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hiking
4 hours ago

We made it to Ouzel Creek - it was about 5 hours RT for us. Gradual incline, but the last mile was rough. That said, incredible vistas at every turn make for lots of little pay-offs before the finish. Recommend.

this Trail is wonderful. The first one point five miles are very challenging and difficult. However they are in the forest so you're protected from the elements. For a considerable distance once you passed the tree line it is a wonderful Trail to walk on. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the summit. The weather was cloudy and it was incredibly cold, and it is very windy as everyone says. We did make it to Peak 12150. I would do this hike again no doubt. However the next time, I would go more prepared with the proper attire. While we were dressed in the appropriate coat and pant layering, the lack of a hat and gloves made it unbearable. I recommend all of these if you plan to take this hike. Far better to be able to remove them if its cold then to not have them at all. Again, I do plan to make the hike again, so that I can get to the summit of Mount Ida. It's a stunning hike and well worth every step.

hiking
3 days ago

Take two. We hiked this trail Saturday morning. Incredible views! SPF!!! you are being blasted by the sun on this hike (weather permitting). I would not want to try this hike in early/mid-summer with afternoon thunderstorms because there is no protection once above treeline. I did post pics too. We saw a Ptarmigan as well as pika's, marrmots.

hiking
5 days ago

This was the first long trail I have done in Colorado. Have to say overall a great experience. The trail in the beginning is well maintained and easy to find, however when you get to the rocky portion of the hike it is a bit tough to find the actual trail. The last hour or so was a bit hard for me as I am still not used to the elevation so we had to take breaks. We did not see a lot of people on the trail either which was nice. Took us about 5h45min with a lunch on the summit. The views are amazing and the trail is rewarding. Make sure you have a wind jacket as it was very windy when we did it. Great hike! Highly recommend it.

hiking
5 days ago

Well maintained trail & not many people! Summit views are stunning!!!

backpacking
7 days ago

Unique trip! My fiancé, dog, and I backpacked to the open space near the summit and camped there. We hiked through the night and arrived around 12 AM. Finished the remaining mile in the morning before heading back down. Definitely worth spending a few hours up top exploring all of the boulders. Bring water, the stream is only available for the first 2 miles or so.

hiking
12 days ago

mother nature made me work for this trail, especially on the alpine tundra portion— exposed and windy and brief rain. took ~5.5 hrs.

hiking
18 days ago

Good little incline near the top. Be careful of the switch backs, I continued straight up off the trail not realizing there was a switch back to the left. The summit is on the smaller side.

hiking
19 days ago

beautiful trip, not too tiring. the slope is not very steep. keep something warm to wear bc the last hr of walk is exposed to wind.

Beautiful trail with lots of shade most of the way. The boulder formations on the peak are sensational

wonderful top!!

This was unexpected for me. I set out for Ozuel but hiked on to Bluebird and boy was I glad I did. Those final 3miles are tough though. Whew. 16.4 total miles from Wild Basin to Ozuel then Bluebird. I got there at 6:30am and I got back to my car at 12:30pm. I don’t know if that’s good or not but my legs are sore. 8.25.18

P.S. I’m Will. Thanks to Amber for loaning me her app.

hiking
1 month ago

The incline was closed when I went so I ended up using the free parking and walking a mile to Spring St (since the shuttle wasn't running) before reaching Intemann trail. It's a short walk to the trailhead for Red Mountain and a mile up from there. The views on the way to the summit were pretty good but once you reach the top it's a gorgeous view and a nice little area to explore. Not including time you might spend at the top you can easily hike this trail in under 1.5 hours. There were only a few other people on the trail when I went on a Sunday morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Today’s weather (8/19) was not perfect at all. Snowing on the summit. We did this trail in 5 hrs.

Not pretty, not hard. Won’t be back.

Fantastic Rocky Mountain hike . This is my first hike in this area ! I am impressed !
It was hard trail to the lake but well worth!

beautiful.

Hard hike with great views at the end. Fairly crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult but worth it! Got to the trail head around 8am, summited around 1 and was back at 2:15. My partner and I took some breaks on the way there, the hard parts only last a couple of moments-had to give myself some pep talks but it was worth it! Way back is hard on the knees but as long as your mindful of the trail and your body it’s manageable.

hiking
1 month ago

8/11/18 - Hiked this amazing trail. My Inreach Exploer tracked 14.0 miles. The trail is well marked until the last .25 miles or so. The last .25-ish mile is traversing up rocks. Very step is well worth it. Love it - lots to see along the way. Beautiful wild flowers, water falls and more. The lake is stunning. I will do this hike again for sure.

Loved this trail! We decided to do the lakes as an out and back trail and skipped the extra bit that made it a loop... had a great time!

hiking
1 month ago

Probably one of our favorite hikes ever! Beautiful trail from start to finish! Hiked on August 9, 2018.

1 month ago

Not only was this a beautiful hike with incredible views but it will forever be memorable as I proposed to my girlfriend at the summit. It was so perfect!

5 peaks, but the best view is on 1st to 3rd peaks.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow, what a hike! This was almost too much for someone slightly out of shape from Southeast Texas. I hiked Sky Pond the day before and didn't struggle too much, but this was on the next rung up. As difficult as it was for me though, the amazing vistas more than made up for it. The summit location in the center of the park basically allows you to see most of the big landmarks RMNP has to offer, from Long's Peak to the Mummy Range and the Never Summer Mountains. While the views from the summit are certainly the highlight, the entire hike offers constant breathtaking views, especially above the treeline. Make sure to start early not only due to this hike's gaining popularity, but also because of the thunderstorm risk since the majority of the hike is rather exposed. With the caveat that I was one of the slower hikers, I began at about 6:45 am, summited about 10:45, spend about 30 minutes at the summit, and was back at the trailhead at 2 pm. The skies were certainly starting to look angry as I was making my way back below treeline. Definitely my favorite hike thus far.

hiking
1 month ago

Our favorite hike in RMNP (so far). The Milner Pass trailhead lot was already full when we arrived at 8:15 AM on a Saturday morning, so we parked down the road a bit and walked in. The trail begins with fairly steep switchbacks through the woods before emerging above the treeline. The views of the Never Summer Wilderness were immediately spectacular, and so was the wildlife, including elk, mule deer, marmots, pikas, ptarmigans, and numerous raptors. The trail to Mt. Ida is almost completely exposed and quite windy, so layering clothes (and watching the weather) is definitely a good idea. The ascent itself is basically boulder scrambling with no clear path, but the views from the summit were more than worth it. All in all, a challenging but absolutely outstanding hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Last minute plan to do some backpack camping and got into aspen knoll campsite nearby. Left from campsite at about 6am and made it back to camp at about 1pm. I didn't rush but kept a decent pace with a heavy load to test my endurance. Great variation throughout the trail. Lake was beautiful and very windy. Still a small bit of snow towards the end given it was the end of July.

on Red Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

4.5: Red Mountain Trail itself is nice, but getting the right trailhead from Ruxton to get on Intemann and to that one is confusing and a bit frustrating.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite RMNP trail (the other is Chasm lake). Absolutely amazing trail along continental divide. We decided to do an early hike starting around sunrise. Saw a large family of elks while driving along Trail Ridge road and also a couple elks up close at the Milner pass trail head, including a young elk.
Got above tree line after about 1 mile and the view was just breath-taking (not to mention some of the steep inclines at 11-12,000 ft elevation). Saw lots of marmots and cute pikas. We were probably 1/2 mile from summit when we saw straight ahead at a distance a large animal with a skinny long tail leaping, probably at its prey (perhaps a poor marmot). Convinced that it was a mountain lion, we followed our survivor's instinct and turned around. It was still an amazing hike. This is one of our all time favorite hikes. Highly recommend even if you just made it above tree line and not all the way to the summit. Next time I will bring buff and gloves as it gets windy and cold.

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