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beautiful.

Awesome little out and back close to downtown Boulder. My pup loved it! Bummed the creek was dry and reservoir is very low, might be better to do in the late spring time. Definitely worth getting there early & avoiding the rush of people!

Good, easy hike with kids. Plenty of shade, nice views toward the end of the trail. Waterfall and creek are dried up, I am sure it is more beautiful with higher water.

I really enjoy this trail. It’s easy, breezy and sleazy.

Nice trail. Watch the signs

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4 days ago

Not sure if I would rate this a easy trail. Pretty rocky going up to the lake had a old dog that had a hard time as well as took the kids a while to navigate with the slipping rocks. I would say it has amazing views; but my moderate trail.

Perfect day hike with our dogs. Lots to see and enjoy at a leisurely pace...took us 2 hours to do the loop. Highly recommend.

Awesome trail! I would mark it on the easier side of moderate solely because of the distance, otherwise it was a pretty easy trail. The trail is mostly shaded which was nice. The wild flowers and the wild raspberries were fun to look at and my dogs enjoyed the access to the lake. I went counterclockwise and think I would prefer to go that route again.

Good for my old dog.

very nice easy trail. Not a lot of shade but great views of the lake.

Great trail!! Some narrow parts with a slight hill but smooth easy walking the entire way!! Brought my dog on both occasions and it was great! Great views, beautiful trees. Peaceful and quiet. Not too many people despite the amount of cars in the parking lot.

great for a family hike.

Beautiful and very easy

Great afternoon hike, didn't get ticks and got a sweat up. The valley at the top is great for a picnic but pack light as the hike up can be hard. The dogs had a fun time!

Took kids and dog. trail was lovely and shady on a hot day. no waterfall...only a trickle but climbing around was fun. the reservoir was beautiful and we stayed there an hour just enjoining the calmness.

Easy trail with amazing views of the Flatirons.

Not a loop trail, and it is over 2 miles one way to get to Lost Lake. We had a time constraint and had to turn around and didn't see the lake. Due to misleading description on AllTrails we didn't allow enough time. Trail is poorly marked with a few spots you have to choose a trail, but indeed there are many hikers to consult. Download the map before you get up there. I forgot and didn't have service so it was too late. Map would have been helpful. The difficulty ratings on AllTrails are also misleading. As an experienced and relatively fit hiker this hike is easy, but the I'm trying to find a trail for out of town visitors with varying fitness levels and this ain't it. There's many other trails on AllTrails rated as easy that are clearly not easy.

beautiful loop. Love the mountain view.

Great hike near town. Very scenic. I went for the sunrise (see pic). Yes it's Rocky, so easy to moderate.

I started early at 5:45 am and didn't see anyone on the trail until around 9 am.

The sunrise facing east out the north end inlet was spectacular.

The cows made my day! Nice views otherwise.

Did this hike on Saturday morning (8/4/18) with the intent to capture a sunrise. The trail and sun did not disappoint (see pics). The hike itself is easy, but the rocky trail could make it more of a moderate hike for some.

If going for a Sunrise I recommend dropping into the north end inlet and using the exposed rock cliff and shoreline as a natural contrasting boundary to focus and frame the sun.

Then enjoy the 6 mile round trip out & back hike with the "sun dancing" along your side.

Only negative is paying state park fees for the hike. But can't really complain as it helps maintain the parks.

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16 days ago

This is my favorite hike in Granby now. The scenery is spectacular. The trail keeps your interest throughout. The streams and waterfalls are beautiful. I took a drink out of a waterfall coming directly from the top of the mountain. It was delicious. I recommend bringing a “Lifestraw” with you. It will cut down on having to bring water bottles. The trail is full of water features. The trail is not real steep. It has a nice mix of inclines, declines and level terrain. I advise wearing shoes with hiking soles. A lot of the area is rocky. Highly recommend. .

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16 days ago

It was so beautiful!! Near the end we saw the cows drinking from a pond close to the trail. It’s free for people who live in Boulder. If you don’t, you’ll have to pay a $5 fee. Just make sure you bring some cash. I didn’t but luckily my friend did.

Beautiful mountain views and lake, great trail and several other trails to take if you want.

Great little trail with some moderatly physical sections. Predominantly mild hiking with lots of shade. The creek and falls were dry as we expected them to be but once we found the resivoure, the views were worth the wait. Pretty treacherous off trail options exist beyond the marked trail but the terrain is steep and we didn't veer far. Some folks were fishing, others letting their dogs drink, it was a pleasant spot to stop and take on the beauty. It would be noted that no "body contact" is allowed with the resivoure water, as posted. (No swimming, etc.) We went in July and it was fairly humid. I'd go again but only in cooler months, maybe in light snow.

It is really only a short .5 mile rocky walk to other trailheads. other trails are probably 2 or 3 miles at least.

23 days ago

Beautiful trail, easy access. The parking lot is full but you do not run into many people on the actual trail.

This is a beautiful loop trail that is not too long nor too taxing. I would rate it as an easy trail instead of a moderate trail based on some much more challenging trails in Staunton State Park. If you are not familiar with this area, you should know that you need a $5.00 parks activity pass to park at the trailhead. Look for a forest service kiosk to get a pass on the way in near the dam. I think it is self service.

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