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snow
4 days ago

Plenty of scenic views and vistas along this 1.8 mile one way/3.6 mike in/out trail. Hiked it due to RMNP being inaccessible during the government shutdown. Trailhead parking on the side of the highway 5.8 miles south of Estes Park was pretty full. Nice gradual climb the first half, then pretty steep climbs the second half after “the turn”. We started at 1:15pm and got to the rock scramble at 3:15 and turned back due to time and pending darkness. Packed snow most of the 2nd half up. Made this video from the hike: https://vimeo.com/311379986

Today we did the Canyon Loop. It had quite a bit of snow but it was well packed so no need for snowshoes. There were some muddy spots. This was an easier hike.

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favorite trails, it seems it is less crowded than some of the others in this area. Hiked 1/13, went up Gregory Canyon and down via Saddle Rock. The top was mostly hard packed snow and the bottom a little icy, I wore my microspikes the whole time and was glad I had them. Took me about 4 hours round trip. Would highly recommend!

on Wapiti Trail

trail running
13 days ago

See my review of "Heil Valley Ranch Trail" for info. Adding to what others have said, this is NOT an "easy" trail for hiking/trail running. I'd say it is moderate-to-difficult for trail running.

hiking
14 days ago

Completed 1/5/19. Great hike! Loved the views. Packed snow about the last 1/3 of the hike....Used microspikes only on the way down

One of my favorite hikes. IPW is fantastic.

snowshoeing
20 days ago

This is a very pretty, and easy hike. Snowed all the way down and was just gorgeous. The summit at the top passed the scramble is where the payoff is for sure. Looking forward to doing this hike again in the spring!

hiking
1 month ago

12/19/2018 - Snowed the entire hike. First 1/2 mile was light snow, after that snowpack and ice. Wore micro spikes the entire time & didn’t have any slipping problems. Towards the top was powder, but it had been snowing all day

hiking
1 month ago

Nice medium hard hike. There are hikes with better views. The best view is on the way back looking toward Lyons

on Green Mountain Loop

1 month ago

Beautiful morning with a nice amount of snow and a little ice. Bring your spikes.

Perfect easy trail for a long walk in the woods, or a nice run. We found it to be absolutely enchanting. There were some patches of ice, but not enough to require spikes or boots.

hiking
1 month ago

Climbed Friday 11/30/18 - Incredible views for such a quick and easy hike! I regularly climb high peaks but this time of year I enjoy the smaller mountains when the weather is cold and brutal up high. Just a dusting of snow low on the mountain but increases to several inches higher up. I'd recommend microspikes for extra traction. There's a very short scramble on the summit block where you have to make a few class 3 moves on snow covered rock so you'll appreciate the extra traction.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran this trail yesterday. The parking lot only had one car in it when I arrived at noon and about five when I finished 1hr27min later. Saw a few couples hiking and one MTB. This was a fun trail - not too difficult. I tend to go counter-clockwise. So, if you’re going counter-clockwise then you’ll start going downhill all the way through the back side of Jefferson Loop. It isn’t until you get back on Canyon Loop where you start to climb back up. I didn’t do the 1/4 mile detour to the road as shown on the map. So, 7.1mile with 672 feet of climb.

Did this one in September great fall colors
Trail wasn’t the most inspiring

Windy but lovely! Hard packed snow and ice in spots but manageable in boots. Micro spikes are a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have. Started around 8:30am and didn’t see another person on the trail until half way back down (only 7 people total). Too cloudy for views but still a nice workout.

on Green Mountain Loop

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Tough trail, a lot of uphill and tricky footing in places. Worth the climb for sure. Beautiful views! Be sure you have plenty of water.

hiking
2 months ago

did this a few years ago so going off of memory! I remember loving the views at the top but it was more difficult than I thought it would be. it is a crowded trail for good reasons. we hiked it during July and got stuck it two afternoon thunderstorms, looking back it's funny, but I remember being cold/wet then dry/hot! but that's not that unusual for Boulder

Currently packed snow and ice on most of the trails. Microspikes recommended.

Moderate hike, great views, a likelihood of seeing wildlife. Free!

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked to Lily Mountain on 11/3 and walked through a winter wonderland! There was only one group ahead of me on the trail and I am grateful for their footprints! In the snow this was certainly a bit more work but still a beautiful trail! I would certainly recommend having micro spikes, especially once you get closer to the top. The scramble at the top was worth the whole hike. I would recommend leaving your backpack or whatever towards the bottom of the scramble so you aren't off-balance as you climb up. There are a few spots i lost the trail, but found my way back to it. Having the map on the app was helpful!

hiking
2 months ago

A fantastic climb with a great summit.

gnarly trail, view at top legendary

a lot of bikers. wouldn't recommend running here on the days bikes are allowed

on Green Mountain Loop

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked from the base of Chautauqua to Ski Jump, Bluebell-Baird, Amphitheater, Gregory Canyon, Ranger, E.M. Greenman, Saddle Rock and then Amphitheater and back to the base. We hiked it counter-clockwise and it was about 8 miles in total. It's steep and strenuous in the beginning until you get to Ranger and then it levels out for about a mile or so before beginning the route up the summit. It's a really beautiful trail with views of Boulder and Indian Mountains. It'll be crowded in the beginning, but then will level off.
One thing to note is right now E.M. Greenman is not allowing dogs, so you have to just go for it or hike the way you came up. Also, there's a ladder on Saddle Rock due to the flood damage, but there is a path around it to the left going down that the dogs can easily get down using vs. the ladder.

off road driving
2 months ago

Vehicle: 2008 Rubicon with AEV 3.5” lift and 33” tires. Drove it on oct 28. Clear sunny day and the trail was in good shape. Good moderate trail for someone stepping up from the easy trails. Enjoyed the drive and had great scenery along the way with some amazing vistas of Estes Park and the Range above Beaver Meadows.

After going through the notch counter clockwise we couldn’t find the return leg of the trail 247 and ended up cutting across the only marked trail which put us back on the trail we had taken heading up hill. Has the trail changed recently?

hiking
2 months ago

steep but quick

More difficult than expected but completely worth it!!

So so. Nothing special.

Moderate hiking. There is no spectacular view point but good to hike with young kids

As of 10/16 the gate was closed before the fee station which adds about 5 miles RT to any hike you plan to do. The road has some snow/ice but also has large dry stretches. Once you get near the Mitchell Lake TH you will be on snow the whole time. The trail is packed down for most of the way. I brought microspikes and snowshoes. Never put the spikes on, but snowshoes were very helpful once I got about 1/4 mile below Blue Lake. Was glad to have gaiters and waterproof boots. Beautiful hike.

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