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Wonderful challenging trail. Would like to come back and backpack sometime.

hiking
2 days ago

some trails on the upper part aren't open yet, but you can still get a decent distance on the lower part. it is easy, dry, and quite relaxing.

Awesome trail! Great views go to Windy peaks worth the hike. Very dry

Great easy hike though there’s quite a bit of mountain bikers. Keep your eyes up!

I liked this trail. Definitely felt like more than 4.6 miles. The first incline is pretty tough but after that it's not so bad, especially through most the second part of the loop until towards the end. The rock scrambling was a lot of fun. I went in early March and there was a lot of ice still but passable without spikes. $7 to get in.

hiking
11 days ago

A bit windy in places, but overall, a really great hike. Beautiful scenery and some fantastic rocks to be seen.

Nice and easy trail with gorgeous views.

4/7/18

Snow was not a concern for the most part, but I will say there was about a mile long stretch where I wish I had my spikes. still totally doable, but would have made things a little more enjoyable.

with the warm weather coming I assume beautiful conditions from here on out.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy to get to, located right outside of town. Went on a weekday morning and it wasn’t busy at all. Single-track, dogs allowed. Some areas with loose rock but overall moderate is a good rating for this trail. Nice 2 hour hike with good views!

3/31/18. Trail was mostly clear of snow in the sun spots, where there was snow, you didn’t need micro spikes. Not many views, but a nice hike

hiking
21 days ago

Back side of the trail was still pretty snowy but no need for spikes!

Great, close to town. Short enough complete in a morning with enough elevation gain to make it worth it. Lots of ice/snow still on the trail. Recommend yaktrax!

hiking
27 days ago

Perfect day to hike on the trail, weather was perfect. Not very muddy, sections there was still some melted snow and mud mixed in but basically dry for the most part.

Great hike! Barely any snow. Saw a moose!

hiking
28 days ago

We hiked this clockwise today...somehow it felt like we were ALWAYS going up? It was beautiful! A little muddy in spots, but nothing too serious. Just remember to walk THROUGH the mud and not around-- it damages and widens the trail when we step off, leading to even MORE mud as time goes on.

28 days ago

Hiked this trail today. Still pretty muddy but if it kept the hoards of people away, I’m fine with that. Nice easy hike with some moderate spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Back to one of our favorite spots close to Denver. Patchy ice but was able to make it to Windy Peak without extra traction. Great snow capped views today. The stream along Mountain Lion is still frozen over making for some interesting sound effects. As usual it was pretty quiet. This is a great hike if you don't want to drive far form Denver but still want to avoid the crowds.

Hiked entire Mountain Lion trail plus went up to Windy Peak (amazing views). Trails mostly clear. Can easily do without any additional traction, but there's a few spots (no more than 50-60 yard stretches) that it may be nice to have, but don't have to have traction.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Not very strenuous. At this time of year, it is still icy in some spots where it’s shaded so some spikes would probably be helpful. You can definitely get by without them though.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a good trail with some good views at the top. The hike up had a decent amount of ice and some snow. I made it without micro spikes but they would have helped after the first 1.5 miles or so.

Love it

Feb. 13th, sunny skies with wind as usual. No extra traction needed unless you're super uncoordinated. Please pick up and pack out your dog waste, your yellow bag is just as unsightly as a pile of poo.

hiking
2 months ago

Very calm and peaceful. Seen a few deer on the trail as well which was awesome

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike close to Denver. Great views of the eastern plains and downtown Denver but no mountain views. If you take Rawhide to make the loop there is a bench about half way that makes for a good place to rest and have a bite. Not a strenuous hike, a few shorts climbs and rocky in a few spots but very manageable for all skill levels. We hiked in fresh snow this day. We did not need spikes. However when the snow thaws and freezes extra traction will be a must. Overall a nice hike if you're looking for something close to Denver with not much distance.

Ice town costs ice clown town crown!

trail is open now, February 2018, northern Elk Range Trail closed for wildlife management until June 15 - but southern Travois and other trails are open and gorgeous.
Also note weekend activity restrictions

hiking
2 months ago

It's a great trail, but there was so much ice on the trail we had to turn back. We will go back and finish once the ice melts off.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for a sunny Tuesday! The trail was empty and easy to follow. It was snowy & a bit slippery, but nothing I couldn’t fix with my spikes. The trail up to Windy Peak was steep but manageable, and well worth the views at the top.

Pros: great views, even from the parking lot; lots of trail options if you don’t want to hike the full 4.5 mile trail; plenty of parking; very few people on the trail

Cons: SO WINDY!!! It felt about 30 degrees cooler than it felt in Denver; the trail was quite snowy (I used yaktrax as well as trail running shoes and was glad I had both), loss of daylight is more noticeable here because of the mountains that block the sun- plan to be back at your car by 4:00 if you want full sunlight on the trail

All in all, I thought this was a beautiful trail. I cut my hike short because I knew I wouldn’t make it to the summit and back with my dog’s plodding pace, so I took at shortcut at the Wrangler trail (it cut the hike to 3 mi rather than 4.5). The wind was crazy strong - enough to blow my 80lb dog off the trail at points. I plan to do this hike again in the summer when there’s less snow and wind.

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