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hiking
21 hours ago

Easy trail for anyone to hike. Stunning 360 views at the top. Not very crowded. Would be get spot for watching the sunset.

Beautiful hike with views of Cathedral Rock. We were alone for most of the hike.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Hike 18 of 52

hiking
2 days ago

Really great hike up the canyon. Would strongly suggest grippers/yak tracks. Very icy in several spots and crossed the creek several times. Nice views of canyon walls all the way and great arch at the end. We really enjoyed it. Would highly recommend it.

There are caves in the area, but they are not easy to find. Gotta know the history. A very large recess behind the waterfall. Most days of the year the falls are breathtaking. The trail is a bit rugged and slick here and there,but all together pleasant. As usual around water sources, watch for snakes. Caught a few cute little yellow ring necks near the falls. Seen a few guys ride their kayaks off the top of the falls once. VERY ILLEGAL!! Nobody was hurt. At least a good 100ft drop. It was awesome!!

Amazing trail with incredible views. Can get tricky in some spots and having shoes without grip does not help. It’s definitely doable for all ages, and easier to get down if you use your butt! Regardless, worth it for the views and exercise!

Amazing view. Mentally and physically challenging but definitely worth it!!

Amazing trail! Easy to follow and breathtaking views. Muddy and icy for some parts as expected so be sure to have proper hiking footwear. Enjoy!!!

hiking
4 days ago

There was one section of the trail that I completely missed somehow according to the map on here but otherwise a great short hike. Icy and muddy right now though so proper footwear is definitely reccomended.

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

4 days ago

East short walk in the snow.

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

4 days ago

Pretty trail in winter.

hiking
rocky
snow
5 days ago

This was such a fun trail with breathtaking views! It had just snowed and the red rock against the white powder was so beautiful! The uphill was a bit challenging for someone who doesn’t hike a lot, but the views and experience were truly amazing!

hiking
5 days ago

Short hike. Took only about 10 minutes to climb up but the views are still stunning. A hike that almost anyone can do.

Easy, brisk trail, great one for beginners

Muddy but a great quick hike

Really great trail! It was snowy most of the trail with some muddy areas. But the views were amazing. Highly recommended!

Beautiful view, at the end! This hike does require a lot of rock climbing and can be a bit slippery. Make sure you wear hiking shoes for good grip. There were a lot of people who brought their dog along for the hike, but they just have to be on a leash.

Climbing up the mountain was a bit of a challenge and may appear scary for those afraid of heights. I thought I wasn’t going to make it up at first and freaked out when looking back down.. but I manage to push myself to the top. Surprisingly the way down seems a lot easier.

Parking day pass is $5.

P.S. don’t follow strangers down a different path.. you go up and down the same way you came from.

Hiked 1/13/2019. Trail was pretty muddy

Must do. Moderate to difficult climb but the view is incredible!

hiking
7 days ago

What a fun and spontaneous hike! Although a family could very easily make a day out of Dinosaur Ridge. There is a visitor’s center below, and a brief trek to the trailhead where you can stop and fill up on Dinosaur facts and the history of this area’s landscaping. Continuing up the ridge, the trail becomes more mountainous, and perhaps steep in a few locations. My 7 year old and our small dog were easily able to navigate the, at times, rocky path and completed the hike to the top. The peak provides ample near 360 views of Colorado’s awe inspiring landscape. Red Rocks amphitheater is across the way, and the ridge is near off the interstate. There are many mountain bikers, so hikers, be prepared to pull over and say “hello!” on this fun trail. (Hiked: March/2018)

Requires a bit of effort to scramble up some rocks but the view is worth it! Tried to catch the sunset up top but some of the surrounding rocks blocked the direct view but it was still beautiful! Would totally hike again

hiking
8 days ago

This is a great hike and accommodates various skill levels. A few difficult areas with a bit of scrambling but an overall moderate rating. If you are scared of heights there may be a few challenging spots for you. Beautiful as a sunrise hike, quite shaded for the majority. If you continue all the way you will end up on an expansive Mesa with stunning 360 degree views, I didn't want to have to come back down. A little difficulty navigating signage on the plateau, other than that this one is definitely worth the work getting to the top.

hiking
8 days ago

Right off the main road, making it a very busy place. Still a great and easy landmark to visit!

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was so much fun! A quick little hike with some climbing, but not too difficult.

Mostly flat easy paved/sidewalk route. I did 2 miles today. Lots of students use this walkway due to convenience to campus.

Classic...not a necessarily a hike but it’s super amazing still.

on Water Wheel Falls

hiking
9 days ago

Easy and thoroughly enjoyed the snow hike.. This a good family hike with children and would have to cross the stream in 3 places

keep going until you reach the waterfall! We went right after a snowfall and it was beautiful to see and hear the icy water rushing, including the waterfall itself! The water wheel itself greets you to the left before you begin the trail. There are also lovely memorials for victims of flash flooding; we stopped and paid tribute as reminders of both human life and the strength of nature. We walked on ice over the frozen streams! if you follow the trickles, they become larger and larger bodies of frozen water, until you reach the rushing falls. There is a carved chair that you can sit in at the very end near the falls! I would definitely recommend this hike and will most likely visit again during another season to check out the difference. Be mindful of the massive horse pies along the route, though I rather take that than the unnecessary tagging done to the beautiful rocks :-( Beautiful hike, lovely natural workout. I highly recommend!

Went all the way to lake solitude.... fantastic

Short hike with moderate difficulty. The view at the top is PRICELESS. Defiantly an awesome trail!

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