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1 day ago

This was such a fun trail with breathtaking views! It had just snowed and the red rock against the white powder was so beautiful! The uphill was a bit challenging for someone who doesn’t hike a lot, but the views and experience were truly amazing!

First time doing this one. Beautiful views of the front range. Geography. With the homie Lo & Ra. Although, it’s a week day in early afternoon and was extremely busy.. don’t think I’ll be back here unless for Leisure.

Easy, brisk trail, great one for beginners

Muddy but a great quick hike

Really great trail! It was snowy most of the trail with some muddy areas. But the views were amazing. Highly recommended!

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail, outside of RMNP gates. First visit 1/13/19 - snow on most of the trail, well packed and well traveled. Sunny skies and warm rocks to relax on. I left my snowshoes in the car - a few slippery spots where crampons would be helpful but not bad. Lake frozen solid. Well maintained trail allowed for trail running on the way down.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views along the way. Steady increase the entire way up. There were all ages and levels of experience doing this hike. As others have mentioned, a few slick spots but I was able to get up and down easily without microspikes.

hiking
3 days ago

We were there on 1/9. The trail had some slick spots but we were able to conquer it without microspikes and they probably aren’t needed since most of the trail was dry. The lake was frozen over and absolutely beautiful. Due to the government shut down, the garbage cans at the trailhead had a bag taped over them. The bathrooms were also closed. There is an outhouse near the top, be sure to bring some toilet paper with you!

nice hike, mostly dry on 1/6.

Great hike minimal parking. Try to go on a weekday, weekends are very packed. Easy To hard trails. Very beautiful. Bikers can be rude be aware.

hiking
10 days ago

This is currently open but the parking lot bathrooms are closed due to the government shutdown. There is an outhouse 3/4's the way up. It's uphill the entire way to the lake, there were all ages and abilities making it to the top. Most of the trail was dry/dirt but there were sections that had snow and crampons/spikes were not needed up or the way down. Made it the top in an hour.

on McIntosh Lake

trail running
10 days ago

I live nearby so run there every so often. It's not a special trail for running but having the water there is nice to look at.

Amazing

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful hike. Went this morning 12/30/18 and it was perfect. A couple ice patches towards the top (I just wore hiking boots no spikes or snowshoes) and stronger winds but totally worth it!!

hiking
17 days ago

Packed snow the last half mile. If I brought my spikes, I'd would have put them on, although most people go without traction and are fine. Lots of people on the trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked it during snowfall which was beautiful. Got to walk on the lake as it was frozen solid

hiking
18 days ago

Nice and strenuous hike. Uphill all the way to a frozen lake on 12/29. We (me, my wife and kids 12 and 6) started around noon. There were a lot of people hiking. I expected much less considering it was winter. Some areas had snow and were icy but it was a breeze with good snow boots with traction device attached. Expect strong winds throughout and maybe an elk sighting. We were lucky to see one.

hiking
18 days ago

Snow and Ice patches towards the top - use caution. Great hike, many gorgeous views along the way. Parking was available around 1:30 PM on a Friday. Somewhat strenuous - it's all uphill to the lake.

One of our favorite "short" hikes. You are rewarded with the opportunity to scramble on some rock formations above the lake.

I did this hike today with my boyfriend and we were amazed by the breathtaking, stunning views all throughout the hike. Overall it’s an easy to moderate hike (I say moderate because there are some uphill parts and parts with big steps). It was very cold today so we had to stop periodically to catch our breath (being from flat southern Florida at 0 feet elevation, it was a little hard for us to breathe the thin air) but overall a great hike. It took us an hour to complete, but that’s with taking short breaks and stopping for pictures. Highly recommend this hike for the magnificent views!!

hiking
21 days ago

My favorite part of this hike was seeing the views of Estes Park. Because my husband and I did on Christmas Day, we had the chance to walk on Gem Lake! (It was frozen).

hiking
21 days ago

First real hike for me and my wife (both age 27) and we loved it. Completed it on Christmas Day 2018. The clouds were kind and let us catch great views of Longs Peak and co. Gem Lake itself was frozen solid so it made for a cool experience to carefully walk over it.

Easy. Up and down hill. Nice pictures of the rocks.

Great hike! This trail is not too long with great views and some elevation thrown in. We had our kiddos (under age of 10) and the last 1/4 was uphill so it was tough for them. When we do it again, we will start at the southern most trailhead so the last leg is downhill.

Nice quick hike! Great in winter....

Trail was super easy with nice rock formation views. Takes you right around to the amphitheater if you wanted to detour and hike around the theater. Overall, easy family friendly hike.

Nice, quick hike that is family friendly. My kids enjoy the hike and looked forward to the Keyhole at the end of the trail.

Really enjoyed this hike, new views of the Blue Mesa.

Very fun and easy, but definitely not wheelchair accessible!!!

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