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Got to the lot at 11 am. Only one other car. Road is still closed, so you need to hike up 1/2 mile to the trailhead. I passed the only other two hikers and was the only person on the trail. Beautiful weather at the summit. 1 ft. of snow pack pretty much the whole way up...mixture of snow pack, slush, and mud on the way down. I completed with a pair of water resistant Keens. going forward that should be fine, unless it gets more snow. Then I'd recommend traxs or micros for a safe descent.

Had a beautiful hike today! I made it to black lake and it was great. Started at the trailhead at 8:45 and got back about 1:15. I would’ve liked to take more breaks but I was racing a storm so I had to hustle. The trails were completely covered with snow but packed well enough that you weren’t falling through every other step. I had crampons which were a huge help. After Mills Lake the trail levels out for a bit but the final push to Black Lake is pretty steep. I was very lucky that I had the whole trail all by myself.

Started at 7:00 AM with one other car in the parking lot. About 1" of fresh snow on the ground. Need to walk up the closed road about 1/2 mile to get to trailhead. The trail was easy to follow and packed. Had 1-2" of fresh snow for the most part with hardpack and ice below. As you got close to the scree field near the summit, larger snow drifts. No snow shoes required, spikes highly recommended due. Trail easy to follow up the scree to the radio tower. Gorgeous 360 degree view on top as well as into RMNP, Meeker and Longs Peak. Headed down around 11:00 and met fairly heavy traffic going up.

Only made it to Mills Lake, but it was beautiful. The weather can still be incredibly cold in the morning, but warms up significantly during the day. The trail conditions were a little sketchy at parts if you're not wearing crampons or snowshoes, but it's doable. Just prepare to sink into some soft spots. Especially once you get to the higher elevations.

Only went as far as Mills Lake, but we hope to go farther next time. This hike is amazing. We saw bighorn sheep on the mountaintops above us, so don't forget to look up while you're there.

Perfect time to go before the parking lots fill and the crowds roll in. The falls are still partly frozen but it is even more beautiful.

hiking
10 days ago

Created our own loop that wound up at about 8 miles. Overall nice hike mostly through pine forest with some long stretches through an old forest fire. These stretches do make you very exposed to the elements, especially with the sun beating down on you. Very well maintained trail. Watch out for lots of bikes. Some views of Mount Evans throughout. It was fairly quiet today but I can imagine that this trail get very crowded in the spring and summer.

hiking
10 days ago

Once you get above treeline the views are beautiful; however, to get there you'll have to go through snow and ice. Pretty hike through the evergreens beside a creek. It's a gradual incline, but an incline the entire way up nonetheless. Above treeline is when the trail gets really hard to follow, so I wouldn't do this unless you already know the trail. I lost my way a couple times and decided to go back down before completely losing my way. Views are completely worth it, though! I did everything in trail running shoes and regret it. Definitely should bring yaktraks.

The directions to the trailhead are perfect; however, for the last 2.1 miles it is on an unpaved, very pothole-filled road.

Did this trail yesterday. There were o lay about 5-6 cars when I pulled in, saw only about 6-7 people the entire time. I was the last one to leave so had the trail to myself for a good 2-3 hours. Beautiful forest and creek, so quiet and relaxing. It’s a gradual uphill but not to bad for the first mile and a half (I’ve got a lot of muscle problems and asthma so if I can do it then most people can too). The trail is mostly clear and dry with some slick ice patches lingering. I talked to people coming down and they said at the 1.5-2mi mark, or where the switchbacks start, is ice and you need crampons to get up there, so I turned around when the ice got too thick. There is parking but no bathrooms, saw almost no trash (One soda cup and some really old rusted beer cans) so the trail is taken care off. Will definitely be going back after the rest of the trail thaws!

My cousin and I started our trek around 7 am and arrived back at the parking lot around 11:30 am. When we first began it was lightly snowing and visibility was poor. But around 8:30 am the skies began to clear and the sun made it's way through the clouds to warm us up.

The mist surrounding Long's Peak from across the valley made for an incredibly picturesque viewing of the peak. The trail was in relatively good condition, only covered lightly with snow most of the way up, and we pretty much followed the footprints of a prior trekker the entire ascent. We did lose the trail about a mile from the summit and had to scramble up some boulders before we found it again.

Microspikes/crampons were abundantly helpful on the way down, as there were some areas on the switchbacks that were exceptionally icy, and the traction enabled us to descend safely. We only saw two other hikers on our descent, which made the peaceful tranquility of this trail one of my favorite spring hikes thus far.

This is an amazingly beautiful hike that I would love to revisit later in the summer when the snow has melted and the trail's a bit easier to follow. The views along the way and from the summit are incredibly rewarding and the long, steady hike to the top is absolutely worth it. I would highly recommend!

hiking
24 days ago

Such a gorgeous hike. The creek, the scenery all-around on the way up, the views at the top as said before are amazing. This is definitely a 10 mile hike and the first 5 miles is pretty much straight up. Knowing that from previous reviews we went for it and loved it. Coming down almost is rough on the knees has going up is on the legs. But such a great workout. Lots of snow we started at nine in the morning April 1 went all the way to the very top of the ridge and didn’t get back to the car till three. Lots of small breaks on the way up stop for lunch but down went pretty fast of course. In the afternoon on the way down the trail was nothing but/and puddles in rivers We were yet tracks the entire way up and we’re better for it. But if the weather holds this is going to be a pretty mucky trail for a bit but will be back I bet it in the summer it’s even better

mountain biking
1 month ago

Rode my class 1 e-MTB on this trail from the parking lot at Pine Valley Ranch. The trail starts with a long hill climb, which was made much easier with pedal assist. Then connected to the Strawberry Jack trail for the mostly downhill return. It was a fun ride and thanks to Jeffco Open Space for initiating the 1 year trial period for class 1 e-mtb use on all of their trails beginning February 21st, 2018. Hopefully this will be a permanent change.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Perfect weather today. However, note this tail leads you to the Elk Falls Overlook and not the actual falls. You can get to the falls by using the Chimney Rock trail, which can be found toward the end of where this trail map leads.

Great views. Easy hike. I wasn’t a fan of the second half being on a service road but overall not bad. I would go again but would hit the other trails in the park instead.

hiking
1 month ago

Grab a trail map (AllTrails app and park trails are not the same)
We hiked in with about 30 of us, oldest around 60 & youngest (that completed on his own) was 8. Nice hike to the pond, beautiful overlook, steep down & back to the waterfall. On the way out storms rolled in so we went back the way we came in. Recommend seeing waterfall when ice has melted!

hiking
1 month ago

Made Summit 3/24/18. Microspikes highly recommended. Some ice/snow covered steep sections going up and then of course soft and slippy stuff going down. A few small sections up high where you'll post hole 6+ inches but the sections are short so snowshoes are not needed. For now (until that area gets new snow) there is a clear path or trench established by hikers all the way to the trails end at the high ridge below the summit. At the trails end you'll hike left and boulder hop/scramble up to the true summit (class 2+). for someone used to summits above treeline this is quick, easy, & rewarding. For someone not used to going off trail to scramble to a summit, this is good beginner introduction. I was hiking heavy and slow (bc I carried more gear than needed) but the hike only took me a total of 3 hrs 45 mins round trip (including 25 mins on the summit) from the winter closure gate (lower parking lot right off Hwy 7).

Great trail. We took a few detours and ended up a little over 14 miles. But pure beauty! Not very busy and those that were out were very friendly.

I went here for the first time, on St. Patrick's Day, because the Bear Lake Trailhead was packed. This is a great trail with fanatic views of Longs Peak and the surrounding mountains. I will be coming back again. Strongly recommend microspikes because there are a few slippery spots that require them.

hiking
1 month ago

Still lots of ice on the trail. I wouldn’t recommend this hike unless you are prepared with yak tracks or micro spikes and good hiking shoes. I met several people who were on their way down as I was going up who had fallen on the ice. I even had to provide a little bit of first aid to someone who fell and was bleeding pretty bad. It is a nice hike though and beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

This was harder than we thought it would be. We wore micro spikes most of the hike. Quite icy. Lots of tree coverage. It’s a steady climb the whole way but it really got tough once we passed the tree line. It was hard to see the trail due to snow. We saw lots of moose poop but no moose; but they were close. It’s a beautiful hike. We will do it again.

You have a decent amount of ascent through trees until you get to the breath-taking views but they are SO worth it! It gets snowier and icier the higher you get (until you pass the tree line then the snow was scattered, lots of open ground). You could do it sans extra traction but YakTraks/micro spikes would definitely come in handy! I will say the actual trail is hard to find once you start to pass the tree line, mostly you're just following other people's tracks or making your own way (the vegetation does seem fragile so I wouldn't recommend stomping around all over up there!) If you can make it high enough though the views of the surrounding mountains are stunning! You hear the creek for a while which is nice and there's a pretty large parking area at the trailhead, it was really empty when I went around noon on Saturday 3/17. This trail was a bit of a workout since you're going up the whole time but with lots of water and some breaks you'll definitely be rewarded for the hard work!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful walk through the woods and gorgeous views once you’re above tree line. I definitely recommend spikes. It is almost all uphill for the first half of the hike.

1 month ago

this was a lovely hike! I just wore my hiking boots and tried to be careful in areas where it looked icy!

backpacking
1 month ago

We went on this trail in the middle of March. Snow was up to our waists, rather cold, but definitely worth the view. If you go early in the season you definitely need to be fully prepared

Trudged through knee deep snow for the last half mile. Trail is great, but not for someone who isn’t fully committed.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a nice hike this morning! Windy Saddle Trail was really nice, but Lookout Mountain and Beaver Brook Trails both had a lot of ice. Still doable with Yak Traks or good winter gear.

Loved it!!Hiked the whole thing without snowshoes- would not recommend! Extremely snowy and icy, but rewarding with good forest views and beautiful views of peaks. Really hard.

It had snowed this morning so some of the trail was covered with maybe an inch. Watch out for those snow covered icy spots. Also, the last stretch to the falls is extremely icy! Watch your step and wear spikes!

A couple of people didn’t have their kids on a leash and were flying up behind hikers on mountain bikes without saying anything. If my dog has manners, your kid can too.

But that was at the bottom. Other than that was outstanding. No need for spikes or anything

Great spot for a sunrise hike!

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