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Good, rocky trail through limber pine, Engelmann spruce, and sub-alpine fir. It was pleasant except that already by half-way up we counted 8 poop bags and 3 unbagged dog .poops.

First of many hikes for my 9 yo son and I. I agree with the other reviewers this is not an easy beginner trail. We did make it up, but I was not expecting as much rock as there is. Especially right at the beginning. Having said that, it’s a beautiful trail and was definitely enough to trigger the hiking bug in my son.

Four star hike with 5 star views at the top.

Arrived at the trailhead at 9:15 on a Sunday. Plenty of parking and very quiet ascent. Coming down (around 10:15) parking was full and there were several groups heading up.

This is a quick hike because of the short distance but I would not rate it as “easy.” The incline is persistent and the terrain is very rocky at times. I’d definitely recommend hiking shoes.

Breathtaking views in all directions at the top!

One of my favorites. Great hike with the best views at the top. Barely any traffic near sunset and would highly recommend for out of towners (like me).

hiking
2 days ago

Good trail with a nice challenging climb. Maintained well and easy to follow. The entire hike was a steady climb uphill, not many places where it leveled out. This is perfect practice for beginner hikers who want to hike a mountain at a higher elevation. My husband and I got to the trail head around 8am on a Saturday, only 2 other cars in the parking lot, and saw only a few people on the way up. On our way down it was much busier, saw many groups coming up and the parking lot was very full. I’d say if you are looking for a peaceful climb, get there early. It was a cloudy morning and very windy and cold at the top, storms were moving in. Even with the cloud cover the views were great. Will most likely do this again on a sunnier day.

on Lake Gulch Trail Loop

hiking
3 days ago

Hot hike. Great wildlife viewing.

Quick hike with some elevation gain and great views as the payoff. Limited parking near the TH, so get there early. The trail is pretty much all about going up, but no significant climbing or barriers.

on Parmalee Trail Loop

hiking
5 days ago

I did this in early Spring and it was a bit windy, but nice!

My family did this hike we had someone from sea level and they were able to do it I would recommend this hike for younger kids and a first hike. At some parts were not well marked over all we thought it was pretty good

Fun hike and cool spot to look out and see everything! We took this hike when we didn’t want a long day and combined it with a visit to Squaw Mountain

Wow! A little rough up going in for a beginner like me. But, it is all worth it what a view at the top! Can’t wait to bring my family here!

great hike, not many people

What an amazing hike! I wouldn’t call this an easy hike but it’s easy/moderate. The trailhead is tricky to find when it’s your first time but is right after mile marker 18 if you are coming from Idaho springs on the right.
You can’t beat the views from the top

walking
15 days ago

Amazing but exhausting!

Well maintained trail with beautiful views.

hiking
18 days ago

Great beginning hike. Trail is in great condition and good views at the top

favorite trail

hiking
22 days ago

I agree that this trail is short, not too difficult and has some of the most stunning scenery payoffs for the least amount of effort of any trail I've been on. With that being said I wouldn't classify it as an "easy" trail for all levels. People that are not used to high altitude might struggle. Pretty popular too although I'm not sure how so many people know about this trail. Parking can be a bit tricky if the roadside parking lot is full which it's surely to be on weekends. Regardless my wife & I really enjoyed this trail and would recommend it.

hiking
22 days ago

Popular trail due to its distance, terrain, and proximity to Denver. We went on a Saturday late morning, roadside parking was pretty full but the trail itself was not congested at all. Gradual incline and great views up top!

Good workout

Fun little hike. It’s been a while since I’ve been hiking last, so doing this one was a good boost!

An issue I have with the app:
It’d be nice to be able to hit the check-in even after you leave the area.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike for out of town guests. Not hard and great views!!

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect solo hike - do in the evening and end by walking up the Meadow Trail. Stunning sunset views!

Amazing views at the top of a pretty easy trail. Climbed on a big rock at the top to be almost blown away by the wind, climbed off the rock and sat at the base of it and couldn’t feel the wind at all but still heard it howling. Gorgeous area

Great trail. You can do it even if you’re from out of town if you’ve given yourself some time to adjust because it is at high elevation. There is some gain but it’s manageable because of the switchbacks. You get the beautiful views you’d get from climbing a 14er without the extreme effort. It’s cold at the top, refreshingly so, in July.

Super easy trail if you’re used to the elevation. Awesome views up top. Good hike for visitors to the area. Only about a 50 min drive from downtown Denver.

Great trail. Incredible views. Worth the hike.

My daughters and I hiked this trail and it was breath taking! The way up can be a bit of a challenge if you aren’t used to the elevation but back down only took us 20 minutes. I can’t recommend this trail highly enough! You’ll love it!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike has a steady incline but nothing drastic. It is exposed in several parts, so start early and bring the sunscreen. The views at the top are just amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

I went on a Monday morning and not a lot of people! I will do this one again soon! Just be mindful of the private residence and drive slow on the road

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