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Falls are still frozen. Second half of the loop was unmarked and pleasantly less crowded.

on Lake Haiyaha

7 hours ago

Beautiful weather for a snowy hike today!

8 hours ago

Nice trail that leads to a beautiful lake. It’s steep in some places but a beautiful hike.

I thought this trail was the perfect amount for a morning solo hike. I would recommend getting there earlier as I got there at 9:30, and there was 6 or 7 cars in the parking lot. When I left at 11:30, the parking lot and side of the road was full. I completed the 5 mile loop
In about 2 hours, with 2 potty breaks (too much coffee before adventuring) and a 10 min break on this rock that overlooks the ravine and mountains.

Overall.. very nice way to kick off a Saturday. Happy hiking!

The trail was awesome, this app sucks. I'm not a stupid person, but I've yet to get it to actually record something correctly.

1 day ago

I am not an experienced hiker but I loved the view at the top. No experience but since this was a February hike, here are things I didn't have that I would recommend.

1. Hiking shoes with attachable spikes. Even if it above freezing for the day, the canyon does not get much sun, and it is STEEP in many parts. Getting up is really hard when you keep slipping.
2. A pair of hiking sticks. Not just 1. That was a mistake.
3. Water. I actually brought plenty of water, but some people went without water and they wanted to borrow my water. That's fine, I don't mind helping fellow hikers but it is best to be prepared.

Unless you're an expert, the climb up takes more time than getting down. I highly recommend it. Amazing trail, HARD. But so worth it.

I hike a great deal. This hike is one of my favs in the Pikes Peak Region. I found it to be more challenging than moderate. I recommend hiking boots vs. sneakers. The pebbles are difficult to gain traction on near the end, especially going down.

HIked on 3/17. Packed. No snowshoes required. HIking boots/trail shoes required. Not a very pretty trail, but links up with others which is a work around for a lack of parking at Bear Lake.

I love it here. Beautiful view. Got tough near the end, and the falls were frozen (3-17-18). Very pretty. Gorgeous hiking weather. Also, there is a sign where you see "St. Mary's Falls .2 miles" Turn around and you will see the switchbacks going up. I really think you have more of a hike than .2 miles!

6 days ago

Snow packed trail. Yak Trax and hiking poles came in handy as the climb became more difficult near the falls. A spectacular hike.

Snowshoes were needed for this hike. Some spots had avalanche risk. It was a beautiful hike. Also a great place for backcountry skiing.

Hiked today. Went left into the loop as the right side is steeper and better for going up at the end than down.
~10% of the trail was icy and the ice was hidden in the mud/dirt but easily avoidable.
2.5 hours with a short snack break and a couple of water breaks.

The falls were running and we were able to get a quick run in before the rain showers. A great short run with incline!

Wonderful views and a easy trail. Perfect for kids!

No trax needed, couple of icy spots no mud frozen falls beautiful trail low traffic start at 9 am. First trail sign takes to cliff loop come back other way

Beautiful view with the snow and lake. Highly recommend spikes.

6 days ago

Spikes only needed on 3/17

Spikes are definitely needed, hiking sticks come in handy as well. Bundle/layer up for sure and enjoy the beauty that is Chasm lake, so worth the climb!!!

Great trail and view. Most definitely harder then moderate for us. Took us 4 hours to get up and back at a slow pace.

Short bit difficult; went in March (3/14/18) and very icy. Made harder and less fun. Want to go back

I definitely recommend crampons/shoe spikes!! Very necessary. Very steep slick icy spots still, saw multiple people slip! It’s totally worth the incline up!!!

Beautiful lake.

9 days ago

this was a lovely hike! I just wore my hiking boots and tried to be careful in areas where it looked icy!

Microspikes were definitely helpful, but snowshoes are probably overkill now. We had no problem making it to the lake with just spikes. The snow was only not packed down right near the lake

Hiked this today 3/15. It was still extremely muddy and icy in some spots. Micro spikes weren’t necessary but there were a few spots around the 3/4 mark part of the trail that were kind of sketchy and slippery. Also my activity tracker said this loop was closer to 5.6 miles instead of the listed 4.8 here. If you go from
Beaver to Chavez it is mostly downhill the first 2 miles, then some ups and downs the next 1-2 with some steep, rocky sections and winding ledges with steep drop offs, the last section is a lot of uphill which is tough after being spent energy-wise on the first part. Overall I enjoyed this trail but feel it’s probably better in summer. I will wait until then to return.

PS I took my two small older (almost 10 yo) dogs on this trail and they loved it. Had no problems. I think they would love this in the summer when they can cool off in the little creeks!

My boyfriend and I hiked this last Thursday and decided that the boot pack was good enough that we'd go without snow shoes. Mistake. We hiked for quite a while but eventually got to an area where the boot pack was non-existent and we started to sink down in waist-deep snow. We continued on for a while and tried to go up the right side of the gulch via some very slippery rock to get out of the snow, but eventually decided it was best to turn around. We LOVED this hike when we did it in the summer and would highly recommend. The lakes are spectacular.

This spur of the moment hike was fun, but we look forward to hiking the area again when we are more prepared. Beautiful sites. Even stumbled across a herd of deer!

This trail was spectacular. We parked at the Brainard lot because the road was closed. Three miles to the trailhead, but pretty and easy. Once we hit the trailhead we slapped on our snowshoes and were on our way. Nobody other than a cross country skier was out there. The trail wasn’t overly difficult but we felt the hills. We’re doing it again end of March. Beautiful trail for snowshoeing.

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

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