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rocky
23 hours ago

It’s a hard hike but it’s so beautiful! Just show how early cause there is normally a hour wait time just to get into the park.

Nice hike. A bit icy near top but worth the views and quietness.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail, outside of RMNP gates. First visit 1/13/19 - snow on most of the trail, well packed and well traveled. Sunny skies and warm rocks to relax on. I left my snowshoes in the car - a few slippery spots where crampons would be helpful but not bad. Lake frozen solid. Well maintained trail allowed for trail running on the way down.

My first real “hike” in Colorado. At the start of the trail I saw so much dog poop. I am glad it wasn’t all over the trail. Once you head up in elevation the pine trees start appearing. So scenic. The waterfall was frozen but I bet in the spring it’s stunning. I’ll be back.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views along the way. Steady increase the entire way up. There were all ages and levels of experience doing this hike. As others have mentioned, a few slick spots but I was able to get up and down easily without microspikes.

hiking
5 days ago

We were there on 1/9. The trail had some slick spots but we were able to conquer it without microspikes and they probably aren’t needed since most of the trail was dry. The lake was frozen over and absolutely beautiful. Due to the government shut down, the garbage cans at the trailhead had a bag taped over them. The bathrooms were also closed. There is an outhouse near the top, be sure to bring some toilet paper with you!

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked at sunset on the 13th, used lights, spikes and pole for safety on the last third due to recent snow. Steady climb all the way with frequent 10-15" step ups, although the trail is well maintained and traversed. It was a cool down hike from a great week for some perfect overlooks on the way up as the Sun set over Estes Park. We went ahead and completed the hike after pictures heading up and the lake was frozen solid as usual. Did some handstands, and headed down. Great cardio hike any day.

Great morning hike before brunch.

Great trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end.

This is my go to trail. The views are amazing of Hudson River, Croton dam and New York City. Great for beginners and runners as well.

Just be warned, this is the woods, there can be substantial mud after rain, there are steep inclines as well.

nice hike, mostly dry on 1/6.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice waterfall hike with good views. Very well maintained trail inside Jones Gap State Park. Just over 5 miles from the parking lot, round trip. I'm a frequent hiker, but had a 9 and 7 year old with me. Took 2.5 hours. The Falls are beautiful. Highly recommend. If you go do it early. there is limited parking and when there's no room, you'll be waiting outside the park until someone leaves. the rangers control the flow of traffic

hiking
12 days ago

This is currently open but the parking lot bathrooms are closed due to the government shutdown. There is an outhouse 3/4's the way up. It's uphill the entire way to the lake, there were all ages and abilities making it to the top. Most of the trail was dry/dirt but there were sections that had snow and crampons/spikes were not needed up or the way down. Made it the top in an hour.

Hiked the trail today. Well packed fresh snow, no ice today like previous times. Didn't even get out my yak tracks, no need. Beautiful hike, deer were out wandering about.

hiking
16 days ago

This was my first waterfall hike and was not at all disappointed. I will go again.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike. Went this morning 12/30/18 and it was perfect. A couple ice patches towards the top (I just wore hiking boots no spikes or snowshoes) and stronger winds but totally worth it!!

hiking
19 days ago

Fun hike with good elevation and happy to have Yaktrax given snow pack and patches of ice as you approach the summit. Others looked to be struggling as we were descending. Parking was available when we arrived at 9 but looked packed when leaving 1ish.

We did this 12/30, starting at around 9:30 with plenty of parking, although it was pretty packed when we left at 1:00. Moderate is accurate, there's some tougher switchbacks but overall not terrible. Yaktrax weren't necessary but I was absolutely glad I had them.

hiking
19 days ago

Packed snow the last half mile. If I brought my spikes, I'd would have put them on, although most people go without traction and are fine. Lots of people on the trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked it during snowfall which was beautiful. Got to walk on the lake as it was frozen solid

hiking
20 days ago

Nice and strenuous hike. Uphill all the way to a frozen lake on 12/29. We (me, my wife and kids 12 and 6) started around noon. There were a lot of people hiking. I expected much less considering it was winter. Some areas had snow and were icy but it was a breeze with good snow boots with traction device attached. Expect strong winds throughout and maybe an elk sighting. We were lucky to see one.

hiking
20 days ago

Snow and Ice patches towards the top - use caution. Great hike, many gorgeous views along the way. Parking was available around 1:30 PM on a Friday. Somewhat strenuous - it's all uphill to the lake.

Awesome views from the summit!!

One of our favorite "short" hikes. You are rewarded with the opportunity to scramble on some rock formations above the lake.

Excellent views; great introduction to Fort Collins.

Beautiful area. The trail feels rugged in spots, which I loved. The views are worth the incline!

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Fun hike but parking is terrible. Just pull off the road if there’s a spot. Get there early!

hiking
23 days ago

My favorite part of this hike was seeing the views of Estes Park. Because my husband and I did on Christmas Day, we had the chance to walk on Gem Lake! (It was frozen).

hiking
23 days ago

First real hike for me and my wife (both age 27) and we loved it. Completed it on Christmas Day 2018. The clouds were kind and let us catch great views of Longs Peak and co. Gem Lake itself was frozen solid so it made for a cool experience to carefully walk over it.

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