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washed out
21 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.

hiking
snow
2 days ago

A lot of fun but difficult with the snow. Shoe shoes are required

I hiked this in late fall 2018. Hit an awesome weather window and had above normal temps which made it feel I was hiking in the summer! The trail is marked clearly and attendance was low. Beautiful terrain and the views are incredible. The last mile to the 3rd Burrough was quite the push but well worth it! Once you get to the top you have an up close and personal view of the glacier, breath taking. It was making glacier music, moaning and cracking in the mid day sun. The loop back to Sunrise was just as spectacular, deep valley view with beautiful green lakes while hiking along the rim. Perfect ending to an incredible summer!

hiking
11 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever. The mountain feels so close and the scenery never dulls. Would recommend poles, but it is not a necessity. Will definitely be doing again!!

Hiked this trail in mid-September. Probably my most favorite trail ever. Well worth the scramble up the waterfall. Spectacular lakes set in a backdrop of towering mountains. And the colors were amazing. Definitely worth the effort to get there. Make sure to take the time to stop and enjoy the many views.

Beautiful, challenging, rewarding hike with amazing views. Be sure to go beyond the shelter for great views of the ice field.

I hiked this trail five days ago before the snow hit Arches. It was lovely. I took primitive trail around to the dark angel and then back on the main trail. Definitely need to follow the cairns and keep an eye out for them but even with that the travel was pretty well marked. It was a moderately challenging walk, relatively flat with a few climbs here and there. Very enjoyable and nice way to see a lot of Arches.

Beautiful hike! The road to Monarch Lake is closed for the season, so know you'll have about an extra mile each way. We saw a family of moose close to the trailhead, lots of animal prints around Monarch Lake so be aware. Snow was well packed for most of the trail, but once you reach the switchbacks after Monarch Lake you'll probably want snowshoes, as XC skiers don't go there. We only made it to Cascade Falls and the trip took about 6 hours RT. Anyone else trying it out in the winter - good luck!

Great hike, at times following the trail on the slick rock was challenging but very few people had no one at Navajo and only a couple of people at Double Arch. Temp was 18 degrees at 8:30 am when I started well worth the hike

This is probably my all time favorite hike I’ve ever done. Make sure to go all the way to the third Burrough and overlook the glacial features. It’s the most stunning view I’ve ever seen. Trail is very doable up until that last push up the hill which feels like that scene where Sam has to carry Frodo up the mountain except it’s me pushing my partner up as they slowly melt into death. No complaints once we made it to the top though. Hike back in a loop and you can see an incredible array of diverse ecosystems. Everything from Rocky Mountain passes to gorgeous pondside flower gardens. Just incredible. Even caught a herd of mountain goats doin their thing.

One of the best in the park.

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!

One of the best hikes! Did this on Dec. 25. Trail was icy. It was icy and very slippery near Double O arch. So bring some traction control with you if you are doing it in winters. You will not regret the additional weights of it when approaching Double O. It took us almost 6 hours to finish it. But again, we took a lot of breaks to take photographs. Also, the hike definitely seemed more than 7 miles. My fitbit, by the end of the hike, showed we had walked 9 miles. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you want to beat the winter crowds, start early around 7-8am and a minimum of 2 liters of water even in winter.

Unbelievable hike. I took the primitive trail and had a hard time staying on the trail even with this app, and it involved more scrambling than I expected!

Undeniably one of my favorites in Rocky Mountain. Typically pretty busy trail during the summer, and almost always a line around the waterfall climb, but doesn’t distract from the beauty at the top. One of the most fun hikes for the varying terrain and views.

Went in via the primitive trail, made for a much more rewarding experience when you reach the arches. Bring 1.5 gallons of water per person, heat stroke is no joke. We left at 5 am mid July to beat the heat! Great sunrise - 10/10

Hiked this trail only wearing my micro spikes. Great hike!!! The waterfall wasn't that bad. Windy in some spots but I did most of the hike wearing a long sleeve T shirt. Got on the trail at 10 and the lot was full so we had to drop some of are party and hitch a ride... Took about 8 seconds to get a lift. Great day.

Super fun trail. Took the route of starting at the Primitive trail and ending with Devils Garden Main trail. Personally I found this to be nice because I went up the steep rock on primitive and not down it, which I was told many people turn around at that point. I will say though if going in the winter and planning on taking the same route, have ice spikes or chains. The Main Trail was icy around 2pm. The whole loop took me 4 hours and that includes stopping for lunch at Dark Angel and getting lost for about a half mile while looking for the Main Trail. Good hike all in all.

Man, this was an amazing challenge.

Did this hike Last Saturday. Very cold, windy and snow was deep. Didn't seem safe to complete for many reasons. Snow covered any sign of trail, so would recomend GPS tracking to avoid getting lost.

11/25/18 One of our favorites so far! The trail was a fairly easy hike. Any inclines were very gradual. We really enjoyed the variety of scenic views, from giant sequoias, to rock formations, small waterfalls, babbling brooks and a look out point overlooking kings canyon. The trail was easy to follow and never any cliffs to worry about. There was just a little bit of snow. Enough for us to make a small snowman to honor our friends in Wisconsin. While we didn’t see any wildlife it’s certainly out there. We saw a couple dozen bear pop piles. Note: carry bear spray just to be safe. Temps were in the mid 40’s with abundant sunshine. It was perfect weather. We looped the trail counterclockwise. With a short trail snack we finished in 3 hours for a total of 8.25 miles. On our drive out on the dirt road we came across a LARGE BOULDER in the middle of the road. It fell while we were on the trail. We managed to get around it but it was very tight. We notified the ranger. Hopefully they remove it soon. Definitely a hazard. Would definitely do this hike again!

UPDATE (6:23 PM): This afternoon, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers were notified that the US Air Force Academy was asking for assistance in locating a missing Cadet Candidate, Micah Tice, 20, who was last heard from late Friday, November 23. Tice’s vehicle was located at the Longs Peak Trailhead late this afternoon. It is unknown what Tice’s planned destination or route was. The weather on Longs Peak on Saturday was poor with significant snow accumulation, extremely high winds and bitter cold temperatures.

Tonight, members of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Search and Rescue team are coordinating search efforts that will begin early tomorrow morning. Teams will focus their efforts tomorrow on the lower sections of the Longs Peak Trail to the Keyhole and Chasm Junction.

Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who has been in the Longs Peak area since Saturday morning, November 24 or who may have had contact with Tice regarding his planned route on Longs Peak. Please call Rocky Mountain National Park at (970) 586-1204.

Missing since Saturday Micah Tice....
If you are on the trail tomorrow keep an eye out for him. I'm putting a photo up as well.
Search and Rescue will be out as well.
Prayers appreciated.
God Bless

Amazing. I am a teensy bit scared of heights, but easily made it over the double o fin with a bit of hand holding and a whole lottta confidence.

This is by far an impressive hike! The primitive loop is well worth it. Truly gorgeous.

It’s so beautiful! We went in August later in the afternoon and it wasn’t terrible crowded. We had the final 2 lakes all to ourselves. The stairs heading up to the waterfall were the worst part. Beautiful hike!

On the Devils tour this week. Came in for the day and even tho we started the hike at 2:00 (a bit later than I planned) we finished up right before sunset and the light was magical.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike on Thanksgiving Day. Went up to the falls and a bit beyond but there wasn’t a clearly defined trail and my GPS wasn’t cooperating so instead of snowshoeing our way around, we just turned back. Beautiful day to hike. Traction devices for your boots would be helpful but not completely needed. Snowshoes would certainly be necessary to reach the lake.

Took 15 hours but it was amazing

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