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We chose this trail on the chance to see a moose and because the weather was better on the west side of the park this day. When we arrived at the park I took my girls to that bathroom and after exiting the restrooms we see a startled moose running by us in the parking lot. We hiked to big meadows without seeing another moose, but luckily on the way back in one of the smaller meadows we spotted a mamma moose and her baby. Wow, what a great hike. A lot of mosquitos so bring bug repellant.

okay just got this app but I hike very often and want to warn people of this crazy deee that wonders around and scared me and some friends while sleeping and would follow us around. so FYI. it was two years ago but he is getting more famous or she idk

Uphill is only 650 gain over 0.7 miles. and back down and then yes up and down again to get back. Wasn't bad at all and well worth the effort. Parking is VERY limited so get there early.

Great hike! Beautiful meadows, wildlife, and the falls at the end are worth it.

Great cardio workout. Steep incline. the primitive trail on the way down was a bit scary. Look for the rock markers to know you are going to right way. I had my dogs with me but had I known the way down was primitive trail I would have gone down the way I came up. That trail was very well done. No one else was out on the trail when we went. Lots of great views. Not much shade.

Would definitely recommend this hike!! finding the trail was tricky at times and we got a bit lost. directions below:

-Park at Stormy Peaks Trailhead
-Hike until you come upon a sign (will be behind you) for Original Wagon Road, follow the sign to the right. If you continue straight where there are green tags saying "Stormy" you are not going the right way.
-Upon reaching the reservoir, take an immediate right to the trail. It will be marked with a green tag that says B-17
-You'll come upon many forks in the trail but look on the ground for big arrows made from rocks/sticks

Slight steep climb at times but generally a level hike. Absolutely beautiful views and well-shaded! Parking was easy and not very crowded when we arrived at 9:30am.

hiking
12 days ago

Loved this trail!. Left Estes park just before 6 am and enjoyed the spectacular, almost deserted drive over Trail Ridge road in early morning sunshine. Temp was 52f in July at the deserted visitors centre. Got to the Green Mountain trailhead by 7.45 (after several photo stops) and there were only a couple of cars. Chilly start so we layered up, not much sun to warm you but made for beautiful atmospheric shafts of light through the trees and steaming of the damp forest floor (I'm an amateur photographer and loved it). A few pretty meadows off to the right as you walk. As we live at low altitude we had acclimatised for a couple of days after flying in to Denver, and one in Estes Park, and although the trail is only a fairly gentle climb, we found we struggled getting our breath, even though we are physically fit. There were loads of vicious mosquitoes towards the end of the trail. I was smothered in repellent and was ok (thank you, fellow reviewers!) but they got my husband with at least 5 huge bites on his exposed hands and head. We turned right at the 1.8 mile mark and came out onto it by a little wooden bridge over the river. I thought the meadow was spectacular. There were 2 large moose grazing, meandering closer as we sat on the bridge. We were the only ones there. A local woman joined us later and told us that groups of moose sometimes gather near the camp ground, so we followed the trail across the meadow, through the group of trees, towards the camp, but didn't see any more. We saw chipmunk feeding, woodpeckers, elk, cute ground squirrels, and a tiny hummingbird (by the river). The trail back is mostly downhill, so very easy, passing loads of fellow hikers going towards the Meadow. Got to back to the crowded trailhead at about 11am. The Trail road was crazy with traffic, so totally recommend the early start for a much more enjoyable experience.

hiking
13 days ago

This trail was weirdly quiet as the trail head parking was full on Saturday. The steepness is not that bad as it looks because of the relatively low elevation. The worst part is probably you have to do the ridiculous climb again when you're so close to finish.

Make sure you catch the turn on the wagon road. It's a great hike, scenic view at the end.

Great hike, complete with a mountain stream and lots of beautiful wildflowers! Be prepared to climb over and under several felled trees along the path. No problem using the app to find our way there, plus there were several large rock arrows that point you in the right direction. Starting at the Stormy Peaks trailhead at the CSU Mountain Campus, it was slightly less than 3 miles to get to the crash site.

We enjoyed this trail. For the first 2 miles to the falls you are walking through beautiful meadows. I suggest doing this hike early if hiking during the summer months. The sun is brutal when you are in the meadows. There is little coverage or relief. The last mile up is challenging especially once you get closer to the falls. We are relative novices so those who hike a lot may find it easier. Pretty waterfall at the end is worth it. Limited parking so arrive early. We got there around 8:00 am and got the last spot. I would definitely put it on your list of hikes.

First of all the directions to this site are misleading. Tried to do this hike today and so looking forward to it too! Started at Stormy Peaks. Saw the sign for Old Wagon Trail but according to the map on All Trails it appears you have to take some kind of trail past Denny’s Point and Old Wagon, and we had no idea where that was at after hiking approximately 6.6 miles total. Total bummer!

Tried to do this hike Sunday. There are still large patches of snow covering the path. about half way to the site, we find ourselves up to our thighs in snow and turned back. We'll definitely try this hike again in the spring once the snow has melted.

A good little hike through some meadows and woods. Took some nice photos of the surrounding countryside, as well as, the falls. Speaking of falls, the wet rocks are slippery...keep this in mind when angling for a better shot of the falls.

Great hike!!...nice waterfall!!

22 days ago

Beautiful. Steep in places. Spectacular views.

Does anyone know if there are bears in this area?

Did this in June of 2017. The early elevation gains can be pretty brutal but it tones down a bit while still being mostly up hill.

The mosquitoes really pestered us during the initial ascent and we were not prepared for them.

A good challenge that felt worth it none the less.

Just got back from a trip up to the site and some scrambling above it. The wildflowers are in full bloom and every color is present. The debri from the crash is humbling...

On our way out, we had the trails almost completely to ourselves. Balanced Rock was worth seeing, but definitely an uphill climb back to Gem Lake. And, once we made it back to Gem Lake, it was later in the day and more crowded. Overall, it was a beautiful hike that I'd definitely recommend.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great day hike and an even better over night backpacking trip. We stayed at the golden banner campsite which was secluded and still very well maintained. We even had a massive moose come visit us. Overall I recommend.

This was an awesome trail! We started near Sprague Lake and went upwards for a few hours. Our first real trail in Colorado. We are from Texas and made it to 10,000 ft elevation just fine. The views were breathtaking! A few bits of wildlife, beautiful flowers, and all the waterfalls and water crossings were amazing. Highly recommend this trail. We went upwards connecting to another trail for about 3.5 Miles, then back down. Total of about 5 hours for the 7+ mile trek.

I can’t say enough about this hike. First of all, the wildflowers in June were in abundance (golden banner and Indian paintbrush at lower elevation, parry’s primrose at higher). The middle section is quite tough (steep with loose rock). The Trail was dry and all the snow is gone. The directional arrows made of rock along the ground and the tiny tags on the trees do help the navigation, but the AllTrails app was the biggest help in finding the site. The crash site is so solemn yet so beautiful and peaceful, with a stunning view of Wyoming in the distance. The site is intended not as a tourist attraction but as a history lesson, to commend the 8 brave airmen who died on a stormy night 75 years ago (in 1943).

hiking
1 month ago

I thought it was easy in terms of slope and technicality. It’s just long. There’s a lot of tree coverage and I didn’t even need sunscreen (until around 11am). There’s also a lot of DEAD tree coverage so pay attention to your surroundings and remember fire safety.

An amazing short 1.7 miles to the little lake. It’s beautiful and worth the climb. Suitable for all ages and experience levels.

Quite an easy hike through open meadows filled with wildflowers until you hit the last mile, then it’s a little steeper & there are rocks to climb across to get to the falls. Overall a very scenic, pretty hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, it’s a longer one but the trail for the most part is easy walking with the exception of snow during the last mile. Definitely will do this one again!

beautiful little hike with a payoff waterfall at the end

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike on an 'unofficial' trail. Local signage to the crash site is good. Still plenty of deep snow drifts above 10k', but easy to navigate around. Lots and lots of water on trail. Lots of debris to examine and a great view of Stormy Peaks and down to the Poudre Canyon.

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