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Haley Kletke reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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Elzana Bailey reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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Mindy Nicewonger reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Forever my favorite hike

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Tom Bruch reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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Went on 2/4/21 on a decent day with mostly sunshine. Trail had patches of snow and ice in spots and had to be careful. More muddy later on. Just used regular boots and poles. Mostly in trees but a large meadow on the way. Great scenery throughout and crisscrossed a creek bed several times. Toward the end, there is a fork-left goes to Ralph Price Reservoir and the right goes to a spectacular view of the St. Vrain River coming down the canyon. We took the right.

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SnowshoeingIcyOff trailSnow

Made it to Blue Lake on 1/31 on a nice, sunny day. Hike was just short of 13 miles (from the winter trailhead) and took us 6 hours, 40 minutes. Just like the previous reviewer, we also broke trail past Mitchell Lake. We had hoped to follow in their tracks/trench, but we couldn’t find ANY trace that anyone had made it to Blue Lake. The wind at Mitchell Lake and beyond is so intense that it clears away any and all tracks. Not only that, the wind whips the snow up into gigantic hills! We hiked over the frozen Mitchell Lake and we had the most difficult time trying to locate the trail after that and thought we were just off track, but even when we were standing right on top of the trail (according to Gaia GPS), it still didn’t seem like it was the trail. The snow was just piled up so steep in places where the trail should have been and there were trees galore. It’s too bad there aren’t trail markers on this hike because it’s so easy to get lost. We ended up zigzagging around a ton to try to avoid climbing up and down the snowy drifts. We almost gave up because the trail was so impossible to find but we continued on in the general direction and finally made it to the lake. Also made the extra trek across Blue Lake to the icy waterfall on the other side. Pretty cool!!! But super windy at the lake. We never ran into anyone else between Mitchell Lake and Blue Lake. If just hiking to Mitchell Lake, you can currently get away with just hiking shoes and no micro spikes / snowshoes because the trail is so packed from the many trail users. The trail actually has a really reasonable elevation gain, even if you’re breaking trail; the trail finding is the most frustrating part.

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SnowshoeingSnow

Made it all the way to Blue Lake on Jan 23rd. Road/trail was mostly packed up to Mitchell. Beyond Mitchell we broke trail the entire way. Completely exhausted as I sit here writing this. Hopefully someone can get out there soon and use our trench before it disappears. I’d still bring snowshoes, between the wind and the snow that was coming down, you’ll need them even with our trench. Plan for a looooong day... 12 miles ish from the winter TH. Took us 7 hrs.

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Logynn Northrhip reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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Very icy in some places. Highly recommend spikes and poles. Some spots not icy at all though.

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Samantha Nyland reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Hiked 01/09/21 around 12noon. Beautiful light snowfall the entire hike. Nice and easy walk in, and will feel a bit of an incline walking back out. Nothing strenuous. Needed spikes 100% - very slick underneath the fresh snow. Looking forward to doing the hike in the spring to see the views. Saw maybe 6 people total. Be sure to stop at the St. Vrain Market in Lyons on your way back (or your way in) to grab a pastry or one of their bomb.com cookies!

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On 1-11-20 Attempted to hike to Blue Lake. The trail was hard packed to Mitchell Lake. Put on snow shoes at the lake and continued on the trail till about 1/4 mile short of Blue Lake. Had to turn back due to time and I lost the trail and the app wasn't picking up my location on the trail. All and all it was an amazing hike.

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Rachel Salvay reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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Probably a very nice hike when people aren't illegally shooting (despite signs posted saying "no shooting"). Oh well. We walked the nearby fire road uphill instead, it offered very nice views. Parking at the TH with simple ol' all season tires today on the icy road: we could not drive all the way to the top, too slick. Even where we did park we had to get an assist from another friendly dude driving by to help us 3-point turn to get out again.

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Alicia Williams reviewed Coulson Gulch Trail
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still slick in some areas, but we were able to do without microspikes. it's an absolutely beautiful hike with awesome meadow and mountain views.

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Leah Nelson reviewed Isabelle Glacier Trail
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it's closed

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Sure it would’ve been great, but I came up the road leading to the TH only to see that they’ve closed the entire forest because of the wildfires. Hopefully it reopens soon!

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Keely Yang reviewed Isabelle Glacier Trail
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Hiked 9/18/20- beautiful trail! First part to Isabelle Lake is not very steep, but the rest of way to the glacier is more strenuous! Glacier is neat to see at the top but we thought the views are better on the way to it. No snow on trail when we went, didn’t need spikes. Had to park a little but away from the TH but didn’t add much to our mileage.

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(Hiked on 10/10) Had to park 3.5 miles away and hike to the trailhead, added extra mileage but this is one of my favorite hikes! Ended up being ~13 miles total. Gorgeous paths through the pine trees, beautiful mountain lake at the top

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HikingClosedIcy

the road to the trail head is now closed for season so expect to add 3 more miles onto your path.

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Kelly Kellner reviewed Isabelle Glacier Trail
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Beautiful hike for last day of parks being open! Got lost off mapped out trail, what else is new

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Kim Rach reviewed Isabelle Glacier Trail
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Always a beautiful hike. Parked by Brainard Lake (Gateway Trailhead) entry to add miles. A little confusing if you start here, just make sure to follow the little snowshoe signs on the trees of Sourdough trail. Hiked this years ago in the snow and fun to come back and see it dry. The lakes are definitely low this year. :-( I would say it's moderate/not hard. People were hiking in socks and sandals (y tho? lol)

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