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I go to this trail a few times a year and love it every time. My son and I went up today. It was snowy, but still a great hike with beautiful views. It's one of my favorites.

Still under snow the entire way, so ty oil longer than expected. Beautiful views. My dog (wee but with huge attitude beagle/terrier/daschund/mini heeler) struggled with the snow at times but mostly because she went off trail. Can't wait to do it again when the wildflowers are out.

5 days ago

Hiked up the peak yesterday. The snow was well packed, needed snowshoes only on our way back. Great hike and wonderful views!

Beautiful backpacking shuttle trip starting in Meeks Bay and continued from Crag Lake to the Velma Lakes and out the Bayview Trail to Emerald Bay.

Great spot. Beautiful vistas. Trail that continues towards Nevada is a bit icy, glad I had poles.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Had a great sunny day today. Snowshoes the entire trip. I will be doing this again.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great hike, dogs loved it. Views we’re stellar! Snow was perfect for snowshoeing.

Super fun in snow! Went snow shoeing with my best friend today, and it was a beautiful view up at the top! Not too difficult, the steepness is pretty gradual until the end. Would love to see it in the springtime.

Amazing hike. Pack warm, waterproof hiking shoes and trekking poles

Do this hike in the summer then come back and do it in the winter, it’s so amazing to see the change in the terrain. Such an amazing hike I recommend it to everyone

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Also went parallel with the plan to catch the actual trail on the way down, but couldn’t get to the Peak with the snow. Snowshoes helped but in certain areas, especially getting up to the Peak, yaktrax or some kind of spikes would be most helpful. The views from the Ridge were amazing none the less.

wonderful views

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Snoweshoed up to the peak on 1/11/18. We didn’t travel on this trail directly, instead we went parallel to it and then came back on the opposite side, making it a loop. Most of the trail was pretty easy with snowshoes, with the exception of the top, where you really had to dig your crampons in to get yourself up the final stretch. The top was stunning and we even watched a snowing cloud moving in towards us. The effort was worth it!

on Rifle Peak

hiking
3 months ago

This hike has great views of the lake ! That being said, don’t let the mileage fool you, it’s not a moderate hike. The climb is a constant steep grade on loose slippery soil most of the way. If you are an experienced hiker and in good shape, I would recommend. If you are on vacation just looking for a “nice” hike, there are better choices.

Completed it on 1/1/18. The first mile was hiking, the next 0.5 needed micro spikes, and the last 0.5 needed snow shoes but is passable if you are willing to post hole.

Great hike, saw lots of families on the trail. Saw even more dogs. Beautiful view from the overlook.

hiking
4 months ago

Next time I'll wait for spring or summer to do the full loop.
We did this trail and continued to Castle peak. View are good.

Easy trail, good for kids

Convienient and amazing!!

5 months ago

definitely hard. but wow so rewarding. I did this after the first snow so there was no visible trail, but if you know where the peak is and stay on a straight course it's not bad. park at gate and walk around tower. The views will take your breath away.

hiking
5 months ago

Castle peak cut short to one of the false summits. 1-2ft snow up past the pass. Skis/snowshoes needed after about 1.5 miles in.

hiking
5 months ago

Fabulous out and back 8 miler from Hampshire Rocks Road during the first snow, 5-8 inches depending on where. Nobody within miles and a great spot for a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

hiking
6 months ago

Lots or snow and pretty tough incline to the summit. But great views!

Breathtaking in both senses. Very well worth the time and energy. I may have taken a hundred photos along this trail. Although I approached Castle Pass from the rest area.

Take trail up to picnic spot. Sit on Rick formation and enjoy the views!

hiking
6 months ago

Great workout and amazing views but a bit slippery.

Spectacular views. Very interesting tree formations just at the timberline -- they are working hard against the downslope drift it appears.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views all the way up the rating should be hard as it is almost straight up with lots of loose sand the view from the very top rocks is amazing not too hard to follow but no markings at all so stay alert definitely worth the effort wear ankle high boots or be prepared for shoes full of dirt also the trail head is just a locked gate in a neighborhood so parking is not great

Pretty valley includes a 4 lane highway and some development, but no negroes.

Beautiful. Loose soil can be challenging.

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