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Wonderful challenging trail. Would like to come back and backpack sometime.

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is NOT really open yet. We had to park outside the irst gate, which adds 2,5 miles onto your hike each way (bathrooms are stilllocked at the campground and everything is closed). The trail itself needs some hardcore maintanence to be done which hasnt happened this season yet. We ended up having to go over about 50 to 75 trees, some o which were in rather dangerous locations. Dogs should def not attempt this trail right now. It took us about 4.5 hours to do 11 miles. We ended up not finding the hot springs before it got to dark so we turned around at the river (about 1 mile from the campsite and trail to hot springs). Overall, I would not say this trail is by any means 'Open' in April.

My first Mountain to hike. Started at 6am and got back to my car 4pm. Beautiful views once above tree line all the way to the top. I took my time enjoying my day alone and was in no rush hung out at the top about an hour. Last August

4/7/18

Snow was not a concern for the most part, but I will say there was about a mile long stretch where I wish I had my spikes. still totally doable, but would have made things a little more enjoyable.

with the warm weather coming I assume beautiful conditions from here on out.

3/31/18. Trail was mostly clear of snow in the sun spots, where there was snow, you didn’t need micro spikes. Not many views, but a nice hike

hiking
22 days ago

Back side of the trail was still pretty snowy but no need for spikes!

Great hike! Barely any snow. Saw a moose!

hiking
1 month ago

Back to one of our favorite spots close to Denver. Patchy ice but was able to make it to Windy Peak without extra traction. Great snow capped views today. The stream along Mountain Lion is still frozen over making for some interesting sound effects. As usual it was pretty quiet. This is a great hike if you don't want to drive far form Denver but still want to avoid the crowds.

Hiked entire Mountain Lion trail plus went up to Windy Peak (amazing views). Trails mostly clear. Can easily do without any additional traction, but there's a few spots (no more than 50-60 yard stretches) that it may be nice to have, but don't have to have traction.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a good trail with some good views at the top. The hike up had a decent amount of ice and some snow. I made it without micro spikes but they would have helped after the first 1.5 miles or so.

Did this hike back mid September last year. straightforward until 1/4 above treeline. got icy and a bit snowy. had to don microspikes. quads were buurrnniinnngg. vast wind gusts at the top, some shelter but not much. simply amazing views! 3L water was enough. trail was well marked.

2 months ago

This was my first 14er and was perfect for that, as there is less elevation gain than most and the trail is gentle. It was far more impressive scenery-wise than I expected. I've hiked 6 other 14ers since and while some others offered more interesting scrambling, wilder exposure, and so on, none quite matched the visual beauty of this hike. I did it in the late afternoon after a big morning thunderstorm, which is unusual, so I got the beautiful late light, which contributed to my experience greatly.

Lots of friendly marmots!

Don't hesitate to give this a go!

hiking
2 months ago

ATTENTION: The road to the trail head was closed when we went this past weekend (2/3/2018) so expect an extra 3 miles each way along slightly boring, flat forest road. We parked in the turnout along the highway and walked in.

Snowy and icy, but not something that would require snowshoes or traction devices. Gaiters could be nice though for some parts. Not difficult as far as elevation change goes. I found the directions a bit confusing when it said to go left at the last fork and pass the campground... the only left path at a fork was closed off by logs and we never saw an official campground. Nonetheless, the hot springs were easy to find by just heading low near that fork and walking along the river.

Lots of algae in the springs.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for a sunny Tuesday! The trail was empty and easy to follow. It was snowy & a bit slippery, but nothing I couldn’t fix with my spikes. The trail up to Windy Peak was steep but manageable, and well worth the views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Was very icy in some areas. would not recommend hike if you do not have good shoes and are able to do steep climbs down and up. The springs are a pretty good drop down to get to. Gorgeous views and the hot springs are beautiful. Well worth the long hike

They elevation made this hike more difficult, but the view from the top is definitely worth it. I started hiking around 7:50 in the morning and arrived at the summit at about 11:55. I spent about 2 and a half hours at the summit and left to head down at 2:30. I arrived at the trail head at 5:30. It was challenging but i would definitely recommend doing this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

This remains our "go to" hike close to Denver. We take Mountain Lion to Windy Peak and back down using Burro. This makes for a very nice 6.5 mile hike. Mountain Lion is a forest hike that follows a nice stream most of the way which was frozen over at this time. There is a tough push for almost a mile to get to the top of Windy Peak but the views are worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was covered in snow so hiking shoes would be helpful. I would love to come back and do it again in the spring!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike (took around 8 hours), was sunny most of the way to the hot springs, however the sun was behind the mountains on the return trip.

Most of the trail has no tree cover, sunscreen recommended.

Trail had snow most of the way and ice in a few spots. Recommend waterproof hiking boots.

Since AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions.

This is a decent trail. There is one rough section just below the first false summit but it’s doable in good weather.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike in July. Loved all the wildflowers! There are a lot of dead trees due to a fire years ago. This however provides incredible views of neighboring mountains and an opportunity for wildflowers to grow like crazy! We only encountered a handful of people and found the hot spring with the help of a fellow hiker. Be aware that you must navigate down a steep incline with a rope to access the bathing spot. Happy Hiking!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail with numerous possibilities to connect and combine with other trails The backside of this trail feels very remote compared to the southern part of the park, which is often crowded. In the right times of the right years, GG Park has some of the best wildflowers I've ever seen,

I did the mountain lion trail to windy point and then came back on burro trail. It’s a nice hike but seeing the poster of mountain lions being active in the area made me look around a lot and carry a big walking stick. One section of the trail goes along a stream with big rock formations. The trail up to windy point goes through evergreen trees without a view till the top and is steep in sections Returning down the burro trail, the views were nice. I ended up cutting across a field to the service road and finding mountain lion trail back to the parking lot. It was a moderate hike with some easy sections and some slightly more difficult.

11/26, failed summit attempt... 1) 5 miles before getting to the trail head was cover by snow, challenging and kind of dangerous (have to speed up to go over hills but couldnt see incoming traffic). 2) started at 730am, but heavy snow on the trail before the tree line, have to switch between snowshoes and crampons several times. 3) struggled too much just to get to the tree line (1130) plus altitude sickness, finally gave up at the first false summit (1230). Thanks for people who posted here. I have gotten good information by reading the reviews.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views!

It was an hard hike but it was one of the greatest experience I had, above tree line views are mind blowing.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this on Oct. 5, 2017 with Jay. We slept in his car at the trail head and started at 3 am. It happened to be a full moon that night so we were super luckily with the light from the moon. Through the beginning wooded area it was ice and it seriously required out micro spikes (we passed most people without them and I don’t know how they did it!!), then once we lost the tree line we hiked through about 4-9 inches of snow the whole way. It was incredibly difficult but the sunrise was spectacular. I did not summit as I am a bit terrified of heights and thought the final stretch vertically to the (*false*) summit looked too dangerous for me, Jay really wanted to get to the top so he made it and there were a few other people already there. The way down was sooo much easier as you just kind of tumble through the snow. Jay got a bit of altitude sickness on the way down but felt much better once we hit the tree line. The weather was gorgeous, barely a cloud in the sky. HIGHLY recommend micro spikes and I personally would never do that hike again unless it was in the peak of summer!
Start: 3 am
Summit: ~830 am
Back to car: 1 pm

hiking
5 months ago

I did this hike a few weekends ago. It was an amazing hike and the main trail was cleared of trees. Unfortunately there was a lot of dead trees that made it not as pretty as it could be.

The description on this hike was fantastic! It was comforting to have these markers to be sure I was on the right trail. The only confusing part was at the end "where the trail forks. Shortly, maybe 15-20 steps) after the last drainage with the waterfall on your right, there is a fork that goes up to a primitive campsite. We did not see a route from here down to the stream. Instead we continued to the right of this fork around the top of the hill. You'll soon see an opening with many trails although some were blocked by trees. From this point fork left and down to the river. Follow down stream (back in the direction you came) to the hot springs.

backpacking
5 months ago

Let me start by saying that my friends and I used this trail as our debut into Backpacking. We set out on a 4 day, 3 night trip starting at Bear Lake and heading clockwise along the loop. This trail does get a little steep and having 35 pounds on your back does not make it any easier, the hike is awesome and if you go in the middle of October like we did you should expect snow and ice on the trail. The ice wasn't a huge deal as it was more of a way to slow us down and absorb the amazing scenery around us. This was my first time in the Rockies and I would highly recommend this trail to anyone who wants to see a lot of what the Rockies have to offer in one trail. I'm not much of a photographer but I posted some pictures so hopefully more people will endure this 14 mile (if you check out Spruce Lake which is worth the little detour) trail and enjoy the great outdoors! Thanks for reading!

Lots of elevation gain for an absolutely breathtaking view on top. Ran into a red fox, which was cool. Most challenging and rewarding hike I've done so far.

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