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This trail has a good view of the entire landscape but it’s so plain that it doesn’t challenge me at all. I love it here when I need to walk with my baby boomer relatives or my lazy dog.

9 hours ago

Hiked today 1/21. 11 am parking lot only 1/3 full. Almost no wind the whole way. Sunny until Emerald lake, then started snowing. Had micro spikes, but could have made it without them. Trail compact but not icy yet. Was an amazing hike

Super easy and quiet hike. Beautiful views despite the dead forestation and burned down trees. Went around 12pm on a Monday and I was the only one. Saw some deer. Pain in the butt drive to get here though. Cheesman Reservoir is gorgeous and I’d love to come back in the summer.

hiking
14 hours ago

1-20-19 . Was super windy when we got there and barely stayed. Beautiful hike though and roads getting there were not too bad. Favorite Colorado hike

Fairly flat so not much of a workout but def pretty. Could be good for mom/dad and also Pam - no cliff faces. You see 14er pikes peak for much of it, set against the foreground of red rock formations

hiking
21 hours ago

It was a beautiful area but didn’t quite make it to snowshoe because 4 cars (all 4 wheel drive even) got stuck in the deep snow along the way and we got sandwiched in between. I definitely recommend stopping at the Mennonite camp and hiking up from there because driving any further might not be possible (and you might get stuck for 2 hours like we did). Tips for driving: STAY IN THE TRACKS. It’s definitely one lane at the moment so if you meet another car...the only way around really is to back up. Most cars got stuck because they moved slightly to one side to make room to pass but ended up in a snow bank. Overall, will definitely be returning when there is less snow.

hiking
1 day ago

1.20.19: beautiful, we made it all the way without snowshoes just fine (did have spikes on our boots). It was PAINFULLY windy and cold both at Dream Lake and Emerald Lake (felt like North of the Wall on Game of Thrones) - highly recommend some kind of Buff Neckwear to pull over your face and either ski goggles or at least sunglasses for eye protection.

hiking
3 days ago

Opened the park a few days ago after shuffling around some money. We made it to Dream Lake w/o snow shoes. It was incredibly windy there and everyone we saw turned back - definitely need snow shoes to go from Dream to Emerald. Great hike up to Dream, though.

Beautiful winter hike great place to watch the sunrise amazing views all around. Word of thanks to the snowshoers who went up the previous day , made the hike much easier.

on Emerald Lake Trail

8 days ago

I tried to go there today but the road is closed during government shutdown

snowshoeing
8 days ago

Currently there is about 24inches of snow on the trail. If you don’t have 4x4 with snow tires, bring chains or cables or park by the camp. Had to help several stuck cars on road that got stuck and could not reach parking at trailhead. A rav4, Honda Pilot, bmw and Ford Explorer all had all wheel drive but didn’t have the tires needed for that kinda of snow.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked on 1-13-19. The Road past the Mennonite Camp was not plowed. With well over a foot of Snow, several Vehicles got stuck. The Hike is one of my favorites to date. The Trail is uphill for the first and last parts, with a long meadow in the middle. It had been well traveled in the Snow and easy to follow. Micro Spikes and Gators came in handy. It took us over 4 hours with a short break at the top and many breather s along the way.

Hiked Sunday January 13th

Trail is packed snow. We wore microspikes as did most others we saw. The last half mile is a little less packed but not worth bringing snowshoes for. The parking lot was nearly empty around 9 AM but completely full upon our return in early afternoon.

Hiked/trail ran this 1/10/19. Snow is mostly packed so microspikes recommended, although I think more snow is changing that today. You’re in the trees with occasional peeks of Longs etc and more at the path were the flood came through. It’s fairly steady steepness in the switchback until the last mile before the saddle & then it has a few more fluctuation in flat/steep sections near the tree line & scrambles at the top. From the parking lot, it was about 3.5ish miles to the saddle between the twin sisters. I went to the West most sister first since it’s not much scrambling to get up there. Just rock scrambled up the other side. The tops are somewhat jagged/uneven & narrow so go cautiously, especially in windy conditions. Beautiful views though! I stopped to take a lot of photos but I left my car about 11:35 and got back at 3:58 (after running sections on the way down).

hiking
13 days ago

Did this hike a couple days ago due to RMNP being closed. Not nearly enough snow for snowshoes but the trail was packed snow and ice pretty much the whole way so microspikes are highly recommended. Consistently steep pretty much the whole way. The last mile or so is completely exposed so be sure to pack some layers as the weather at the top can be drastically different than the bottom. Views from the top make the effort worth it!

hiking
14 days ago

In this side of the park, Alberta Falls is the entrance location to most trails. It’s very pretty, but there’s definitely a lot of foot traffic.

Whenever I go hiking, I zoom right by because there’s always so many people. The further back you get into the mountains, there’s (obviously) less and less people.

It’s pretty, but if you’re not into touristy, I’d stray.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail with great views, but lake was almost completely dried up during August 2018. Other than that it was great!

snowshoeing
19 days ago

The snow on the trail is packed so it is easily visible although completely covered. Trail is not overly difficult and the views along the way are spectacular.

hiking
20 days ago

Interesting geologic formations at trail end. Well worth the trip if you're in the area.

Fun hike. A bit of light scrambling to get to the lake - numerous social trails (so pay attention to find your way back down easily). Parking fills up early.

snowshoeing
21 days ago

Went snowshoeing here on 12/29/18 and loved it. No super steep slopes, not crowded, 4 to 5 ft of snow (powder as you get farther along). Only challenging part of trail is the distance since the road leading to the trailhead is closed it adds about 2 miles one way.

Spikes required in winter, but the trail has plenty of traffic that snowshoes are probably overkill. Lovely even in winter. Arrive super early, the line for parking when we left was outrageous.

Hiked 12/22/18--the day of the shutdown. The Loch Lake Trail was absolutely stunning. I arrived super early the morning that Rocky shut down, unaware of the government shutdown, so, fortunately, I was able to drive directly to the trailhead. I love snowshoeing and it was a gorgeous powder day and I got to break trail first, solo. It was cold, one of the coldest hikes I've done yet but I was fully geared up. Though I was first on the trail I could tell where the trail was as it wove around trees. About a mile and a half into the hike, two men passed me who were going ice climbing around Mills Lake. They were in hiking boots only. If you don't have snowshoes, you can't possibly walk in this deep snow. Be prepared. Have shoes, poles AND spikes. When I finally got to the lake, I literally ran the last 100 steps, I was so thrilled that I had made it, solo, and other than those two men, no one had passed me. It was very, very cold and windy at the lake. The lake appeared 100% frozen but given that I was solo, I was not going to walk on it. It was too cold to eat so I headed back down and tucked into the trees and ate very quickly and then started heading back down. I kept my snowshoes on, although usually I would have switched into spikes. I passed two other couples coming up the trail and then a few others and that was it. So, the trail wasn't packed down enough to wear spikes and the shoes worked great. It was about a 6.5-mile hike and I headed out of Rocky at 12:30pm and that's when I saw the rangers turning everyone away. I'm thrilled I was able to make this hike; the waterfalls and running water were absolutely gorgeous.

Garden of the Gods was not very impressive after doing a lot of hikes in AZ and Utah

We had a beautiful winter day. Bring the spikes and consider 1 mile in plus for the total lenght, from the parking lot to where the trail begins and ends . On the top was windy and on descent it start snowing. Some says they feel as being moderate, but fitnesses level is different from person to person, consider the elevation gain the most important aspect in choosing this hike. If you feel you are confident and fit, then its for you. So, happy hiking!

Beautiful midway point to stop and snack on your way to sky pond. Hiked on an early October day and the weather was perfect. Very serene and peaceful lake with amazing views and refreshing breeze. But keep going on past Loch...as the true treasure is Sky Pond and the waterfall before lake of glass. An amazing and rewarding day in RMNP

Hiked this two days ago on a whim and we loved it. We wore microspikes for both ascent and descent as the snow was packed and there were some icy sections. The views from the top were stunning and the final ascent in the rock field was fun. Challenging heading up with ~2,400 ft gain in 3 miles, but very easy descent.

Hiked Twin Sisters Peaks Trail on Christmas Day 2018. Great day... great weather. Trail was hard packed pretty much the entire way. A few spots of exposed trail...a few icy sections. Excellent views at the peaks. Really enjoyed this hike. Very reasonable. Not technical. Wore micro spikes on the descent which made quite a difference since a few areas are a bit steep with some ice.

hiking
28 days ago

Completed this in part with Dream lake. Really slippery and busy. We arrived at trailhead lot a little before 7 and it was half full. When we were done, there was a line about a half mile long with cars waiting to get in.

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