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3 days ago

Beautiful views, includes the rock climbers - a little melting ice and mud but otherwise dry

Great views! Definitely recommend bringing spikes for some areas.

Trail was snow packed, footing was good with microspikes. Probably could have gotten away with just boots, but the extra traction was nice on the uphill climb.

Was an enjoyable hike; I’m sure it’s even better when the lake isn’t frozen.

Parking is kind of sketchy, but no problem finding a spot.

6 days ago

Pretty decent. Get there early for parking

A great way to spend the afternoon. Took us about 3 hours. Great spot to see some foundation ruins from the hotel and nice views of the continental divide. Rock climbers all around. Super close to Boulder/West Arvada

Great trail for a relaxing ride. Constant view of city.

9 days ago

Lovely open areas

Easy hike with really beautiful views! Took our pups and they had a grand ole time. Some parts we’re a bit icy so recommend micro spikes but not necessary. We left ours at home and did fine without them.

9 days ago

Gorgeous views but do-able for my 6yo! Also we found an unopened red ale in the snow. So. Can’t really beat that.

Awesome views and a lake. Did it today with a ton of snow on a windy day with snow bursts. Wasn't too bad, it was nice having the whole trail to ourselves! We did it without snowshoes (brought along spikes but didn't need them) and we were fine. There were a few spots where our feet sunk through the snow up to our knees, but walking a few feet out on the lake was cool.

13 days ago

Nice 8.8 mile out and back. The pond is still frozen.

Great hike with beautiful views and not too challenging. The trail was quite icy in a lot of spots. I recommend bringing your crampons.

Great hike on a very cold morning. Couple of steep inclines along with the view will take your breathe away, both fugitively and literally. Then again first time on a steep incline on snow snowshoes, but I will do better next time. I'll also bring my pup next time... Go early, the crowds build quickly.

Nice open space, wide path, views of the city.

Good hike on some packed snow. Gorgeous views! This is my second time doing this trail and it was just as fun the second time.

This was a great little hike out in Eldorado Springs. Since it’s a state park it’s an $8 entry fee, but totally worth it! There was a good little incline throughout the hike, but overall relatively easy. When up there, you can go off the trail a little and see the Continental Divide.

24 days ago

Well maintained trails. Great views right after the recent snow fall. Only saw 2 other people

awesome views, can be quite icy and slick. bring traction.

I hiked this on 2/15. The first 3/4 mike was on the road. The test was trail. It snowed all day an even though my tracks were covered in snow it was relatively easy to find the trail in the trees. The lake was nothing spectacular. Lots of flat white and wind. The trail however was really beautiful. Snow shoes made it easier but micro spikes would have worked.

Great for snow shoeing ! Had a great time on this very busy trail!

Made this trail for the first time this morning. It was a bit chilly (15 degrees) with a light snow...was scenic. There was some moderate ice on the trail in places. I didn't need my Yaktrax Pros on the uphill climb, but they worked well on the return going downhill. Looks like you need to use the correct Yaktrax...seems mine were the correct ones.

Just went up 2/4. Was 20 degrees and cloudy. Trail was great despite limited visibility for distance. Peaceful and quiet. Get our earlier to beat the crowd. First ones on Trailhead at 9am on cloudy and snowy day. Currently lots of icy parts throughout hike . We used yaktrax’s “Snowtrax” which worked well going up hill but little treacherous on the downhill. Recommend something on the level of Diamond Trax or slightly higher grade ice grips. Bring hiking sticks

Fun hike today 2/03, snowshoes not really needed as the trail is well travelled. The dirt road up is getting more challenging by the day, there was a stuck 4Runner and Xterra on the way out. Made it all the way to the creek crossing with a 4WD Honda Pilot and some momentum without getting stuck though, so it's still possible. Well worth the trip!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Very snowy, wear yak tracks.

1 month ago

Used the trail today (1-26). For the foreseeable future use your snow shoes. Fun hike. Will hike it in the spring to see how different it is.

Beautiful hike through Eldorado Canyon yesterday. There is an $8 parking fee when you enter the park. The lot right next to the trail head is small and fills up quickly. No worries, the parking lot at the visitor center just a few hundred yards up the road has ample space. There are additional lots along the way to the visitor center that may have spaces as well. The trail begins wide and open. This is the only section that I would consider wheelchair friendly, so I'm not sure what this trail is labeled as such above. At the junction with Fowler trail, Rattlesnake bends to the right and begins and steady and unyielding climb. It's nothing too steep, no crazy switchbacks, just enough to get a healthy heart rate going! You will pass the ruins of the Craig hotel on the right. There isn't much left here but it's still worth a quick gander. It is also at this point that the loop begins. You can choose either way and you will end up back at the Craig hotel. Along the loop there is an offshoot for a viewing point of the continental divide. You must check this out. Great spot to sit (there are a couple of benches provided) and enjoy a snack and a well-deserved breather. There is also another social trail offshoot that heads up to the ridge line. Not sure how the park service feels about these social trails, but it's a short detour to some rocky outcrops that provide some more nice views. When we went there were some periodic icy patches but the trail was in great condition. No spikes required, just some cautious footing along the ice patches. Of course, the snowstorm today likely makes that trail report all but moot! The whole journey took us about 2.5 hours, including breaks

1 month ago

This is a nice hike, but get there early! It’s very popular. Also, do not drive and park past the end of the paved road unless you have 4WD. There were some very dangerous parking jobs yesterday as a result of sedans attempting to go further than they should. There wasn’t too much snow but enough ice to need spikes for the hike.

Note there are 3 bridges you should expect to cross. A short distance after the first bridge there is a fork, but no signs. Stay to the right to keep with the lost lake trail. If you start seeing old cabins you’ve made a wrong turn.

Beautiful views. No micro spikes needed today. Note the $8 entry fee for cars or $3 walk-in fee as this is located in Eldorado Canyon State Park.

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