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hiking
15 days ago

Well-maintained trail with great views of the canyon. Some parts of the trail are icy - wear YakTraks if you have them and your trek will be much more enjoyable. Dog poop on the trail both in and out of bags. There is an $8 fee to enter the park.

Tried to hike this today and it was covered in ice. Decided to turn back shortly after we started. Definitely recommend spikes at this point in the season, especially with the high winds we have had recently.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, I would agree with another poster that it’s moreso easy rather than moderate. There were a few icy spots, but we were fine without our spikes. Beautiful views, well maintained trail—I would come back.

love this hike! have completed it a couple times. great to take out of towners who want to see our beautiful canyons, feel accomplished, but not terribly difficult. lots of areas to stop and enjoy the views. fun seeing the rock climbers throughout the canyon. interesting history with the hotel ruins.

hiking
25 days ago

I love this trail. I completed it last month before the snow. The nature and views are beautiful. I loved watching the train pass in the distance. I am a Colorado native so I never really feel inclined to go back to most trails but I will definitely hike this trail again. There is an $8 fee to get into Eldorado State Park, or $5 to park outside the park and walk in, but you can tell the state park puts the money to good use. This has to be one of the cleanest trails I’ve seen. There aren’t too many tactical areas. I went counter clockwise at the loop, so going down the incline back to the trailhead was rather rocky and steep. I almost fell at one point, but it was only for a short stretch.

There are rattlesnakes so be careful, but don't miss out! This is a great workout for people looking to improve beginner hiking skills. Lots of great views, really cool area for rock climbers, and a little history hidden on the trail.

I would have liked to pick up the pace to get a better workout in, but the trail was pretty crowded (granted, it was midday on a Saturday.) Overall it was a nice trail, great views at the top, and fun to watch climbers on the opposite rock face. My friends and I maintained regular conversation without much huffing and puffing and there were plenty of kids on the trail, so I’m not sure if deserves a “moderate” categorization, but it was a great outing for sure. Saw some cool birds, too!

hiking
29 days ago

My favorite trail on the west side of the Rockies. Vista views the entire way and amazing 360° view at the top including Long's Peak and Grand Lake.

got there at 10 a.m. yesterday only a couple of cars in the lot. though there's not a lot of spaces. well maintained trail. nice steady incline for first couple of miles. the view at the top was beautiful! bring layers! started off needing 2 jackets a hat and gloves went down to just day clothes as we got going.

Hiked this my first day in Denver so getting used to the elevation was a little rough for me. But overall I thought it was a great hike! The overlook was incredibly beautiful and while the trail was a bit rocky in places, it was mostly flat and wide with a slight constant incline to the top. I am not an avid hiker and a bit out of shape so I thought it was the perfect combination of a challenge, scenery, and length.

Awesome little trail with a nice overlook. some snow was melting from a dusting earlier in the week, so the trail was a bit muddy, but otherwise good.

I had a few free hours in the afternoon and live about 30 minutes away from here, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Nice trail. Well maintained. Great scenery. Gentle elevation gain.

Certainly not one of Colorado's greatest hikes, but a good couple hour loop.

It can be a little crowded, and parking can be hard to come by.

Gorgeous little area, nice view from the top! Had my blood pumping but was still easy for sure.

Always love this trail. ..

WOW! This was a GREAT hike! Super impressed.

PROS: Bathroom - YES... very nice! Just down at a lower parking lot than the higher lots. But still nice, clean and accessible. There are pit toilets, but they are inside a nice room and have bathroom stalls.

TERRAIN: ROCKY, as previously mentioned by others. My dog (a Dachshund) could handle the terrain, but it was sharp and big rocks in alot of places. When you get to the Crags Hotel site, it smoothes out temporarily. But, it stays "craggly" for awhile.

FEATURES: The views were amazing! Continental Divide, general views of the mountains! One of the prettier hikes that I've been to in my years of hiking for sure! The Crags Hotel was AWESOME to see the ruins... it had a fireplace, it had the fountain and some of the hotel foundation. Super cool! I love history, so it was an amazing thing to see. The railroad tracks and tunnel was also awesome to see too. The train came within minutes of us leaving the area.

BOTTOM LINE: Great bathrooms, steep hike up (def moderate or slightly higher) Wear layers! The weather changed alot up on the way up the hill... keep a lookout for snakes, although I didn't see any.
DEFINITELY get there early to get a parking space (we got there at 8:30am) and it was great!

Beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

My first Colorado hike, back in August. The whole experience was nothing short of amazing! The views were impeccable, and the journey to the summit was clear, with views for days!

trail running
1 month ago

This is a great short run. The roaring creek at the bottom added to the experience. The switchbacks are long and climb ever so higher for the first 1.75 miles. The views are stunning. I arrived at 8:30am and only met 3 hikers going up and another 3 or 4 on my way back down. There were lots of rock climbers preparing for their climb as I left the park. Knocked this one out in 53 minutes.

Took Jacob and Garrett. Beautiful views!

Awesome hike great views along the way and is challenging hike. Steady elevation to the top. Reward on the way down,plus you can view the Continental divide view! Highly recommended this one!

easy and beautiful

Would do this again.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail - moderately difficult. A lot of small rocks, so be sure to wear good shoes. Conditions today were very foggy so couldn't see the continental divide. The switchbacks were nice because you could see where you started from with each level. One section that wasn't very well marked was around the wooden bridge. Be sure to take the bridge and don't go towards the left which puts you under some metal bunker looking object and then into a very rocky section.

No rattlesnakes seen today, was probably way too cold / no sun for them.

hiking
2 months ago

A perfect hike and the climb is well worth the views. I started in the morning on a Saturday and by the time I made my way down (near noon) the trail was much busier, so if you’re looking for less people on the trail, go in the morning. The road leading to the trail is a pretty well maintained dirt road, my small Toyota Yaris was able to make it driving slow. The incline is good, a nice workout. Towards the top the trail gets a little confusing and seems to branch off into different directions but they all lead to the top. Great hike and I will definitely do this one again in the future!

hiking
2 months ago

A seemingly normal hike but ended up with incredible views once you are along the ridge! A fairly steady incline but nothing that is not doable. Once you get to the top of the ridge, you can go right or left depending on your mood. We went right and had really great views of rock formations as well as mountains for miles(blue sky day with no clouds). Did not have enough time to check out the other side but I presume it gives a better look at Mt. Holy Cross. Easily one of the better hikes if you just want a short moderate trail.

Beautiful hike very scenic at every turn, especially beautiful wildflowers in the spring.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing hike, but definitely very strenuous. Once you're above the tree line, it gets tricky with the temperature drop, the low air density, and the incessant winds. The trail is fine until the last bit when there's a bit of rock clambering to the peak. Super views but my personal favorite is Sky Pond.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a beautiful hike this morning. Left the parking lot at ten and saw a few people along the way. Trail started to get busy at noon. There were a few slightly tricky areas, but for the most part was just gorgeous views .. would love to try again when the meadows are in bloom. Being an out of shape flat lander from Texas, I was breathing pretty hard on the way up, but it was worth every huff and puff. This is the most scenic hike I have done and it is even prettier than Ptarmigan Loop at the top of Vail Mountain

Fun hike, lots of people though.

on Shrine Ridge Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 9/8/18 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. A relatively easy outing for my first day in CO. The trail was busy but not crowded. Scenery was good with yellow willows and many mountains around. However, the good mountains were all rather distant and had no snow.

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