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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.

off road driving
1 day ago

Very easy trail, heavy foot traffic. A little bouncy, but good for any 4 wheel drive vehicle. We decided to hike to the upper lakes, and the views did not disappoint. This is a very good family outing!

This is my go-to hike for all my out of town visitors. Typically it is very crowded, but most people are courteous and friendly. Get an early start to get parking and be sure to bring water for the pup. Great views and a fun experience climbing the 143 stairs to the fire lookout tower and of course meeting Billy Ellis who has been stationed at the tower for over 33 summers!

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.

What an amazing hike! Its really easy with a bit of a strong incline right before blue lake. Super dog and kid friendly plus there is plenty of space at the lake to hang out.

Loved this hike! Amazing views!
Only issue was our gps took us down a county road that was full of rocks and we had off road for 5 miles. We took another way out and it was fine. If your gps tries to take you down a county road and it looks rough don’t go down it, it only gets worse unless you have a Jeep or 4 wheel drive. We were coming from Colorado Springs.

on Chief Mountain Trail

1 day ago

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

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. ; )

Great hike overall! Parking was easy. There are a few points when the trail was unclear, but we were back on the right trail pretty quickly. Took our dog and it was good for him too! Some pretty exposed parts where it got very warm, bring your sunscreen! Awesome views of the changing leaves!

1 day ago

Beautiful trail with a stream the whole way up. Fall colors are about at their peak. Loved the variety of terrain and scenery plus a nice challenge with some steep areas and decent elevation gain. Only saw 2 groups of people coming down when I was heading up on a Saturday afternoon. Spent 30mins up at the lake with absolutely no one else around. Saw a huge bull moose just about 30ft away on the way down. Will be adding this to my repeat list.

Pretty landscape,

My car doesn't have 4WD so I parked at the lower lot. When I arrived at 7:45am on Saturday there was still plenting of parking spaces. This trail packs a lot of great views in its short length. I found this trail easy except for the short but steep climb to the third lake, which is worth it for the views from the top. I would recommend coming early to this hike, when I left at 10:30am the trail and the parking lots had become very crowded.

Your heart rate will skyrocket as soon as you start. It's a sufferfest, but I love it every time. Be sure to plan out when you go. It can get really crowded. Be sure to have enough water too. The views from the top are totally worth the effort. Type 2 fun at its best.

DO NOT DO THIS HIKE! The directions to the 13er are not clear at all. We thought it would be obvious or there would be a sign. But you’re apparently supposed to know which mountain it is and scramble off trail. That is very unsafe! We realized we passed it up but thought we could do a full circle and got terribly lost. We ended up hiking all the way to Georgetown (18 mile trip total) and calling a taxi to get to our car. What a cluster. I’ve never had a hiking experience like this but the directions are NOT clear on this app nor was it in my book. I would recommend hiking until your pedometer hits 3.5 miles then turn back.

Nice relaxing hike with beautiful scenery, scenic overlooks and wildflowers. The second half of the hike is above the tree line.

Make sure you go all the way to the third lake.

on Chief Mountain Trail

2 days ago

Lovely alpine foliage on the trail as well as the drive up. Would recommend as a summit option for anyone not used to the altitude like myself. I paused to catch my breath several times but managed to make my way up in 50 minutes with the steady, moderate incline (656ft/mile). Pretty crowded on a Friday late morning but most trails in Colorado seem to be that way. Enjoyed the scramble at the top, very windy! Stellar 360 views.

Nice! Uphill 1st half then down way back. Plenty of shade along the way but no water for the doggo so bring some for them too! Great views from the lookout tower.

Beautiful! Long views in all directions along the top. Spectacular fall color. We turned around at about 3.5 miles, but the trail keeps going.

What a beautiful hike! It is at the base of Mt. Evans 14er, so you get great views of the peaks around you as well as three lakes! At the top you get a great view down the valley; definitely worth the climb. We arrived at the trailhead around 7:30AM and got great parking, and only started seeing others towards the end heading back to our car. Definitely recommend this hike, it is one of my favorites in Colorado!

I’ve done this trail twice now and it’s a favorite. It is easy to miss the trailhead because it’s not marked but watch for a long narrow, paved pull out and you shouldn’t miss it! The views from the top are beautiful especially with the leaves changing colors. Pockets of gold are all across the mountains. Trekking poles help as it is a pretty steady climb. The rock scramble at the top is fun!

Silver Dollar Lake was beautiful and definitely tested my lungs! Be careful because there are a few spots where the trail becomes slightly unclear, but thanks to this app, we did not get lost! You will realize it very quickly if you start veering off course anyways. There was a river at a few different points and three lakes along the way to the top! When you get to the second lake, you have the option to continue onto the third, and it is totally worth it if you are willing to exert your lungs! (I have asthma, so it was challenging, but definitely do-able!) This third lake offers a great spot to hang out for a bit and eat lunch! On our way down, we saw 4 wood peckers! I got some great up close shots of them that I will upload later. There are not a ton of aspens on this hike, but there are on the drive to the trail head. The hike also does include lots of bushes that have changed to an orange color which provide great fall color!

It was an ok trail. I did this yesterday. Hard to find. Only parking is along side of road, so not the safest. This was a steady incline over mostly rocks the whole time. Wouldn’t really say this is easy though if you’re not in fairly decent shape. I struggled because of constant incline and navigating rocks. However my dogs loved it. The drive up was beautiful though with all the leaves changing.

off road driving
5 days ago

Nice trial! my first one..all ways easier on the way down..lol definitely a slow and bumpy trial! High clearance vehicle only.Lake was gorgeous well worth the trip. 2014 Xterra BFGTK 02 TIRES

went this morning and arrived in the parking lot of the URAD valley mining area at about 9:30. Had no clue what was a trail so I had just hiked up behind the gate that said you could hike, but also said danger avalanche area. I went solo and it took me about an hour to 1.5 to reach the base of Mt. Parnassus. I had hiked straight up the side and reached the top at about 11. not a soul was on the small 4x4 road I walked up nor in the parking lot. descended but lost the road I was on and ended up steeply hiking down a gulley trying to follow the creek until I found it again after about 1.5 miles of alpining down. got down in 30 mins. either way this is recommended.

I arrived at 7:15 am on a Wednesday, I was the only one there. The trail is not obvious but if you scan the other side of the road you'll see it. Like others have said, its incline all the way but not a long hike. Saying its easy is relative though. The most difficult part is following the trail because at times you wonder where the trail goes. The top is a big out crop of rocks. Before you arrive at the top, the trail vanishes and you'll have to climb up the rocks. Going down from the top I had trouble finding the trail but this was my first time. I was all alone at the top, a special experience. There's definitely something magical at the top.

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