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The road was closed about a mile from the trail head but we expected that. It was such a great hike! Definitely dress warm for this time of year and bring good snow shoes. The water was beautiful through the ice and thick trees! I am so excited to see this place in the spring and summer!

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snow
3 days ago

My first hike in Colorado was great , this trail is easy to do, though I would recommend micro spike if you worried about slipping, the snow is pretty packed down hard !

this says loop but I did an out and back?? anyways, it was beautiful! I went early morning and nobody was there. I am new so took a lot of breaks but otherwise an easy hike

hiking
4 days ago

Great day out. Very few people, but trail was well packed. Boots and microspikes all the way to the lake, but snowshoes to cross the lake as the margins are pretty wet and soft.

Great hike and definitely doable and safe for children. I did see the same pit bull the lady below complained about today. It was super friendly and gentle. Unlike her I didn’t see a single pile of poop so not sure if she was looking in the trash or what lol.

Extremely unsafe trail to bring younger children due to lack of enforcement of off leash dog rules. There are literally hundreds of piles of dog excrement within a few short miles.
I can no longer bring my nephew here after we were rushed by an off leash pit bull. Of course the owner thought it was funny. Dog owners in Boulder County are the most entitled and ignorant bunch of people you will ever encounter.

Hiked Sunday January 13th

Trail is packed snow. We wore microspikes as did most others we saw. The last half mile is a little less packed but not worth bringing snowshoes for. The parking lot was nearly empty around 9 AM but completely full upon our return in early afternoon.

Hiked/trail ran this 1/10/19. Snow is mostly packed so microspikes recommended, although I think more snow is changing that today. You’re in the trees with occasional peeks of Longs etc and more at the path were the flood came through. It’s fairly steady steepness in the switchback until the last mile before the saddle & then it has a few more fluctuation in flat/steep sections near the tree line & scrambles at the top. From the parking lot, it was about 3.5ish miles to the saddle between the twin sisters. I went to the West most sister first since it’s not much scrambling to get up there. Just rock scrambled up the other side. The tops are somewhat jagged/uneven & narrow so go cautiously, especially in windy conditions. Beautiful views though! I stopped to take a lot of photos but I left my car about 11:35 and got back at 3:58 (after running sections on the way down).

I attempted to do this trail yesterday and ran into some county workers saying it will be closed until June due to logging and pipework.

Question:
Is this trail accessible/recommended in the winter for snowshoeing?

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike a couple days ago due to RMNP being closed. Not nearly enough snow for snowshoes but the trail was packed snow and ice pretty much the whole way so microspikes are highly recommended. Consistently steep pretty much the whole way. The last mile or so is completely exposed so be sure to pack some layers as the weather at the top can be drastically different than the bottom. Views from the top make the effort worth it!

great trail - went yesterday and still didn't need crampons or yak tracks

hiking
10 days ago

Quite possibly my favorite hike. The river was so full you could feel the power of the water rushing by. At points the water is overhead. Just amazing.

Late review. We went late summer 2017.

Beautiful!

Park and trail closed on January 5th.

This is a nice trail with a good variety of terrain and views. Hiked it on 1/5/19. There were quite a few spots with packed snow. I had micro spikes with me but didn't need to use them. You have to watch closely for the fork that splits to Sheep Mtn (right) and Stone Mtn (left). there is no sign post and it could be easy to miss. The fork is in a clearing about a quarter mile after you cross the creek. After that the Stone Mtn trail is not as well defined and easy to follow. But with an alert eye you should have no problem staying on it. There's a boulder scramble at the summit, but nothing technical. great views if you make it up there! I clocked the round trip at 7.55 miles.

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.

Trail is super challenging, but interesting and engaging to run the whole way through.

Feel like an easy day? Here ya go!

Good views of falls, which aren't magnificent. Take the trail from Allenspark to avoid park closures.

The park was closed due to government shutdown so it added 5 miles to this hike. Beautiful trail. The hike to the trail was lovely. No part of the entire 10 miles was hard. Didn’t need spikes even and we went on 1/1/19 the day after fresh snow. The waterfall at the top was covered in snow. So not particularly scenic but the trail overall was wonderful. Peaceful winter beauty. Looking forward to spring to see the waterfalls.

giving a 3 because the pit toilets at the trail head were gross - almost overflowing, but the real toilets at the other lot made up for it.

Also, very open trail, no real tree coverage. Trail was easy.

Snowshoed up to Heart Lake on Sunday December30th. The trail was broken all the way to the lake and easy to follow. A little wind when we got out of the trees but wasn’t to bad. Love this trail in the winter and the summer!!!

Hiked this trail on 12/30, west side up and east side down. The west side is steep but beautiful, with no ice, and the east side was also scenic with only a couple patches of ice. A great afternoon hike!

Hiked 12/15/18. Went with a friend and we both wore spikes and used poles. It was a gorgeous hike; I've hiked to Ouzel Falls in every season and it is gorgeous every single time. Do you know what an Ouzel is? Google it! And then you'll know what to look for while hiking. Enjoy the waterfalls. Consider extending your hike to Ouzel Lake. It is much quieter once you pass the falls and head to the lake and that's where you'll find your solitude on a sunny summer day so add that to your list, too. #52hikechallenge

Great trail. No snowshoes needed yet. Easy to follow and nice views.

walking
19 days ago

Very relaxing trail with beautiful rock formations and vistas. The trail is almost completely exposed so a perfect walk with the dog on a sunny winter day. Don’t expect to be alone as many other hikers and dogs were also on the trail. A half a dozen deer grazed near the trailhead right at sunset, which made for a serene end to the hike.

Went up from the east to west side - wouldn’t do that again! Decided to do this to get the “ice” out of the way.. yes there was some black ice, but just be aware of the ground when on the top part of the east side. The west side has stairs and I prefer going up stairs than down. This hike was about two hours to go up, enjoy the view, and return to the car with my dog. This hike has a steady incline! Be ready!

hiking
19 days ago

This is a great winter hike. The trail is well marked, is a mix of forest and sunshine, has several bridge crossings (all well maintained) and a small view of snow capped mountains toward the end of the hike (if you’re doing the loop counterclockwise). We brought our boot spikes but never needed them. It was very quiet on a cold Saturday, we never heard hunting activity and the trail has good uphill without being exhausting.

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