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Trail was a little hard to find. You have to climb around the big snow drift on the opposite end of the parking lot from where the restrooms are. Restrooms are decent (BYOHS- hand sanitizer). I did it on a clear, calm day, and the top was still windy as frick so be prepared. I also did it without snowshoes. I don’t recommend that unless you’re 100 lbs and like a challenge. It took me just over an hour to get to the top.

Love this trail, very easy and has a few cool spots to hang and have a picnic by the water

Went first week of April. Had a wonderful hike. Cliffs on the north side, creek crossing, heavy forest on south side. Beautiful views. Lots of moose tracks. Trail packed down. .8 mile walk to start of trail during winter.

Lots of snow/ice/mud (where the sun hits). Don’t need snowshoes, but might help! At least until it continues to warm up. Beautiful trail and the dogs loved it! Easy hike/walk. I recommend it!

backpacking
1 month ago

We went on this trail in the middle of March. Snow was up to our waists, rather cold, but definitely worth the view. If you go early in the season you definitely need to be fully prepared

Trudged through knee deep snow for the last half mile. Trail is great, but not for someone who isn’t fully committed.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this in late June 2017. Incredible hike and not particularly strenuous, but the altitude is no joke if you are not acclimated. We spent about 5 days in Steamboat Springs before attempting Ida on the way back to Denver, and I was still getting winded. Get to the trailhead early, to get a parking spot, and so that you can be back down below the treeline by early afternoon, as thunderstorms can pop up unexpectedly. We lost the trail for a bit in the switchbacks because it was a little muddy and snow covered, but once you are above the trees it's easy to follow until you get near the summit. There you will be scrambling over boulders for a while. There are cairns all over the place and its hard to tell where the real trail is, but just keep heading up. We were lucky enough to be there in peak wildflower season, it was very colorful. Watch your pack at the top because there are a few very brave marmots up there. Wear layers and bring a hat as it gets very windy above the trees. We moved at a pretty good clip, spent about 20 minutes at the top, jogged for short stints on the way down and completed it in just over 4 hours, logging 9.6 miles total. Most people will just park and look at the lake by the trailhead, a few will hike a ways into the trees, but we only encountered 3 or 4 other small groups above the trees. Amazing views all along this route!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail but be very careful going in winter.

Lots of snow but it was packed down nicely so didn’t need snowshoes to do the loop. Was tougher than usual trudging through the snow obviously. Beautiful views as usual! Road closed to the trailhead so you have to park a bit back that is an extra 0.8 mile from parking to the start of the lake loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views the entire hike

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Just wished for more snow...

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Trail around Mines little tough to find with snow but by near the saddle trail is wind blown and easy to find. Microspikes were very helpful going around Mines, brought snowshoes but didn't use.

hiking
3 months ago

A trail with an amazing view, but be warned - it is VERY exposed. The moderate rating does not reflect its difficulty during high winds. I climbed it during stupidly strong winds, and I would definitely advise against that. I hiked multiple 14ers that were easier than this trail.

That said, it is incredibly beautiful, and I only encountered 2 other groups of hikers.

3 months ago

Hiked July 1, 2017. By far one of the best we've experienced so far.

hiking
4 months ago

Made this a 6-mile out and back from Green Mtn TH, as we were breaking trail past the turnoff to Granite Falls, but I'm guessing the loop would have been passable the entire way. Conditions were perfect, a few inches of snow and very little ice, no traction devices needed. Get out there!

Nice easy hike. Can go a little further to East Meadow.

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning frozen falls. Quick and easy hike to the falls around the loop and down!! Will be back to see it in the summer!

hiking
5 months ago

Highly recommend!!! Views are great once you get above the tree line.

brief, but lightly challenging- especially with slush and icy patches, in casual athletic footwear. Beautiful, rewarding views!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail with my wife.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great hike to do off season when hardly anyone was there. Interesting little falls.

Beautiful. Should be marked as Easy

Trail was gorgeous other than all the horse poo. Worth it, just watch your step! ;)

hiking
6 months ago

My group and I went on this hike near the beginning of August and it did not disappoint! Once above the tree line, the views are incredible and the climb gets a little easier. It was pretty chilly once above treeline, so I definitely would recommend a wind breaker and some layers underneath. Also, try to start early, at least by 7:30, because this trail does take some time to complete. I will never get over how beautiful this trail was. You can see for miles and the views are gorgeous. Highly recommend!!

6 months ago

amazing falls in the end of winter when the snow melts.

hiking
6 months ago

Great easy hike with awesome views of the mountains. A few fun creek crossings too

6 months ago

Great trail and we saw quite a few kids ( ages 7 or 8) making the hike. We did this hike in tennis shoes and it was fine. It took about 1hour and 45 minutes to get to the falls. The first 30 minutes are flat and wide and picturesque...and a good warm up for the remaining hike. Trail starts with a parallel to a private fenced ranch and we saw 3 horses. Then the trail follows the river through a grassy meadow area and then into the mountains.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, but I would probably rate it as an easy rather than moderate. Despite the recent snow, the trail was almost all clear.

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