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Perfect trail for dogs. Easy hike with nice forrest views. Spots of snow and sometimes muddy trail - not enough to bother me though.

20 hours ago

Lots of people- but so so pretty!!

nice quick hike. last half mile is still snow covered and icey as of 4/14. you'll need a vehicle with high ground clearance to drive to trail head.

Snowing on our hike. Trees looked beautiful. Mild moderate rating. Lots of rocks on the trail. Spikes unnecessary. Serene environment. Only one other hiker on a Saturday.

Great hike with amazing views. The lookout is really cool, as well as the history behind it. Did this hike with a 3yo and 6yo with no issues. The road was open at the time so we did not have to hike in.

Snow is pretty deep above 9500'. I posted a few times falling one of those times into more than 3' of snow, finding it difficult to get out!
Lower elevations have no snow, but the trail is slushy.
It was snowing during our entire 3-hour hike; started late, at 3 pm.
Snow shoes and hiking poles are advisable.
Pretty good hike. Deep snow makes it harder.
Got lost a couple of times.
Saw only 2 other hikers on the trail.
God willing, I plan to do it after the snow has melted, during summer/fall season.

We started at Nymph Lake, intending to go to Alberta Falls and beyond, but we’re clearly unprepared as the trails were so packed they were like ice. So we came to try Cub Lake trail’s lower elevation and were not disappointed! It’s fairly flat in the early going but before too long it climbs and affords some great scenery. The lake itself is gorgeous and we had it all to ourselves, probably due to some light snow/sleet but it was no problem. This is a great first-day hike for people looking to acclimate before taking one of the more challenging hikes at higher elevations.

Lovely!

An easy, pretty trail. I particularly enjoyed the wildflowers around the lake.

Went this past weekend 2018-04-15 and road was open to trail head.

My wife and I where looking for a nice trail to hike on and decided to tackle this Maxwell Falls Trail. We really loved it. This is an easy hike through the forest for anyone looking to get out and have a bit of fun.

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8 days ago

Great for what we were looking for. Awesome views on the way to panorama point and at panorama point. Some spots were icy but we were wearing hiking boots and we were fine. Make sure to pay attention to signs to not go off the trail!

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8 days ago

FYI: You have to pay $7 cash on entry to the park, and there is no human there to give change. You have to put your money in an envelope and drop it in a deposit slot that is too tiny to fit a bunch of coins in (we tried), so make sure you have correct change in bills!

The hike itself offers beautiful views of the mountains from a couple of different lookout points around midway, with most of the trail surrounded by forest. As of 4/15 there is a fair amount of mud on the trail and still a couple small patches of snow/ice, but nothing unmanageable in just boots. It was a nice hike to do with the dogs, and definitely on the easy side of moderate compared to other trails we’ve done. Enough incline to get your heart rate up in a couple places, but easy enough that we saw some people with kids on the trail. For us, hiking from Reverend Ridge campground to Panorama Point and back registered as 3.8 miles and 1 hr 45 mins.

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9 days ago

Snow is almost all melted away. Had a hard time figuring out if we had gone on the right path since it converges with other trails. But great views and not too crowded.

Took my sons dogs on this great hike . No snow . No people . Lovely & close enough to Denver

Did this loop after a good 4-6 inch snow accumulation over night. First tracks around 9 am were fine trudging through with beautiful snow covered trees and babbling streams. Took smuggler coming down with great snowy views of the valley below. Got a bit muddier as it got warmer. Great trail and loop! Wubba lubba dub dub!

230 miles of Pure beauty. Start early, as you will want to stop for many pictures and a lunch, weather a picnic or stopping at an eatery. I highly recommend Baked in Telluride. All homemade and very reasonably priced.

It's still really icy in places - we definitely needed yaktrax and/or poles to manuever some places. The falls were frozen, but parts of the stream we're thawed enough for our pup to play in. It wasn't horribly difficult, so our leisurely Sunday hike was great!

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12 days ago

Beautiful trail!

This is not a "bang for your buck" kind of hike, like the big name hikes out of the main RMNP east entrance. I ran into several tourists near the entrance who seemed disappointed with the hike. Instead this is a hike for solitude and being in the wilderness. Really nice water features along the hike and pristine woodland. If you need some peace and quiet then this is your hike.

We clocked 8.25 miles accounting for the extra 2 miles (1 each way) due to the winter parking lot as well as some wandering around the falls. we had snowshoes but never used them, however I suggest having them right now just in case. The waterfalls will be a lot more exciting in a month or so.

15 days ago

Today, 4/08/18, I needed something to do. After doing some homework. Bierstadt it was. Being from Minnesota, hiking ...lets just say the mountains are a different beast. After reading numerous reviews here: my 4 year old had his first summit to the dogs and 100's...and 100's of people to contend with..well, didnt sound too challenging. But, I did read a few well written reviews to go prepared.
Not nearly for what I was about to face.
left late...really late from F.Collins (2:30pm) arrived at what was apparently the Silver Dollar parking lot as the road to the Guanella pass summit was still closed for the season...my homework skills need honing. talked to a guy there that was going to do some skiing and he thought the trailhead to Bierstadt would be a couple of miles. lucky I brought my winter gear including Sorrels, ski mask and micro spikes. headed up the hill at about 4pm. didnt need the spikes but postholed more than a few times but not bad. An hour later I was at the trailhead. Id say the wind was 40+ and the temp around 0. I knew a front was coming in but looking off to the west it seemed to be coming a good couple of hours early. I was alone and the only soul I had seen was a couple skiing down right as I set off...I really wished I had that idea..I need to think this over, if only I could get in the outhouse - frozen halfway shut and buried in snow. I get it open and have a seat. I decide to at least go a bit before turning back. I see what appears to be the start of the trail by the marker and another marker some 30 yards out. Off I go...postholing it every step. Wow..where are the snowshoes... (even those didnt seem to help one reviewer and his friends) Anyways, I realize Im out of my league here and want to see another day so after 20 or so yards of this I turn back down the mountain thinking of those skiers. Once back to my car the Blizzard hits with full force and Im out of there. I have to say..the whole experience - including the solitude and the views walking back down were soooo worth it!!!

Completely worth the rain and snow. It took me about 2.5 hours round trip at about 5 miles. You absolutely need spikes and gaiters at a minimum. Narrow and slippery in some spots but worth it. The snow absolutely makes this challenging. Some of the snow was up past my knees. The view from the hike is worth it!

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19 days ago

I was here on the last day in March and the snow had melted to just a few inches so boots were enough to navigate the terrain. It was quiet and uncrowded and absolutely breathtaking.

Hiked April 1. Packed snow, slush, and lots of ice made for a challenging climb and return. Only saw a couple other people during this less busy time. Gorgeous prize at the end!

Great hike with the most rewarding views around!

We went while the road was still closed so be warned it adds an extra 6 miles to the start of the trail head for the hike. The road leading to the trail head was open dirt road. Fun for dogs, just was a very long trip if your not expecting it or not the best hiker.
If your going when the road closes pack a lunch it’s a long trip, we didn’t see any trash cans so what you bring in take with you out.
Overall I would have said 5-5 stars but when we went we had the impression it was 6 miles added on round trip not both ways so very under prepared and had a rough time but the view was worth it!

One of my favorite trails because the end is so rewarding! Beautiful views.

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22 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous views especially rounding the first right when you get a glimpse of the mountains. Micro spikes would have been helpful farther up about a half mile from the lake. Quietly passed within 6 feet of a young male elk feasting higher up the mountain. Majestic. Plenty of elk at the base of the mountain on our way out. Definitely a peaceful and soul-filling hike.

Amazing hike! We did the hike in late march and while there was snow on the ground it was actually pretty warm, around 55. We were in t-shirts and so we're a lot of others. The falls is frozen until May(ish) so there isn't much to see falls wise and it's nearly impossible to find unless you know what you are looking for. Only the first part is a loop then it's and out and back to the falls. Once you are on your way back from the falls, you catch the other side of the loop. From the parking lot start on the left trail going up!Over all though amazing!

This used to be my dad's favorite area to hike when he lived in Colorado 25 years ago. Growing up in CA it was a person goal to come here one day since I'd heard so much about it from him and see this place. Beautiful area as everyone can attest to. Difficult hike even for the physically fit. I loved it, but it was mentally challenging as you get close to the summit due to the many rock steps that lead to the top. Hard on the knee's as well. Make sure to check the weather. Happy hiking

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