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Nothing wrong but not too exciting either. A couple cool views of Golden but not much else during the winter.

Not my favorite hike at all. Still pretty, and nice - just so many other beautiful hikes to do in the area I would have rather done. Went 2nd weekend of December and wore spikes. Not necessary, but glad I had them. You can see the Coors plant for a lot of the hike which is not my thing at all. I like to be away from stuff, more quiet (or at least nature sounds) and different views. Nothing “wrong” with this hike, just not one I will ever do again, and wish I had not gone on. I think a lot of locals use it to walk their dogs. I can see how it would be great for that, just not one I was especially excited about as someone visiting and looking for more of a hike.

Nice hike! Not too difficult but beautiful views for it’s proximity to the city. Trail alternates right now between dirt/mud and snow/ice so bring crampons in your bag if you have them.

It was a nice hike hear the city! Very icy on parts so bring your spikes if you have them :)

snowshoeing
1 day ago

Snowshoed 1/19/19. Snowshoes are definitely needed. Absolutely stunning with all of the fresh snow but the trail was pretty much impossible to follow. Regardless, it was nice to hike around the general area. Even without being able to follow the actual trail, I would still recommend.

Nice gradual climb to peak. Lots of shade. Icy in some areas. Spikes not necessary but would be helpful.

Awesome trail, definitely excited to do it again when all the snow melts! Very, very slick at times and fell a few times. Definitely would recommend cramp ons if you go

Great quick hike close to Denver. Trailhead has plenty of parking around 830am on a holiday. The snow was packed but you absolutely need spikes or tracks. It was slippery! I could not find the first falls due to the frozen water and no sound, and the second main fall was frozen solid but pretty to see. There is a sign right off to the left of the trail. Look for it. I passed a few people who said they missed it. I could not catch the loop on the way back from the hike, at the other trailhead. Either it was snowpacked or not clearly marked. I just went back the way I came. Only annoying thing, even though there were plenty of signs about leashing the dogs, but there were so many dogs off leash and dog poop bags on the side of the trails...some dogs friendlier than others. I have a friend that has been traumatized by a dog bite, and unfortunately, she could never come since people don’t care about the rules. I came for a hike, not to greet 50 dogs.

muddy
rocky
1 day ago

west climb up was fairly dry with more rock and steps. east side coming down lots of ice at top and mud on most of trail. microspikes were perfect again made life easy. lots of people on east side slipping in non hiking footwear. beautiful views of boulder. nice and different angle to view the flatirons.

Challenging climb going up but great hike. Pretty icy at the beginning of the descent on the east side and then very muddy for a bit until the trail leveled out and got more dry. Just wore hiking boots and we were fine. Had our dog and there were lots of other friendly dogs.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Wonderful trail. Not too crowded, saw about 7 groups of people, went Sunday afternoon 1/20. A little muddy/slushy at beginning but then mostly snow packed. Used yak tracks and they helped. Some parts very sunny and warm, but gets cold once down near the forest floor. Great views around mile 2.5! Will definitely be back in the summer.

Great workout. Hiked trail on 1/19. Pretty muddy because of melting snow. A few spots where yaktrax would have been useful but not necessary.

Fun hike. It was a little sloshy after noon. Microspikes are fairly necessary.

Hiked this afternoon with a pup. If you’re gunna bring a dog, I’d make sure you unleash them for some sections. Gets rather technical with snow and they may pose a risk if on leash. Overall great hike. Gives some great views of the mountain range. Don’t have to but microspikes May be a nice addition for the trail conditions right about now.

A good balance between snow and dirt trail, easy to follow. Wear yacktrax.

Nice trail if not crowded. Fun to do with a little snow. Amazing view of the reservoir.

My wife and I hiked this today and you definitely have to watch for mountain bike riders and such, but the terrain was not difficult and is kid friendly as we saw a lot of other families out there today. The “Keyhole” is definitely worth checking out. All in all a good hike.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

Did the south loop this morning. Snow was packed down well, a few icy spots but went well without spikes or snowshoes. Muddy at the lower elevations near the east trailhead.

Trail was well covered with ice and snow. I went snowshoeing after the storm to work in a quick hike. I was really surprised for the amount of snow. Probably could have done the whole trail with spikes and you would be okay. Best been to get there really early to get the best work of the snowshoes

hiking
3 days ago

Great loop if you’re in the mood to hike but not kill yourself with ridiculous incline. Beautiful views throughout but the summit by one of the falls is

It’s a great way to see a view of the whole city! It’s pretty windy when you get to the top, so take a wind breaker!

My favorite mt in Denver Metro although usually prefer from the housing area using Nightbird trail rather than Canyon because you have a great view of Downtowm Golden, Coors, and both North and South Table Mts...very rocky and medium steepness

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
4 days ago

This is a great hike - easy to get to (which account for the amount of traffic it gets), nicely paced circuit and great views throughout. I went clockwise (up west, down east) which probably was a mistake given the conditions at this point. The west side has a small bit of mud and ice and patches of snow but overall was quite dry. The east side was pretty snowy and icy at the top, and then mud at mid-elevation, and then conditions improved towards the bottom. So it might have been better to ascend on the east side and go down the west side. I had hiking boots on it which were fine, no need for microspikes. Lots of people had dogs but they were all well-behaved and friendly.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

This trail is a gem not to long but the views is amazing. Today the trail was covered in snow but very passable and just a treat to hike in mid January. I did have my Yaktrax on for traction but probably did not need them with the amount of snow on the trail. It did cost $9 to get into the park and parking is hard to come by. I got there early 9 AM and did not have an issue.

Great for hiking in the snow! absolutely beautiful. Trafficked but not heavily. I will be back soon.

I did this trail yesterday carrying my 9-month-old daughter in a pack. The trail was snow packed most of the way and my friend and I both wore microspikes and were very happy to have them. There was only one section of trail that was exposed and a bit muddy on the right side with hard ice on the left side. It was a beautiful bluebird morning with low temps, so not much melting happening yet.

Completed 1/15. Pretty snowpacked with ice in some spots. Needed spikes almost the entire way. Beautiful winter hike!!

Fun trail! Packed with snow but beautiful nonetheless. For some areas having trekking poles would make it easier.

Hiked on a Sunday morning (1/13/19) after about 6 inches of snow on Friday. It was absolutely beautiful and we only saw two other people. Lots of snow so spikes are necessary for the incline. The last mile (the 0.5 out and back) was inaccessible because of the snow and the trail had not been cleared so you would need snowshoes for this portion. The loop had a semi cleared path though!

Great view, fun hike. There were some parts where I wished I had grips for a little extra traction in the snow but you can get by without them. I’ll definitely be going back when the weather has changed to see how the trail is then and maybe even while the snow is still around.

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