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Hiked today 1/21. 11 am parking lot only 1/3 full. Almost no wind the whole way. Sunny until Emerald lake, then started snowing. Had micro spikes, but could have made it without them. Trail compact but not icy yet. Was an amazing hike

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked on 1/21, the trail is very snowy, and can be slippery at some steep slope (even with micro spikes), especially near the top. but the trail was absolute beautiful, quite, and it’s super fun to hike on! It took us a little more than 3 hours to complete, because we stopped a lot for taking photos. Lake on the top was half frozen; it’s gorgeous and totally worth the effort.

hiking
2 days ago

1-20-19 . Was super windy when we got there and barely stayed. Beautiful hike though and roads getting there were not too bad. Favorite Colorado hike

Great hike. I live nearby and still take some wrong turns. Nice scenery, shaded part of the way.

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snow
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

1.20.19: beautiful, we made it all the way without snowshoes just fine (did have spikes on our boots). It was PAINFULLY windy and cold both at Dream Lake and Emerald Lake (felt like North of the Wall on Game of Thrones) - highly recommend some kind of Buff Neckwear to pull over your face and either ski goggles or at least sunglasses for eye protection.

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muddy
rocky
snow
3 days ago

Very pretty the mud is common with the season we are in. Just know that the north side of the trail is extremely rocky. The south side [which is closer to the university] is more smooth for if you have children, more pups, etc.

hiking
3 days ago

It was a great hike today. A little snow on the north side which Tucker the dog just loved.

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked on 1/17, lots of wet snow making the trail difficult at the top. Yaktrax were helpful. The lake was mostly frozen.

snowshoeing
snow
5 days ago

DO NOT TRY TO TAKE GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE WITH MOUNTAIN BASE ROAD IT'S CLOSED! Did half this hike on 1/12/19. Snow packed trail approx 4-8 inches great for snow shoeing but can be done with yak tracks! Did the trail clockwise and there's a pretty decent incline about 1/3rd of the way in. Didn't make it to panaroma point due to starting really late but I would highly recommend and am planning to go back soon!

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snow
5 days ago

Great trail for the pup. Boots work as there is currently no packed snow or ice, yet. Few markings along the trail, but it is well worn most of the way, cell service throughout the park so you can use the app when you hit a few unlabeled trail connections. Area nearest Hewlett Packard had the best views of the Front Range and Pikes Peak.

hiking
5 days ago

Opened the park a few days ago after shuffling around some money. We made it to Dream Lake w/o snow shoes. It was incredibly windy there and everyone we saw turned back - definitely need snow shoes to go from Dream to Emerald. Great hike up to Dream, though.

hiking
5 days ago

Moderate hiking trail with plenty of room to adventure! Be sure to follow the trail map - there are quite a few “mini” trails throughout the route. Overall, great hike!

Took my own route to get to Pulpit Rock so I haven't taken the entire trail. beautiful open space, easy path, but wasn't impressed by the view of the town. It was really fun to climb the rocks though!

View was great, however getting up and down was a challenge. Tons of off trails that are easily confused as the main trail, it was really frustrating. I tried to follow the directions on this app, but it was almost impossible. It was an ok hike that I probably won’t do again, but like I said, the view is dope.

on Emerald Lake Trail

10 days ago

I tried to go there today but the road is closed during government shutdown

Super easy trail. I parked at the first parking lot (there's 2). The trails aren't marked so you just have to work around them. I ended up heading straight towards pulpit rock and climbed up for a challenge. There is a trail that goes all the way around it for an easier climb up to the top. Went during the week around 2 and it was moderate traffic with drones and selfie takers. Took about 20min and less to reach the top. Easy Hike, not very peaceful, but the overlook is cool

good quick spot for a hike in the city. nice view over the town. could be a little steep getting to the top for some.

Great trail! Easy hike! Possibility to go off main trail with no signs/markings and many social trails. Since I had it on record I could see when I edged off the trail. Great views. I went clockwise on the loop. Next time will do the hike in the evening going counterclockwise in attempt to catch a ‘sunset’ on the upper ridge coming back to parking lot.

Beautiful!

It was first time hiking in Garden of the Gods and this was the perfect trail. If you go early enough, we got there at 9, it wasn’t so bad. When we left at 11, it was super crowded. Next time, we’ll go even earlier.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this Christmas Eve morning and had the trail to ourselves. There is trail erosion towards the west end of the loop near Panorama Point from overuse. But rest of trail is in good shape. The ranger told us he saw two moose on the trail earlier that morning. We didn’t but will come again. A lovely state park.

I was able to jog this up and down in just running shoes with a little caution. It’s gorgeous in the winter! Make sure to go the extra couple hundred feet to sprouting rock.

Nice light hike in the city.
Going counter-clock-wise is a gentle assent with summit toward the end and a steeper quicker decent back.
Lots of alternatives shortcuts if you don't feel like hiking all 4 miles

snowshoeing
21 days ago

The snow on the trail is packed so it is easily visible although completely covered. Trail is not overly difficult and the views along the way are spectacular.

Spikes required in winter, but the trail has plenty of traffic that snowshoes are probably overkill. Lovely even in winter. Arrive super early, the line for parking when we left was outrageous.

hiking
24 days ago

great trail. falls are awesome then went up to the lake

Best hike ever!

Easy 14er. Views are amazing! Windy at top!

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