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5 hours ago

Saddle rock, Greenman, & Ranger all ice & snow. Microspikes strongly recommended. Gregory Canyon mixed ice/snow/mud/dirt. 1/21

15 hours ago

definitely need spikes

Completed 1/18/19. Micro spikes were a necessity, put them on at Chautauqua and never took them off. Snowpack was deep at points, but trail was 99% manageable, and you could see where you were going. Few people if any were on the trail. Enjoy!

4 stars but only because we couldn’t make it to the top. About 1.7 miles up during the switchbacks the snow is very deep. The tracks of people who had come before us stopped, and we tried to keep going but would have needed snowshoes. Either way - gorgeous views and manageable elevation. Very windy but beautiful sunny day!

Great hike. Did a winter sunrise hike to Bear Peak on 1/15/19. Started the hike at 4:30am and made the sunrise just in time. Definitely not the smartest decision, but the sunrise was beautiful. Trail is packed down and icy. At the top of the peak, for a section of ~100ft or so, it is going to be tough with snowpack in some places. I don't have microspikes, but they would have been extremely useful and cut down the hike time substantially.

7 days ago

One of my favorite trails, it seems it is less crowded than some of the others in this area. Hiked 1/13, went up Gregory Canyon and down via Saddle Rock. The top was mostly hard packed snow and the bottom a little icy, I wore my microspikes the whole time and was glad I had them. Took me about 4 hours round trip. Would highly recommend!

Hiked this trail with my wife and daughter on Monday. Bluebird day, very little wind, not too cold -- amazing. Microspikes were sufficient as long as you stay on the packed trail (especially for the descent). Very steep at times, but well worth the effort. One of our favorites hikes.

Great variety of terrains.


Hiked this trail in mid-September. Probably my most favorite trail ever. Well worth the scramble up the waterfall. Spectacular lakes set in a backdrop of towering mountains. And the colors were amazing. Definitely worth the effort to get there. Make sure to take the time to stop and enjoy the many views.

15 days ago

Beautiful winter day. No need for spikes, just a couple of inches of snow in the shadows. Nice long stretches of up and down. Pretty quiet, most dogs on leash like they’re supposed to be.

16 days ago

Started at NCAR and made my way up the “shorter but steeper route”. You’ll want spikes! There’s a false summit, so keep going when you think you’re at the top. Bring layers - It’s windy and cold at the top! This hike has earned the rating of hard - steeper than Flatirons and Sanitas! Round trip, with multiple stop and catch my breath! and take this view in, 6 miles in 3.5 hours.

Good trail but the end of the loop took us out on the road so must not be well marked. Some snow on the trail but didn't need additional traction.

Nice peaceful hike in the winter. You are in the trees a lot of the time but it is so pretty. Barely any snow left on 1/4/19, didn’t even need yaktrax! Didn’t see a single person on the trail on a Friday afternoon.

A little icy and snowy in some areas, but plenty of parking and a beautiful hike.

19 days ago

Unfortunately, not enough snow to warrant snowshoes but found trekking poles helpful with the rolling terrain. The trail is accessible by parking on the road and walking a short distance to the campground. The trail is very well marked and it was a pleasant surprise to find the restrooms open. Nice views at Dude's Fishing Hole.

21 days ago

Fun hike with good elevation and happy to have Yaktrax given snow pack and patches of ice as you approach the summit. Others looked to be struggling as we were descending. Parking was available when we arrived at 9 but looked packed when leaving 1ish.

Hiked 12/22/18--the day of the shutdown. The Loch Lake Trail was absolutely stunning. I arrived super early the morning that Rocky shut down, unaware of the government shutdown, so, fortunately, I was able to drive directly to the trailhead. I love snowshoeing and it was a gorgeous powder day and I got to break trail first, solo. It was cold, one of the coldest hikes I've done yet but I was fully geared up. Though I was first on the trail I could tell where the trail was as it wove around trees. About a mile and a half into the hike, two men passed me who were going ice climbing around Mills Lake. They were in hiking boots only. If you don't have snowshoes, you can't possibly walk in this deep snow. Be prepared. Have shoes, poles AND spikes. When I finally got to the lake, I literally ran the last 100 steps, I was so thrilled that I had made it, solo, and other than those two men, no one had passed me. It was very, very cold and windy at the lake. The lake appeared 100% frozen but given that I was solo, I was not going to walk on it. It was too cold to eat so I headed back down and tucked into the trees and ate very quickly and then started heading back down. I kept my snowshoes on, although usually I would have switched into spikes. I passed two other couples coming up the trail and then a few others and that was it. So, the trail wasn't packed down enough to wear spikes and the shoes worked great. It was about a 6.5-mile hike and I headed out of Rocky at 12:30pm and that's when I saw the rangers turning everyone away. I'm thrilled I was able to make this hike; the waterfalls and running water were absolutely gorgeous.

Really solid hike with good views. It doesn’t seem like it should be rated hard, it is level most of the way.

We did this 12/30, starting at around 9:30 with plenty of parking, although it was pretty packed when we left at 1:00. Moderate is accurate, there's some tougher switchbacks but overall not terrible. Yaktrax weren't necessary but I was absolutely glad I had them.

22 days ago

First couple miles are awesome! Overall would do it again.

One of the best in the park.

Easy 14er. Views are amazing! Windy at top!

25 days ago

Awesome! But super cold at the top

25 days ago

Fun hike but parking is terrible. Just pull off the road if there’s a spot. Get there early!

Beautiful midway point to stop and snack on your way to sky pond. Hiked on an early October day and the weather was perfect. Very serene and peaceful lake with amazing views and refreshing breeze. But keep going on past Loch...as the true treasure is Sky Pond and the waterfall before lake of glass. An amazing and rewarding day in RMNP

28 days ago

If you're not a Boulder resident, you need to pay $5(cash only) in an envelope.

The hike was challenging I do hiking weekly but this was one of the tough ones. 263 floors(per Fitbit) so good cardio can get done. Sadly 2 routes were not the correct trails. I posted the photos. Have a great hike! x 12/23/2018 70th hike of 2018.

Undeniably one of my favorites in Rocky Mountain. Typically pretty busy trail during the summer, and almost always a line around the waterfall climb, but doesn’t distract from the beauty at the top. One of the most fun hikes for the varying terrain and views.

—December 17–
Went for a day long hike up Ute Creek trailhead attempting to reach bison peak. Did not see a single person at the trailhead or on the trail. First mile is a easy going walk along the river then climbs over 2000’ within a couple miles. Definitely a difficult trail and with snow/ice covered at higher altitudes. Unfortunately didn’t reach summit due to time getting late and difficult trail conditions. Great views around tree line with views of many major peaks in Colorado. Planning to go back in the future and discover more of lost park.

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