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Beautiful views from the top!! Did this hike on 12/15, didn’t need snow shoes but yaktrax were necessary!! Snow is packed down on the trail but slippy without them. The whole hike took about 1.5 hours, easy seems like the correct classification!

Super easy and beautiful!

snowshoeing
7 days ago

Great escape from the city, as I did not see a single soul on my entire hike. The trailhead was not exactly right across the street from the parking lot as my map had indicated. Look for the gate in the fence.

Great trail! Nice and steady incline all the way to the top. Hiked this 12/9, leave your snow shoes in the car, this hike is totally doable with just yaktraks

I really enjoyed this trail. I'm from florida, didn't need spikes uphill, buy used hiking sticks downhill.

Nice snowshoe. Easy to follow and I had it mostly to myself on a Tuesday morning. Didn’t need snowshoes or traction until a mile in.

hiking
17 days ago

Did this 11/29/18. Fun hike that should probably be labeled as “moderate” in the winter. Used yak traks today and they were very necessary. It is a slog going straight up but the views are worth it!! We breezed down which helped. Trialhead VERY easy to miss as others have stated look for a light reflector sign across from the parking area. Lots of snow on the road to the trail head that a person in front of us got stuck in. Be careful and mindful driving up.

Snow-packed trail that was mostly protected by trees; the wind at the top was brutal in conjunction with the 15 degree temps. Traction wasn’t necessary, but I would bring them just in case.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked this the day after arriving in Denver. Good warm up hike.

walking
1 month ago

I did this one in summer, pretty heavily trafficked but it is nice and cozy to walk around the lake.

Yaktracks and layers made this possible and as wonderful as well. Will be back !

This is a great trail to couple with the Squaw mountain. I would suggest doing this one first. This one is still an easy trail, but is slightly more difficult than Squaw. The incline a little more steep. My opinion is this is better because it’s more in the woods and the trail is more fun. The views at the top are stunning as well.
You will be able to identify the parking on the side of the road but the trailhead is easy to miss. It’s on the other side of the road and is a small entry.

I agree with the rating of easy. You are really just hiking on a road used to drive up to the lookout. The altitude is what makes it more difficult than just a walk on the street.
The views are stunning. We came the day after snow and the aesthetics are awesome. Going on the rocks near and around the lookout is awesome to get 360 views of the area.
It is 4 miles up and back. Great for a short walk/hike.
Be sure not to miss the turn for the trail head.

As of 11/10/2018 the trail is covered in snow but I didn’t need shoe traction at all and the trail is still being used enough that the path is obvious. A great, short hike with unbelievable views at the top. Download the PeakFinder app for some fun after summiting.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Super pretty with a little snow on it right now.

Decent hike that starts with a mild incline, then fluctuates with ups and downs. Nice mellow hike, no real view points. Good for staying close to Denver. Some of the trails are blocked off so it was easy to get turned around, navigating with AllTrails was needed to get to the right place.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, not too much traffic, and got my out-of-shape heart going!

trail running
1 month ago

This is Colorado trail running at its finest for me, in the mountains but not steep, a place where 4 miles feels like you barely started.

Went on Memorial Day and it was a great place to hang out for the day. Seeing the dam flow on the east side of trail is cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to watch the sun rise. Not too difficult but can be long if you aren’t in shape. Get there early if possible.

Bring spikes! Great mini hike with incredible views.

So beautiful- if you start in the second lot, the climb is steeper. Got a bit confused following the map, because the upper loop was closed in places.

hiking
1 month ago

Wear micro spikes.
2 miles straight up but views so worth it.
Incredible

walking
1 month ago

Easy trail with great 360 views. Requires crampons in fall due to packed ice and inclines

What a perfect trail for beginners, out of towners, and people who want a short day. Easy trailhead to get to. Easy, well-maintained trail, and a great destination. Beautiful drive up and view from the top of Chief Mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

Snow covered most of the trail and was all packed down, though slick in many spots. The wind was pretty cutting at points and at the top, so definitely bring a wind breaker. I'd also advise on gloves if you have trekking poles, I did not have gloves and regret it.

The hike was beautiful and the view from the top was incredible. I went on a Wednesday afternoon and had the entire mountain to myself.

Beautiful views at the top! I’d consider the hike to be overall easy if there’s not snow. I went on 10/20 and the majority of the trail had hard, slippery snow.

I hiked the trail on Friday and it was completely passable, though snow covered and a little icy in some patches from the snow getting packed down from foot traffic. The second half of the trail is exposed above the tree line. It could get windy at the top, though the weather was very warm and nice. Amazing 360 views at the top. I imagine this trail would be an excellent choice in any season!

walking
1 month ago

Very nice walk around the lake! Pretty crowded and almost didn’t find a parking spot. Path is well maintained, though and views are wonderful.

hiking
1 month ago

Always a great hike! Views are beautiful.

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