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It was only 46° but the majority of the hike is in direct sunlight. For me it’s not a summer hike. Great views of the peaks. Definitely worth your while.

Hike at your own risk! We were shot at...

The turnoff is small and difficult to spot. If you’re going West on 34 it’s better to pass it, loop back and get onto it going East because of the angle. There’s only room for about three cars total in the rudimentary “parking lot” area. Like the other reviewers said, we were the only car there. It did seem like a risky spot for a possible car burglary.

This hike is not well trafficked, so expect rough trail conditions with some overgrown spots. 15 mins into the hike we were at the end of the incline and about to come into a clearing when we heard rapid gunfire. The sound was so loud it bounced off the rocks and we couldn’t clearly identify where it was coming from.

Whether the person was shooting at a target or us was unclear, but we weren’t going to stick around to find out! My poor dog was panicked and our whole adventure was spoiled by some moron illegally shooting in a national forest.

There’s really no escape from the idiots of society!

Perfect winter hike. Lots of cross country skiers and snow shoes. We hiked in our hiking boots, well packed snow. Wear lots of layers.

hiking
16 days ago

Gorgeous view on the top. Micro spikes might be necessary since ice and snow are widespread on the ground. This is not a challenging trail and highly recommended.

Nice pit stop on the way to black lake

hiking
22 days ago

Snow on trail, icy up top but still able to hike without micro spikes

hiking
23 days ago

Spent the morning 11.24.18 in moderate snowfall photographing the falls. The ice is thick in enough places to walk up next to the water fairly easy. Traction footwear, such as micro spikes, is a must if you want to go up to the top.

Had a great time on this trail. It is scattered with gorgeous rocks along the trail the entire way up the gulch. Quick hike with great incline to get the heart rate pumping. Don't know what the review below me's problem is...there is trash on every trail now. Carry a trash bag and help clean up instead of complaining. As far as "anti-climatic views" I found the 360 views at the top stunning, especially of the twin peaks. There are no bad days in the mountains...just bad attitudes. Important to note I cleaned up a window that was broken with tint at the trailhead parking lot...don't know if it was broken because someone locked their keys in or if people are breaking into vehicles. Make sure you don't leave valuables. Overall if you want a quick easy hike to get your heartrate going with beautiful front range views this will fit that bill.

snowshoeing
29 days ago

Great beginning trail for snowshoeing! We went from the Bear Lake trailhead to make the trip a little longer, and it was beautiful and peaceful!

Very anti-climactic view at top compared to other hikes in the area. Spend most of the hike in the shade.

Had to reduce my rating a lot. People have been on the trail shooting guns and leaving garbage. Illegal fire pits being put in right under low growth fur trees, with how dry the last several years have been, it was shocking to see this kind of activity.

Shame, it seems like we see more and more of this as the years drag on.

hiking
1 month ago

Waterfall is currently iced up and slow flowing. Not one of the most exciting destinations to visit amongst the Rocky Mountain trails. Would recommend traversing past and head over to Mills Lake.

Beautiful even in snow-packed conditions. The falls are mostly frozen over right now, but there’s lots of easy trails in the area. Good grips on shoes (or traction clamps for shoes) would have made it easier, but still fun! And dress warm!!!

Hiked this on 10/22. Parking is limited, but pretty sure the trail is accessible from another (Bear Lake) lot further down the road. We had a limited amount of time so this was perfect. I would consider this more of an out and back trail, than a loop. The first mile zig zags immediately UP a dirt path. There is zero tree cover, so you might want a hat. You are rewarded with stunning views looking out towards Longs Peak during the entire ascent. It’s not too difficult, but we did see a woman turn back because of her knees. It’s a good quick workout that leads you quite suddenly into a dense forest at the top — for a short trek to the lake. Overall, two different experiences on one trail. We probably missed the best views because we didn’t go around the lake (the loop part of the trail.) So I’d recommend doing that. But as mentioned, exquisite views the whole way up and down! (See photos) I’d definitely do this again, and allow more time to explore the lake and connecting trails! (I might add that a few in our group did this successfully in gym shoes, but there was ice in the woods and lots of snow around the lake.)

Very slippery in winter, wear good shoes with grip. Husband slipped three times. Beautiful falls.

trail running
1 month ago

10/28/18 Went out first thing in the morning. Gorgeous views on the climb up to the lake. Couldn’t really run the first portion due to the climb but no biggie since the elevation and incline alone is a great workout.

Beautiful fall hike (10/27/18) with great views. Don't worry - there actually is a lake at the end

Great hike (Sat) Oct 26. This was a great choice for a cool Fall day. The hike up would be brutally hot in the summer. The lake is gorgeous. We chilled out and drank some coffee and just enjoyed the gorgeous view. We hiked around the lake and then added on 1-1/2 miles on another trail for fun since this was a relatively short and easy hike. All uphill at the beginning with beautiful views of the mountains. We arrived around 9am and there were three parking spaces at the Bierstadt TH which was awesome because we were an hour later than we planned and there was no parking at Glacier Gorge (as usual) when you show up after 7:30-8am.

on Kruger Rock Trail

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. Amazing views of RMNP and Estes. I went in mid October and there were a few snowy patches, but nothing too hard. highly recommend going up the rock crevice to the true peak. Breathtaking views.

hiking
1 month ago

Went oct 19. we didn't expect the snow and hard packed ice so that slowed us down like crazy. but the few miles we did get to we're outstanding! so many great views and lookout spots! highly highly recommend!

My four year old loved the easy bouldering, but my wife didn’t love the spots we ended up in with our two year old due to lack of a real trail. Nothing dangerous but not quite what we expected. Would have been a blast without the baby and overall we still had fun. We will be back in a couple of years when both kids can enjoy all the way to the top.

Great introductory trail to RMNP. Easy for all ages and abilities.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail! I hiked the trail with my young daughter and we had no issues. Good views but I wouldn’t exactly call this a moderate trail, more along the easier side.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail had spectacular views of Estes and looking at the entrance for the national park. I didn’t like how soft the trail itself was. I sunk down into the sand with every step. It was quite the challenge there and back with good elevation gain. The views made up for the little faults it has.

An incredibly rewarding hike. Took about two hours there and back; beautiful range of scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

So happy we did this hike! The weather ended up being way better than we expected. We had to guess our way for most of the hike bc the snow covered the trail. It’s pretty slushy right now so I’d recommend waterproof shoes! We made the scramble up to the top through the crevasse and enjoyed the amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! A steady ascent led to a rocky area with a fantastic view. This is an easy hike to do with dogs. There are bag stations. The trail isn’t very rocky.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing 360 view on top of the rock. Make certain you scale the crevasse between the rock to get to the very top. Truly breathtaking views.

Moderate hike climbing 1k feet over 2 miles with a steep stretch the last .25 mile of the trail. Good for everyone jut go prepared with water, protein and maybe a good walking stick.

2 hours in and 1 hour out and that was with lots of stops along the way.

Amazing hike.

Nice trail. Great views of Estes Park and RMNP. Some steep parts but nothing really more than steep steps. Hermit Park is a very nice area and the trail is well marked and well maintained. check on the fee before you go in.

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