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hiking
22 hours ago

I hate this hike. It’s all up hill, on lose rocks, FULL OF PEOPLE, you have to pay $8 just to get there, and the lake is more like a dried up small bog. Next!

23 hours ago

Gorgeous day today. This trail is as amazing but it is extremely rocky. The leaves could not have been more splendid. Highly recommend this hike.

Wonderful hike mostly shaded by the aspens. This is a perfect time to capture the colors of fall! Rocky the last quarter. Crater Lake is dry, but the location offers a spectacular view of the Maroon Bells and the glorious, brilliant aspens.

pretty quick hike but pretty steep. if you’re short on time, give it a go. i will say, this is a perfect rattlesnake habitat. tons of shrubs

amazing views of the flatlands and mountains. gorgeous hike for so close to Denver. loved the history!

climbed it 3x. love the elevation gain, great for training. it feels like it's straight up and you get a nice ridge line in the middle and wonderful views at the top.

It was an interesting hike . There is a lot of forest(roots) to get through to get to the pretty sites above the tree line. It takes about 1 hr 45 min to get out of trees into meadows and above tree line which is really nice. It took about 2 hr 5min to get to the lake. But guess what? If you hike up that ridge on N side of Lake there is another Lake twice the size of the main Lake. Also, if you have time recommend the hike up to the top of the Pass which takes about 45 min from Lake. The views are amazing and the switchbacks are well maintained . You can see the winter park complex and valley as well as both lakes. If you go to the top it is about 5 hr 30 min total trip plus time you eat and relax at top. If you just go to Lake it’s about 4 hr 15 min plus how long you hang at the lake. If you aren’t going to fish or going to hike to the top, there are shorter, prettier Lake hikes like diamond lake, brained, ect....

hiking
2 days ago

Nice views of maroon bells. It is a steady up, and trail is rocky pretty much the whole way, but beautiful fall colors against the ‘maroon’ colored mountains. It does have a lot of people traffic

The historical ruins are very cool! Took a visiting family member from out of state and it seemed like a good fit for her while still adjusting to the altitude. Pretty crowded with lots of familes and dogs. No amazing vistas, but some decent overlooks and views to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It's nice how all the little side trails connect so you can add or minus mileage as you like. Found the historical information and ruins to be the coolest part of the day.

Beautiful views of the Maroon Bells.

Lots of variety.

An enchanted forest! Evergreens, lots of shade simply beautiful and good workout.

Lovely hike up. Weather perfect. Lake dry but colours in full swing

on Crater Lake Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Great views of the aspens and scree throughout this short and sweet hike. The lake at the end is very dry, but it’s a fun new view of the Bells. Given that this is the only hike greater than a mile but less than 20 miles at the Bells, it’s worth doing.

Great place for dogs. Almost which I were one to enjoy it as much as the dog I took. She absolutely loved it. She ran around exploring and jumped into the pond. She played and played and played until she couldn’t anymore! It was a joy watching her enjoy herself. When it was time to leave, she refused. She didn’t want to get in the car. She plopped herself down on the ground and refused to budge. That’s a testament to how much she enjoyed herself. The fees, $8 day pass- $70 year pass, $2 dog day pass- $20 dog year pass.

Lovely little trail, lots of fall color right now. Saw a few people but mostly had the trail to myself. Easy enough for my short-legged dog to tag along. I didn't see a lot of poop bags like others have complained about and found this trail to be very enjoyable. Will definitely be coming back and would bring out of state friends!

Beautiful colors throughout the hike up and back. We had a warm sunny day, Crater lake is a little dried up but the views with the Aspen color changes were worth the hike up.

hiking
11 days ago

A beautiful walk through the forest with minimal elevation gain, but some areas of moderately rocky/uneven footing. Shade is plentiful throughout.

Very nice hike.

hiking
12 days ago

A bit crowded on a Saturday, and most of the trail is totally exposed so got pretty hot even in the mid-morning. No incredible vistas but decent views throughout. Ruins were neat.

This is my favorite front range hike! Huge elevation gain for such a short distance! Great way to prepare for 14ers on the weekend.

backpacking
12 days ago

This was my first time backpacking, and it was a great way to get broken in! Gradual elevation gain until the last mile to Heart Lake. Without a pack, this is a very doable day hike up and back. Beautiful views all the way. Set up camp at Heart Lake, and hiked up to Roger’s pass the next morning. Only problem I had is we didn’t stay long enough!!

Really enjoyed this hike. Pretty steep grade on the first and last leg of the hike, but such a worthwhile experience. Great training, due to the elevation gain in less than 1.7 miles. As previously stated by other reviewers, there’s very little shade, so if it’s a warm day, be prepared for that and bring plenty of water.
Hearing the sound check of the band getting ready for the concert at Red Rocks was an added benefit.

hiking
13 days ago

What's not to love about this dog park! My Husky loves coming here and it is a great spot for off leash training! It's well worth the $2/day ($20/year) pass (plus park admission.)

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful trail, scenery changes with the weather as it opens up expansive views of the glaciers.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice historical hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Gorgeous views. Look for the Pika in the boulder field. The would make a cry when we walked by that we originally thought was a bird until we start spotting the little guys.

Nearly 1900ft elevation gain in about 1.7 miles is no joke! Super fun & challenging workout that is close to home with great views at the top! Shoes with good grip are highly recommended, ie trail runners or hiking shoes. Bring plenty of water since the trail is exposed with very little shade. Bring a snack so you can hang out up top & enjoy the views of the mountains & city!

Fantastic trail that's a quick drive from Denver. Park right outside Red Rock gate #4 on Titans Rd. Get there early cause there's no much space! the trail is past the gate to the left, and not really marked except a "no bikes" sign. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS HIKE! You start off climbing and rarely stop till the top. There is little cover and the sun will punish you. Footing can be tough with a lot of loose, small rocks. However... payoff is a great workout with great views.

Beautiful but beware-TAKE BUG SPRAY!!! I got attacked by biting flies so badly that I had to turn around and run back about 1 mile into it and I'm covered in bites now.

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