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Awesome trail with a nice surprise at the top! Good cardio incline at the beginning, middle levels out for you to catch your breath, and then a steep incline at the top. Well worth it tho!

Since last weeks Snow, we brought crampons and poles which made both the accent and decent so much more enjoyable There were people who had to turn around because they didn’t have enough traction.

Question - can you still hike to the lake with the gates officially closed?

off road driving
1 day ago

closed for the season as of Oct 18, 2018. disappointed. I took my stock Raptor up, zero issues... not even close to breaking a sweat. With a stock half ton truck, you will likely bottom out in a few spots, especially the first rut. Subarus won't make it without damage, end of story. looked promising but the gate was closed about 3/4 mile up. tight turn around.

Get there early for parking unless you feel like adding some extra steps your hike. Along the street parking in designated areas.

Definitely need some YakTracks for most of the hike as of 10/13 (especially coming down.)

Mostly uphill until you get to the lake. Bring some snacks and extra jackets for the wind. Beautiful hike!

Third time hiking this trail (first during winter and the second during summer). Despite it being mid-October, there was still a lot of snow on the upper two-thirds of the trail, so definitely bring appropriate gear and be prepared to stay out all day; it's a very long trek. Mirror Lake was frozen over but there are some nearby streams to get fresh water, if needed. Also, the gate to access Monarch Lake trailhead was open, but I know they close it as it gets close to winter so double-check this before heading out, as it can add an extra 2 miles (round trip) to the hike. Otherwise, beautiful hike - one of my favorites in Colorado.

Just a heads up the road to Brainard Lake is closed for the season as of 10/15 so you have to park at the winter lot and hike the 2.5ish miles to the trailhead.

snowshoeing
3 days ago

amazing views. tons of snow. lots of back country skiers. very cold and windy above the trees.

Beautiful hike with small waterfalls along the way. Make sure to bundle up and wear spikes if you’ have them. The lake is picturesque. Pack a lunch and stay awhile...you’ll be glad you did!

hiking
4 days ago

I loved hiking this trail. There are multiple creek crossings which make it really dynamic and fun. We made it to the cave, but I believe it goes a bit further than that. Totally worth it !

lovely trail with a noice rock at the top pretty busy though

Just challenging enough, the views were awesome.
Lots of lose rocks that will roll out from under your feet. There was quite the elevation change in a short time, kept my breathing and heart rate up.

Did this on 10/14 after a big snow storm. Was a chilly and epic adventure. Post-holing up to the hips for the last mile. Good fun.

Though it was nice, after a few miles of 4x4 road its more like walking on a wide trail. Where the map shows the end of the trail, you can cut left and go up a ways toward Torreys peak

Microspikes are pretty much necessary as of 10/13/18. Fun trail and beautiful lake!

This was a beautiful hike with varying difficulty in the trail throughout and lots of beautiful views along the way. we didn't make it to glacier lake but lake Isabelle was great!

great views and rocky trail makes for low mud on the rare rainy days in BoCo.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail can get crowded on weekends, but if you're able to get up here on a weekday it's easily a 5/5 hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this hike on October 8, 2018. First snow of the winter. It was magical, nobody after the first two miles. saw moose! The mountains and meadows we're gorgeous with a couple inches of snow.

We do a lot of hiking in Colorado, and for my entire family this is our favorite. It is extremely easy, and just shockingly beautiful the entire way. I can't think of a better place for a hike. We went on a Wednesday, arrived at the park about 7:05 in the morning, and there were only two parking places left. Arriving early and bug spray are both a must!

hiking
11 days ago

Most beautiful hike I've even been on. The reward at the top is unbelieveable. I've never seen anything like it. The wildflowers were blooming like crazy when we went in the end of August. It was very difficult for us being from Nebraska due to the elevation but I would do it again!

This trail is really beautiful but very poorly marked... Never did make it to swimming hole I don't think... Fun day regardless.

the directions are off, make sure to follow 353 and go left at the fork after cr4 and it'll get you there. high ground clearance is needed. you start the hike above treeline and go down to the lakes. make sure to see the cabin and the second lake! we saw no one there but a few Jeeps on the road. so pretty and unique!

Wonderful hike! Took my 60 year old parents on this and they loved it. It is very steep for the last half mile, but otherwise a very gradual income. Being a jacket for the lake, the wind has quite the chill. Perfect amount of sun and forested shade on the way up.

Awesome trail! Couple of inches of snow on the trail this morning! Time to start whipping out cross country skiis and snow shoes!

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked the whole road, though most people opted to off-road in vehicles. Pretty and scenic; the waterfall at the lake was beautiful. It started snowing while I was there and the fall colors looked beautiful with it.

This is one of my favorite trail to date. Ample amounts of parking at trailhead, and beautiful scenery throughout. Very long hike close to 18 miles long, but we'll worth it. Didn't make it up to the top of the summit, due to rainstorms moving in. Would recommend.

Did this counterclockwise and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fascinating mix of super wide gravel road, steep rocky single track (moments of scrambling even) and a descent on long deteriorating asphalt. Views were great and dam, causeway and canyon walls fun to admire. Dogs off leash on the single track only (about 40%) but that worked for me.

Incredible views. Bring layers. Very windy by the lake

A nice easy trail. The first part is pretty tightly packed with trees, so it's very much single file, but it opens up after about a mile.

There aren't many spectacular views along the trail because of the trees, but the end gives some nice views of mountains to the north. You'll come across some cool rock outcroppings that would be nice for a rest or picnic.

The map (and some reviews) say there are creeks along this route, but in early October when I was here I found it completely dry. Lots of Aspens here, so mid September is probably the time to hike here. Cool old wooden structures at the very end.

The drive in (which has some stunning views) was difficult, but not terrible until the very last stretch after taking a right turn off the main road to the trailhead. I highly recommend having a car with good clearance or 4WD for this part. If you don't have that you are probably better off parking somewhere along the main road and adding an extra half mile or so to your hike.

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