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Fabulous views as you go up, and it's definitely worth it to scramble up to the top. The trail had heavy traffic though, making it not as peaceful as I would have liked. With snow on the trail, the traffic really packed it in, making it fairly slick.

Arrived around 9:30am Saturday morning and parking wasn't more than 5 cars although once we got back to the car around 11:30 there was a line of cars and more people. There was snow most of the trail and icy towards the last portion of the trail, but was an awesome hike and fantastic views!

Awesome short hike with an amazing view! The view at the top is worth it. As of 10/12/18 there is a couple inches of snow and the top by the ridge is SO windy so be prepared.
Limited parking, we were the second car there at 9am and when we were back at 11am the whole side of the road was packed.

Did this hike yesterday in the middle of a snow shower, and it was really nice! Like others, we missed the turnoff for the falls, but found it after finding the sign on our way back down. Apparently, we hiked nearly 1/2 a mile past it. My phone was acting up, so I wasn't able to add a waypoint to the map.

That being said, this is a really nice hike. It would be great for out-of-towners, since the elevation gain is very managable. I don't know if it was the weather, or that it was Wednesday, but we ran into more bags of dog poop than people. Seriously folks, clean up after yourselves!

It’s a great hike for families. With a moderate gain and only 1.5 miles long you get some great views.

Perfect, easy short hike for winter. If this was done in summer, I'd give 3 stars that are because it is boring and too easy. First snow day, beautiful Aspen trees covered with snow and ran into some deer. Thumbs up! Parking was only filled with 4 cars at 9 am.

Pretty easy and amazing views, even on an overcast day at lower elevations. Would recommend to visitors to the area because of the huge reward for little effort.

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10 days ago

The hike was about 3 hours start to finish. Great path up to the peak. It was foggy when I arrived but the sun peeked through and I got some great views of the golden aspens. Would definitely hike again.

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13 days ago

Excellent 360 degree views!

Weather was great for hiking and not too many people on the trail (it was a weekday after all). Trail is pretty dusty and I can see this getting muddy after some rainfall. Really wasn't much too see as there are not any viewpoints and you're walking through dense forest. We missed the sign that points to the falls 100 yards away. It was kind of easy to miss as it doesn't really face the trail very well. There were at least two other groups that had missed it also and we were all looking for it. After finding the falls, it was disappointing to see the dismal trickle of water coming down the rocks. I'd hardly classify it as "falls". All in all, it was an ok hike.

Good trail for me to get used to altitude!

Had a blast out here a few weeks ago. Managed to complete the out and back with 1 arm in a sling. I will do this hike again no doubt.

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We really enjoyed this hike! It’s not a bad hike for beginners and offers really nice views of downtown, Red Rocks, and the mountains!

Beautiful hike! The colors were so pretty with a few aspens interspersed in the ponderosa. Keep your eyes out for the sign down to Maxwell falls off the trail - it can be easy to miss depending on which way you come up. You have to walk ~100m upstream to see the main falls. Also, please pick up your dog poop bags! We saw at least 6 bags at the trailside.

Great family hike with kids and dog. Trailhead a little hard to find just past Echo mountain ski area. Nice and easy. Fun scramble up the rocks at the top. Amazing 360 views especially of Evans and Bierstadt to the west. 50 minutes up. Hung out 10 minutes. Back down to Old Squaw Path then up the dirt road to Squaw’s peak at the fire tower — a must see — and back down to co-103 in just under 2.5 hours. All great except for firing range just off squaw road about halfway up. Way to ruin peaceful nature.

OK, let me start by stating that my wife and I are in our 60’s. We accomplished the hike.

But this is not an “easy” hike for people our age....unless you do “a lot” of hiking. The elevation at the trailhead is around 10,500 feet!

It is a steady climb of 1.5 miles. The top has some fantastic views, but again, the altitude at the top is 11,700 feet!

If you come from anywhere near sea level, I would hesitate doing this until you get acclimated to the altitude.

But from a standpoint of views, it rates a 10!

The drive up there was beautiful with all the fall colors (September20th). Parking was no problem even at 9am.

Enjoy!

It was a nice little hike definitely easy with beautiful pine trees everywhere.

Not much scenery as it’s in a valley. Barely any changing of the leaves so not recommend right now if that’s your goal. Lots of uphill and rocky. Great cardio. Never made it to the falls. Heavily trafficked...

It is beautiful and fun. It takes awhile to get to the falls so be prepared to hike! It’s also very much in the forest and you don’t see mountains or the sky a whole bunch.

Incredible hike with the family. Consistent incline but not particularly difficult. The hike through the trees opens up to an incredible 360 degree view at the top.
Highly recommend this trail!

On a whim after landing in Denver I decided I needed to see the Rockies. Drove up to Summit Lake (fun drive!) and decided to hike up the trail there. Only learned after that this is the Mt. Spalding trail. Anyhow, being from Boston I definitely felt the altitude but the trail was beautiful and the view was worth the shortness of breath. Also saw long horn sheep and a mountain goat, so that was cool. Trail is listed as hard which I think is less about the trail itself and more about the altitude.

Three stars because this trail is way too packed. You'll need to get to the trailhead between 6-8am although people tend to park on the side of the road. This is a moderate trail in the true sense. The beginning is mostly an incline and there are a series of ups and downs. You can wander a bit off the trail on certain parts for some amazing view points of the mountains. The flow and intensity of the fall will depend on the time of year you do it. Enjoy folks!

28 days ago

Great for tourists

Fun hike! between mile markers 18 & 19 off squaw pass road. Beautiful views at top!

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful views for a not-so-difficult hike! It gets a little steep so I'd say be careful bringing visitors here if they're not acclimated to the altitude. Pair this with Squaw Mountain for about 7 miles.

I actually hiked this trail in the middle of winter and only saw 1 other hiker and her dog. It was quite peaceful and serene. The waterfall was frozen over and a perfect place to set up my hammock and have a snack. Not a hard hike even with some snow cover on the trail. A great winter acclimization hike for newbies.

Easy Hike, park on the side of the road. Hike has many exposed area and some shady areas. wear sunscreen. Summit is amazing. No bathrooms anywhere on this trail, plenty of nature

Nice walk! Pretty easy but lovely and a nice morning walk that is not far from Denver! Hiked 8/16/18.

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30 days ago

Do this trail!!! Such beautiful views for not much effort. The scrambling at the end is really fun!

hiking
30 days ago

Nice little hike. Decent views from the ridge up above the falls. Popular trail, so it pays to get there on the earlier side. If you are going to bag your dog poop, please remember to actually pick up the bag; the trail is littered with good intentions. ; )

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