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Had a bluebird sky today and there were only two other people on the trail. We were almost there and lost the trail and never made it to the falls! Disappointed but the snow/no snow mix made things really unclear as to where to go and there are no markers. This is my third time and only time in the snow. Still a beautiful place to be.

hiking
4 days ago

I went sunday, 11/11/18. The final 0.6 miles of road was closed so the whole hike is about 9 miles round trip. It was absolutely gorgeous, it was snowing when I went, wasn't too bad till you get past Fern Falls, then it was about a foot of unpacked snow. If it's fresh snow, I'd recommend taking snowshoes, tho not completely necessary, I went in trailrunners and the whole thing was about 3 1/2 hours round trip, tho I may hike faster than average, I'd plan for probably 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Highly recommend it, especially in the snow, if possible, get the lodge at Fern Lake, that would be absolutely amazing to wake up to that!

hiking
5 days ago

My favorite trail on the west side of the Rockies. Vista views the entire way and amazing 360° view at the top including Long's Peak and Grand Lake.

Beautiful stroll through meadows while paralleling Cow Creek. This hike is more moderate- than a firm moderate but there are a few moments that will get your heart rate going. I didn’t get to the TH until 9:45am on a Saturday and there was only one other car, which based on other reviews seems rare. Parking is definitely limited though. I only saw 2 others on my way to the falls however, pasted 10-12 on the way back to my car. Most of the trail was wet dirt, then closer to the falls (on this day) you do get some snow (less than 2 inches). No need for micro spikes. The falls are still flowing and makes for a nice reward! RT was about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Hiked on 11/2, snow on parts of trail but made it to falls without using microspikes. Quiet trail now, doesn’t get steep until very last quarter or third of a mile.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike. Went up to Fern Lake and Spruce Lake today (10/28/18) total time about 5 hours. There was still parking at the trailhead at 10:45am. Trail conditions were good. No ice or snow on the trail up to fern lake. The trail from fern to spruce can be tough to follow at a few points so pay attention. There was a little snow on this portion but I never had to use spikes. Neither trail nor lake was crowded at all—perfect peaceful solitude for a final summer hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Very nice forested area following the Big Thompson River or Fern Creek the majority of the way to the lake. It's very easy and flat up until The Pool, at which point it begins getting steep. About halfway to Fern Falls, ice becomes more and more prominent on the trail. Microspikes are recommended to get to the Falls and beyond. From the falls to Fern Lake is primarily iced over on the trail. Gorgeous views once you reach the lake, which isn't iced over yet.

I made it there right around sunset, considering going to Odessa, but some hikers said it was completely frozen over and steep to get there, so I ended my hike at Fern Lake for this trip.

This is still one of my favorite hikes. Great views, waterfalls, forest, lake meadows and sweeping views at the pass. At this time there is lots of snow and ice and it is likely the trail will not be passable in the next couple of weeks with any additional snow. Forth of July road was rough but still passable with 4WD drive and decent clearance. No snow on the road at this time. It was very challenging to get to Lake Dorothy. Most people had stopped at the pass and in addition to being sandblasted with snow and ice from hurricane force winds, there was no path to the lake. We tried and got caught in thigh high snow from the drifts. Views at the top were spectacular if you could handle the wind. Great hike. Definitely one to add to the list.

We turned around before we made it to the falls, so I’m taking it in faith it would have been worth it. We were about 3 miles in, about a mile past the Pool, when the trail turned to ice. Without traction or poles it wasn’t worth it. I’d call it fairly easy to the Pool but definitely moderate once you get past there.

There was some snow but nothing hiking boots couldn’t handle. The open meadow section was nice with the running creek and we saw some deer. Once you get in the wooded part it gets really pretty and a little more climbing. Parking was packed around noonish but we waited for 15 minutes and someone left to give us a spot. I imagine this hike is awesome in early fall or spring with the leaves but it was a great way to spend the day.

Hiked this trail on Wednesday. It was very icy with lots of snow. Road getting to the trailhead was rough too! Better have a high clearance vehicle for this one. Came across a moose and her calf 1/4 mile from the trailhead. They were very close so got some good pics of them. Didn’t seem to mind us at all but they were blocking the trail and I know moose can be aggressive so we made a wide left around them just in case! Very scenic hike but I wouldn’t recommend it this time of year. Snow packed and icy.

We absolutely loved this hike yesterday. I went with my 2 adult children. A lot of it was in open meadow, which would have been brutally hot in summer, but was pleasant now with temps in the 50’s. After the meadow, there is considerable hiking in the woods beside a stream which is lovely. When you get to the base of the falls, which arguably aren’t too big, you may think you are done. But we watched a group of three cross the stream and head up on the left side. Good luck finding the trail, as it appears nonexistent at this point. It is fairly steep and made me slightly nervous, but I have a severe aversion to heights and steep drop offs. What I’m saying is....if I can do it, you can too! The view at the very top did require some scrambling up rock surfaces but was worth it. We were told by the group of 3 up there that you can even climb higher by crossing the stream again and hiking up to the tip top, but we simply could never find this, and I was relieved because it looked steep! I was with 2 adult children, and it gets difficult to keep up, but I am mostly determined! We arrived to this trailhead at 10 and took the last spot there. There are not many spots so plan ahead!

hiking
1 month ago

Striking views of shear rock faces, a true mountain lake

hiking
1 month ago

It's a pretty trail that I'm sure is nicer during the summer months. More than half the trail is now iced over towards the higher elevation. Made for an interesting trip up and down. Once you arrive, its very nice view but I'm partial to others in RMNP like Sky Pond, Emerald, etc. PS: The actual hike is more like 4 miles each way if my Suunto is correct.

on Marvine Loop Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing views almost the whole way. Mosquitoes were very bad around 4th of July.

fishing
1 month ago

Great time hiking, camping, and fishing. Can get crowded during the summer but the father out you get, the less people you run in to.

This hike was incredible! Did it on 10/6. Road going up is a little wild, but not too terrible. Lots of snow at the top, still enough that you can walk on top. But I didn’t have hiking boots and my feet got pretty wet. Stunning stunning views!! You park at the Fourth of July trailhead.

Great trail, plenty of wildlife and awesome views!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! We got to the trailhead at 8 a.m. and we were the 4th car in the lot and pretty much had the trail to ourselves. The first two miles are very easy with minimal elevation gain and smoother trails. Miles 3 & 4 were a constant climb at a moderate rate. The trail got rockier so I’d recommend good shoes, they were very slick when wet. The fall colors were still very vivid today. After 11a, the trail got significantly more crowded and all of the lots were full, so be sure to get there early if you don’t want to add additional miles to your hike. The waterfall is one of the best I’ve seen so far, and the lake was barely visible through the fog but still worth the climb!

This trail is a must do. We camped at the unnamed lake below parika lake and then near the junction to Bowen lake. Would rate as strenuous, and there is a lot of exposure on the ridge lines past parika lake. We had wind gusts of probably 60 mph or so. We took our rain flies off our packs, because they were acting like parachutes and sometimes the wind was so strong you had to stop before you could move again. Definitely worth it though. Vertical drop offs on the ridge are more gradual than straight down, so not bad IMHO, and I’m not a heights fan! The views at the peak of 12300 feet or so are absolutely breathtaking.

Great easy to moderate hike. Make sure to go all the way to the top for the full experience.

We got to the trailhead at 8AM and were the first car there. As we started the hike we were greeted by a beautiful rainbow to complement the golden aspens. We encountered a grouse along the trail, a large trout in the pool beneath the smaller waterfall, and a confused squirrel who ran around my legs as he tried to find his way across the trail. I agree with the previous post that the last 1/4 mile is difficult, but finding the trail at the sloped rock was a bigger challenge. We followed a couple false leads before stumbling across the way to the main event. The Bridal Veil Falls was beautiful, even in October. I can only imagine it in the Spring. One last comment- doing this hike in the summer sun would be brutal.

Fun trail with beautiful fall colors. I'd rate it easy until the last 1/4 mile when you have to climb some steep areas and walk across steeply sloped rock. it can be hard to find the trail toward the end. There is a nice mini waterfall right before you get to the steep part.

We went last week and this hike was perfect! It was sunny and cool, but still warm enough to be comfortable. The aspens are changing color - the perfect autumn scenery. We were lucky - all of the snow is fully melted!

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a great hike with a nice goal and view - really moderate and nice to do if you arrive late to the park one day.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing hike, but definitely very strenuous. Once you're above the tree line, it gets tricky with the temperature drop, the low air density, and the incessant winds. The trail is fine until the last bit when there's a bit of rock clambering to the peak. Super views but my personal favorite is Sky Pond.

Absolutely beautiful hike! Easy end of moderate, the most challenging portion being near the terminus of the trail as you get close to the falls and are required to scramble over some large rocks and a somewhat slick slope of rock. Relatively light traffic (saw about 10-15 people over the course of coming and going), but we started our hike about noon on a Monday. We didn't see much wildlife, only a lone crow near the falls and an elk hoof print next to the stream. This hike had it all, open plain with view of the mountains and changing foliage and densely wooded areas with the sound of running water. The hike took about 4 hours with a good long stop at the falls and plenty of stopping for pictures.

Went yesterday & today. I camped at Lost Lake last night. About 2 miles in from where you park. Woke up this morning to about 22 degrees. And it had rained just a bit last night. Ran into a bunch of people on the trail as I was heading to set up camp who saw moose.

So I went clockwise. This was the right choice for me as the climb is more gradual (and I just got off a plane from Florida yesterday :)

Was gonna camp one more night (tonight) at Jasper Lake but....it was gonna be 20. And was only 5.3 miles to the car at that point. So I humped all 15 today w my 25lb pack.

And - I’m sitting at the noodle restaurant now haha. Yes, delicious.

If you are planning to complete the loop in a day , I would recommend start early. If you are not acclimated to the high altitude then it is a lot harder then it seems. Take plenty of breaks and drink a lot of water.

Completed this hike on Saturday 9/22. This may be one of the most beautiful hikes I have done. Not too bad of an elevation gain but certainly not easy at some points. Luckily, it was the perfect blue sky day with a little wind at the top to cool us off when we reached to top. The views at the lake are incredible and we could have spent all day there if we did not have somewhere else to be. Take a walk around the entire lake to gain a different perspective of just how amazing it is.
The parking lot was oddly packed, as in full at this trail head and almost all the road parking taken for lost lake around 630am. A lot of people were backpacking on this trail and also splitting off to diamond lake. I think as long as the weather stays good and the road open, plan on either starting early or do something later in the day.

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