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Found a camera and grey beanie two days ago. Contact me at michaelpmcalear@gmail.com if they are yours! Great trail for dogs. Bring spikes!

Definitely need snow shoes for the last bit. Got there super early and didn’t see anyone until I was almost down- tons of skiers. I went on a Sunday morning. Bring GPS as ski trails can be mistaken as actual trail.

hiking
2 days ago

1/21/19 Snowshoe hike up Waltrous Gulch. Trail fades after about 1.5 miles due to fresh snow. Keep your head up to the West slope, you are traveling in avalanche terrain.

Also a general comment, we hike at this TH quite bit and have helped several cars dig out and get out of the snow. If you have 2WD/all seasons, you’re going to get stuck. Pack a shovel and some chains. You need snow tires and AWD, even though it’s a short drive to the TH from I70, it’s deceiving.

Fun hike with my teenagers. Packed down good but should have some fresh snow here real soon.

snowshoeing
snow
washed out
2 days ago

Road was very snowy getting to the trail head. Our AWD Tiguan felt comfortable up til the last 1/4 mile. Snowshoed in, only saw another couple on the trail. Made it about 2mi (of the 4) before turning back. At this point we’d done 1000ft elevation gain and were beat and had lost track of the trail at that point and called it a day. Anxious to try in the summer as snowshoes were a serious workout.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Wonderful trail. Not too crowded, saw about 7 groups of people, went Sunday afternoon 1/20. A little muddy/slushy at beginning but then mostly snow packed. Used yak tracks and they helped. Some parts very sunny and warm, but gets cold once down near the forest floor. Great views around mile 2.5! Will definitely be back in the summer.

Completed this trail on 1/20/19 and the views did NOT disappoint. We used snowshoes the whole way which was great, def recommend them or at least spikes. The beginning was crowded, congested, and narrow. You are very close to the edge that plummets. Once we got past that section we separated from the crowds and it was really peaceful. Views were amazing. Pup had a great time too! Beautiful day! Took us about 3 hours with multiple stops along the way.

Did this one today and this is the second time I’ve done this trail, but first time with snow shoes. It’s one of my favorite trails, but it was sketchy using the snow shoes on the part where the trail is narrow with a little bit of exposure. I fell on my face getting my shoes caught up with one another and thought I was going to fly over the edge and roll away but I managed to save myself lol. Be careful near the beginning and then coming back with that! But it was awesome today. Super windy out by echo lake and then by the reservoir, but other than that, the trees kept the wind from freezing us the majority of the time.

Also both times I’ve done this in the summer and today, we got out to the trailhead by 7/730 am and that’s the best time to go to avoid the crowds.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice little Sunday hike. View at the top is incredible. Justin dropped his phone in a crevice but I saved the day with a long stick. Superb hike for when you want to sweat a little but not die completely.

Nice trail if not crowded. Fun to do with a little snow. Amazing view of the reservoir.

did this yesterday (1/20) it was beautiful but so windy and cold at the top. I used my snowshoes up and spikes on the way down. the trail is packed enough that spikes and poles would be fine the whole way. great trail with nice views!

Did this today, 1/20! Entire trail is snow packed, barely any ice. Really great Sunday hike, about 2 hours to the reservoir and back (does not really loop). When you start there is a bit of the hike with a sharp drop off but that will end, turn into a regular trail through the trees and then a 1 mi climb packed down snowy path to the reservoir which is beautiful. You can keep going around the reservoir, but I did not have snow shoes or spikes so after taking a million amazing pics turned and went back. Snowshoes/poles would be great but I did this with no problem with just hiking shoes and a 5 month puppy who loved it. It does not really loop, it's more out and back. Can't wait to try this again in the summer! I went around 8am and by the time I was coming back, lots more people were starting, so I'd recommend getting there early for less people.

Empty. Well packed for The 1st mile and a half or so, after that you might want snowshoes.

hiking
scramble
snow
4 days ago

Completed on 1/19 morning...snow is packed for the first mile then becomes a mix towards the top. We completed this just in our hiking boots but fell into the snow quite a bit at the top. Spikes, snowshoes, or poles would have been extremely helpful towards the top/summit. Extremely windy/cold at the top, if you can find cover behind a rock you will get great views of Mt Evans.

Good climb with camping at the base of the mountain.

Did this hike on 1/11/19 after 6 inches of fresh snow (and still snowing) that morning. It was beautiful in the trees with all the snow. Can’t comment on the views because it was cloudy and snowing hard. Incline was tough with all the fresh snow, would recommend spikes!!

Did this hike on 1/15/2019 in the late afternoon. Still completely snow covered from 1/11 snowfall. We did not have spikes/yaktrax and still completed this hike with our dog with relative ease. Rather slick on the packed snow in places but overall made it up okay. Difficulty is moderate I would say especially with the packed snow. At the top there is rock scrambles to get to the views but it was worth it. Beautiful short hike with the snow cover. Good views at the top after the rock scramble.

snowshoeing
9 days ago

First ones on the trail 1/13/18, for the most part followed skiers along the trail I was familiar with. We reached a point where the trail was lost and followed up a skiers way for a bit and turned back. We were about .5mi from the lake which was a bummer !!

Absolutely bring snow shoes and spikes. Views are just fabulous

Beautiful bluebird day! Snowshoes were very helpful with about a mile to go. The trail was clear and easy to follow. I highly recommend!

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Great views along the way.

hiking
12 days ago

Went with just spikes and gaiters. Unavoidably deep at some parts. Waist deep about 0.3 miles from the end of the trail, which was a real bummer.

perfect quick hike, and the views were great! microspikes were very helpful, and it is pretty windy at the top so bundle up!

Just hiked the Staunton Ranch trail toward Elk Falls past Sunday afternoon. Clear, well marked trail. Great views.

This is my favorite close by hike ❤️

Beautiful views by the reservoir

hiking
16 days ago

Completed this hike on 1/6/2018 and it was the perfect mid afternoon hike. Not too hard, not too easy in some parts but overall, one of the best day hikes close to the Denver area. The first mile or so will require spikes/yaktrax just to help with the slipping of the snow but the last half mile is not covered and does not require traction. It is always windy at the top so if you plan on spending time up there this time of year, go prepared with some layers. Had an excellent view of the sun setting above Mt. Evans and it probably got better as it continued to set. Parking was easy as there was a lot of it in the designated pull off.

A wonderful hike with amazing views. Hardly anyone was on the trail! Nice, balanced trail!

hiking
16 days ago

Quite a few people out today - 55° and sunny! Trail had some snow covered sections but did not require spikes. Great views at the top. We went counter-clockwise on the loop and took the Oxen trail back to the parking lot.

hiking
16 days ago

My first hike in Co. Easy trail and beautiful views! Fairly marked trail, not too much traffic too. Great place for pets too

I'd recommend snowshoes. I had Yaktrax and they worked fine for the first mile, then snow got deeper. Trail signage is not the best - bear hard right for Chicago Lakes trail, the sign is easy to miss. Lots of REI snowshoe tours on the weekend with big groups of people since RMNP is closed. Nice wind break from the trees along the trail.

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