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muddy
rocky
snow
20 hours ago

Did this hike today. Probably because it was in mid January, we met very few hikers. It was snowy in places and heavy wind up top. Pretty decent hike but at times the trail routes might be tricky as there are few signs. I would say its above moderate to difficult hike.

hiking
22 hours ago

Awesome hike! We wished we would’ve had our yaktraks for the way down, but our trekking poles helped with the ice. Beautiful views and not too busy around 10am on Martin Luther King Day.

hiking
1 day 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.

muddy
rocky
1 day ago

west climb up was fairly dry with more rock and steps. east side coming down lots of ice at top and mud on most of trail. microspikes were perfect again made life easy. lots of people on east side slipping in non hiking footwear. beautiful views of boulder. nice and different angle to view the flatirons.

Challenging climb going up but great hike. Pretty icy at the beginning of the descent on the east side and then very muddy for a bit until the trail leveled out and got more dry. Just wore hiking boots and we were fine. Had our dog and there were lots of other friendly dogs.

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rocky
snow
1 day ago

Great workout. Hiked trail on 1/19. Pretty muddy because of melting snow. A few spots where yaktrax would have been useful but not necessary.

Fun hike. It was a little sloshy after noon. Microspikes are fairly necessary.

hiking
3 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.

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muddy
scramble
snow
4 days ago

This is a great hike - easy to get to (which account for the amount of traffic it gets), nicely paced circuit and great views throughout. I went clockwise (up west, down east) which probably was a mistake given the conditions at this point. The west side has a small bit of mud and ice and patches of snow but overall was quite dry. The east side was pretty snowy and icy at the top, and then mud at mid-elevation, and then conditions improved towards the bottom. So it might have been better to ascend on the east side and go down the west side. I had hiking boots on it which were fine, no need for microspikes. Lots of people had dogs but they were all well-behaved and friendly.

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snow
4 days ago

This trail is a gem not to long but the views is amazing. Today the trail was covered in snow but very passable and just a treat to hike in mid January. I did have my Yaktrax on for traction but probably did not need them with the amount of snow on the trail. It did cost $9 to get into the park and parking is hard to come by. I got there early 9 AM and did not have an issue.

Good climb with camping at the base of the mountain.

Did this in the evening 1/17. Trail is completely clear of snow— a little muddy in certain parts. This route is very rocky and has lots of big steps. I have bad knees so going downhill was rough. I’ve done this hike from the east ridge before and prefer that route (via goat trail). Less crowded on that route and not so rocky.

Nice hike. A bit icy near top but worth the views and quietness.

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.

Great morning hike before brunch.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful views! Bring some micro spikes because the top has some pretty icy spots right now.

Great hike! Beautiful views throughout this short hike near Boulder. Hop over to Instagram @2_Summit_Up or my website here2summitup.wordpress.com to see more pictures of this awesome adventure.

Beautiful!

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.

Hiked the trail today. Well packed fresh snow, no ice today like previous times. Didn't even get out my yak tracks, no need. Beautiful hike, deer were out wandering about.

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

Fun bit of exploring. Read the signs about the historic hotel site . . . Colorado's history is fascinating.

Love this hike. "Easy" 14er, but great views.

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 this today. Icy in several spots, clear dirt in others. Made it without spikes but would have been nice to have.

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!

Best hike ever!

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