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19 hours ago

Hiked on 1/17, lots of wet snow making the trail difficult at the top. Yaktrax were helpful. The lake was mostly frozen.

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rocky
scramble
snow
21 hours ago

Great hike but the winds were almost insurmountable. 50-60 mph gusts with biting wind and blowing snow. Not for the faint of heart. Got within visual distance of chasm lake but couldn't proceed without ice picks/axes. No trail, blown over and potentially very treacherous. Be careful!

Opened the park a few days ago after shuffling around some money. We made it to Dream Lake w/o snow shoes. It was incredibly windy there and everyone we saw turned back - definitely need snow shoes to go from Dream to Emerald. Great hike up to Dream, though.

hiking
3 days ago

Great weather yesterday at Chasm Lake! micro spikes from trailhead to lake and I was glad to have my ice axe for the last half mile. Be careful and enjoy!

hiking
4 days ago

Did this hike in mid November and it was amazing. We got hit by a decent amount of snow throughout the entire hike which just added to it. The silence walking on Dream Lake with nothing but the snow falling was stunning! Definitely rent spikes.

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snow
4 days ago

This hike was so enjoyable, with hardly any huffing and puffing. Nothing but spectacular views from top to bottom. To top things, we only saw one other hiker. You can see everything from the top including the Indian peaks wilderness, and I am pretty sure even longs peak to the north. You could still see boulder also. This is a great beginner’s hike. It was breathtaking with all the snow called vistas!

I hit this trail around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, fresh snow from the day before made for a beautiful and peaceful hike! I had my snowshoes with but did not need them. took around 1 1/2hrs at a casual pace, with a few minor detours.

hiking
6 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

6 days ago

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

A must do

11 days ago

Amazing hike with 360* views - I can’t recommend this hike enough! Loose rocks almost the entire trail, might be a bit difficult for some. Completed 1/8/19.

It’s pretty, but if you’re not into touristy, I’d stray.

Beautiful!

Parking lot was crowded when we arrived at 12:30 on Saturday. Nice easy trail with great views of the foothills.

This start to Doudy Draw is my favorite. Hike is especially great in the summer.

Great trail with great views, but lake was almost completely dried up during August 2018. Other than that it was great!

I was able to jog this up and down in just running shoes with a little caution. It’s gorgeous in the winter! Make sure to go the extra couple hundred feet to sprouting rock.

snowshoeing
17 days ago

The snow on the trail is packed so it is easily visible although completely covered. Trail is not overly difficult and the views along the way are spectacular.

hiking
18 days ago

Classic hike. GREAT views towards the top - bit of a grind on the way. Bit of scrambling to get to the lake shore.

Spikes required in winter, but the trail has plenty of traffic that snowshoes are probably overkill. Lovely even in winter. Arrive super early, the line for parking when we left was outrageous.

Best hike ever!

hiking
21 days ago

Nice and easy hike around the lake with beautiful views. We did ours on 12/27 while it was -12C around 10:30 am. It was super cold and windy. We saw people skating and walking on the lake, which was frozen. Good option for kids.

22 days ago

One of my favorites. Go in late Spring to see Columbine Falls at its finest.

hiking
22 days ago

One of my favorite trails that I've hiked. Weather was perfect when we started our hike and turned into sleet and snow when we made it to the lake. Prepare of all conditions in the spring and fall. We saw moose, deer and lots of little critters. There was very few people one the trail when we went and very peaceful.

This has to be one of the best hikes in Colorado. The trail head is easy to access and the trail is short but steep w/ some scrambling. I did see children on the hike so that trail is family-friendly but the steep, sharp rocks would not be ideal for dogs. I completed this hike in about 3 hours in the summer so it was fairly hot - wear proper shoes and bring lots of water. The views are definitely worth the steep climb!

hiking
24 days ago

One the best hikes ever for our family (completed on 12/26). Totally worth every single step to a winter wonderland. Hiked with my wife and kids 12 and 6. We took plenty of stops for the kids on the way up. Some areas were icy and steep. Strongly recommend good quality snow boots with traction devices attached to them. We got ours from Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs. They were worth every penny we paid.

hiking
24 days ago

You can’t say you’ve hiked in Colorado without hiking this trail. One of my all time favorites!!

24 days ago

Beautiful!

We hiked this with our toddler today. Some slightly icy spots but the trail is very straightforward and great for kids.

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