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muddy
snow
14 hours ago

Wonderful trail. Not too crowded, saw about 7 groups of people, went Sunday afternoon 1/20. A little muddy/slushy at beginning but then mostly snow packed. Used yak tracks and they helped. Some parts very sunny and warm, but gets cold once down near the forest floor. Great views around mile 2.5! Will definitely be back in the summer.

hiking
muddy
snow
19 hours ago

Hiked this afternoon with a pup. If you’re gunna bring a dog, I’d make sure you unleash them for some sections. Gets rather technical with snow and they may pose a risk if on leash. Overall great hike. Gives some great views of the mountain range. Don’t have to but microspikes May be a nice addition for the trail conditions right about now.

snowshoeing
snow
20 hours ago

There was a variety of people out with a variety of footwear. We wore our snowshoes, but saw people with and without spikes, trail-running, cross country skiing, and REI had a tour group for fat tire biking. The snow was mostly packed down with one icy spot. The hike was easy and I never felt a need to stop and catch my breath. Overall a pretty good trail.

Trail was well covered with ice and snow. I went snowshoeing after the storm to work in a quick hike. I was really surprised for the amount of snow. Probably could have done the whole trail with spikes and you would be okay. Best been to get there really early to get the best work of the snowshoes

snowshoeing
snow
2 days ago

DO NOT TRY TO TAKE GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE WITH MOUNTAIN BASE ROAD IT'S CLOSED! Did half this hike on 1/12/19. Snow packed trail approx 4-8 inches great for snow shoeing but can be done with yak tracks! Did the trail clockwise and there's a pretty decent incline about 1/3rd of the way in. Didn't make it to panaroma point due to starting really late but I would highly recommend and am planning to go back soon!

Fun trail! Packed with snow but beautiful nonetheless. For some areas having trekking poles would make it easier.

trail is snow covered but not icy! beautiful as can be!

Easy local short outing. Popular community loop.

We started at the Beaver Brook trail which is 3 miles downhill and back up the Chavez which was 2 miles uphill. We went 1/6/19 and there trail had some snow and ice in some areas. The trail is a mix of flat trail, rocks you need to hug or climb over and crossing streams. Just be mindful that the last 2 miles have quite an incline uphill and it’s not easy. I am looking forward to doing it again in summer as it is well shaded and I may be in better shape

A wonderful hike with amazing views. Hardly anyone was on the trail! Nice, balanced trail!

hiking
14 days ago

Quite a few people out today - 55° and sunny! Trail had some snow covered sections but did not require spikes. Great views at the top. We went counter-clockwise on the loop and took the Oxen trail back to the parking lot.

Amazing trail you have to try. Little bit everything on this hike. It was bit sketchy in some areas because of snow and ice over some rocks, but overall it’s a great trail and will be back.

Beautiful hike that crossed over the creek several times. It was snowy/icy in several areas. Starts off downhill then the last mile and a half or so is uphill. Well maintained but could use better signage.

Beautiful hike! Did this about 2 weeks ago. The first 1/3 of the hike is all packed down snow, minimal ice, and then turns to dirt but that may have changed in the past 2 weeks. When you get to the top you have a solid 10 minutes of endless views of mountains with 0 civilization in site. 0-no service which I was a-ok with. You have to take two of the other trails to get to the loop. Very beautiful hike and great with my 5 month puppy!

Great hike with multiple creek crossings. Went right at the start of the loop and it was 85% downhill and flat, easy. Probably more on the moderate end the other way. Recommend going in the summer to see the awesome creek. It was frozen during my hike but still was a gorgeous hike! Moderate hikers and dogs.

hiking
17 days ago

Did this Christmas Eve morning and had the trail to ourselves. There is trail erosion towards the west end of the loop near Panorama Point from overuse. But rest of trail is in good shape. The ranger told us he saw two moose on the trail earlier that morning. We didn’t but will come again. A lovely state park.

Beautiful views, varied terrain, busy with hikers and dogs, some tricky spots, several amazing rock stairs, very little snow or ice on the trail on the day we went...It definitely satisfies the need to get some peace in nature!

My wife and I did this December 30th on my 65th birthday. Read Keeley Dowell review it was spot on. No need for spikes, several packed snow places EASILY traversed.. We also took Oxen Draw clockwise and it was quite beautiful. Conditions couldn't be any better very enjoyable BEAUTIFUL hike. We will definitely do this one again.

This was a pretty hike. Not well posted and we lost track of the trail a few times...which would likely be more difficult right after a snow. Easy access from the city.

Enjoyable spot for a winter hike. I found light and crunchy snow, not ice, which was pleasant. Moderate traffic, but all friendly folks with friendly dogs and two polite fat-tire trail riders. Will be back.

hiking
26 days ago

Did Raccoon today from panorama point. Roads were all dry, no 4x4 needed. Not sure the other comment about access roads being closed - this time of year you have to enter from the West public road entrance anyways.
Trail was good. Some packed snow but mostly dry...Didn't need spikes and definitely don't need snowshoes.

Went for my first time this afternoon... beautiful well marked trails. No service for most of the trail but no complaints from me on that. Views at the top were absolutely beautiful. I took Oxen trail to Eagle View clockwise and it made the journey up a bit easier. Pretty steep coming down though. Will visit again!

Did this on Christmas Day. Temps were warm and trail was in good condition. Nice parking lot and clean vault toilets. I’ve driven by this many times - always busy on the weekends. Nice view at top.

Snow and ice in some spots, 10 to 20 feet at a time with 90% of the trail clear. Did not use our micro spikes today but had to walk carefully in a few places. Watch for slick ice covered with a dusting of dirt.

Did on Christmas so not busy at all. Decent and fun especially for being close to Denver when you need less of a drive. Top of the loop had great scenes. Clocked 4.4 miles and at a slower pace did in a few hours. Didn’t need spikes though few areas had snow pack and that was enough to get traction. Lots of sun so did shed layers was about 40 out when did.

Good trail and challenging. The actual nature part is very scenic and enjoyable some of the hike is a little more than moderate. Personally not enough signs to point you in the right direction to get your proper hike. Had fun fun and think would redo hike.

Completed 22 Dec 2018. Peaceful with beautiful, calm views of the forest, creek and occasional open views of the mountains. If you go the Beaver trail to Chavez route you will quickly find the back half challenging your lower body as you ascend drastically. My only notable fault is the constant slanted trail that really rubs on your ankles after the 3rd mile. It's nothing that a good bath can't take care of when you get home though. Recommended! Hike on :)

Access road is closed as of 12/21

Perfect area to go on a run because of easy sidewalks. The views were amazing and I had a great time take pictures! Definitely going back

hiking
1 month ago

definitely need spikes, thin layer of snow/ice over substantial part of trail, anywhere that is mostly shaded.

hiking
1 month ago

loved it!

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