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This was the scariest thing I've ever done. I'm proud of myself for doing it because I'm terrified of heights but I won't ever do it again. We were appalled at the people hiking to the top with small children. Yes, it's beautiful but it's also dangerous. Be safe.

hiking
scramble
snow
19 hours ago

Plenty of scenic views and vistas along this 1.8 mile one way/3.6 mike in/out trail. Hiked it due to RMNP being inaccessible during the government shutdown. Trailhead parking on the side of the highway 5.8 miles south of Estes Park was pretty full. Nice gradual climb the first half, then pretty steep climbs the second half after “the turn”. We started at 1:15pm and got to the rock scramble at 3:15 and turned back due to time and pending darkness. Packed snow most of the 2nd half up. Made this video from the hike: https://vimeo.com/311379986

Nice hike. A bit icy near top but worth the views and quietness.

1/11/19 Incredible hike and views. Ice is present on the wiggles and from the first set of chains. It is possible to get past first set of chains without clamp one but would not recommend. very easy to slip.

Went up on New Years Eve, it had snowed about an inch the night before and everything was absolutely beautiful. The shuttle was running and we caught the second or third one out at 8:20. There were about 40 people hiking the switchbacks around us, but that number dropped to about 20 when we hit the chains because of the snow.

I would NOT go past the first short stretch of chain without micro spikes. Several portions were extremely slick, and the couple hiking ahead of us without spikes made me nervous. About 90% of people we saw that day had spikes on. Well worth the $20.

Took us almost exactly three hours total, from hopping off the shuttle to getting back to the stop. It was starting to get crowded as we came back down, which would have added a lot more time waiting for the narrow parts to clear up before passing.

Icy and snowy on trails! Need micro spikes or at the very least hiking shoes!

This hike is on the easier end of moderate. Some snow on most of the trail, so although spikes aren’t necessarily needed, they are highly recommended. There were a couple falls between myself and a fellow hiker due to slippery snow and mud areas. Gorgeous hike though! Creek/river is still frozen, but in some areas you could hear the water still rushing underneath the ice. That was neat. You can also (very carefully!) walk on the frozen water up to where the waterfall would normally be

Hiked 1/12/2019. Lots of snow, microspikes are helpful. Trail is easy to find. Started at 8:30am, only passed a few people coming up, but trail was busy on our descent.

Beautiful views! A few rough points that were too steep for our kids (11,8,7) but managed to concur!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail, outside of RMNP gates. First visit 1/13/19 - snow on most of the trail, well packed and well traveled. Sunny skies and warm rocks to relax on. I left my snowshoes in the car - a few slippery spots where crampons would be helpful but not bad. Lake frozen solid. Well maintained trail allowed for trail running on the way down.

hiking
2 days ago

Broke a new trail past the ridge to the lake after the most recent snow. Definitely slick and exposed, but manageable with microspikes. Beautiful winter hike!

on Emerald Lake Trail

2 days ago

I tried to go there today but the road is closed during government shutdown

My first real “hike” in Colorado. At the start of the trail I saw so much dog poop. I am glad it wasn’t all over the trail. Once you head up in elevation the pine trees start appearing. So scenic. The waterfall was frozen but I bet in the spring it’s stunning. I’ll be back.

Great hike and definitely doable and safe for children. I did see the same pit bull the lady below complained about today. It was super friendly and gentle. Unlike her I didn’t see a single pile of poop so not sure if she was looking in the trash or what lol.

Extremely unsafe trail to bring younger children due to lack of enforcement of off leash dog rules. There are literally hundreds of piles of dog excrement within a few short miles.
I can no longer bring my nephew here after we were rushed by an off leash pit bull. Of course the owner thought it was funny. Dog owners in Boulder County are the most entitled and ignorant bunch of people you will ever encounter.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views along the way. Steady increase the entire way up. There were all ages and levels of experience doing this hike. As others have mentioned, a few slick spots but I was able to get up and down easily without microspikes.

hiking
3 days ago

We were there on 1/9. The trail had some slick spots but we were able to conquer it without microspikes and they probably aren’t needed since most of the trail was dry. The lake was frozen over and absolutely beautiful. Due to the government shut down, the garbage cans at the trailhead had a bag taped over them. The bathrooms were also closed. There is an outhouse near the top, be sure to bring some toilet paper with you!

Great morning hike before brunch.

One of, if not the most spectacular hikes I've ever experienced! Amazing view of the canyon and a thrilling trail that towers above the river below!

this place fuckin sucks dick

A must do

Prolly the hardest I’ve done thus far. I got winded and had to stop a couple times. And the last mile and half was kinda scary considering holding on to dear life and it’s very heavily trafficked.

5 stars for the actual trail, 3 stars for the crowds. Did this around Christmas 2018 (no crampons here, as it was about 50 F!) and despite the shutdown, the park was packed, and this trail was probably the most populated. It is, without doubt, a singular trail in terms of beauty and terrain- there are few others trails that offer the same experience as this one (Kauai’s Napali Coast comes to mind). It is well-maintained and offers truly breathtaking views of the canyon, some of the best being before you even reach the iconic summit on the (extensive) switchbacks, and all of this in a accessible and manageable 5 miles out-and-back with readily available facilities nearby. The price, of course, is that you won’t find much privacy or serenity along the trail, as it will almost certainly be packed with fellow hikers (see aforementioned accessibility). This is probably most apparent at the beginning of the chained sections, where you’ll find yourself waiting in line as group passes in the other direction- we routinely found ourselves stationary for 5-10 minutes at a time. As long as you expect this going in, though, this is a worthy investment; you don’t do this hike for the peace and quiet, you do it for the view and the rush of climbing that spine. Zion offers plenty of serenity and solitude within a 5-10 minute, and I definitely recommend exploring so of the lesser-known areas of the park (Cockeye Falls!) after finishing with this beautiful trail.

Super trail . But go realy early

Did this trail 12/29/18 - has amazing views at the top and on the way up, light snow dusting the red rock was exceptionally beautiful. Trail is well marked and has a gradual climb up switchbacks until you get to the chains. Icy conditions on the rocks made holding tightly to the chain a necessity, make sure you have a good grip and wear gloves to avoid raw hands. We didn't have any traction devices but they are highly recommended for secure footing. Be cautious if hiking in winter conditions and enjoy the expansive view at the top down the river

on Ouzel Falls Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Quite possibly my favorite hike. The river was so full you could feel the power of the water rushing by. At points the water is overhead. Just amazing.

Late review. We went late summer 2017.

Nice little trail. Pretty rocky in some places so you need to keep your head down in parts. I would say it isn’t marked that well. We were on the main trail and ended up at 6.5 miles so I’m not sure where the 4.8 is coming from.

nice hike, mostly dry on 1/6.

Beautiful view

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