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hiking
2 days ago

I love this trail. I completed it last month before the snow. The nature and views are beautiful. I loved watching the train pass in the distance. I am a Colorado native so I never really feel inclined to go back to most trails but I will definitely hike this trail again. There is an $8 fee to get into Eldorado State Park, or $5 to park outside the park and walk in, but you can tell the state park puts the money to good use. This has to be one of the cleanest trails I’ve seen. There aren’t too many tactical areas. I went counter clockwise at the loop, so going down the incline back to the trailhead was rather rocky and steep. I almost fell at one point, but it was only for a short stretch.

A fun hike with Kalina Miller today on this easy to find trail with some excellent views. The inclines are not so steep really and there are some nice level sections and a few short downhills. Enjoy the scenery and take lots of pics.

Such a fun little trail! Small bit of scrambling to the rocks at the top. Spikes were useful but probably not required today. Lovely views. Port-o-let at the trailhead. (I always find it useful know!)

There are rattlesnakes so be careful, but don't miss out! This is a great workout for people looking to improve beginner hiking skills. Lots of great views, really cool area for rock climbers, and a little history hidden on the trail.

I would have liked to pick up the pace to get a better workout in, but the trail was pretty crowded (granted, it was midday on a Saturday.) Overall it was a nice trail, great views at the top, and fun to watch climbers on the opposite rock face. My friends and I maintained regular conversation without much huffing and puffing and there were plenty of kids on the trail, so I’m not sure if deserves a “moderate” categorization, but it was a great outing for sure. Saw some cool birds, too!

nature trips
6 days ago

Great views. Lovely wildflowers. Plenty of spots to stop for rest on the steeper parts. We were at Panorama Point for sunset (driving up) earlier this week and heard a mountain lion snarling!
Keep your dogs on a leash for sure! Also, if you’re going to bag the dog poo, take the bag with you! Leaving the bagged poo defeats the purpose of cleaning up after your pet!

It's a short one, but great for a morning away. Had the trail to myself and didn't see anyone til I got back to the parking lot. No snow yet, but the incline is real! Views are amazing at the top (minus the mansions built into the mountainsides).

Amazing! I agree to go clockwise like everyone else said. It was a pretty steep incline, but after that it was not bad at all. The views were absolutely stunning.

Good for a local front range trail.. some hard packed snow near panorama.

got there at 10 a.m. yesterday only a couple of cars in the lot. though there's not a lot of spaces. well maintained trail. nice steady incline for first couple of miles. the view at the top was beautiful! bring layers! started off needing 2 jackets a hat and gloves went down to just day clothes as we got going.

on Raccoon Trail

7 days ago

Gorgeous trail with a variety of different scenery along the way. Breathtaking landscapes, easy to follow, some decent hills to hike.

Started early about 8am. Trail was very muddy in sections but was frozen on the hike up from cold overnight temps, but was starting to thaw on the hike down. By mid-day will be very messy. Several sections of ice but we did not put on our spikes as the sections were not too long or steep. Freeze-thaw conditions in sections, but dirt and clear trails for most of the hike.

It had some nice views. We went at the end of October and it was pretty cold so bring jackets. Some snow was off the trail but not on the trail. Not very difficult hike.

A new favorite. Short but a great workout with how steep it gets in spots. Nice at the top to sit and hang out, will definitely be back!

Hiked this my first day in Denver so getting used to the elevation was a little rough for me. But overall I thought it was a great hike! The overlook was incredibly beautiful and while the trail was a bit rocky in places, it was mostly flat and wide with a slight constant incline to the top. I am not an avid hiker and a bit out of shape so I thought it was the perfect combination of a challenge, scenery, and length.

Awesome little trail with a nice overlook. some snow was melting from a dusting earlier in the week, so the trail was a bit muddy, but otherwise good.

I had a few free hours in the afternoon and live about 30 minutes away from here, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Nice trail. Well maintained. Great scenery. Gentle elevation gain.

Certainly not one of Colorado's greatest hikes, but a good couple hour loop.

It can be a little crowded, and parking can be hard to come by.

This was a beautiful and scenic hike. It was EASY and great to bring kids for a “hike”, more of a walk for adults. This trail reminds me a lot of “Garden of the Gods”. Lots and lots of beautiful rock formations. There were many easy trails to venture out and do as well.

Always love this trail. ..

A great short hike. The steep incline provides just enough of a challenge. Great views at the top. Ideal for bringing a dog.

Very little cover, I would say 80% of the trail is open. Great trail, moderate to hard difficulty is accurate. Lots of boulders, up hill climbs and downward sliding. But it was fun. My six month old little yorkie made it and she had some much fun as well.

Good views of downtown and the hike was a good length for a weekend outing. Despite the views the trail wasn’t very scenic or interesting.

WOW! This was a GREAT hike! Super impressed.

PROS: Bathroom - YES... very nice! Just down at a lower parking lot than the higher lots. But still nice, clean and accessible. There are pit toilets, but they are inside a nice room and have bathroom stalls.

TERRAIN: ROCKY, as previously mentioned by others. My dog (a Dachshund) could handle the terrain, but it was sharp and big rocks in alot of places. When you get to the Crags Hotel site, it smoothes out temporarily. But, it stays "craggly" for awhile.

FEATURES: The views were amazing! Continental Divide, general views of the mountains! One of the prettier hikes that I've been to in my years of hiking for sure! The Crags Hotel was AWESOME to see the ruins... it had a fireplace, it had the fountain and some of the hotel foundation. Super cool! I love history, so it was an amazing thing to see. The railroad tracks and tunnel was also awesome to see too. The train came within minutes of us leaving the area.

BOTTOM LINE: Great bathrooms, steep hike up (def moderate or slightly higher) Wear layers! The weather changed alot up on the way up the hill... keep a lookout for snakes, although I didn't see any.
DEFINITELY get there early to get a parking space (we got there at 8:30am) and it was great!

hiking
21 days ago

If you’re looking for a peaceful hike through a forest with some stunning views of peaks but don’t want to give up a lazy Saturday, this hike is perfect. Not too far from Denver and a good workout!

Beautiful views

hiking
21 days ago

Really great trail - much of it along a little stream. It intersects with the Burro trail to provide some options. Very quiet - almost no other hikers or bikers on a Friday. There’s plenty of parking at the Nott Creek lot - so shouldn’t be too tough to park even on the weekend. This area of the park is open for hunting in the fall - so I didn’t see any deer, elk or moose (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). Trail was dry. No snow or ice yet.

hiking
21 days ago

I agree with going clockwise so then you get the panoramic stopping point to have a snack close to the end.

Nice short hike that gets a work out in with the elevation gain. Would be good for someone acclimating before tackling a 14er.

Fantastic trail for a quick hike that (including travel time to get there and get home) will only take a few hours from Denver metro. Brought our almost 4-year-old and 3-month-old with us and they did very well being carried, though it was a bit long for carrying. Recommend strollers if the very young kids can't make the distance. We went counter-clockwise on the loop, and I thought that was perfect. Walked through the valley first, got to see the overlook second and towards the end of the trail, so it was very rewarding.

trail running
22 days ago

This is a great short run. The roaring creek at the bottom added to the experience. The switchbacks are long and climb ever so higher for the first 1.75 miles. The views are stunning. I arrived at 8:30am and only met 3 hikers going up and another 3 or 4 on my way back down. There were lots of rock climbers preparing for their climb as I left the park. Knocked this one out in 53 minutes.

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