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Until the alternate descent trail is complete, I’m going to give this 2 stars (that’s generous) because of its disregard and degradation of a much more important and fragile trail- Barr Trail. The Incline was agreed to not infringe on or compromise other trails, yet clearly, clearly, it does.

If you’re physically capable of descending the Incline, I say do so. Some people have sited that descending puts some sort of huge amount of stress on the rail-ties/steps... well, big deal. It’s better than putting the stress on Barr Trail, which is a much more natural trail and therefore not as straightforward to maintain as the Incline is. It deserves much more respect and preservation than it’s been getting lately.

It’s winter now and we just got some significant ice so better bring your traction devices...

I understand that for safety’s sake (and for fear of being a bad lawless hiker) some hikers will choose to descend on Barr Trail. At least yield to those coming up Barr Trail who are there for Barr Trail alone. You really shouldn’t be part of a crowd coming off the Incline, degrading the Barr Trail... just saying. Maybe just stay on the Incline or wait for the new trail to open and hike something else for now... there are many great options. And definitely don’t be barreling down on Barr Trail travelers, with your speaker-backpack blaring 3 doors down. That is actually not cool.

This incline will test your cardio! I moved here a week ago from Florida and the elevation was ruthless for me. Made it to the top in 50 minutes and the view was immaculate. I highly recommend spikes for your boots this time of year, it was slippery at certain points on the stairs up and the same in the trail down. 10/10 would hike again.

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3 days ago

A great short hike. A little icy in places after snow.

Fairly easy trail with some great views of Golden, Coors plant, and Denver. Lots of interesting rock outcroppings and formations. Also lots of great places to take pictures.

When we went (11-15-2018) there was a fair amount of snow and ice on the trail. The trail is obvious and we had no problem navigating the ice and snow with just our hiking boots.

If you're looking for something to hike in winter without dealing with unknown conditions in RMNP, this is a good alternative.

hiking
4 days ago

Snow and ice on the incline, but still very doable. I would've liked my yaktraks on the way down the Barr trail. It took me 1 hr 26 minutes to make it to the top and less than an hour down the Barr trail. I've been in Colorado for about a month - the altitude was the biggest challenge.

hiking
7 days ago

Tough trail for beginners. Definately a good workout. This is also a very popular trail.

WHAT A WORKOUT!!! Per the placard: 2768 steps, 2K elevation gain and .88 miles.

I am definitely out of shape and completed this in 53 minutes including a plethora of of water and quick bite breaks; after the 1800 mark I did a break every 200 steps until the 2500 mark.

There was some snow and a bit of ice on the left hand side of the stair (while going up) but nothing that made for trouble with just my vans outdoor shoes.

Great trail. Awesome views.

10 days ago

Great hike!

Of all the gulches on the front range this one is only a medium amount of gulchy

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked this on 11/2/18 starting out at 10:30 and made it to the top in about one hour. I am an avid hiker and have hiked several 14ers here in CO. This hike was definitely an ass kicker even for someone that works out almost daily! Take plenty of water and be prepared for snow and ice this time of year. It’s really slippery and muddy heading down!

I love this trail! I just wish people would realize that the “Dogs Must Be On Leash” signs do, in fact, apply to them and their dogs. Today I watched someone leash their dog to start because the maintenance person was in the parking lot, and then as soon as they got out of sight they unleashed the dog. If you know what you’re doing is wrong, why are you still doing it?

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful but busy, go early

This is a nice, close-to-Denver hike. I’ve done it a half dozen times at different times of year and it’s definitely best when it’s not scorching hot. There are some beautiful views (even a glimpse of Mt. Evans) , a bit of rock scrambling, a section of forest cover, and I’ve never seen it crowded.

The Dawson Butte Trail is relatively flat and well marked. It runs through pine forests and more open spaces with meadow and mountain views. A sign at the trailhead warns mountain lions are active in the area, but we didn't see any trace of them. It seems to be a popular horse trail, so watch your step!

Awesome hike. Not overwhelming hard but tough for moderately in-shape folks. Mostly climbing steps. Gorgeous view at the top.

we hiked in 1/2 way set up camp in the snow. (trying some new gear). saw some good size cat tracks and heard some elk in the distance. this was a tight winding trek. but very enjoyable.

hiking
15 days ago

Trail was not super tough. I would highly recommend using spikes. I did not and was fine. Just watch where you’re stepping. Though my wife did use spikes and said she felt much more comfortable coming back down. There was an incident with a dislocated hip. Not sure if it was from a fall or whatnot, but it is better to be safe than sorry. As you get further up trail you run between dry land/rocks and icy areas. The end is def worth the hike up. Just be careful!!!

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome hike. Leg burner for sure!

hiking
15 days ago

East trailhead Castle Trail up long switchbacks to Walker Ruins & Summer White Hse (great views west!) return Down Turkey Trot Trail north facing sections icey slush. 8am start, not too crowded mid week.Windy, layer up, gloves & ears. CMCDan,Nov 2 ,2018.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful trail. well maintained and not much traffic on the trail today because of the cold may be. But the parking lot is full as there are lot of trails starting at the same place. I have parked on a close by street. It snowed a bit while I was there and it was beautiful

sick trail

large crowds, leg burner, beautiful trail and views

Loved the hike and the variety of scenery. With the recent snow, the trail was a bit muddy in places,, but completely hikeable in tennis shoes.

hiking
17 days ago

not your average trail. stairway to heaven. seemed longer than 3 miles. arch was stunning, view of boulder and denver as well. very crowded. leg burner. loved it. bring toilet paper, i found free parking away from main lot.

It was a fun loop. Nothing extremely notable though. Like other reviews have said, I think it was worth doing this once, yet I'm not rushing to want to go back.

This trail was fantastic but we went the day after it snowed and as the steps narrowed and got higher in between each step, the ice was thicker. It was still amazing but would absolutely think twice about hiking when icy.

hiking
18 days ago

My favorite trail in Boulder. I do it several times a year in all different seasons. Traction is definitely a good idea in winter. Can be crowded. It is steep. But I still love it. On clear days, one can see out the expansive eastern plains, and the city of Denver in the distance appears very small and isolated.

It is a great hike. Can't wait to do it again on the next trip out.

Great hike & gorgeous views along the way as well as at the summit. Not too difficult if you are in good shape. Some ice in the beginning to middle of the trail that turned into slush on the way back down in the early afternoon (boots definitely got muddy on the way down). Doable with just hiking boots, but yaktrax and hiking poles are helpful if you have them. A good amount of snow as well as wind during the middle to end of the way up to the summit. Top of the summit was quite windy and only stayed up there for about 15 minutes due to this. Way back down was much easier if you had a hiking pole to help with the snow & ice, but again, doable without. Would recommend multiple layers, hats & gloves, handwarmers to put inside gloves (those were a huge plus!), as well as a ski mask or something to pull up and over most of your face for the way down, as the wind was almost unbearable at points. Bathrooms are available in the parking lot at the start of the trail. I recommend starting in the morning (8am or earlier) in order to avoid some of the snow & ice melt that turns the trail into mud on the way down.

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