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I've hiked this a few times and it is easily a favorite of mine. I had the pleasure of actually getting the summit all to myself one evening I hiked it solo after work. I would not say it's to difficult even with the rock scrambles because as long as you pace yourself both going up and down and are careful of your footing it's a enjoyable hike.
I've done it top to bottom in 3 hours solo but it can also be more of a leisurely hike with a group around 4--4.5 hours total.

I love to run the trails at Case! Great exercise and fun hike for beginners!

hiking
5 days ago

Loved the tunnels. Nice walk with pretty views.

great place for kids

I tried to follow the trail outlined on this app, and ended up missing a few turns, as I got too comfortable following the trail markers. The app course engages multiple trails, so be aware of that. Pink, white, blue, yellow.

I will have to come back and explore the yellow and pink trails a bit more. Those seemed to be the most interesting.

Took the white dot up and white cross down. Hiked with my 10 year old. There is still a fair amount of ice and snow would strongly suggest wearing spikes or crampons but I saw multiple people hiking without them. A lot of people had sneakers on which is kinda nutty for the conditions. We did not wear ours the entire hike. We put them on about half way up and took them off about half way down.

I didn't notice a huge difference in difficulty between the two trails other than the white dot has several scrambles and the white cross does not. The incline or steepeness is pretty much the same for both trails. If your uncomfortable with climbing over and around large rocks take the white cross up and down which feels more like a long staircase. I also noticed no real difference in distance between the trails but my mileage does not match the posted distances.

I really enjoyed this hike. Although I wouldn't rate it as difficult. I also wouldn't suggest this for a people without any experience. There are plenty of other trails with just as good views better suited for first timers. My ten year managed well over the multiple scrambles but spikes were necessary because of winter conditions. I would take my six year old in the summer but not in the winter or early spring. The most difficult portion of the climb is the last scramble on the white dot before the trails meet and the the last push before the peak which is completed with either trail.

You will have to pay to get into the park. It's the only state park I've seen open since last fall. Had I known I would have brought my vehicle with the state park plate. I brought cash but was told you can pay with credit or debit at the toll booth.

I will definitely come back in the summer with my younger child.

walking
14 days ago

Great walk with the kids (under 5). As others said steep incline at the beginning but flat after. Not busy - saw runners, bikers and a stroller.

Great trail. Straight walk. Go through a cool tunnel. Over looks the Gorge river the entire walk. Beautiful scenery. Full sun in the summer time

walking
28 days ago

Fun and easy in and out. Steep incline at the beginning, so keep that in mind.

hiking
1 month ago

Very good trail! A steep incline in the beginning is followed by flat terrain for the rest of the hike. The tunnels are really cool, and there are some good views along the way. I would definitely recommend this trail if you’re close to Cañon City.

1 month ago

Snow covered trail but nicely packed. Beautiful.

It was so beautiful ! The beginning may be a tad steep for the elderly or the, not so active, folks.. but the flattens out and goes along the railroad track and river. Was a very easy, laid back hike. Bring water and stay hydrated on any trail!

Really easy hike. Perfect for kids and pets. Definitely recommend.

I went a couple days after a significant rain event, and the trail wasn't that fun. it was basically walking uphill in a swampy stream. There are small rocks throughout the trail that make it very easy to twist an ankle. Definitely recommend proper foot wear.

The tower at the top is very nice, but I probably wouldn't do this particular hike again.

walking
1 month ago

Amazing walk overlooking the ocean. Stunning views of the ocean, boats and large homes. There are benches along the way and many beautiful photo opportunities. We followed the trail to Perkins Cove for some shopping and lunch before following it back to our car. The only con is that this is a very trafficked trail. We will definitely visit this trail again!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail, Saturday morning parking lot was half-full. You can tell there has been many rock-slides on the trail...be careful.

Most of the trail is uncovered, sunscreen recommended.

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Most of the trail is on rock, so it’s more difficult than it might sound. You start getting views a little more than halfway up. It’s been hazy the last two times I’ve gone there (in August), so the vistas haven’t been as great as they can be. They are certainly phenomenal on a clear day. Beware of crowds (including weekdays) on one of the most climbed mountains in the world.

Easy to follow trail. Mostly walking with some slight hills.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. I took the dog and it was great for her! Lots of beautiful views, babbling brooks and some fairly good inclines. A little wet so hiking boots were a good choice. We did blue to white to red. No bugs at this time so fantastic day for this one!

Beautiful walk, some gentle hills. Easy and quick with some pretty water scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great hike. Dog also liked it

Great place.

Choose when you go wisely, trails are often packed in warmer months.

On a warmer day (1/21), temps were in upper 30's. summit was 31degree. Had microspikes and proven to be essential for the hike. Saw another couple from Brazil who had cleats and after suggesting them gave them one spare microspikes. They were really thankful at the summit. Summit was little windy and we had to put the gloves and cap back on otherwise it was manageable with good jacket and thermals.

walking
2 months ago

Tunnels give unusual sensation. Very easy but worth a walk for the tunnel and the scenery

Nice scenery and walk along the river.

Incredible hike! There are a lot of scrambled and a lot of boulders, but the views are entirely worth it. It was pretty challenging and took us about ~4 hours to hike it, round trip. There are SO MANY people on this hike! The summit has a very nice area for picnics with a great view.

An easy two miles up and another two back. beautiful views and cool tunnels!

Nice dog walking trail. Next time we will be taking the bikes. Great views of the river. Gravel road easy to navigate.

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