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The is our favorite hike! It’s challenging, beautiful and chalked full of wildlife. We saw about 20 Elk, 6 deer and our bonus for getting to fern lake was 2 moose right at the mouth of the lake. Parking was limited so we added about 2 miles to our trek. All said and done we hiked 10 miles and enjoyed every minute!

Nice trail, lake was covered by lily pads. A lot of dead fallen trees surround lake. Saw a mom moose and her baby at a small lake about half way.

Awesome fall colors and all around gorgeous hike!

Beautiful views. Peaceful place for the sunrise, quick rock scramble.

Great incline after the river, we saw a moose! BEAUTIFUL

Very foggy day, but absolutely gorgeous! Great uphill walk. Dog friendly was nice as we gave 2 hounds. There was traffic on the trail, but not too bad.

1 day ago

Greyrock was my favorite of four trails I hiked in the area surrounding Fort Collins. The hike was a nice challenge, both physically and navigationally.

I’m glad I enabled the app’s GPS feature because the trail isn’t very straightforward given the amount of boulders covering the landscape. This was a rare instance where I was appreciative of the rock cairns left by other hikers to mark the trail.

In total, my hike was 8.1 miles with a moving time of 4 1/2 hours. I started out around 8 a.m. and lucked out by having the mountain completely to myself until my descent. This was the only hike where I depleted my water supply, so I would advise bringing extra. I also would recommend a trekking pole for traversing the rocky terrain.

Being a senior, it's hard to deal with the mid-day heat. We were lucky enough to have a cool breeze in the late evening. We started at the Ranger Station and biked south down to Old County Rd. Because of it being late and we have to worry about the gates closing at the parking lot, which closed at 7:30 PM. We then looped back to the Ranger Station and headed up to Elvaton Park. The trail has multi parking locations so do a little research and plan ahead. We simply haven't rode the southern end. This was the first time on the lower end.
Note: Once again, after turning ALL/TRAILS on it failed to record 2.3 miles and it wasn't on pause. We biked a total of 12.7 miles but ALL/TRAILS only stated 10.4.

Beautiful trail. Well maintained and well marked with benches placed along the trail. As other reviews mentioned as a hiker you constantly have to step off of the trail for MTBs.

2 days ago

amazing hike,very steep incline for a short distance hike but you are alongside the waterfall for the majority of the time and there is a couple rest spots if needed, went right after a rain storm and the falls were flowing hard, nice view if you go alittle further past the fall

Absolutely beautiful hike! Recommend going early to beat the crowd. Would definitely do it again

3 days ago

Beautiful scenery, be ready for kinda steep hiking. I’m from Houston, Texas and had to take some breathers going up hill but that was only for part of the hike. The rest was a price of cake and enjoyable. Just take your time. :)

Was boring at times with only a couple great views. The watering hole was a lot of fun though.

We did this hike on a Saturday about a week and a half ago. We got to the trailhead around 8:10am and there were plenty of parking spots still, but by the time we left (around 12 or so) there weren't any spots. There is no other place to park other than the pull off parallel spots on the side of the road near the trailhead since the areas surrounding this trail are private property, so I would recommend getting there early. My app said the trail was 6.71mi total, and it took us a little over 2.5 hours. There isn't too much uphill, so it's a nice and pleasant hike. We did see fresh looking bear poop on the trail, but didn't run into any issues. As many of the reviews below mention, once you get to the waterfall you can go over to the left side of it and easily climb up to the top. Well worth it as the views are beautiful, although I am a little biased because my fiancée proposed to me up there!

good hike maybe 12 parking spots, so get there early. The hike is mostly meadow until last 3/4 mile were you enter the woods the last 1000 feet is a scrambling between rocks. to get to the top, there is a small trail to the left. going up not bad coming down a little is little bit scary but worth it.

Lovely and manageable hike.

This was a fun day hike! It was a little too crowded for my liking but overall an awesome experience. It is quite a climb up all of the stairs but worth the views and it is nice and easy on the way down.

Went clockwise at sun up. First 1/2 was in the shade. Second 1/2 headed to gem lake from bridal veil falls was pretty warm @ 80 degs today. Still a great hike with lots of fall colors. Saw elk, turkeys and a bobcat. We think the bobcat was sneaking in on the turkeys.

Beautiful day, Makes a great couples hike.

“Easy/moderate/hard are relative terms. I’m not a great biker, but I am a stubborn persistent hiker. This was Harder than I expected- especially at the end. I finished, but my feet are paying for it. Warm September day- drank all my water plus some. Views were beautiful and so was the company. Glad to say I have completed an iconic Fort Collins hike.

4 days ago

Saw a bull moose on this trail and wonderful views go in the fall !

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5 days ago

I rode this trail on Saturday 9/15. There are some leaves down already and they were wet. In fact, it was quite muddy out there but I enjoyed it. One fallen tree blocking the trail around mile 4 (clockwise). Overall conditions good but muddy.

A bit crowded on a September weekend, but most trails in the park are at this time. We had to do about .8 miles of road-walking from the shuttle stop, where we were lucky to get a parking space (there were tons of people circling the lots and walking the road). Much of the trail goes through the burn area, which detracts from the scenery, and it's also the most horse-poop-covered trail I've seen in the park. Gross. The lake is lovely and we saw a couple of moose (and the crowds thin after each viewpoint - the pond and the falls - so there weren't tons of people who made it all the way to the lake. We didn't have time to do Odessa, which is reportedly great, but just Fern Lake as a destination was only so-so compared to other hikes in RMNP.

Was planning on doing the Blue Lakes trail but didn't realize you had to pay $11 entry fee cash only. So since I didn't have any cash on me, I just decided to park in the free parking lot and see where the trails would lead. The couple of bridges and waterfalls were a nice surprise and it was so peaceful with some fall colors. Only saw 2 other people on the trail on a Saturday afternoon.

Up to Cirque Meadows is very easy. The aspens are changed, making much of the path very colourful.
We were confused at first about the marked campsites which are farther up the trail past the meadow-the sites were nice, site 3 has a good view.
The rest of the way was tougher, and some places we lost the trail as it wound up the boulders.
The end views are breathtaking, and great photo opportunities. I plan on going again in June when the wildflowers are bloomed.

Easy hike from Bear Lake. Amazing views along the way.

5 days ago

Beautiful hike. Well worth it!

Easy to moderate hike. It can be slippery if it is shortly after raining/raining. The first part of the hike is going downhill and the second half is all uphill. After getting to the overlook of the falls (pretty but far away), I suggest taking the fire road hike down to the base of the falls - watch your step going to the base of the falls as it can be quite slippery. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead and bathrooms. You do have to pay the entrance fee if you enter through the Swift Run Entrance.

6 days ago

Beautiful hike! The aspens are starting to change which made for good sight seeing and of course it’s rutting season, so lots of wildlife in the park. Crowded on the weekend but that’s always to be expected.

6 days ago

Excellent alternative to Bridal Veil Falls. Trail really got chewed up after Sept 2013 floods, but very passable (the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars). Highly suggest hiking sticks.

West Creek and the Falls were very lively. A lot of cutthroat trout in many of the pools.

We saw only 4 couples the entire time. This is a great close-in trail for those seeking great views, a workout and few people.

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