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21 hours ago

Hiked this 8.18.18. Beautiful but isolated and full of moose. I startled a bull coming out of a scrub thicket. I usually hike alone but I would recommend a friend on this one. Didn’t finish due to threatening weather and the overpowering musky smell of animal. Just didn’t feel right. I’ll be back but with a buddy next time.

hiking
2 days ago

Great stop for kids to explore.

We did four days in Rocky Mountain this spring - two nights at the Andrew's Creek site and a night at Glacier Gorge. I thought both regions of the park were incredible, but Andrew's really blew me away.

So much water everywhere. Not only will you be well hydrated, but you'll be spoiled with some of the best tasting water I've ever had.

The last leg of the hike up to the glacier is a tough one, especially in early June. Signage is lacking and the footprints of previous hikers led me to a dangerous scramble up the gash. Unless you're hiking in late summer, I'd suggest you either really study up or take your time with a topographic map and compass.

I shouldn't complain though, because the final destination was breathtaking - endless wildflowers and little critters surrounded the tarn and made for a perfect lunch break.

Highly recommended.

I loved this trail! The scenery was spectacular, the trail well marked and the wildflowers in abundance.
One of the best hikes I’ve done in awhile and I would highly recommend it.

Great hike with lots of Colorado history. I love exploring old historic ruins and there are a few worth checking out both on and off the designated trail. I mistakenly took the trail to the far left of town and there were a few mining ruins before I found the real trail which is actually called the 7:30 mine trail. Well marked with interactive signs. Only saw 3 other people the entire hike.

so pretty! lots of fun things to see along the trail. I loved the many creeks, lakes and flowers.

I made it halfway up Timberline Falls, but after seeing 2 gals above me slip and get hurt climbing the wet boulders I decided to stop and enjoy hiking another day. Kudos to those brave climbers. Still a great challenging hike with amazing views! I will enjoy the photos of those that made it to Sky Pond

Made this trip on 7/27 as the way down from Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak. Was hard to pick a line to glissade down so spent the trip down the glacier slipping and sliding on foot and on my rear end. Took me about 7 hours round trip. Great trip but route down from the tarn was more rock climbing (descending) than hiking. Add this to your list and do it.

This hike starts with a gradual incline for about 1.5 miles through the spruce and fir forest. Once you break out of the trees at timberline, the rest of this hike (4 miles or so) is exposed high tundra hiking. IF YOU HAVE ARE BRINGING A DOG...there is no water at all on this trail. Just FYI. After treeline you get your first big views of north Arapahoe peak and Apache peak. You are also able to see the lakes down on your right associates with the Boulder watershed. The hike begins to climb from this point up the tundra with a few different switchback sections. You then end up on the south side of the ridge where you have great views of eldora ski area, Mt Evans, and all the mountains on the continental divide looking towards winter park. We could also see Grays and Torrey’s, and Bierstadt, and Pikes peak way off in the southern distance. You head along the ridge here for a couple miles at a pretty even grade until you meet up with 4th of July trail. At this point you can see the peak to your right which is the way to south arapahoe peak. This is why the trail has a hard rating in my opinion. It’s a steep rock scramble up to the top but well worth it.

We used this as our exfil after traversing from Hallett Peak and glissading down Andrews Glacier. Makes about a 12 mile loop and it was amazing. Andrews Tarn is like an infinity pool.

I started the hike at long TH. Was able to find parking at 10ish- someone was leaving. Not sure if I made it all the way to the Glacier because I also wanted to do Pawnee. Hiked to the end of the lake. Climbed up and my dog played in the creek and snow. Must do hike! If you are crazy. You can do this and Pawnee. This hike was easy to moderate in the opinion someone in their 20s who is a hiking machine. Pawnee is much harder.

I live this hike. I don’t remember it being very difficult.

We are a family of four, from Texas, two kids ages 11 and 12. Was a great hike. It was a moderate climb, Our motto is “relentless forward motion”. We were uncertain if we had missed the monument, but kept forging ahead and it’s probably a half mile further than the map shows. The view was definitely worth the time. This took us about three hours in total we estimated it to be 5.5 miles round-trip. Many thanks to the previous reviewer; we appreciate the comments about the lack of parking. We tend to agree drove up and then drive back down I found parking on one of the streets. For those that geocache, look for an extra surprise!

Did this on the way back from Sky Pond on the morning of August 2. In contrast to that trail, we had the trip to Andrews completely to ourselves. This is by no means an easy hike -- the trail is poorly marked and eventually peters out, there's a ton of boulder scrambling, and the final approach to the base of the glacier is very steep -- but the adventure, the views, and the solitude were all outstanding. Would definitely recommend for serious hikers interested in a worthy challenge.

We did about 5 miles out and back of this trail and it was a really beautiful hike, nicely forested and at least the first part wasn't too strenuous. Not many other people on the way out as we went early enough. I definitely hope to go back to do a more extended version of the hike.

Packed parking lot at 7:30. Waited good half an hour for a spot which we didn’t mind as we were waiting for the rain to stop as well. Started at 8:30 and finished at 1:30. We ate lunch by the waterfall and glacier about half mile past lake Isabelle. Stopped a lot to enjoy the gorgeous view! Will definitely go back and finish the whole trail!

Very easy and short hike to amazing views. Absolutely gorgeous! Waterfalls, river, tons of beautiful rocks, even a cave to go down into. Great places to have a picnic too! Favorite hike so far!

We were planning to make the Halo Ridge traverse over to summit Mount of the Holy Cross, but the weather came in hard and fast at noon.

The notch mountain trail is beautiful. The switchbacks Offer gorgeous views and the lakes and valleys below. The shelter up top perfectly frames Mount of the Holy Cross in the window.

Next time, we’ll get an earlier start and make the Halo Ridge traverse.

hiking
14 days ago

This is by far my favorite hike in Colorado. The views are breathtaking. The trail is well marked and maintained. The parking situation can be tricky if you don’t get a spot in the Longs Lake lot. The additional mile and a half road walk from the Brainard parking lot is no big deal given how gorgeous this hike is.

hiking
15 days ago

Such a dope area to explore, saw some jerrys wearing helmets going down into the ice caves but I guess better safe than sorry. Go early to avoid the white people.

This trail would be a 5 in Illinois, for instance, but in Colorado, there are much better options. Beautiful aspen groves and a few scenic overlooks, but too many campers. No wildlife. The northern leg of the route is a 4WD track and you will have to move over for trucks etc. Highly recommend the short loop at the northwest end of the trail, where you can find the longest beaver dam any of us had ever seen. Would have rated this as moderately trafficked, and definitely on the easy side of moderate.

Pretty trail but very confusing. There are a lot of trails and we couldn’t find the actual cave till we ran into a park ranger and she told us where to go. We eventually found it not far from the start but would have never found it without the rangers help.

great hike, spectacular views. however, do not underestimate the difficulty. honestly, I would recommend helmets and gloves as the odds a lot of bouldering, many not stable. absolutely no trail guidance.

Beautiful waterfalls. Nice hike.

hiking
20 days ago

I got to the parking lot at 7 am and it was surprisingly empty for a Monday morning...only 3 cars! The fee was $11 to get into the park. The trailhead had clean bathrooms which were great because I definitely had to drop the kids off at the pool if you know what I mean.
I clocked the trip to the glacier and back at 9.3 miles. I only saw 4 other people on my way there but came across a ton of people on my way back. The views were gorgeous and there were wildflowers everywhere. Past the lakes, there is some scrambling and some tricky route finding but if you’re patient, you’ll find it just fine. The glacier itself was just meh, but the views on the way there were breathtaking!
I recommend wearing pants because the trail gets narrow through all the willows and it wacks you on the legs. Also if you have waterproof boots, that’s helpful because there are plenty of creek/mud crossings.

hiking
21 days ago

Parked in downtown Silver Plume. No room for parking cars at trailhead. Just a few block walk to trailhead though. I’m pretty sure it’s closer to 5 miles round trip. Lots of climbing in the first couple miles. Lots of old mine debris along the way makes for an interesting hike. The view from the memorial is fantastic.

hiking
24 days ago

Definitely one of my favorites. Got to the Long Lake trailhead at 6:00 am and was already half full, but so worth getting up early for! Saw 3 moose at Brainard Lake and 2 more above Lake Isabelle. The trail is absolutely beautiful all the way up to Isabelle Glacier, and the light was beautiful as the sun came up. The trail gets a little fuzzy the last mile up to the glacier but nothing too tricky. Would definitely recommend, it's worth getting up early for!

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