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Very Nice Trail, it is a 4x4 trail so be careful of dirt bikes and other off road vehicles as you walk, it can be entertaining watching the lifted Jeeps working trail

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day 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!

4 stars but only because we couldn’t make it to the top. About 1.7 miles up during the switchbacks the snow is very deep. The tracks of people who had come before us stopped, and we tried to keep going but would have needed snowshoes. Either way - gorgeous views and manageable elevation. Very windy but beautiful sunny day!

hiking
4 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
scramble
snow
5 days ago

Plenty of scenic views and vistas along this 1.8 mile one way/3.6 mike in/out trail. Hiked it due to RMNP being inaccessible during the government shutdown. Trailhead parking on the side of the highway 5.8 miles south of Estes Park was pretty full. Nice gradual climb the first half, then pretty steep climbs the second half after “the turn”. We started at 1:15pm and got to the rock scramble at 3:15 and turned back due to time and pending darkness. Packed snow most of the 2nd half up. Made this video from the hike: https://vimeo.com/311379986

hiking
7 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!

Hiked Sunday January 13th

Trail is packed snow. We wore microspikes as did most others we saw. The last half mile is a little less packed but not worth bringing snowshoes for. The parking lot was nearly empty around 9 AM but completely full upon our return in early afternoon.

hiking
9 days ago

This was a great shorter hike. Spikes/traction/stick advised as some portions are a little icy or snow covered if there has been a recent storm. The views over the YMCA are incredible and give great perspective of their accomplishment in blending into nature and maintaining beautiful grounds. The grave sits in a good location to ponder your hike and the visuals before you. A small scramble and short peak away is the chapel area. You also have some great peak views coming up on the opposite side. the snow was plentiful. We did this hike during the day and as a night hike. Be Safe

Hiked/trail ran this 1/10/19. Snow is mostly packed so microspikes recommended, although I think more snow is changing that today. You’re in the trees with occasional peeks of Longs etc and more at the path were the flood came through. It’s fairly steady steepness in the switchback until the last mile before the saddle & then it has a few more fluctuation in flat/steep sections near the tree line & scrambles at the top. From the parking lot, it was about 3.5ish miles to the saddle between the twin sisters. I went to the West most sister first since it’s not much scrambling to get up there. Just rock scrambled up the other side. The tops are somewhat jagged/uneven & narrow so go cautiously, especially in windy conditions. Beautiful views though! I stopped to take a lot of photos but I left my car about 11:35 and got back at 3:58 (after running sections on the way down).

10 days ago

A must do

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike a couple days ago due to RMNP being closed. Not nearly enough snow for snowshoes but the trail was packed snow and ice pretty much the whole way so microspikes are highly recommended. Consistently steep pretty much the whole way. The last mile or so is completely exposed so be sure to pack some layers as the weather at the top can be drastically different than the bottom. Views from the top make the effort worth it!

Hiked this trail in mid-September. Probably my most favorite trail ever. Well worth the scramble up the waterfall. Spectacular lakes set in a backdrop of towering mountains. And the colors were amazing. Definitely worth the effort to get there. Make sure to take the time to stop and enjoy the many views.

Super dope Hike! A little snow still on the ground but still amazing visual hike. Plenty of places to stop and take some great pics. The lake is frozen at this time but still awesome visually.

hiking
15 days ago

Completed 1/5/19. Great hike! Loved the views. Packed snow about the last 1/3 of the hike....Used microspikes only on the way down

Beautiful hike! The road to Monarch Lake is closed for the season, so know you'll have about an extra mile each way. We saw a family of moose close to the trailhead, lots of animal prints around Monarch Lake so be aware. Snow was well packed for most of the trail, but once you reach the switchbacks after Monarch Lake you'll probably want snowshoes, as XC skiers don't go there. We only made it to Cascade Falls and the trip took about 6 hours RT. Anyone else trying it out in the winter - good luck!

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked this loop during the peak Aspen color. Saw a Ptarmigan within the first 1/2 mile of trail heading up to the meadow and last was the last wild life for the day. Saw two people coming down from the meadow, and no one else until the meadow. They headed further east up to to Green Mountain, and we headed north, ccw around the loop. The hike was in the trees / shade the entire time. The river along the downhill northern most part of the loop was good to listen too. The trail was dry the entire loop.
Very secluded, which spooked my wife. Total distance was 7.7 miles covered in 3:15 hrs total time.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked this on 12/22 with 3 other friends. Trail was somewhat difficult with the snow, especially as we climbed higher. We got about 3/4th’s of the way and had to turn around due to snow. Would love to come back and hike the whole trail during the fall/spring. Still a beautiful hike.

Beautiful and easy trail. We unexpectedly got up close and personal with some elk and turned around at 1.5 miles.

Completed on 1/1/19. Used snowshoes but the trail was packed down enough that you could get away with just microspikes. Parking lot is full of deep snow so parking is pretty limited at the moment.

Beautiful hike. Saw several other people on the hike, but the lake was secluded because of the government shutdown. There was maybe a half inch to and inch of snow covering the trail. I was happy to see people at least on this trail have been following Leave no Trace.

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.

hiking
20 days ago

Fun hike with good elevation and happy to have Yaktrax given snow pack and patches of ice as you approach the summit. Others looked to be struggling as we were descending. Parking was available when we arrived at 9 but looked packed when leaving 1ish.

snowshoeing
20 days ago

This is a very pretty, and easy hike. Snowed all the way down and was just gorgeous. The summit at the top passed the scramble is where the payoff is for sure. Looking forward to doing this hike again in the spring!

We did this 12/30, starting at around 9:30 with plenty of parking, although it was pretty packed when we left at 1:00. Moderate is accurate, there's some tougher switchbacks but overall not terrible. Yaktrax weren't necessary but I was absolutely glad I had them.

22 days ago

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

One of the best in the park.

We had a beautiful winter day. Bring the spikes and consider 1 mile in plus for the total lenght, from the parking lot to where the trail begins and ends . On the top was windy and on descent it start snowing. Some says they feel as being moderate, but fitnesses level is different from person to person, consider the elevation gain the most important aspect in choosing this hike. If you feel you are confident and fit, then its for you. So, happy hiking!

snowshoeing
24 days ago

Fun hike but parking is terrible. Just pull off the road if there’s a spot. Get there early!

Hiked this two days ago on a whim and we loved it. We wore microspikes for both ascent and descent as the snow was packed and there were some icy sections. The views from the top were stunning and the final ascent in the rock field was fun. Challenging heading up with ~2,400 ft gain in 3 miles, but very easy descent.

Hiked Twin Sisters Peaks Trail on Christmas Day 2018. Great day... great weather. Trail was hard packed pretty much the entire way. A few spots of exposed trail...a few icy sections. Excellent views at the peaks. Really enjoyed this hike. Very reasonable. Not technical. Wore micro spikes on the descent which made quite a difference since a few areas are a bit steep with some ice.

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