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13 hours ago

Road was very snowy getting to the trail head. Our AWD Tiguan felt comfortable up til the last 1/4 mile. Snowshoed in, only saw another couple on the trail. Made it about 2mi (of the 4) before turning back. At this point we’d done 1000ft elevation gain and were beat and had lost track of the trail at that point and called it a day. Anxious to try in the summer as snowshoes were a serious workout.

11 days ago

12/8/2018 - A good amount of ice on the trail, so I would recommend spikes at minimum, but a fresh dusting of snow left the trail impassable with about 0.7M to the end (~1.5ft of snow, and I only had spikes on). Most of the snow on the first half of the road had melted, so not ideal for XC skiing or snowmobiling anymore I’d imagine. Only option for parking is illegal street parking.

hiking
15 days ago

Great winter hike! Did this one today, and there is a ton of snow, but we managed with just spikes. There were a lot of people snowshoeing and cross-country skiing -- good trail for that as well. The lake is completely frozen over, but the views are amazing.

As of yesterday the road was snowy but not slick all the way to the trail head. It was 3° when I started at almost 11am but warmed up to about 18° by the time I turned back to the car. The path is well worn and easy to follow, which is good because my downloaded Alltrails map never works here. Spikes are a must and snowshoes will be needed if you want to make the last 1 to 2 miles. It was beautiful and I only saw two cross-country skiers as I got back to the trail head. The restrooms are open but have frozen pee on the seat.

Trail was snowpacked from the start. Wore microspikes that did fine. Hiked two miles in and the trail was easy to follow. Didn't get any views but would hike it again to see what the end of the trail has to offer. Road to trailhead was mostly clear of snow except for the last quarter mile or so. One hour from north Denver. Definitely recommend for a nice day hike in the winter!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views! I brought my dog to hike and she loved it- we met several other people with dogs too who were all very friendly. I didn’t wish I had snow shoes until the end when I started sinking in waist deep snow and my dog started disappearing completely under the snow- it was moderately challenging but well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Was up this way 11/10/2018 - snowshoes required. Alot of snow already and in the trees it is pretty deep.

If you're unsure about your car - park at the flashing stop sign about 1/8th of a mile before, right before you take the right off the road into the side road. There were a few folks getting stuck already.

hiking
2 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. We encountered only one other trail user. We used winter hiking boots with crampons. This was sufficient to make it all of the way to the end of the trail. No need for snowshoes or backcountry skis today. It snowed throughout our hike and was windy, especially when nearing the lake at the end. There's a waterfall flowing into the lake which isn't frozen over yet. A thin layer of ice currently coats most of the lake. A standard car with good all season tires can make it to the foot of the trailhead.

off road driving
2 months ago

Stock Wrangler JLU up and down with ease in 4wd High at the end of summer. Fun trail with great rewards; more to explore in Jeep and on foot. Nonmotorized use allowed year round according to gate’s sign in the AllTrails photos, Sean D, but it also says no parking at the gate.

Question - can you still hike to the lake with the gates officially closed?

off road driving
3 months ago

closed for the season as of Oct 18, 2018. disappointed. I took my stock Raptor up, zero issues... not even close to breaking a sweat. With a stock half ton truck, you will likely bottom out in a few spots, especially the first rut. Subarus won't make it without damage, end of story. looked promising but the gate was closed about 3/4 mile up. tight turn around.

Though it was nice, after a few miles of 4x4 road its more like walking on a wide trail. Where the map shows the end of the trail, you can cut left and go up a ways toward Torreys peak

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked the whole road, though most people opted to off-road in vehicles. Pretty and scenic; the waterfall at the lake was beautiful. It started snowing while I was there and the fall colors looked beautiful with it.

off road driving
3 months ago

Not sure why this is rated moderate. It's pretty easy for any 4x4. Did pretty much all of it in 2 wheel. Only need a little bit of clearance for the rocks. Great views, and only saw one other person on a Wednesday afternoon. 4/5

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful and great place to see the leaves change. it has some hills that are steep in places.

off road driving
3 months ago

Loch Lomond is a classic that's easy to get to. The trail is very bumpy but is easy. Once at the top the views are fantastic. Not a lot of Aspens but the bushes turn yellow and it's still very nice to look at haha. If you'd like to see a video of the run I have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oGcy1MWOvY

Have fun out there!

We parked at the sign and hiked up instead of off-roading. Beautiful views, and I would love to continue on to the upper lakes next time!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, fairly easy trail.

off road driving
4 months ago

Very easy trail, heavy foot traffic. A little bouncy, but good for any 4 wheel drive vehicle. We decided to hike to the upper lakes, and the views did not disappoint. This is a very good family outing!

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked Saturday September 15th. The colors are at or near Peak. Beautiful! The Aspens run just over 1 mile. Lots and lots of color... I've posted a few pictures.

When you reach your destination, enjoy the very old Bristlecone Pines.

hiking
4 months ago

went yesterday and the leaves are just about done falling off the aspens. Today will likely be the last day the hike will be good to see the aspens. low bush foliage is very pretty at the end in the bowl.

One of my favorites .... not sure why, it doesn’t have lots of vista views but it’s a good steady work out and yet flat and easy just when you need it. The many different types of foliage is pretty awesome esp when aspens are turning.

great fall hike with beautiful Aspen groves throughout much of the hike.

off road driving
4 months ago

loch lamond lake! Nice trial! my first one..all ways easier on the way down..lol definitely a slow and bumpy trial! High clearance vehicle would help....Lake was gorgeous well worth the trip. 2014 Xterra stock BFGTK 02 TIRES

4 months ago

Not the most scenic vista's but I love the trees and flowers on this one. Not many people on this one. Probably my most hiked trail over the years.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great trail, good for beginning off road drivers.

Go before 2:00 when the storms start to come in. This was truly amazing. The bristlecone pine were just stunning and the views were incredible. You can even see Denver when you get above tree line! It was rocky but our 3 and 6 year old loved it and did great. We went sept 1 and were comfortable wearing a hoodie or long sleeved shirt. After this hike, drive up to the top of Mt. Evans on the highest paved road in North America! It closes after Labor Day. Dinner or lunch at the lodge was also nice with a great view of Echo lake (one of Colorado’s oldest lakes) if you can get the right table. :). They also have a campground at echo lake!

short easy trail for off roading. beautiful sites.

off road driving
4 months ago

This trail did not disappoint! The path to get there is pretty rocky but our '99 4Runner did it, no problem. I would not recommend this to any vehicle smaller than an suv (like a subaru crosstrek or anything).
Once you reach the lake, it's an incredible view with a couple paths to hike up.
I would definitely go again and would recommend 10/10 for a nice day trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, quiet lake and some camp sites. Steep last leg of hike but worth it.

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