots are covered in snow (packed down on the trail) and other spots were just muddy. Depends on where the shade vs sun was. Highly recommend, Great hike near Denver. Cant wait to come back in the summer and see the creek.

Nice hike. Not a lot of traffic once you get to the single track, and there was some snow on trail, but did not need my spikes.

A little icy and snowy in some areas, but plenty of parking and a beautiful hike.

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17 days ago

Pretty much my favorite front range trail. Great, up close views of groovy rock formations.

Hiked July 2017 trail to the lake/ glacier offered amazing views and we loved weaving through the forest on the way up. The glacial lake and surrounding mountain range in breathtaking! I personally thought the trail deserves a moderate rating as long as you don’t follow the switchbacks to the very top.

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19 days ago

Did this hike on 12/30. Definitely a good choice for a winter hike. Not much ice or snow at all! We decided to make a loop back to the car. We detoured down Alameda Parkway to Dinosaur Ridge and took the Dakota Ridge Trail back to the starting point. Great views on both ridges!

Great trail. No snowshoes needed yet. Easy to follow and nice views.

For being so close to Boulder, I was amazed that there were as few people on the trail as there were. Completed the hike on 12/30 and the snow was pretty good - it’s certainly possible to do this in spikes, but I switched out my spikes for snowshoes after about a quarter mile and had a much better experience that way. The views at the top are gorgeous and do not disappoint! Highly recommend.

Awesome hike! Able to do without spikes pretty easily.

Easy hike! Only some patches of ice but I was fine without crampons. Super clean trail & easy trail to follow thats offleash for the pups!

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19 days ago

This is a great winter hike. The trail is well marked, is a mix of forest and sunshine, has several bridge crossings (all well maintained) and a small view of snow capped mountains toward the end of the hike (if you’re doing the loop counterclockwise). We brought our boot spikes but never needed them. It was very quiet on a cold Saturday, we never heard hunting activity and the trail has good uphill without being exhausting.

Great hike through pine trees. Snow covering most of the trail but traction not completely necessary. I put mine on to cross the street so that froze over the trail. Not a lot of great views

Loved it. Great hike from beginning to end. Some icy patches, glad I had crampons on my bag. Next time, I’ll pack a lunch to enjoy along with the view from the top.

Awesome trail for hiking running or nature walking with your dog. Yesterday was very cold, came back with freezing hands and face. hand warmer and a scarf would it helped. Beautiful views specially when you get to the dam.

As of yesterday the road was snowy but not slick all the way to the trail head. It was 3° when I started at almost 11am but warmed up to about 18° by the time I turned back to the car. The path is well worn and easy to follow, which is good because my downloaded Alltrails map never works here. Spikes are a must and snowshoes will be needed if you want to make the last 1 to 2 miles. It was beautiful and I only saw two cross-country skiers as I got back to the trail head. The restrooms are open but have frozen pee on the seat.

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22 days ago

The Morrison slide switchbacks were enough to put this into the 'moderate' category. It is perfectly flat once you reach the top. The views were fair. I approached from the south and am happy with my choice. I ended up foregoing the last mile down the other side -- it looked open, grassy, and shady (mid afternoon) -- not particularly exciting -- so I opted to turn around instead. Not a bad small trail close to town. Has potential for mountain biking, too.

on Fern Lake Trail

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23 days ago

Amazing views and a beautiful hike!

Trail was snowpacked from the start. Wore microspikes that did fine. Hiked two miles in and the trail was easy to follow. Didn't get any views but would hike it again to see what the end of the trail has to offer. Road to trailhead was mostly clear of snow except for the last quarter mile or so. One hour from north Denver. Definitely recommend for a nice day hike in the winter!

We’ve done this hike in spring, summer, fall and winter and each time it amazes us. It’s a lot more challenging in the winter and easy to lose the trail. In the summer, climbing above the waterfalls is challenging and technical-ish but totally worth it. Use the cairns to work your way across the boulder fields and through the brush above the waterfalls.

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