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—December 17–
Went for a day long hike up Ute Creek trailhead attempting to reach bison peak. Did not see a single person at the trailhead or on the trail. First mile is a easy going walk along the river then climbs over 2000’ within a couple miles. Definitely a difficult trail and with snow/ice covered at higher altitudes. Unfortunately didn’t reach summit due to time getting late and difficult trail conditions. Great views around tree line with views of many major peaks in Colorado. Planning to go back in the future and discover more of lost park.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous view on the top. Micro spikes might be necessary since ice and snow are widespread on the ground. This is not a challenging trail and highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

Snow on trail, icy up top but still able to hike without micro spikes

on Kruger Rock Trail

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail. Amazing views of RMNP and Estes. I went in mid October and there were a few snowy patches, but nothing too hard. highly recommend going up the rock crevice to the true peak. Breathtaking views.

hiking
2 months ago

Has some really neat rocks at the top and has great views. As far as I know, there's no trail from the saddle to the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail! I hiked the trail with my young daughter and we had no issues. Good views but I wouldn’t exactly call this a moderate trail, more along the easier side.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail had spectacular views of Estes and looking at the entrance for the national park. I didn’t like how soft the trail itself was. I sunk down into the sand with every step. It was quite the challenge there and back with good elevation gain. The views made up for the little faults it has.

hiking
3 months ago

So happy we did this hike! The weather ended up being way better than we expected. We had to guess our way for most of the hike bc the snow covered the trail. It’s pretty slushy right now so I’d recommend waterproof shoes! We made the scramble up to the top through the crevasse and enjoyed the amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! A steady ascent led to a rocky area with a fantastic view. This is an easy hike to do with dogs. There are bag stations. The trail isn’t very rocky.

If you're looking for a challenging hike and some great exercise this is the hike for you! Unfortunately, when we reached the summit we had very limited visibility of the boulders - however, the hike as a whole was beautiful and there were a ton of yellow Aspens. The entire hike we only passed about 4 people total which also made this hike that much better.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing 360 view on top of the rock. Make certain you scale the crevasse between the rock to get to the very top. Truly breathtaking views.

Moderate hike climbing 1k feet over 2 miles with a steep stretch the last .25 mile of the trail. Good for everyone jut go prepared with water, protein and maybe a good walking stick.

2 hours in and 1 hour out and that was with lots of stops along the way.

Amazing hike.

Nice trail. Great views of Estes Park and RMNP. Some steep parts but nothing really more than steep steps. Hermit Park is a very nice area and the trail is well marked and well maintained. check on the fee before you go in.

Great hike with beautiful views. We went around 9am on a Saturday and there were minimal people on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Gf & I are 26. We went with another couple after a week of moving here. Awesome trail, not to strenuous. Made it to the top in just under an hour after taking a couple 30-60sec rests. View at the top was amazing. Worth the hike 100% would go back and recommend to others.

came on a Tuesday...trail was empty . amazing 360 views at the top. moderate hike...pretty aspens here and there. clear signage and lots of parking. I recommend this hike for a short one

hiking
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike today! Quite a workout for us with the elevation gain but was worth it. We did have a 4wd vehicle so we were able to get almost all the way to the trailhead. If not it would take a lot of the enjoyment out. We only saw two other couples all day. One couple was on their way down from the summit of Massive. Yes there is a trail to the summit that breaks off about halfway up and has a sign. Saw a few mountain goats and deer and the scenery at the 1st Lake is enjoyable.

backpacking
3 months ago

Unique trip! My fiancé, dog, and I backpacked to the open space near the summit and camped there. We hiked through the night and arrived around 12 AM. Finished the remaining mile in the morning before heading back down. Definitely worth spending a few hours up top exploring all of the boulders. Bring water, the stream is only available for the first 2 miles or so.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike with great views. I’ve done it a few times and it’s never crowded.

Went Saturday, September 15 on a warm sunny day. Trail is short but with a gain of 900 + feet so good exertion. Great views along the way and really good views on top of Estes Park and surrounding mountains. The climb up the rock looks intimidating but is not as daunting. This was first time at Hermit Park but will definitely be back.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful 360 view from the top.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a good alternative to Mount Massive, which weather was bad for on Sunday. Seemed longer than 5.4 miles from the trailhead. Did enjoy the great views and scenery along the way, the trail can get a bit confusing when you enter the tree line on Northside of open field. Download the all trails map so you follow off line. no cell phone coverage avail. Also never found the second lake. Still very enjoyable!!!

on Caribou Pass Trail

4 months ago

Great hike and views. At 55yo, I was surprised it didn’t wear my out. Best adventure of my vacation and a good time with my two teenage daughters.

Beautiful trail with lots of shade most of the way. The boulder formations on the peak are sensational

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed a beautiful hike with our dog yesterday. Spectacular views along the trail; exceptional from the destination at Kruger Rock. Our dog needed a little help to maneuver through and up the crevasse at the end. My only suggestion is to start early morning during the warm summer months.

New to Colorado and this altitude but my wife, 29 and 6 weeks pregnant with #4, and I (30) made it to the top in 1hr 30 mins. Was a great view at the summit. 360 views and have us the “wow, this was worth it!” Feeling that we always hope for. Would recommend this over Gem Lake, which we did last night and didn’t care for and was similar total time of just over 2 hours. They’re Comparable hikes but this is far more worth it.

If you need directions, enter Hermit Park Open Place in your maps. It takes you the campground entrance/visitor building and you pay by credit card $6 to park. We took a picture of the map posted near by to make sure we drove to the right parking lot. To get to the trailhead, Park in the lot near the pavilion, you’ll walk past the pavilion and go across the road and the trail begins by a little stop sign. We had to look for it so hopefully this helps someone.

4 months ago

Beautiful well-marked trail. The last mile to the trailhead is on a very rough road that requires a high-clearance vehicle.

hiking
5 months ago

The road to the trailhead is very rough, you definitely need high clearance and 4WD to get all the way. There were no cars parked at the trail head. Cars could probably make it a bit past the Mt Massive trailhead, to within about 1 mile of the trailhead, where there are some campsites to park at. But depending on your vehicle, it may be safest to not try.

The hike itself offered beautiful views of many surrounding mountains and was generally easy to follow. It is very steep at times, and you definitely want to be fully acclimated before attempting. Before you reach the first lake, the trail forks, and could be easy to miss. To the right is a path up to a waterfall, and to the left is the lake(s). The AllTrails map doesn't include hiking up to the second lake, though there's definitely a faint trail going there and it's not a bad quick addition if you still have the energy at the top. We only saw one other set of hikers the whole time we were on the trail.

A great training hike to get acclimated on in prep for the higher and longer trails.

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