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19 days ago

Amazing hike! incredible views the entire time! such a fun trail, will definitely be back! The trailhead road is pretty average, a little bumpy but it's not bad. The hike itself is pretty perfect. I would say its moderate, a few inclines but nothing extreme. Some snow at the top meow, it's beautiful.

hiking
25 days ago

My new favorite trail. The end would have been a little better a few weeks ago, there's tons of aspens up when you go away from the creek. Unlike most trails this follows along the creek right at the start, tons of shade even in late October and still lots of color. You climb up along the side of the narrow valley following the creek, lots of cross overs from the little streams that flow into it. Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek get all the attention in Glenwood Canyon but this is a great trail.

Hiked this trail this past Friday morning with my kids, aged 11 and 14. Remember when these smokejumpers lost their lives on this mountain and think of that every time I drive through here and look up the mountain, which is still dotted with charred trees. Wanted to share this with my kids. Perfect fall day. Bright blue skies against the red of the mountains and the muted copper and gold of scrub oaks lining the trail.We were one of two cars in the lot. The other reviews are accurate— there is a fair amount of climbing, but the overall elevation gain is only 1830 feet and relative to 14er hikes, there is plenty of oxygen. That said, my son complained a lot until we reached the memorials. Amazing 360 views! And the interpretive signs along the way explain the logistics of that fateful day. As you descend into the gulch floor and back up to the high point, there are charred trees to remind you of the power of fire. My only complaint is that the memorial trees and the individual stone crosses are overwhelmed with mementos— some appropriate (fire axes, helmets, gloves) and some that are just clutter (empty liquor bottles?). The memorial trees are covered with t-shirts that have disintegrated over time, so this particular spot is quite haunting. Overall it is a great and somber hiking experience— and a nice way to pay respects to those people who came here from other states to fight fires in Colorado.

Awesome hike.

Hiked storm king today. Started at 8:30am a nice 49 crisp morning. Perfect. The trail is rated extremely difficult. I hike every week and I would absolutely rate this the same. The trail has a short cut way up and down once you go up the stairs to the other side of Canyon stay to the right. The trail looks like it goes of to left. It does if you want to add distance to your hike. Which we did. Only because the short cut trail was very over grown sage brush. The trail was covered in fall leaves so we didn’t know it was a trail. We were ok with going the extra distance. But coming down we found the coming down from the memorial sight if you see the post with #3 that’s your short cut down just past it. Marked only with ribbons tied to the sage brush. Very heart breaking to see the crosses. Very breathtaking to see the view. I would do this trail again.

Absolutely incredible. Very challenging. The history behind it makes this trail that much better. Thank you to all our firefighters!

on Thomas Lakes Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Nice drive to the trail head, great scenery all the way through.
trail is nice but gets a lil difficult in certain areas...(inclines) but if u tread through and make it to the top it is exactly what u expect pure awesomeness.... Enjoyed every min of the 2.5 hr trex up.

on Mount Sopris Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Enjoyed the scenic views and workout. We are from sea level, to 10k elevation was a kick in the chest. Lakes were pretty, but at the end of summer, so obviously low. Fishing was unsuccessful, but had a great time. Would definitely do it again.

nice long hike by the water, mostly shady there will be a point where you'll see a broken tree on the trail and it will seem like you can't go any further but climb over it and keep going till you get to the waterfall

Great hike! Once we were above the tree line, the wind was horrible. Bring layers and hats for the summit.

Going past the main bridge is moderately worth it. Probably another 15 minutes until a nice view looking down the canyon. All of the waterfalls are about 10 minutes before the main bridge 3 miles up.

Awesome little hike. Amazing terrain and views.

I only hiked to the observation point. I’m writing this review in Sept but I hiked this trail in the July heat. Not a smart move. By the time I got up to the observation point, two liters of water were gone. I had two dogs with me that weren’t going to be able to make the rest of the hike without water. So, after we reached Observation Point we turned back. I’d like to return on a cooler day and finish out the hike. It’s a very sobering journey up. Firefighters are heroes and this fire was a big one that took many lives. I look forward to returning and completing the historical trail. Steep as can be on the way up, but a really good work out. Bring water, snacks, and tissue for wiping your tears away.

hiking
1 month ago

What a pleasant surprise. This trail begins as a rocky road with mtn bikers. It wasn't terribly exciting and the fall colors were limited. Then at the junction, the aspens improved. Many people were confused by the number of lakes, first lake on right is more like a large pond, then second lake on right is nice by the best views are at the third lake where no one went!! We had it to ourselves except for the SALAMANDERS. So Cool! Pics and details here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

Very pretty hike. Knowing the history of the area makes the experience much more meaningful.

on Mount Sopris Trail

2 months ago

Pretty challenging. Super windy and the sun was strong. Bring a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, and stuff for your lips so they don't get cracked. Beautiful!

Beautiful, quiet hike along a stream with old mining sites, cliffs and a lot of shade. We walked about 1/2 way and were able to overlook the small canyon with the water below. Not crowded, especially in the earlier AM.

hiking
2 months ago

this is the best trail i've been on, beautiful creek with flushing water, not difficult, you can actually enjoy the beautiful scenery without having to watch your feet every 2 seconds... you go as far as you want, when the creek end, it start getting a little stiff and edgy so we turned around but still go further next time!

hiking
2 months ago

From TH near Dinkle Lake (8635’) , first 4 miles to very scenic Thomas Lakes are slightly rocky gently uphill (+1400’), then mile 5 is more rocky and steep (+700’). Next 1.5 miles are extremely steep (+1400’) and mostly on generally stable broken rock with moderate exposure and includes a false summit (12402’). Last 3/4 is steep (+800’), but the trail is generally visible all the way to the east summit (12954’). Very windy this date which stopped any attempt to include the west summit, which is an additional 3/4 mile down a saddle (-300’) and then back up to an almost identical summit elevation. Views from the summit in all directions are spectacular, and even more spectacular from the west summit. Three 65 year olds made the total round trip in about 8.5 hours with about 1.5 hours of stops along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Take your gps, otherwise who knows where you’ll end up! There are no trail markers. I followed the AllTrails gps. I went on a hot day. I would go on a cool day if I was you! My dog and I went through 4 liters of water. First part of trail is uphill and a good workout. The rest is a mix. I took lots of pictures and stopped for water breaks. It took us 3 hrs 15 mins. I’m a physically fit 62 year old. I’m sure young whippersnappers could do it faster

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Not many hikers on it. Lovely hike along the creek which has many waterfalls and cascades. We walked to the bridge~3 miles up. We will do this trail again when we’re in the area.

Excelent

Even though this trail is rated as moderate, I thought it was hard. There were a couple steep pushes over rocky terrain. Trail is well marked. It took us 2 1/2 hours to get there and 1 1/2 hours to get back. We stopped a lot. The lake was well worth the effort. One of the prettiest lakes I’ve seen.

hiking
2 months ago

The coolest part of this trail is that it follows No Name Creek all the way up the canyon (?). Someone in the comments below suggested turning back at the foot bridge. I want to clarify what they said and then offer my opinion. There is a bridge at the very beginning of this hike - about 1/2 a half - they aren't talking about this bridge. They are talking about a downed tree turned into a bridge to cross the creek further up the trail. This is a good spot to turn back, depending on how far to wish to hike. If you continue about a mile further up the trail you will come to a magnificent and breathtaking view of the surrounding canyons. I also suggest dipping your feet into the cold mountain water for a soak on a hot day!

hiking
2 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful trail, if you can find it. Here are some directions to help you. First, your GPS will take you to a neighborhood, and this is correct. The trail head is at the dead end of 8th St. to your left. You'll see a small red sign directing you. There is nowhere to park directly near the trail head, so you'll just have to find street parking. The visitor's center said you won't be ticketed or towed.
When you first get to the trail head you will see 3 trails that appear to go in 3 different directions, any of these three will actually get you up in the same direction. I personally recommend the trail to your far right. Once you get to the top of that hill stay to your left and look for a bench. If you pass that bench you are on the right trail. If you do not pass the bench turn back. There is an incredibly steep trail that leads upwards, I mistakenly followed this trail and had to back track. This trail is not part of the official trail.

Hope this is helpful to you guys as it is information I wish that I had before starting the hike. The view is worth the hike!

loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

We were excited to go hiking on this trail but could never find it! Very disappointed that it was so confusing to find, looked around for over an hour
:( still not sure where you are supposed to go.

Just finished this challenging hike

amazing view. I'd love it :)

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail along the creek and waterfalls. Not too difficult or crowded on a Thursday. Went around 5 miles round trip in 2+ hours.

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