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Loved the hike and the peaceful lake.

Tremendous views along a trail that is not terribly demanding. Outstanding hike for all levels in a picturesque setting.

Great views at the top!

This has (or, rather, had) become one of my favorite hikes. However, just within the last month or so, the town of Palmer Laker (presumably driven by a few dog haters) has completely banned dogs from the trail.
It was bad enough last time I did it (about 6 weeks) ago -- they had plastered the trail with DOZENS of signs stating "Dogs must be on leash" -- it was literally visual pollution.
But, apparently that wasn't good enough for the haters, so now dogs are banned. I didn't notice the sign at the trailhead (I've hiked it 5-6 times, why would I read the signs), but saw it after we'd done the hard part and gotten to the first reservoir. This is a foolish and hateful decision by the town.

Great little workout

Definitely a moderate hike, I was a little out of shape when we went but it was a blast. We went at 6:30am and there was plenty of parking and it was a beautiful trail!

Mostly incline on the way up, but the views are worth it! Beautiful!

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3 days ago

Loved this hike. Amazing views.

Great hike with lots of parking, restrooms, and a variety of inclines and beautiful views. Highly recommended. Not too far from Denver and great for late morning hikes. Dead horse is just remnants, not smelly at all but sort of creepy.

I just moved from Florida so I’m still getting used to the altitude change but not hard otherwise. Beautiful place for picnic at the second lake. Very serene by the water.

Awesome place with amazing views. We ran into a black bear on the first 1/4 mile of the hike. Poor guy must’ve been lost, Park rangers said we were the third sighting (one was on the road) . We went early afternoon and there wasn’t a crazy amount of people. Apparently the park rangers just cleaned up a dead horse but the smell is still there. Overall a good find and great hike. ( I had my 7 month old puppy with me too)

Breath-taking views at several points along the way. Was a bit of a steep scramble at the end but worth it. The overwhelming quiet was what struck me the most.

Guys, DO NOT CONFUSE THIS WITH SEVEN FALLS! For one, this is free. Also, I had much more fun here.
Keep going up the mountain/road after Helen Hunt falls and you will see a huge parking lot. Go west through the gated dirt road and then after 0.7 mi (according to GPS/Fitbit) you will see the 622 post. My husband and I had fun taking pictures at every bridge we hit. I really enjoyed this hike. From the parking lot to the end of bridge 7 and back, my Fitbit clocked 3.47 mi.
There seems to be paths everywhere, but remember the whole path is along the creek. If you think you’re getting too far away from the creek, you probably are.

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6 days ago

Trail to mt Cutler is lined with very cool rock formations once you near the top. definitely worth it!

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6 days ago

make sure to get there early! also we had some trouble finding the signs haha but it overall was absolutely gorgeous and very nice.

This instantly became my favorite local hike when I came over the hill & saw the view at the end.. fantastic, so many layers of mountains, so peaceful (I went at 6pm on a Sunday and I saw no one the entire time). The first mile is no joke though, very steep, otherwise easy.

Next time I'll make this an out-and-back rather than a loop by taking the left fork to the overlook & then turning around, that's where all the scenery is.

on Gray Back Peak Trail

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7 days ago

Pretty hike with very good views from the top (particularly given the short length of the trail), appropriately rated as moderate. My GPS tracked closer to 4 miles though.

Beautiful waterfalls.

The hike was amazing and we were not bothered by nor saw the deceased horse. The sights were spectacular. Hike was not tough at all! A bit step at parts. Otherwise I would recommend for for children. We saw a few and they had no problems whatsoever.

Beautiful hike, mostly uphill going in with a few flat breaks. Reservoirs are lovely. Kids ages 4-7 and grandparents age 60 had a great time.

Great trail. Scenic, very challenging

Love the coolness of the trails through the forest. The bridges are pretty well maintained. The views are amazing.

gorgeous views from the top and great for fast running back down. last 1/2 mile up to the summit is a bit challenging but worth the twists and turns!

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9 days ago

I completed this hike during the week in mid August 2018. The trail had a few people on it. I had heard that it was often crowded on the weekends. I hiked well past the seventh bridge staying within site of the creek. After I hiked across several steep sandy parts void of trees, I was in the trees again. I could see what I thought was the summit. The weather rolled in, it started to rain so I turned around and headed out. I will return to this trail again.

Great hike. Very beautiful. it was a little hard to find the right path to the trailhead, but once we found it it was great from there. Most of it is shaded. Lots of little streams and waterfalls. Just be sure to bring lots of water!

Simple and straightforward hike. I would say it is very family friendly. Well shaded and cool with a creek flowing through. The area is extremely busy on the weekends.

I enjoyed this hike a lot, but I went with several kids who were 13 or younger who really struggled. This trail is fairly straight up and getting to the top isn’t the most rewarding of peaks/views. However, what I did love it about it were the trees, that my dog could be off leash, and that it wasn’t so crowded as many of the trails are. I would definitely do it again, but probably not with kids given it was so steep.

Great trail with plenty of parking and restrooms. We did the loop counterclockwise and I would recommend that for the best effect of the views at the top. They took our breath away. Great hike!

Great hike today, Sunday. Got there right before 11:00am. Plenty of parking and a restroom. The reviews before mine are spot on! My GPS said 4.0 exactly round trip. Went up Oxen to Eagle View and then around to Ravens. The descent this way was a little rough on the knees and I wished I had worn my running shoes instead of hiking boots. Kids who are 9 and 12 loved it!

Got there around 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday - plenty of parking and pretty quiet.

The signage was a bit confusing at times, but we ended up taking oxen up to eagle view and continued the trail until it ran into ravens roost down.

The horse on oxen is still there and you only run into a short whiff of smell. The panorama at the top is very beautiful!

The incline and descents at the start/end of the hike can be steep and the trail is rocky in parts so I’d definitely recommend proper footwear.

We saw a deer, a snake, plenty of beautiful wildflowers, and butterflies.

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