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Bring microspikes in winter months.

3/14/18 - today was warm, about mid 60's, so there wasn't any ice at the top. A few sections of the packed show was a little wet and slippery, but not difficult at all. I had brought microspikes just in case and didn't need to use them.

Went up when it was frozen over with some friends. It's tough getting up and back down with all the snow, but so worth it. Some people hike up and sled / snowboard down. You get to walk around on a big frozen lake once you make it all the way. Really awesome.

Did this hike with my 12 year old daughter. Started around 10:00 am and it wasn't very busy. Got to the top and took in the view for a few minutes. Made it back down around 11:30 and it was considerably busier. Great hike, strenuous but not difficult. there was some icy spots (mid March) so be careful. Great day hike, I recommend it.

Pretty easy, but great view!

Terrible. You have to hike up a road to even get to the entrance.

3/12/18-- trail was covered in deep snow, if it weren't packed it would be really tough to find. But fantastic views and extremely challenging!

Gorgeous winter hike. Tough with the extra mileage due to the road closure. Definitely bring snow shoes.

Fun day hike! Only downside would be the amount of dog poop everywhere.

This is always our first stop when we are in town. Great easy hike.

cross country skiing
13 days ago

A solid intro to back country skiing. Pretty easy-going. My dad and I did this about a month ago and there was just enough snow to ski, but plenty of snow-shoers and micro-spiked hikers did just fine out there.

13 days ago

March 3 hike was beautiful, but the last stretch towards Lower Mohawk Lake was a little too sketchy for me. Not much hard pack there. I regretfully had to turn around just after the cabin before the top, because there was nobody else around, didn’t seem very safe. Otherwise almost the entire trail and Spruce Creek Road are both super easy in boots without snowshoes. Highly recommend poles, got icy in parts especially on the way back in late afternoon.

First 14er. The gain in elevation was harder than expected for my friend and I, which meant the hike took longer than we had planned. Best views I've ever had and the experience was exhilarating! Make sure you have plenty of water, protein and healthy fats snacks(nuts, bars, etc.). Went in October 2016, temp went back and forth between just a hoodie and needing a wind resistant, thermal coat.

Very easy, beautiful hike. If you’re looking for something non strenuous and short this is a good one. Fun to sled down the hill in the winter too!

17 days ago

We hiked this on Sunday afternoon and it was windy, cold, and awesome. Be advised that there is . $5 fee to park in the nearby lots as they are on private land. Cash and checks are the only form of payment accepted. There are two lots, on one to the north and one to the south of the trail head. It's a quick walk to the top, just keep to the main trail and avoid what look to be off road vehicle trails that veer off to the right. I think there are two on the way up. The top was WINDY. I'm guessing around 50mph gusts and a steady wind of about 30mph. The kind of wind you can lean into and it will keep you upright. The temp was around 9 degrees and with the those kind of winds we didn't stay up too long- we didn't have the gear necessary to hang out in conditions like that. But it was beautiful up there. We shall definitely return for more exploration!

Hiked this today, starting around 10:30am. The trail is so much calmer this time of year when the crowds die down. Spikes were definitely helpful, though not necessary. I’m not a particularly fast hiker, but I was lapping hikers without spikes. Beautiful hike with fantastic views of both sides of the mountain.

This was my first hike in Colorado back in the summer time. I’ve hiked it a few times now but it always takes a bit out of me. Granted, I run and climb mostly, but compared to other hikes I’ve been on, ran and climbed on, the flat irons manage to be a great work out for me.

PS: climbing the actual flat iron itself is amazingly ballsy but reaps a great reward.. I did it with no equipment at all (not at all smart but I’m risky), and I first off: I felt a great sense of gratitude as I made it alive because climbing down wasn’t much of an option so I had to climb all the way up.. but secondly the physical relief of making it to the top and resting and taking in the view.. man. I’d do it again but it requires quite a bit of focus ha

Simply amazing and worth every step

26 days ago

It’s great if you’re looking for a relatively easy trail with great views. The trail was a little packed down for snowshoes, but slick enough that you’d be better off with a bit of extra traction. Just be prepared for a lot of wind at the lake.

27 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Didn't make it anywhere near the falls though as we ended up waist-deep in snow! Still a great workout though!

Snowshoed to the lake today and part way up to glacier. Lots of snow still, very windy. Beautiful views! Everyone says it's easy but felt it a bit challenging for us Minnesotans (but the cold didn't bother us), maybe since we are still adjusting to elevation. It was a steady climb to the lake and steeper to the glacier. Want to make a trip back in Spring or Summer. Ran into several people even on a Thursday afternoon.

Icy in spots, but not too slippery.

1 month ago

Traction would have been nice, but not necessary. A go to when you only have an hour of free time to get in a good view.

1 month ago

Road is clear until the next snow, never even considered using 4WD. Brought up 8 people and a bunch of sleds, and had a blast! Ended up sledding down the glacier onto the frozen lake, sleds are a must here if you're up for the adventure!

1 month ago

Great short hike. Plenty of amazing views. Bring a lunch and stay awhile, highly recommend for kids and dogs.

Hello. We are thinking about doing this hike tomorrow (Jan 27). Does anyone know if we will need snow shoes? TIA!

on St. Mary's Glacier

1 month ago

Road was snowpacked from the start. If you do not have awd/4wd AND winter tires do not go. You will most likely crash, get stuck and put others in danger.

I went Saturday around 12:30pm and found parking on the street. Street parking isn’t as bad as I expected. The trail is short, fun, and there wasn’t any snow when I went. Nice view from the top but kind of crowded at times.

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