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snow
2 days ago

Got here around 3:30pm. Lots of snow but most of the trail is packed snow from all the people hiking up. We only made it a mile up because we didn’t want to hike back in the dark and there were a couple avalanche fields with downed trees which makes it hard to follow the trail. Probably not the best time to hike up until the trail is easier to find but if you want to go up the avalanche part you’d still get a good 2 mile hike out of it. Overall, it was a great hike and I’m definitely coming back to see the waterfall!

hiking
7 days ago

One of my personal favorites, it's a quick, but steep and tiring hike to Pretty Valley and the frozen cascades are gorgeous. We climbed to the top of the big rocks and looked over the valley. Beautiful stuff. Until then the trail is well packed. We tried continuing past the massive rocks but the deep snow and time shortage prevented us from continuing. Wish we could have continued though!

Wonderful winter hike. spikes are perfect right now. We saw a moose on Thursday.

Just finished this hike. If your looking for a way out of the inversion soup, this is a great little hike to get above it. The trail is hard pack snow, making it a really nice, smooth hike. It’s actually a more comfortable hike than in summer in my opinion. With micro spikes and poles you’ll have zero problems on this trail. Beautiful, sunny warm skies up there above the smog. It’s well worth it!!

Fun Snowshoe! A bit of a grind / slog uphill, but well worth it!

I want to come back and see if anyone else has helped back down the trail in the upper canyon.

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Gorgeous trail, and best of all dogs are allowed every day!

So great for views on a snowy/foggy day! Bring spikes if you’re going to hike it in the winter because the trail is super icy. It’s great for dogs to run around too.

My tip is to treat the trail as an out and back instead of a loop because the second half is basically just a road. When you get to the stream, turn back. Way prettier.

Gorgeous hike up along the creek the whole way. Many small waterfalls, 10 bridge crossings and icicles from the cold. The snow gets deeper and deeper as you go along. There is a really cool swing and a fire pit if you want to sit by the creek and have a fire. The rock formations are also amazing. Some narrow trails with steep drop off's for those who are scared of heights. But only at the beginning.

Beautiful in winter!

Lots of options and outlets, did in late fall and it was great. Will do again in spring also great for trail running

Super pretty with all the snow. A bit steep. Fun to see people sledding and skiing down!

on Yellow Fork Canyon Trail

13 days ago

Pretty in the snow. Would be a good spot to snow shoe, I was able to hike it today with just boots because the trail had been walked in already. I saw some wild turkeys.

Great hike! Bring those spikes!

Nice little hike, busy. Lots of cross country and snow shoes but you don't have to have those as the snow is packed down. Parking is a bit of a nightmare.

Great hike! The trail is fully covered with snow once you get back into the canyon, crampons would be ideal, I was fine in my normal hiking boots, with some sliding in places. Waterfall is mostly frozen over, but still beautiful!

Just got down. Only spikes used, some areas I wish I had poles but overall doable without, at this time. Thanks to the postholers, everything is mostly compact. Great hike.

hiking
17 days ago

easy hike, big payoff. trail is packed the whole way. spikes were all that was necessary.

The trail was traveled enough and the snow was so packed that we never used our snowshoes. Hiked a little past the Mud Springs Trail junction. Started just as it was getting light and watch the sunrise lite up the mountains behind us. The morning light made the mountains look incredable

This hike is one of my favorites. The beauty and serenity of the meadows is why I keep doing it. I prefer going to grove creek and down battle creek.

hiking
20 days ago

This was an easier than moderate hike in my opinion, and an absolutely amazing winter destination.

Hiked part of this trail from the Grandeur Peak trailhead at the Churchill campground on New Years Day. The snowy views were beautiful and with most of the trail in the sun, it was not too cold. No need for snowshoes or spikes, the trail is packed down, only icy in small spots.

Hiked this with a bunch of friends. Each of our GPS/fitness devices said different mileage but we figured it was about 9.5. Be sure you have poles and spikes since there are some parts where it’s slick! Heads up - We ran into a dead deer along the way that we think was poached.

Beautiful hike this morning. Only used spikes. Did some post holing about the last half mile.

Very steep inclines the whole way. Did this back in the Spring but a gorgeous view at the top.

Hiked before a snowstorm hit on December 30th. Kind of wish I’d taken the East trail as the West seemed to have deeper snow..It was a slog through all of the snow and definitely would recommend setting aside 3-4 hours at least in the winter to summit. Powder levels at the summit were almost 4 feet and deeper in some areas so you really have to watch your step and the coming back down was slippery. Microspikes and waterproof spray for boots/water resistant boots are a must this time of year. Want to hike in the summer now.

hiking
22 days ago

Stunning day. Snow crampons were the ticket. Rainbows (Snowbows) around every corner. Falls were mostly frozen. Exquisitely beautiful.

Great hike, great views. I would say its even better to do this hike in the winter on a nice day...just really beautiful from top to bottom with the snow. Microspikes are the way to go. If you're not running up or down the trail I would say you could knock this out 2/1/2 - 3 hrs of actual hiking time if you're in moderate shape. If you do run down it takes about 35-45 mins with some stretches of walking.

We went in mid December (this month) and we brought snowshoes. Turned out we didn’t really need them but I would have liked micro spikes for the way down. There was a meadow that we did snowshoe through. There were quite a few wide-tire bikes on the trail and that looked fun.

Really enjoyed this hike. We hiked it in December with snow. The trail is used by snow shoes which made it accessible for regular snow boots. We were very glad that we brought ski poles as it made a huge difference. Crampons would have been nice, snow shoes would have been a bit much since it was so packed. The frozen fall at the end was spectacular as were the views enroute. We were not solitary but not so crowded that it was a problem in winter. We found a spot near the end to slide down on our rumps to cut off a switchback. Added excitement.

hiking
24 days ago

The left (North) loop was too snowy to hike safely even with chains so we choose the right (South) loop. Then when we came down we choose to explore Pretty Valley. The snow got thigh deep at the upper end of the trail.

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