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Beautiful views and lots of colorful wild flowers

very nice ! beautiful views all over...

19 hours ago

Pretty easy, great views, a lovely little hike for anytime of day.

Be ready for a long hike! It was a good hike, lots of different terrain. Some of the signs (I felt) were mis labeled with the distance to go to get somewhere.
The panoramic view was beautiful.

One of my favorites especially in the fall. Beautiful grove of aspens toward the top.

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. Lots of shade and nice views. This would be a great hike in the fall as well with all of the aspen! Lovely wildflowers!

Most of the hike in the trees. Better view on the hike than panoramic view (which you are can drive to).

If you are staying at the campground (which we were) the trail is worth the hike. Not sure I would make the drive just for this hike with so many other options in the area.

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10 days ago

Wonderful little hike. I went with my 20 y.o. daughter and our 2 dogs. It took us about 1. Hour 40 minutes to do the loop. The old dog did fine, we had to give them water 1/2 way through. Loved the trees, flowers and a couple of pretty viewpoints.
Moderate family traffic on a Thursday.

hiking
10 days ago

First hike since moving to Denver so I don't have anything to compare it to (and all with a 3 month old puppy). It was a nice hike with great views and nothing extremely challenging.

hiking
13 days ago

This is a moderate trail with some beautiful spots. If you see signs for Windy Peak, keep in mind that’s a side trip that is off of the Mountain Lion trail. The trail markers end once you decide to take the Windy Peak detour, so it’s easy to get turned around.

We didn’t encounter any wildlife on the trail, although we started later in the morning around 9. It’s a great workout, but there’s no “wow” view that makes it feel like it was worth the trek.

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
13 days ago

This is a lovely hike! We started from Reverend’s Ridge campsite but ended up returning from Panorama Point the same way we had gone! It was a bit confusing.

Amazing trail. Somewhat difficult in spots but the views are worth it!

hiking
14 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike despite how heavily trafficked it was. Has about everything I would want in a hike.

Great trail and perfect weather! Easy until about half way through then it got a bit steeper but definitely not difficult. We went counter clockwise. Lots of water passing for pups to relax and drink from.

15 days ago

Beautiful hike! Pretty easy. We had some great views and so manybpretty wild flowers. It would be great in the fall too with so many aspen trees.

15 days ago

Great outing, easy access from Denver.

*keep in mind this is a state park so you will need a pass! $7 for a day pass at the visitor center 3 miles down the road!*
Started off counter clockwise as I wanted more shade on the incline. It was a nice hike with plenty of shade. Took about 3 hours to complete the loop which includes a stop for snacks. No mountain lion siting but did run into a couple snakes! Enjoy!

We didn't have service to refer to the map, and it isn't marked well on the provided paper map. We ended up following Burro Trail the wrong way, oops. We want to go back & find the lake! Regardless, beautiful and not too crowded.

pleasant, not really challenging. was a rainy day when we did it so I think we missed out on some of the views, but I think on a clear day it must be gorgeous at the point.

hiking
18 days ago

This trail is 3.5 miles when you do the loop from Panorama Point (though the directions here will take you to the campground). I did it on a mid-July weekday and it wasn't too crowded and it was shaded throughout. There are a couple of uphills, but my older dog could handle it without trouble. The wildflowers are gorgeous right now, including the prettiest Columbines I've ever seen. The spectacular views and aspens would make this a worthy trail for your out-of-town guests.

Headed out about 5 pm on a Sunday. Saw a few hikers but mostly on our own. My 2nd hike since moving here and really enjoyed it. Was a little leery of the moderate label, but it wasn’t too much - although steady incline throughout and definitely a workout for me. We hiked to Greenfield Meadow and back. Would’ve been perfect if the stream had water, but still a nice peaceful hike. Will do this one again.

Wonderful views counter clockwise. Incline at the beginning and at the end easy in the middle. Our dogs loved it.

Went counter clockwise on this trail starting on the mule path through forgotten valley and then linking up with the mountain lion trail and included the offshoot to Windy peak. It was a nice slow incline at the start. After the meadow the incline increased more rapidly with short respites and wooded shade area which continued through to Windy peak. On the way down there were small rocks on the trail and the path switched back and forth. There was much less shade coverage until the last mile. Once you hit the shade there is another small incline before you hit the home stretch which was upsetting to all of us. It was a decent challenging hike with a beautiful reward at the top. My hunting dog absolutely loved this trail and we brought a lot of water for him.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked this solo mid week and only saw 3 other hikers. Pretty wild flowers and it was well marked. A few spots got my heart rate up and I felt satisfied at the end!

The wildflowers and aspens along the trail were beautiful! Remember you need a state park pass for this one.

on Beaver Trail

hiking
25 days ago

Def do it counterclockwise if you want a challenge to start. Nice hike if you’re short on time and want to get the heart pumping and some views. Def go behind the shed.

on Burro Loop Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail. Well marked. Quiet. Def spots to get the heart rate up but then lots of opportunity for chill. Some area are direct sunlight.

I backpacked into Frazier Meadows for a short overnight in late June. The wildflowers were gorgeous- irises and columbines everywhere. The elevation was constant but worth the efforts. Staying overnight I didn’t see anyone else but could hear one other backpacker somewhere near by. I’d for sure do this as a day hike again!

Great hike. Will do this trail again!

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!!

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