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hiking
5 days ago

Yak tracks were required to make to the falls. This was my first time doing this trail in the winter. The change in the season threw me off and the waterfall snuck up on me. I may have missed it had I not been there in the summer. Waterfall is totally frozen over, but you know its there from the huge slot canyon. If you are hiking passed the falls to the lake you will need snow shoes.

snowshoeing
7 days ago

Beautiful views and great hike. Was debating whether it’d be a hike or a snowshoe. I brought my snowshoes and am glad I did. Starts hard pack and hikable but turns to postholing after a mile or so. Trail disappeared so I broke the last half mile using my GPS for guidance. Poles came in handy. So easy to get to from Denver.

snowshoeing
7 days ago

Plenty of snow already! The first mile or so of trail is pretty packed and easily hiked without spikes. But you’ll need snowshoes after that (unless you enjoy battling knee high snow). The trail was barely visible after two miles, but managed to sleuth it to the junction. Be safe out there!

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Simply beautiful, and plenty of fresh powder!! There were folks doing this hike with microspikes but snowshoes really came in handy as the powder was knee deep halfway into the hike and above treeline.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike, but a ton of snow now. Yaktrax from the TH are recommended. Skis/snowshoes are probably a good choice, too. I was falling in to snow about knee-height around 2 miles in, and turned back. What a beautiful hike though.

hiking
14 days ago

One of the best hikes you can do located within an hour of Denver. Heart pumping hike with a beautiful mix of mountain vistas, wooded trails and open valleys. Plenty of snow on the ground now so YakTrax are highly recommended. Plentiful parking at the trailhead as well. A must do for serious hikers.

hiking
15 days ago

hiked this on Saturday 10/27 with a friend and puppy. we are in shape, but took our time. 3.5 miles round trip in an hour and 45 minutes. great views at start and end along with shadowy fields of pine trees. limited parking at wildernest start on a weekend.

Gorgeous little area, nice view from the top! Had my blood pumping but was still easy for sure.

hiking
21 days ago

We did this hike today (Oct 26) starting at 2pm and it was beautiful. There is some snow and ice starting around 10k ft but most of the trail is wooded and wide with great cover and pretty trees. The lakes are really pretty and we met several people who saw moose. Since we started in the afternoon we avoided most of the direct sunlight and the trail wasn’t crowded. I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
21 days ago

This place was absolutely amazing when the aspens were out (see pictures). Like walking in a sea of yellow! Second time I've hiked this, and it's pretty easy. The trail doesn't really have a definite ending, so once you see the waterfall, you're there!

hiking
22 days ago

My first Colorado hike, back in August. The whole experience was nothing short of amazing! The views were impeccable, and the journey to the summit was clear, with views for days!

Did this hike yesterday 10/24 somewhat snowy and icey during the middle and end due to the tree coverage and altitude. May be best to bring poles, I didn’t have any and had to avoid the icier parts of the trail by walking in somewhat deep snow. Lakes completely frozen at this point but still a gorgeous hike!

hiking
24 days ago

Took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes to the cabin. Enjoyable hike overall. The trail is still mostly clear of snow right up until the last portion. As another poster mentioned, it pays to do a little more work and go up the boulder field for better views. I would rate it, as a few others have, as very high moderate or low hard.

hiking
27 days ago

Completed today, 10/21/2018 in 65F fall weather. It was warm at first, but it gets cooler and cooler and bam, freezing by the lake. You'll need to wear waterproof shoes and bring poles to support yourself, it gets icy. Big parking lot, but still recommend getting there early especially if it's a warm day. There are a couple of porta potty at the trailhead but bring hand sanitizer ;)

Hiked this on Monday, after a snowfall from the weekend. You get great views of several different ranges on a very easy, well-marked trail. I've hiked all over this damn state but this was my first moose sighting! A mother and baby grazing right at the trailhead. The trail does not require spikes as of 10/15/18.

Good hike. Little disappointed trail went only to top of falls. Aspen leaves pretty much all gone. But interesting snow/ice in stream bed just above falls. I am 65 and over 240 lbs but in decent shape and very used to CO hiking so found it to be moderate difficulty. Went with adult niece & nephew who are not acclimated but they did fine. Took our time so spent about 4hrs altogether. Recommend this hike and if we started earlier would have definitely gone on well beyond Falls. By the way I think backpacking is allowed here.

hiking
1 month ago

You’ll definitely want to bring traction and poles for this one. It looks dry at the trailhead, but there’s a lot of packed snow on ice pretty soon after you start climbing.

You could probably even get away with having your snowshoes handy toward the top.

A beautiful hike. Top of the falls is a great lunch spot. We didn’t scramble around enough (in the snow) to get a good view of the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, fun trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Another classic Rocky Mountain hike. Great diversity with forest, meadows, snow caps all around, a couple of stream crossings and a nice lake at the end. The first half mile and the last 3/4 mile are pretty steep so be prepared for some climbing. Got lucky today with only six other cars in the parking lot. However, I am guessing this trail is very crowded in peak season. Go now before the trail is covered in snow.

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on Bighorn Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike but don't be fooled, this is hard, not moderate. I'm really not sure how All Trails rates trails but this one must have been rated by either an advanced hiker with perception problems or a crazy person. The first .4 miles are steep, the next mile is the only moderate section. Perhaps the rating is based on the first 1.4 miles? After that it is hard, very rocky, steep, 2 rock falls and very difficult. I'm an experienced runner & hiker and i cannot figure out how this is only rated moderate. There are quite a few hikes around Vail that are much more enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and steep - poles are handy, especially in the rain. I saw lots of visitors from sea-level who were struggling with this trail. I wouldn't recommend it for flat-landers unless they are already acclimated and/or in excellent shape! At the very least, come prepared for Colorado's changing weather. Falls are pretty and there were still pockets of golden aspens even though most of Vail Valley is past peak.

hiking
1 month ago

A perfect hike and the climb is well worth the views. I started in the morning on a Saturday and by the time I made my way down (near noon) the trail was much busier, so if you’re looking for less people on the trail, go in the morning. The road leading to the trail is a pretty well maintained dirt road, my small Toyota Yaris was able to make it driving slow. The incline is good, a nice workout. Towards the top the trail gets a little confusing and seems to branch off into different directions but they all lead to the top. Great hike and I will definitely do this one again in the future!

Challenging steady to moderate climbs. 3-4 stops that are beautifully breathtaking. The final destination point is fully gratifying. Strongly recommend this trail.

difficult incline but so worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Strava 6.6 miles in 3 hours 7 minutes. 1837 in elevation gain. Big climb up but awesome hike and so easy to get to right off of 70.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking lot this year is more packed than I've ever seen it-but can accommodate a ton of traffic! Water in the lake seems a bit lower than other summers? Expect initial climb & last leg to be tough, but the end is worth it!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Steep climb in the beginning then opens to expansive views over rolling inclines/declines. Heavy snowpack, not many people go past the first mile. Drops into a forest and then leads to what is a iced over lake, from there you can take various routes up the surrounding peaks/rim to continue. Great place to nom nom at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail on Oct 1. Path cuts through and near aspen groves or pine forest the entire length. Steady climb with a long uninterrupted stretch in the middle of the route that was fairly steep walking. Beautiful wide open view in two points along the way as well as at the summit. As a others have noted the trail signs never call this trail by the name here so keep your AllTrails app open at the trailhead and at the trail split after about a half mile. Cell coverage throughout (AT&T). Great trail!

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