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hiking
25 days ago

March 25. Still very much winter in the mountains. Micro spikes necessary, especially during AM hours for mostly hard-pack snow and ice. It was sunny so the snow became slushy into the afternoon. Snowshoes would have been helpful. We got slightly off-trail coming down towards tree line, must have missed a cairn. Be aware of this on your way down.
Overall beautiful hike with great views!

hiking
1 month ago

March 14... micros spikes needed... snow shows suggested mainly for coming down in slushy snow... this hike was really good... not until hitting the tree line on the north slope does the wind pick up. My guess 70 miles per hour. Make sure and bring face coverage as the last half mile you are walking into the wind with complete exposure. View are amazing and getting to the top was not to hard.

cross country skiing
1 month ago

Tried this on cross country skis on Feb 17 2018 and it was a mixed bag. Plenty of snow once you got to the actual trailhead (about a mile from the closed road/parking area), but very narrow and steep in places. This made skiing up awkward and skiing down pretty tricky. Some parts of the trail are on the side of a hill, making it difficult to keep from sliding off going up or down. Only made it as far as Ouzel falls. Fun, but snowshoes would serve you better.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike! It had everything from breathtaking views to animals to scrambling up rocks to summit!

4 months ago

Did Flat Top to Hallett - very good workout, great views, definitely challenging but rewarding! Very steep with elevation gain. Need lots of water + snacks!

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail. Escape the crowds of RMNP

6 months ago

I loved this trail. I am a total rookie and the people I met were wonderful. I learned that I should have taken a day to get used to the altitude. Spectacular.

7 months ago

This is the second time I have hiked to the summit of Hallett Peak. The first time was 37 years ago. That time I kept going along the crest, glissaded down Andrew's Glacier and out that canyon. Today it was up and down the normal route. A terrific hike but the wind was fierce from treeline on. I'd guess it was a pretty constant 40 mph with higher gusts. The top of Hallett was windier and colder, though the east side was a wee bit calmer. Took some summit shots and headed down to 70 and relatively still down on the valley.

Really gorgeous trail with a pluthra of amazing views. The first 5 miles of the trail are not difficult by any means, but the last mile has around 700-1000 feet of the elevation gain in the hike. And was strenuous. Especially for my friend who had hurt his knee earlier.

However, I would recommend hiking this. The views are great, and you'll feel rewarded afterwards. (Your legs might not though).

hiking
8 months ago

This is the second time ive hiked up to these lakes and this trail is not for the faint hearted. 14 miles round trip i calculated if you make it to Lions Lake #2 and back, i started at noon and was back to the car at the Wild Basin Trailhead by 7oclock i also took time to explore throughout the hike. The trail up to Ouzel Falls is highly trafficked but once past the falls i only managed to run into one person the rest of the way up to the lakes. Hiking boots with good ankle support is highly suggested as the last two miles before the first lake is very steep, rocky, and narrow terrain. Pay attention as sometimes the trail is tricky to follow, trail is marked with cairns (manmade rock piles) for most of the way. Once up to the first lake you can follow the right side along the creek and up the rock formations marked with more cairns for the short uphill battle through a mini snow field/boulder traverse to the second lake. Follow me on Instagram for gorgeous mountain photos @Alex.Newkirk

hiking
8 months ago

This is the Ouzel Lake trail all the way until about a half mile from Ouzel Lake then splits off, Bluebird is two miles from there. There is a couple of boulder fields you cross over. One of them the trail is pretty visible, the other you cant really tell but just keep walking and you'll see the dirt trail when you get to the end of the boulder field. The last mile of this hike is pretty tough, but the best views in my opinion, the water falls, lots of flowers, all the surrounding mountains. It was awesome. When you get close to the top you will see the snow field, if you look to the right of it you will see a cairn showing you another trail with no snow. I didn't see that trail until I was coming down. If you don't happen to find it just know I made it through the snow with no poles, I was just really careful. Beautiful lake and surroundings.

hiking
8 months ago

If you're in RMNP, crave a summit hike, and don't want to wake up at 3am to tackle Long's Peak this is the perfect hike for you. Go early to avoid crowds and get a parking spot at Bear Lake trail head. The sunrise in the park is awesome in itself so that's reward enough. Bring a layer for wind/cold once you reach Flattop. The trek to Hallett's from Flattop is marked with cairns so just take your time and you'll love the view from up top.

hiking
8 months ago

Best hike I have ever done. Be careful going to the summit, lots of rocks to climb over.

hiking
8 months ago

I am a very inexperienced hiker, so this trail was probably more difficult for me than it would be for someone who hikes frequently. I didn't really know what to expect. I was blown away by the scenery on the way up. You get great views of Longs Peak, Emerald lake and Dream Lake. Once you make it to Flattop Mountain it's about a 15-20 minute climb to the top. The view is absolutely incredible. It's something I will never forget.

My tips for any new hikers attempting Hallet peak. Bring plenty of water. Eat a nice breakfast. Bring a protein bar, or two. Be prepared to need multiple layers, and be ready to take some of that off. By that I mean, it's cool in the morning when you start, you get warmed up as you make your way to the top, and then you'll be cold and it'll be windy when you reach the summit. Also, bring sunscreen.

hiking
8 months ago

Summiting Hallett Peak is no minor feat. From the trailhead at Bear lake, follow the well designated Flattop Mountain trail, through a series of difficult switchbacks, as you run into some truly outstanding overlooks. This is a good trail to start early. If you have headlamps, a 4-5 AM arrival allows you a chance to park at the Bear Lake parking lot, and to go from there. I don't have a head lamp, so at first light-5:30 AM, I began my ascent. Some truly outstanding views the whole way. Watch for the trail markers, and split offs to other trails, as there are a few to stay on track to Flattop. Once you break the tree line, you're getting real close to Flattop. I walked through one of the glaciers that had already been heavily traveled that morning. By about 8AM, the clouds were rolling in, and it started to get cold and breezy. Be prepared with warmer/insulated gear, as it Will come in handy the higher you get in elevation. Also, start early and be comfortable going at your own pace. I made frequent stops, as the 3K+ ft. in elevation gain made me dizzy on multiple occasions. That combined with a bit of Summit fever, and I started to feel a little in over my head. Take snacks and stay hydrated. Once you get to Flattop Mountain, there will be a sign indicating going further to another trail (Not Hallett), and heading back 4+miles to Bear Lake, as Hallet does not have a designated trail Marker, except one plaque near Flattop saying how dangerous the mountain is (helpful!). "The Mountain doesn't care." From there you begin trekking Left, and over a series of small boulders. You'll notice a series of cairns (Large-medium-small size, man-made rock piles) that will be your true guide to the summit. Hiking this morning, I experienced multiple white-outs. Once you get to a cairn, find the next one, and keep going. Rest as needed. The cairns are your friends here. A little difficult to see them as you get closer to approaching the summit, but trust me, they're there, so keep looking, and if all else fails, just keep climbing, as long as you know relatively where you are. The summit is a true trek. I was scrambling a bit, and bouldering in some places. At 12,713 ft. you've finally made it. Two large cairns at the top, and beautiful views of Longs Peak, are such a beautiful reward for this truly difficult and long hike. Make sure you look for the Bureau of Reclamation bronze plaque (or) Geological Marker, that represents the true summit. Get your picture with it! Careful on the way back down. Shouldn't take to long, not nearly as long as it was to summit. Also, Don't Linger at the summit. Rain all morning, before the final approach, made the boulders incredibly slick. Get to the summit, take 10-15 minutes and get out of there. Afternoon storms should be expected, and per the warped and dead trees along the tree line, this mountain is known for its storms and lighting. Play it safe. Start early. Avoid being caught in a storm. Most importantly have fun out there taking in all the beauty that this hike has to offer! Safe travels!

hiking
8 months ago

This is the best hike in the park!

hiking
8 months ago

This trail has a lot to recommend it. Get there early to park near the trailhead; otherwise add a mile to your trip each way. We hiked up the trail leading to the campsites on the way up, and came back via Ouzel Falls. The trail coming down from Ouzel is much wider and better maintained, and heavily trafficked. Much of the trail is shaded until you get close to the lake. We saw a grouse and her chicks and also a deer. Flowers around the lake are gorgeous. The view at the lake is breathtaking. The trail is steep and rocky in places, so yes, it's hard if you aren't already in good shape. Worth it? Absolutely. One of my favorites.

hiking
8 months ago

strenuous hike, get started early defiantly worth the extra hike to get here

hiking
9 months ago

Trails conditions were still as described in previous reviews. Used trekking poles (up) and micro-spikes (down) on the final snowfield, but I'm unusually clumsy on the snow and was playing it safe. Wife only used trekking poles on the way down. Cloud cover and a slight breeze made for a delightful hike up. Encountered a moose just after the cutoff for Ouzel Lake approx. 4 miles in. Long hike but definitely recommended!

Drove up to within a mile of the 4wd parking lot before getting stopped by a mini "jaws." Trail to lake is mild; from lake to Clark summit is a bit of a beast. Did the loop, but just skirted the other peak. Descent route was much easier, but could be hard to pick up if you tried to ascend that way. Beautiful wildflowers in abundance.

Phenomenal views. Short scramble.

9 months ago

great hike with incredible views

hiking
9 months ago

Well worth additional hike from Flattop. Views are spectacular in all directions. Lots of cairns to show you where 'path' is to top. Sometimes not real obvious from below. Well worth the extra effort with much more incline after easy top of Flattop. Noticeably cooler and windier than Flattop even though not huge elevation change. 50 y/o first time hiker so is doable just take your time and pace yourself.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail conditions July 14 are the same as Spale description. The flowers are gorgeous. We wouldn't call the trail easy just because of the distance. Near the lake the trail gets steep enough that we had to use our hands to negotiate sections of it. We saw very few people once we passed Ouzel falls.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked Sat. July 8th

Trail is occasionally wet and muddy but free of snow until it enters the subalpine forest a little past the spur to Ouzel Lake. The trail through the forest has the occasional patch of snow and many more wet places, and closer to Bluebird Lake, as the trail grows more exposed, there are a few larger snowfields to traverse. Spikes were useful, though I saw other hikers make it without. The steep climb about a half mile from the lake is covered by a large snowfield, so I recommend climbing up the embankment on the left side of the snow instead of attempting to traverse it. From there, snow occasionally obscures the trail before it reaches a talus field—look for cairns that mark the way through the field’s right side (if approaching the lake). A final shallow snowfield is present just before the final ascent. The lake is fully thawed and free of snow on the shores.

This trail is quite beautiful even apart from the destination (which is also lovely). Past Ouzel Falls, you’ll trek for quite a while along a flat trail on a ridge while enjoying views of Long’s Peak to the right and Ouzel Peak and Isolation Peak straight ahead (be sure to be down from this section in the approach of a thunderstorm, as the culled forest leaves you rather exposed). Many unnamed waterfalls are visible along the trail due to runoff as well. The crowds are considerably less after Ouzel Falls, and I saw only a few other hikers past the spur to Ouzel Lake. Coming down the trail between Ouzel Falls and the trailhead, the trail was quite crowded.

I'd classify this hike as easy with the exception of the final half-mile, which earns its difficult designation.

hiking
9 months ago

Enjoyable, challenging trail. I made it to the steep section covered in snow (about 1/4 mile from the end), but it was too much. I inadvertently slid down the hill on my backside for most of the distance. I wasn't injured, but it hurt enough that I chose to head back down. Take poles, and take spikes. As long as the snow is there, you'll need them.

Extremely varied, averaging toward moderate. A bit scary at times if you're afraid of heights or get vertigo but completely worth it. Gorgeous flora and breathtaking views. A new favorite in Lory.

hiking
9 months ago

Been to Ouzel Lake a few times, this was the first to Bluebird Lake. Definitely worth the additional few miles. Still snow in areas which made is a little challenging and you are rewarded when you get to the lake. Take time to explore around the lake to get different views and perspectives. Great way to spend the 4th of July.

Great hike! There was snow on the trail near the end making it a bit tricky to keep the trail. Overall, one of the best hikes I've ever done.

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