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Parking was easy when we got there at 11:00AM on the weekend. Walking along the water to the trail was great nice and calm. The trail itself wasn't bad at all, there weren't any real tricky parts. Sometimes you had to walk up stone steps, but there wasn't anything particularly difficult about the trail. You do need to pay attention for bicyclists though because it is a mountain bike trail too. The people cycling that we encountered were nice and courtesy and didn't just fly at you from around corners. It was nice!

There isn't any signage to show you were the Panorama Point is once you're on the trail though, so make note of it on the map. We were able to find it after a few moments of looking because someone arranged rocks in the shape of a heart at the part you need to turn at. To get to the point it is a steep, but short hike. Overall, I really enjoyed this trail and it had many beautiful views. Even if you don't find the Point you will see beauty all around you as you hike, so don't get frustrated! :)

Great shady hike with a few nice viewpoints. Downside was many mountain bikers, some at high speed

Close to the city. Short distance.

Great Trail winding up and down along the creek with cool waterfall. It's easy to lose the trail when you have to cross the creek. The yellow marker is easy to see after you cross the creek.

beautiful trail. i came accross a mother dear and her fawn, heard the mice/critters in the bushes most of the way up and even heard elk in the distance at the top. wonderful trail. this park really enforces the leave no trace guidelines and it shows.
also, the signs say it is strenuous, but if you are comfortable with hiking its fine, if you hike often its a breeze. i didn't see any snakes.

Awesome hike! Everything in below reviews is pretty spot on. Took someone visiting from Illinois not accustomed to the elevation and myself who is not the fittest or experienced hiker and we made it to the waterfall and back in 4 hours. We could have kept going, but we had a time crunch to get back to town. No bathrooms at the trailhead so make sure to go in Breck before you get to the trail.

GORGEOUS. no one is after the glacier. great hike!

amazing views of the flatlands and mountains. gorgeous hike for so close to Denver. loved the history!

Great trail. It took my dogs and I about an hour and a half to complete from the campground. will definitely do it again. It's a plus that the aspens are changing right now!!

Great trail for our 2nd and 3rd 14er!! Definitely need an awd vehicle for the Rd to the trailhead!! Very big rocks, took us 15mins to go the 3 or so miles. We arrived at 430am on a Wednesday and were the 3rd car in the parking lot. Trails were very well marked and gorgeous views the entire time! We tagged Grays then Torrey's, some steep grades, but not technical. Highly recommend!!

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail - well maintained and clearly marked. I got there at 6:50 on Tuesday and didn’t see a single other person the whole hike. Sunrise was technically at 6:45, but since the trail is in a valley I walked in shade almost the entire time. The aspens are beautiful right now! I took another hiker’s advice and went clockwise. It was nice to get the short, rocky uphill bursts out of the way at the beginning. There a really gorgeous spot where the trail opens to a panoramic view just before you get to the actual “Panorama Point.” Other than that there’s not many views, but the hike was still lovely.

The road to the trailhead was a brutal hike, but we got lucky and hitched a ride part of the way from I70. We aren’t “newbies” by any means but we don’t get to hike often, so this was a rough trail for us. We made it about 13,000 feet before turning around, but even at this point the views are amazing. It was a great hike, and moderately busy for a Monday morning.

on Bald Mountain Trail

hiking
4 days ago

I drove my rental AWD about 0.8 miles up the dirt road, until it got steep and I saw a place to park off-road. Most AWD should be able to reach the third hairpin curve (goes left) counting the first at the mill. There's room for a few cars there, and some deep ruts after that. Being a road, the hiking is never really steep. As a 69-yr-old flatlander, I only reached the gate at 12,752 and returned, but the trail continues much higher up the significant mountain. Saw 1 other hiker, 5 bikers, and 6 vehicles on the road. Good views, but not super.

hiking
4 days ago

nice day hike.

trail running
5 days ago

Great little beginner-intermediate trail running or hiking. The views from the top are pretty good for being so close to the city and the red rock formations are really cool too. Definitely a busy-ish trail — I ran into about 20 people on a Monday afternoon. Overall a nice little hike for after work or if you’re trying to stay within an hour of Denver. Note that the park opens at 8am and closes at 7pm. Four stars from me because you have to pay $7 to get into the park.

Great day. Near empty lot at 5AM. Accompanied my wife on her first 14er to Grays. I continued on to T’s with a friend. Back in the condo with a drink by 1:00!! Beautiful hike.

The historical ruins are very cool! Took a visiting family member from out of state and it seemed like a good fit for her while still adjusting to the altitude. Pretty crowded with lots of familes and dogs. No amazing vistas, but some decent overlooks and views to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It's nice how all the little side trails connect so you can add or minus mileage as you like. Found the historical information and ruins to be the coolest part of the day.

This was a fun yet very challenging hike! It says moderate but the hilly roads you have to climb just to get to the trailhead and then to the reservoir make it difficult. The meadow along the creek is beautiful once you climb the switchbacks. It seems like the never ending hike but we pushed ourselves with the encouragement of other hikers making their way back! Because we hadn’t anticipated such a long hike we didn’t get to enjoy the reservoir that much and would much rather drive to enjoy it next time. It took us 2+ hours, so be prepared!

Definitely need awd vehicle! For my first 14er, this hike was great! Did both grays and Torrey’s, started around 7:30 and was down by 2:30. Hiked closer to 11 miles including the hike from the car to the trailhead.

Well paved paths make this more of a casual walk than anything. still cool scenery.

It’s a great hike - for sure moderate but... def prepare for the winds after the first mile or so - amazing views!

Started at 5:30 on a late summer Sunday and there were already 70-80 people on the trail. Parking lot was completely full - seems like it’s legal to car camp and possibly even camp on the trail, or nearby?

The road up there is insane: 3 miles of legitimate off roading; I almost destroyed my hatchback. At the road’s last mile is a particularly insane dip which only SUVs and trucks managed to clear. You will feel terrible about what this road will do to your car.

I did Gray and then Torrey and my Garmin said 9 miles, but you will have to hike more if you park far back. Took me 4.5 hours including 15 minutes resting at the top of Torrey.

By the time I headed down there were HUNDREDS of people on the trail. If you can do this one on a weekday I’d recommend it.

hiking
6 days ago

Enjoyed the views at Panorama Point. Also, there were some golden aspens which is why we went. Beautiful location and a good loop.
Some inclines may slow down the pace but overall a manageable hike (even for a four year old) in its entirety.
I recommend going clockwise so that you have dirt instead of big gravel when going downhill.

Lots of rocks, good incline, did not get all the way to the top. My dog was not feeling so good. Pretty views. I think it would be better early in the morning watch the sun come up. Will do again for sure.

Lots of variety.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful and easy trail with lots of golden aspens and pine trees. Panoramic Point has two lovely photo opportunities and a great view! Perfect for a quick hike when you don’t want to drive super far from Denver. Not much elevation gain and the trail is well marked. We did a late Saturday afternoon hike and found parking easily. Trail not overly crowded. We brought our Great Dane and it was a perfect amount of walking and tree cover for him.

hiking
7 days ago

Decent hike, nice views but not much of a creek during the summer. Fairly good inclines, brought a toddler and had to carry her a good amount.

off road driving
7 days ago

Basic dirt road up, but head a bit further to Utah Hill and hit some of the forest roads off of Apex for more fun.

Leaves are turning! Lots of families on the trail. Started at panorama point and went counter clockwise, best views at the start and finish.

Absolutely beautiful! Beautiful people, beautiful scenery and beautiful goats! Very awesome day!
It was chilly before the sun came out but was very nice once it did. Take your time and enjoy it!

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