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Patches of ice (Dec 18) but I was fine with hiking boots. Trekking poles or YakTracks would be helpful. I've done this hike many times. Enjoy it everytime!

super fun, short snowshoeing trek! we saw an amazing sunset!

Hiked this trail only wearing my micro spikes. Great hike!!! The waterfall wasn't that bad. Windy in some spots but I did most of the hike wearing a long sleeve T shirt. Got on the trail at 10 and the lot was full so we had to drop some of are party and hitch a ride... Took about 8 seconds to get a lift. Great day.

hiking
1 day ago

Great weather today. Hard-packed trail all the way to Chasm Lake - no need for snowshoes (or even gaiters, although they are a nice-to-have). Used microspikes and trekking poles for the snowfield. Definitely need some sort of traction because there aren't steps kicked all the way across.

Fun to walk/slide on the ice covered lakes and slide in the snow. We wore tennis shoes and made it just fine without fancy equipment. There were several spots where we slid down the hill on our rears—very fun! Be prepared to fall in the snow!

Dec 15. Sections of ice.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked 12/7. This is a challenging uphill trail. We are experienced hikers from Boulder and we’re still out of breath! Must use spikes or some kind. You would not be able to use snowshoes. Totally worth the effort - we had the lake all to ourselves and it is just as gorgeous, probably more so, than the photos show. Recommend continuing up to spouting rock after visiting the lake - it’s about a 2 minute walk up to a beautiful waterfall. One thing that doesn’t get mentioned often about this trail is the canyon - it’s stunning, especially in the snow. This hike is definitely worth the hype!

Very pretty. We did it the weekend after Thanksgiving and there was plenty of snow. It was very busy midday. It was not very strenuous and a great first snowshoe for my out-of-town family.

great hike. had a little waterfall 2 lakes and pretty easy. I will be doing it again.

Absolutely beautiful. Steady-ish incline, but not too challenging for any beginner hikers or out of town guests. Take it at pace for a more challenging hike for anyone. Views are amazing the entire way, but especially at the end when you get to the split of the trail, to either head to the old mining cabins for spectacular views at the base of the mountain, or up the extra steeeeep leg for an additional .5 mile of upward switchbacks for another amazing view over the ridge.

Awesome trail. Got lost at the top.

This was our first time to hike Horsetooth and it was beautiful. I took my 7 and 10 year old and we all made it to the top with no issues. There are a few slick spots along the way but we easily navigated around them. Views from the top are beautiful and I’ll be back for sure

Packed snow trail to the cabins and great views for the flatlanders.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Beautiful trail! We rented snowshoes and the terrain was perfect for them. Yaktrax were fine, but would’ve been more work over all. The trail was easy to follow and ascends a fair amount but the grade was never too bad. Also, the falls were frozen, but we could see and hear water under the ice. I’d love to come back in other seasons and do more!

Hard packed snow up to the mining camp. Could have walked with boots/spikes. But we snowshoed for fun and for the exercise. Plenty of snow for breaking a new trail in the cirque area. Beautiful, sunny day. Great place for awesome pictures!

My dingy Ford Taurus made it up the 3 mike drive. We went in mid December, and the Waterfall was gorgeous. It was frozen over and tucked in a slot canyon. Completely worth the drive and short hike.

I enjoyed a very quiet hike on the Walker Ranch Loop, right up until the end, when I ran into folks starting from the other direction. It's a lovely trail that winds through a very pretty forest. Loved the hike. No snowshoes or spikes were needed but I did use poles the whole way just cos I felt like it. We were cautious about going over the steps but didn't put our spikes on. (Always carry spikes!) Cheers.

Went early Sunday morning (12/9). Microspikes would have been nice, but by no means did you NEED them. 90% of the hikers were wearing tennis shoes (including me). Just take it slow if you are nervous about slipping.

Now I know why this trail is so popular. Did this trail on 10/25. Beautiful day. Some icy patches, but did not need spikes. I want to go back and see this place again in winter, spring, and summer.

Wouldn’t say is hard- solid moderate. Short. Trail crosses rock slide which is fantastic. Trail takes you to back of first flatiron, which cool, is bit of anticlimax...

Very hard, very worth it. Don’t bring your dog, it’s too much for them. The steps take about an hour, and then it’s a nice leisurely walk down the Barr trail. Beautiful!

We hiked Dec 2 2018. it was mid afternoon and the sun was perfect on the shiny rocks. gorgeous. many parts were icy. the folks with micro cleats had no trouble. the folks in tennis shoes were slipping. easy gorgeous trail. the park itself is a true gentleman.

hiked early morning 12/9. The hike to mills lake is a nice boot pack, crampons or microspikes reccomended. After mills lake, the trail mostly vanishes and its time to pull out the snowshoes. Great snowshoeing out to black lake. The views from the frozen lakes are astounding. Mild crowding on the way out to mills, very few after that. I would highly reccomend this trail, be ready for some pretty exhaustive snowshoeing the second half.

hiked early morning 12/9. The hike to mills lake is a nice boot pack, crampons or microspikes. After mills lake, the trail mostly vanishes and its time to pull out the snowshoes. Great snowshoing out to black lake, deffinitelty exhausting. the views from the frozen lakes is amazing. I would reccomend this trail, just be ready for some pretty exhaustive snowshoeing the second half.

Super fun trail. Beautiful panoramas at the top. Two peak hike - highest to the left with a fun rock scramble to the top. Packed snow the whole way up. I used spikes but others I saw (total of 6 people) did not even have them on. Took a total of 4 hours with a break at the top. Seems like more of a moderate hike to me.

hiking
8 days ago

First time hiking to Black Lake in winter. Trail from Bear Lake to Mills Lake was perfectly packed down, microspikes made it easy. The lake was frozen solid and it was so cool to walk straight across! Softer snow between Jewel Lake and Black -- changed to snowshoes about 20-30 min before reaching Black Lake after post-holing a few times. Luckily there were clear ski/snowshoe tracks to follow all the way. The distance between Jewel Lake and Black Lake always feels farther than it actually is. We walked around the shore of Black Lake to continue snowshoeing up to Blue Lake (used a GPS watch because we didn't see signs of a trail). SO worth it! The views from above the lake were stunning. Even better, Blue Lake was sheltered from wind making it a perfect spot for a snack break. Will definitely come back in the summer to find Green/Frozen and climb the Spearhead.
12.5 miles in 6.5 hours roundtrip

long hike but well worth the veiw from the top did it in sept had nice weather

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is mostly clear with some icy sections towards the top,my regular trail shoes handled it just fine. We took the bar trail back down since the ice was making me nervous. But if you have crampons/yaktrax then no worries. Wasn’t busy on a Sunday afternoon. We took our sweet time and did it 2.5 round trip. Love the views and workout.

on Royal Arch Trail

trail running
9 days ago

On a beautiful Sunday, it was relatively calm and I had the trail to myself for large portions of the trip although traffic increased toward late morning. Packed snow after the final creek crossing and used traction for most of the ascent. Removed for the downclimbing rock scramble 'cause the rocks were clear then put them back on for the last portion to the Arch. Repeated on the descent.

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