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Hiked the first four miles of this segment from the Platte River trailhead. Wasn't too hot, and there wasn't hardly another soul on the trail. Staggering views of the wildfire scar. No ice, no snow, no mud, but lots of crunchy gravel.

In summer.......it’s like going through the bowels of hell! Burn scar for most of the trail with no shade or cover! Definitely bring a wide brimmed hat and carry water. Fill up at the fire station! Beautiful vistas but brutal to get to.

mountain biking
29 days ago

Super fast leaving the Pass. Burning brakes for 2 hours heading South is exhausting. Loose gravel, very dry and major descents. Not a place to "just try out". Plan, pack and plan to be exhausted. Minimal water in late summer.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great introduction to hiking in the Rockies without any technical or strenuous sections.

backpacking
1 month ago

What was supposed to be a one nighter, turned into a day hike with our full packs! The trail is in good condition, we were met with some sections on the north side of hills that were icy, and one section well above Lenny’s Rest that requires microspikes to pass. Some sections of mud as well. Ran into more mountain bikers than anything and a couple of trail runners. We were met with perfect weather.

As of March 17, most of the trail is snow and ice free but there were a few sections that required spikes. We witnessed a few mountain bikers that were turned around at around mile 10 or 11 due to a long icy section in the trail.

Overall pretty hike. We stayed at the camping area near Bear Creek and had a beautiful, clear night with 25 degree temps. Bear creek was fairly silty so a filter would be helpful. I was using UV and had to strain the water.

The 10 miles from the dam to the South Platte River trailhead should have a rating of 4 but the crowds in Waterton Canyon tend to hurt the overall Segment 1 trail ratings.

mountain biking
3 months ago

gorgeous! bikepacking from Kenosha pass, camped in Grants pass and rolled out the next morning to Copper mtn. Plenty of water in this segment on the CT.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Brutal in summer. No water. hike/bike way early to beat the heat. just passed through on bikepacking trip. wide open views for miles.

trail running
4 months ago

Initial climb is a series of switch-backs, after first mile you hit the remnants of a forrest fire and you're in exposed terrain. After another mile (so at MM 2+) you hit the ridge line and are back in beautiful forrest.

Ran the trail in December '17 so started out cold/cool then warmed-up. Trail in great shape -- limited water rut, well marked, zero snow and no ice.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great trail! Had a 35lb pack and hiked in for a night off-trail. Hiked in on September 30. There were only a handful of hikers and many mountain bikers. All of the bikers were great and courteous. No complaints at all.

Aspens are at their peak and starting to drop their leaves. Walked from Highway 285 trailhead in 1.5 miles and back. Easy incline and amazing views. The trail is very busy with hikers, families, photographers, bikers and dogs.

This stretch is unaffected by the burn and features some truly amazing rock formations. Relatively easy hike, so bring the whole family, or take advantage of Little Scraggy’s cliffside for some scrambling adventures.

What I really like about this stretch is stacked granite rock formations all along the way, both in the distance and immediately alongside the trail. It's very cool to see the variety as you go, and there are plenty of water stops and camping spots all the way through. Mountain biking is allowed here so heads up!

Water. Water. Water. Bring plenty. This section of the trail has no water sources except for the beginning at the South Platte and then again (if you are hiking through) at the end at the Firehouse/Station. This trail takes you through a large section of the forest that recently was burned in a forest fire. But the undergrowth is coming back and it's still a scenic route all along the way. Because much of the trail is exposed (not a lot of cover from the trees) bring plenty of sunscreen, and of course your rain gear!

The initial 6-7 miles of this segment is heavily populated with bikers, day hikers, and mountain bikers. But once you get past the dam, up to Lenny's Bench and then beyond, you really get the feel of being in the mountains. Mountain biking is allowed on the trail so you have to share the trail and be aware. Overall it gets quite scenic once you get up in elevation and about 10-11 miles in.

This was a good trail. Easy to follow and beautiful view from the top.

Wow. Perfect hike... I went to molas pass at road and turned around. Incredibly beautiful, there was even snow on ground!!!! Interesting hike different terrains would definitely recommend it.

backpacking
10 months ago

My father-in-law and I hiked this today 3 miles from the trailhead and back. Pretty level hike with some great views of snow-capped mountains, wildflowers and aspen trees. Only saw a group of 4 & a guy riding a horse during our 4 hour hike.

We plan on coming here again!

Tons of aspens, definitely coming back in the fall. No water on miles 9-14. Amazing panoramas, bring a good camera!

camping
10 months ago

Awesome camping! Hike in and find a nice spot away from rivers and the trail

This hike starts pretty, but quickly becomes very long, hot, dry and yucky. It was about 3 miles walking through the burn area, before we came to trees and shade. We did not make it all the way to chair rocks due to time constraints. We are used to the distance of this hike, but this was hard with heat etc. Took my Border Collie who is used to hiking, but by the end she was very hot and had sore feet. Drank 4L of water on this hike.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

The view of this trail is amazing! The mountains and fall trees are so picture perfect !We are visiting here from Texas and the peace and tranquility is very nice.. Our 2 dogs loved it!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Did about three miles round trip from the chalk creek trailhead-- nice hike with beautiful views from the ridge.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

beautiful ,worth it

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

A beautiful hike with awesome views of Chalk Canyon. Did about 4 miles round trip to top of ridge at 9320 ft. A lot of hummingbirds. View of Arkansas River Valley was a wide pano. A really great trail!!!

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

Doesn't get any better than this! Enjoy the solitude.

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Fun hike although it's pretty easy. I love seeing the sheep run down the rocks and play with each other.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Decent trail if just a bit to sparse. Defiantly bring at least two liters of water with you as there is no water available mid trail.

hiking
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Good trail with great scenery. It can get get a bit crowded on nice weekends. Keep a sharp eye out for cyclists; most are watchfull and courteous, some seem completely oblivious to the fact that other humans use the trail as well. Plenty of water along most of the trail but you may want to fill up at the dam before entering the single track portion.

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