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Great, easy(ish) trail with rewarding views. Gorgeous hike in the snow. Trees cover a lot of the sun. There are quite a few lookout spots to pull over along the way.

hiking
3 days ago

What a fun and spontaneous hike! Although a family could very easily make a day out of Dinosaur Ridge. There is a visitor’s center below, and a brief trek to the trailhead where you can stop and fill up on Dinosaur facts and the history of this area’s landscaping. Continuing up the ridge, the trail becomes more mountainous, and perhaps steep in a few locations. My 7 year old and our small dog were easily able to navigate the, at times, rocky path and completed the hike to the top. The peak provides ample near 360 views of Colorado’s awe inspiring landscape. Red Rocks amphitheater is across the way, and the ridge is near off the interstate. There are many mountain bikers, so hikers, be prepared to pull over and say “hello!” on this fun trail. (Hiked: March/2018)

In this side of the park, Alberta Falls is the entrance location to most trails. It’s very pretty, but there’s definitely a lot of foot traffic.

Whenever I go hiking, I zoom right by because there’s always so many people. The further back you get into the mountains, there’s (obviously) less and less people.

It’s pretty, but if you’re not into touristy, I’d stray.

hiking
9 days ago

Easily accessible from I-70 and quick to get to if you live in/around Denver. I just woke up Sunday and decided to go hiking...20 minutes later I was on the trailhead; from downtown. Great views for a trail so close to the city. Family friendly. Lots of mountain bikers.

Didn't need spikes today. Nice view at the top, quick hike close to Denver.

Really fun trail with wonderful scenery!!

Very flat and easy trail, our dog loved it! Castle was pretty neat but a bit more modern than we expected. The river was partially frozen and gorgeous to see.

Cool hike on a low visibility day. Definitely want to come back in summer

Super easy hike with beautiful views...

I walked this trail 12/17/18 and it’s a beautiful trail. The trail was snow packed with patches of ice but easily trekked.

Did this one yesterday. Great weather for it. Most of it in short sleeves. Some patches are icy in the beginning but enough trail dust you just have to pay attention and it went well. Bit more hazardous coming down. Great trail. Saw maybe 2 dozen people for the whole hike which is a slow day for this trail.

on Dinosaur Ridge

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail even though it’s near i70. Interesting facts about the dinosaurs along the initial side of the trail. After turning off of the street and onto the ridge trail, trail is a gradual ascent up to the top of the ridge. It is rather rocky, hiking boots and a hiking stick are helpful. Nice spots along the way for views of red rocks and surrounding area. Nice hike close to city.

Nice hike, aptly named. Very easy at first with only substantial elevation gain before the top. A bit of snow and ice for the first third of a mile, but didn't need any traction. Definitely a nice little hike

Super easy and super beautiful.

Nice pit stop on the way to black lake

Great hike, not too strenuous. If there is snow at the base of the trail, you might want to consider some good footwear, poles and some crampons. The trail can get quite slippery when going downhill, with risk of falling into the adjacent creek. It gets better after about 0.5 miles from the parking lot.

Great view, really easy loop.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great beginning trail for snowshoeing! We went from the Bear Lake trailhead to make the trip a little longer, and it was beautiful and peaceful!

hiking
2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Well kept easy trail to hike or snowshoe

Really pleasant lake. Only thing is you can park right next to hit so there's no hiking needed to arrive at the destinations. None the less, super beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Waterfall is currently iced up and slow flowing. Not one of the most exciting destinations to visit amongst the Rocky Mountain trails. Would recommend traversing past and head over to Mills Lake.

Lovely nature walk close to Denver. The view at the top is legit and would work well to satisfy the average out of town guest. No snow on the trail today.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail where you can see many different directions if you are up on the ridge.

Beautiful even in snow-packed conditions. The falls are mostly frozen over right now, but there’s lots of easy trails in the area. Good grips on shoes (or traction clamps for shoes) would have made it easier, but still fun! And dress warm!!!

hiking
2 months ago

3 couples hiked it together in November 1st , there were several inches of snow on the ground and it was snowing the most big lovely flakes . The sun was peaking through and shinning off the water . How could I not give it a 5 star review ? Easy access , nice beautiful easy hike . We loved it !

Great views, easy access-just up lookout mnt

Beautiful roundtrip of Bear Lake. It was a snowy day so not many people on the trail, but it looks like it could be very crowded.

Very slippery in winter, wear good shoes with grip. Husband slipped three times. Beautiful falls.

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