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1 day ago

The aspens are starting to turn!!

It says closed, but I went on Saturday and it was open. It’s not really a hike but it was a beautiful spot for pictures. It’s definitely worth seeing.

This is one of my favorite hikes yet. You get beautiful views of the city and mountains. There is a cute area at the top that would be great for a picnic. There are a few narrow areas so just be careful with the kiddos.

It was a nice trail. Shaded parts and also parts in the sun. Nice views way up high. Fun hike overall.

Definitely not a clear trail to follow, but the navigation and steep incline can be a fun challenge. Lots of loose gravel, I definitely fell on my butt twice and slid down. The 2 other people I saw coming down had trekking poles which would probably really help on the decent. Hiked it with my husky and had to help him up some of the scrambling and loose gravel areas.

Easy walk, reservoir is very low, leaves are barely starting to change. Beautiful day!

Lots of slick dirt on downhill

very nice trail. some great views and the aspens are beautiful. In a few days they will be glowing!!

I love the shady hike to the mill, after the mill it gets pretty steep. Overall a great hike close to home. Views from the summit are beautiful.

A great hike through lots of terrain to get some miles in without a lot of elevation.

I wouldn't recommend this trail. it is not kept up and requires a lot of maintenance

I did this hike with my Boston Terrier on Jan 14 of this year. We went counterclockwise because at first glance it is an easier accent. I want exactly acclimated to the altitude so this hike kicked my ass. That said the views are spectacular.

Be prepared for a few stream crossings. When I went the streams were half frozen over so at times I had to carry my dog. Going counter clockwise this came later in the hike. I was tired but the cool feet were welcome.

Finishing the hike on the high of the accomplishment, the feeling however dashed... when my 5 year old 25 lb Boston Terrier, who had EASILY covered 2x the distance I had on this hike, bolted after a squirrel near the parking lot as if we had just arrived!!!! Compounding my astonishment by showing absolutely zero signs of exhaustion even on the 30 minute car ride home.

I mention this because the trail is NOT WELL MARKED. Had it not been for my trail trained lil buddy continuously tracking the trail I would have had s nich more difficult time.

if its warm bring LOTS of water. it was ideal at 35-40 degrees for us in Jan.

It was an awesome trail with amazing views. At some points there are numerous trails intersecting each other but the GPS feature on the app keeps you heading in the right direction.

This is one of my favorite trails yet! You get beautiful views of the mountains, the city, and the forest itself. The reservoirs are really nice and there are a couple of places that have bathrooms if needed. The trail is a bit longer than listed because part of it is blocked off so you have to take an extra loop. It was a total of 5.51 miles and an elevation gain of 1,095 feet!

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked August 24. Dog loved all the streams to get drinks. Easy to follow to the sawmill. After the sawmill, we had trouble telling if we were on the trail due to scattered cairns and trail tape. Did get to the top somewhere along the way-and back down-without getting lost. Nice views from the top. Recommend 4wd to get all the way to the trailhead. Our Subaru crosstrek got there without too much trouble.

hiking
15 days ago

Excellent, challenging hike / climb / scramble. Here are the key things to note:

1. The trail can get a bit hard to follow. I recommend looking through some recent recordings and loading one of those up in the app to keep you on track.

2. Quite a bit of scrambling and loose rock, so this is likely not a good hike for young kids or folks that struggle with balance or steep scrambles.

3. It is intense elevation gain in a short distance, so a great hike to use in prep for a 14er. If you prefer switchbacks or a well-designed trail this may be a disappointment.

I hiked it yesterday and ran into many encouraging people on the way. I was determined to make the summit and it was well worth the hike. I’ll definitely do it again. Very beautiful hike.

Good hike. No big “wow” factors, but a good hike to get away from city life and enjoy some fresh mountain air. Few good views of pikes peak. Little slippery going down hill on the gravel/rocks but not too bad. Trail is marked well along the whole trail. Definitely a horse trail...

Great trail- loved the diverse terrain. Well marked. Even spotted some Ute sacred trees. Beautiful views of Piles Peak. Easy to access and not crowded.

It says that it opens in July but they are doing construction on it right now so it’s totally closed. Don’t drive 2 hours for it like we did.

Gorgeous! I only did a short section of segment 25, but the views are outstanding. I am coming back to do a longer section. Trail seemed well marked and not difficult-at least the section closest to Little Molas Lake. Lots of mountain bikers out today.

hiking
17 days ago

Did this trail with my wife and (adult) daughter on September 1, 2018 and overall it's a fun trail. We clocked it a 6.3 miles on both phones. Note that while there is water on the trail, calling it a creek is an somewhat of an exaggeration. It's mostly stagnant and is running very slightly at the beginning of the fork.

Beautiful views and easy hike. We took our 82 year old Mother along and she handled it great!

good hike short and sweet.

(Hiked in October 2017) this hike was really enjoyable, didn’t take up much of the day, and had great views. Definitely worth checking out.

Beautiful trail, lots of shade. It's fun walking the perimeter of the summit for a view on all sides.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice trail with a lot of shade. The views are worth the trip to the top.

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome elevation gain if you are looking for a challenge. The trail is not clearly defined so you end up hiking back up and forth at times that's why gave it 3 stars. the trail should be maintained. The summit overlook is not visible until the very end but at the top the view is rewarding

hiking
24 days ago

Is the elevation gain(2125ft) right? It is 1450ft according to my GPS.

To whoever built the rock towers lining the trail to the peak, you are my hero! I would still be wondering aimlessly up there if it weren't for them! The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because the path should be more defined, I found many false trails leading me to nowhere until I stumbled on the rock towers along the actual path.

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