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snow
5 hours ago

Wonderful trail. Not too crowded, saw about 7 groups of people, went Sunday afternoon 1/20. A little muddy/slushy at beginning but then mostly snow packed. Used yak tracks and they helped. Some parts very sunny and warm, but gets cold once down near the forest floor. Great views around mile 2.5! Will definitely be back in the summer.

hiking
7 hours ago

Was a beautiful day today, trail was getting slushy and muddy. I wore Spikes but my friend did not, all up to comfort level. Great views from most parts of the trail!

fantastic hike and the ruins at the top are well worth the climb! the trail was snow covered but with yaktrax we were good to go. lots of people hiking with just boots too.

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muddy
snow
3 days ago

Great trail close to Denver. Not very busy midweek during the day. Some good views of peaks, downtown and red rocks once you get on top.

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muddy
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Beautiful sunny day with snow capped mountains calls for a winter hike . I brought my four legged companion, new hiking boots, essential day pack, and a positive outlook to what was to come when I arrived in the parking lot. I went counterclockwise, and trekked up the icy , muddy mountain top first (realized that when I finished my loop route) please be careful as there’s a lot of black ice venturing upwards, especially in the shady parts of the trail when you curl around the mountain. It was very muddy throughout the beginning and near the end of the hike. Overall found some gorgeous gems, had a great workout for my physical body and a much needed adventure for my soul today . Out and back took 2 1/2hours . The last half hour was collecting rocks and sipping in the sights of downtown Denver whenever there was clearance through the forest . Ski poles are recommended even with waterproof winter hiking boots.

on Turkey Trot Trail

hiking
6 days ago

I went hiking on Saturday January 12, 2019 and it was snow packed. It was beautiful and I had to use my hiking poles.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail nearly covered in snow except for a few areas... made for a fun hike. Should have brought trekking poles for better grip. Good views of Red Rocks. Fun hike for how close it is to the city.

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

A wonderful hike with amazing views. Hardly anyone was on the trail! Nice, balanced trail!

hiking
14 days ago

Quite a few people out today - 55° and sunny! Trail had some snow covered sections but did not require spikes. Great views at the top. We went counter-clockwise on the loop and took the Oxen trail back to the parking lot.

Beautiful hike! Did this about 2 weeks ago. The first 1/3 of the hike is all packed down snow, minimal ice, and then turns to dirt but that may have changed in the past 2 weeks. When you get to the top you have a solid 10 minutes of endless views of mountains with 0 civilization in site. 0-no service which I was a-ok with. You have to take two of the other trails to get to the loop. Very beautiful hike and great with my 5 month puppy!

My wife and I did this December 30th on my 65th birthday. Read Keeley Dowell review it was spot on. No need for spikes, several packed snow places EASILY traversed.. We also took Oxen Draw clockwise and it was quite beautiful. Conditions couldn't be any better very enjoyable BEAUTIFUL hike. We will definitely do this one again.

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

hiking
21 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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25 days ago

A really good place to hike close to Denver. The trail is well marked and not too rocky, I hiked the day after Christmas and the trail was good and dry.

Went for my first time this afternoon... beautiful well marked trails. No service for most of the trail but no complaints from me on that. Views at the top were absolutely beautiful. I took Oxen trail to Eagle View clockwise and it made the journey up a bit easier. Pretty steep coming down though. Will visit again!

Did this on Christmas Day. Temps were warm and trail was in good condition. Nice parking lot and clean vault toilets. I’ve driven by this many times - always busy on the weekends. Nice view at top.

Snow and ice in some spots, 10 to 20 feet at a time with 90% of the trail clear. Did not use our micro spikes today but had to walk carefully in a few places. Watch for slick ice covered with a dusting of dirt.

Did on Christmas so not busy at all. Decent and fun especially for being close to Denver when you need less of a drive. Top of the loop had great scenes. Clocked 4.4 miles and at a slower pace did in a few hours. Didn’t need spikes though few areas had snow pack and that was enough to get traction. Lots of sun so did shed layers was about 40 out when did.

Back to Windy Peak, one of our favorites close to Denver. We do Mountain Lion counterclockwise to Windy Peak from Nott Creek Trailhead and come back via Burro. That makes for a 6.7 mile hike. Going counterclockwise, Mountain Lion trails has quite a few icy patches. We had poles but did not break out the yak trax. Had the Peak all to ourselves, great spot for lunch. This one is a workout, especially that last push to the Peak.

One of my top 5 front range hikes/ trail runs!!!! Amazing views the whole way up and down of the front range, Denver and red rocks. Then once you get to the top you get amazing views of the larger Rockie mts!!!! Had a blast!!

A few ice patches today so yak tracks could make you feel more stable but you'll be taking them on and off the whole time. Honestly, not necessary today.

A few icy patches, but otherwise a v nice hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is in good shape. There is some snow on ice on the trail but easy to manage. The visitor center suggested that spikes may be necessary. I thought I would give it a shot, and that I could always turn around. I made it to the peak with no problem and was awarded with spectacular views. The trial is labeled as strenuous, but I felt it was moderate. I am a flat lander and found the hike as moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

definitely need spikes, thin layer of snow/ice over substantial part of trail, anywhere that is mostly shaded.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail wasn’t difficult i would consider it more of a tough walk than a hike. I enjoyed the view at the top and the weather was perfect. The train was a mix of dry dirt and slippery snow. This is a good trail to just get outside and walk! I didn’t run into one person and I went around mid day.

Great views at the top of pikes peak. Well marked trail.

Beautiful views, well marked

Pretty easy trail close to Denver. Easy to follow and stay on. Quick loop that’s close to home. It was very slick and icy when I went the day after thanksgiving.

Started about 9am. The woman at the entrance said it was a "little icy" on the trail. It was very icy for most of the way. It was doable without traction but we had to slow down a lot. It was rated as strenuous but was a gentle incline, it would be a good challenge for someone out of state but pretty easy for someone in good shape. Good mix of forest and views of the park below. It was windy at the top but clear views of the mountains and the rock formations. On the way down the ice had started to melt so there were patches of ice and deep mud. Definitely bring waterproof shoes and traction just in case!

It was super windy when we went and that made parts of this loop SUPER cold. It was 44 degrees, shorts and hoodie weather but I'm thankful I had my knit hat because while the initial push to the trailhead was exhausting and I had to take layers off I quickly found myself putting them back on once we got into the woods with that wind.

What would have made this trail more interesting is that all the way up to the official trail loop it is all just ugly housing that you see off the mountain, but the loop itself is mostly in the forest and that part is gorgeous.

If you wonder if taking the Bonanza shortcut is worth it, I would say not because if you take the loop from left around (as we did) then the return loop is side-mountain and easy walking so the Bonanza doesn't take much off.

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