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Beautiful trail. My husband and I started at the trailhead around 10:30am and got back to the car around 3:30. Took about twenty minutes for lunch and stopped a few times to enjoy the surroundings. We went counterclockwise and it worked out great as far as views and once you hit the steep inclines, you’re in the shade. The trail starts deceptively easy and then hits some steep climbs, particularly as you make your way out of the forest. You end on a nice decline, beware of some lose rock in some areas. It gets the heart rate up for sure and the serenity of the park makes the work worth it!!! We hiked on a Wednesday and the park was this side of empty, which for us locals is a nice change!!

hiking
2 days ago

I started around 6:30 AM and went clockwise. There are absolutely gorgeous views the whole way around, especially if you go to Windy Peaks. Parts of the trail can be a little steep in places so watch your step. I did not run in to anyone on the trail until I was almost back at the trailhead around 10:30.

So nice! Beautiful meadows and wildflowers. We did have some difficulty at Panorama View with the trail markings, but it was quite a lovely hike.

Great hike with beautiful panoramic views. Couple short uphills but not strenuous. Wildflowers are out.

Good hike even in the rain..

hiking
11 days ago

Nice loop trail out of Reverands campground. The vistas at Panorama Point allow a great view of many Colorado peaks.

We got there as soon as the park opened so we managed to hike without much traffic. We hopped on at Panorama Point. There is a pretty good incline for a short distance depending on the direction you take the loop but aside from the trail was pretty easy. Mostly shaded and provides a really great view.

Great park with all sorts of trails and historic places.

I went counterclockwise. Started later than I'd like at 1030 and it got really hot really fast. The last two miles or so of the loop are fairly exposed. I bring this up because the trail was very hot on my dogs paws. Had I know better, I'd have hiked clockwise allowing for more shade and plenty of water crossing for my dog. Also, my Suunto GPS measured the hike at 7.1 miles.

hiking
17 days ago

This trail was amazing. We saw a moose on the way up. There are multiple different landscapes as you walk and the top overlook has an amazing view. We sat down and looked over the hills at the mountains for over 20 min. I would highly recommend this to any level hiker

Nice and easy with some pretty views. Lovely wildflowers in bloom. Took about 2 hours with some short breaks.

20 days ago

We loved this trail! We were camping in the park and decided to do this trail as our first of the trip. We got some good advice and took the loop counter-clockwise- this way you have ample shade when you are in the uphill. The opposite side is steeper, rockier, and has less shade, so we were very happy to travel down that side rather than up. We hikes in July so it only did we have great views but also gorgeous wildflowers.

This trail has so much variety! I love all of the shade , the stream crossings and even the excitement of keeping a look out for mountain lions. I was alone, hiking/ jogging from about 3-5:15 pm. I was happy to see other hikers and mountain bikers on the trail, because I agree with the trailhead sign advice ,” Do not hike or run this alone! “. I did get a little spooked on some of the densely wooded area sections by the river. The breeze was delightful today, along with the variety of wild flowers and great views.

hiking
24 days ago

this is a beautiful trail! My Boys and I loved it. I like that it has so many ups, downs and flat. It was a great with beautiful views!

hiking
24 days ago

Very nice hike! I started at the Barn Knoll parking lot, crossed the street and started on the trail there. I would rate the trail as easy-moderate. There are two slightly steep areas and the length of the trail gets the moderate rating. The rest is a very gradual incline, down, or flat. Lots of different scenery. I really liked the Frazer Meadow portion of it. At the panoramic overlook, finding the trail again to continue is confusing. Exit the platform to the right and find the raccoon trail and take it left. To the right is a raccoon loop that will add 2.0 miles to your hike. A little ways down after you went left it indicates that you are on the the mule deer trail (and raccoon trail) and on the way back to Barn Knoll parking. This portion of the trail is very single track and surrounded by high grass. It almost seemed more like a horse trail than a hiking trail, but was okay for the 1.5 of it like this.

Great weather, and the Columbines were just blooming. Absolutely beautiful views. runs through forest area, meadows, and rocky outlooks. There were some flat stretches but mostly incline/decline hiking.

hiking
28 days ago

Would have been a much better hike if you weren’t also able to drive to the top.

Great hike with a beautiful rewarding view at the top, and then beautiful aspen trees and wildflowers on the way back down. Highly recommend!

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail. Not too crowded. Beautiful views from Panorama Point.

hiking
29 days ago

I like this trail because I was hiking alone with my dog but saw several people along the way. Not so crowded that you’re hiking with people though.
It only took an hour for us to hike the loop so more time in the car than on the trail unfortunately. I would probably call this more of easy-moderate hike. It definitely is not as difficult as many other other “moderate” hikes I’ve done. The views from panorama peak are absolutely gorgeous with the blue sky background. Driving through the park is beautiful too.

We did the loop part only, starting and ending at Panorama Point. Its about 3 miles. It wasn't a hard trail but I can see it would be for people who don't hike as much.You go downhill, no matter which was you start (we went clockwise, which seemed the better option after completing it). But there are some great views, you pass through pines trees, aspens, along the creek, and lots of wild flowers, including columbines near the creek. Parts of the trail were rocky and muddy, and be on the look out for mountain bikers, they don't all announce their presence.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a wonderful trail. The summit (at Panorama Point, which you can also drive to if you don’t want to hike to it) is absolutely breathtaking, with I think 10 14ers visible. The trail itself is super well maintained and well marked. I was beyond charmed by the wildflowers and Aspen trees along the way. The trail itself was marked as 4 miles, but I clocked it at 5- though my dog and I did make it an up-and-back instead of doing the full loop (that was apparently longer). We got stuck in a thunderstorm on the way to the summit and there was enough tree cover to protect us from the worst of the rain.

Parking is limited at the campground center; it was about 12pm on a Friday and I had to do a loop and lucked out when I came back around. There are bathrooms and maps there, and the trailhead is easy to find.

FYI - print or take pictures of your driving directions to and from the park. I had cell service getting there but absolutely no service leaving, and got crazy lost driving out of the park. It made for a beautiful drive, but definitely longer than I planned to have.

Great trail, lots of great views and lots of shade. Bathrooms at the parking lot but no water. $7 fee to get in but worth it!

trail running
1 month ago

Love this trail. Mostly shade, some rocks, and there’s an incline but nothing crazy if you’re walking. If you are trail running (what I did), at the start of the loop you have to choose to go left or right. Go right and the rockiest area will be on the incline. Go left and the smoothest area will be on the incline. Took my dog and she had a blast. Beautiful views at the top as well.

I drove from Denver via 46 and came back via 72 and 93. The 46 way is much windier and more narrow. 72 and 93 are much more open, wider curves.

loved it and the views were amazing. loved the rush

Fairly easy hike except the hike through the pines to the peak was a lot for this Texan. Tons of access to fresh water for the pups. Saw a lot signs of wildlife but no encounters. The trail is very clearly marked which is appreciated due to all the turn offs. A lot of shaded spots except for the way down the mountain. Not crowded at all but it was also a Wednesday. I would love to go back to this trail and with the many Golden has to offer I want to try them all.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained Trail with moderate traffic at 11am Saturday in June. Parking was scarce.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Nice walk through the forest and was shaded majority of the way. Pretty steep in a couple areas but overall pretty easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with a few steep climbs. Loved how well marked the trail was the entire way. Beautiful views!

It was diverse

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