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4 hours ago

Hiked 11/10. Trails are well packed, definitely need spikes the whole way up. Poles are helpful at chasm crossing. Trail is hard to find above treeline, but is still well packed. Look for the giant cairns.

Mills Lake is beautiful! Wanted to head as far as Black Lake but it was getting dark and the snow was high af, not really a visible trail once you reach the sign a ways after Mills Lake.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail cranked me.

Not very scenic from the trailhead until 2 miles in. The top of the tree line was covered in snow and it was very windy. By then we were just trucking through knee deep snow. Would do again in summertime.

on Sandbeach Lake Trail

hiking
6 days ago

We broke the trail and encountered 4 other parties coming up as we were going down so the trail should be decently worn in now. Traction devices might be helpful -- as would snowshoes in the last mile or so, however we did the whole trail with boots and gaiters, which kept our pants nice and dry.

The snow made the hike more challenging, but nice nonetheless.

I hiked this trail in 1972 and it was an amazing journey. A fellow wanderer and I took off one morning from Glacier Basin Campground and parked at Bear Lake. Hiked up and over the mountain and camped in a primitive campground. Got scared like I've never been scared in my life from some animal noises outside the tent. I lost the coin toss and had to see what it was. Never been so happy to see a porcupine in my life! The next day we hiked on down to Grand Lake and caught a ride with some hippies in a VW bus who took us back across Trail Ridge Road to our car. As I recall the total hike was about 16 miles and it was through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. I would love to think I could do it again some day, but I'm pushing 70, so memories will have to suffice.

hiking
7 days ago

Such a beautiful trail. We hiked up on Saturday and couldn’t complete it due to a snow storm and little visibility. Definitely would recommend using yak tracks or micro spikes on a better day. There is snow and ice pretty much the entire trail. There were still quite a few people on the trail.

Did Mills Lake 11/4. Fair amount of snow and the trial is hard packed with some icy spots. My micro spikes were definitely helpful. Super windy but most of the trail is in tree cover so not too bad. Beautiful views!! One of my favorite hikes.

My husband and I attempted this hike today, but the back half was too snow-packed. I’ll review what we did do:

The RMNP guard station was closed, but you are still able to drive through into the next parking lot, after that the road is closed, and it’s about a 1 mile walk on ice/packed snow to the trailhead (you pass the first set of trailheads and continue on to the large ranger station at Wild Basin trailhead, where you’ll see the sign for Bluebird Lake Trail, too. Note that you’ll follow the Ouzel trail past Ouzel Falls and Lake before you reach the actual Bluebird Lake Trail.

The walk from the parking lot to the trailhead is pretty miserable without YakTrax/MicroSpikes—we walked about halfway to the trailhead without, and I would consider YakTrax required! Once we started on the trail, it continued with hard-packed snow and ice at a relatively low incline for about 1.5 miles to the Falls, then after that there was an increasing amount of fresh powder accumulating, making it much more slow-going. Right at the halfway/3-mile Mark, the incline increased significantly, and there was about 1.5-2 feet of powder on top of the ice and snowpack. At this point, we continued on about 5 minutes before deciding to turn back. If you have snowshoes, you MIGHT be able to continue past this point, but it was actively snowing, covering our tracks and obscuring the trail. And it was really difficult to make any progress in the deep snow. If you try, make sure you plan for the trip to take twice as long, as it was very slow. Still beautiful and worth the trip to do the half that we were able, but don’t get stranded out there!

Hiked this trail on Nov 3 and there was boot packed snow all the way. It’s not very strenuous but micro spikes / crampons and poles are highly recommended as the trail gets a bit slippery in places. It was also very busy (Saturday) and parking not easy to find. The views were pretty when clouds and snow subsided. Definitely worth checking off the list!

Steady climb on this, not too taxing for a local. Had a friend in from MN who did all right. Trail is a boot pack, snow the whole way up, 0"-10" and slushy on the way down. Would have been prudent to have snowshoes past the NP/SF boundary marker, but we summited in approach shoes and got a little wet. Good views on top with high winds and clouds sailing past. 4.5 hours round trip and only saw 7 other people out today.

Phenomenal hike. Views are amazing; you’re up above the tree line after about 3 miles. Very steady climb, never too steep or technical. Very windy at the top - make sure you pack warm layers and cover your face. Spikes on your shoes are essential.

hiking
14 days ago

CHASM Lake! WOW! It's everything I've ever wanted in a hike. We started at 6:30am just as the stars were dimming, the sun was coming up and the moon was going down. Once you exit the Goblin's Forest, the views of Longs Peak are extraordinary. This is an epic hike; to be in the valley below Longs Peak is breathtaking. Now, let me add this. To get to Chasm Lake, you need to keep on keeping on. Don't give up when you get to the "vaults" at the intersection. It's at least another mile to Chasm and if you see a small frozen lake on the left, that's Peacock Pool, that is not Chasm Lake so keep going. You have to ascend a very rocky, hilly, ice-covered mountain to actually get to Chasm but when you do, it's GLORY, GLORY, GLORY! I have #hikingfever and this hike has now eclipsed all but one of my hikes ... Hope Pass will forever be my #1 hike!

did this in Sept 2016. great hike

hiking
15 days ago

This was our first hike on our Colorado honeymoon and it didn't disappoint. We went on a Tuesday in mid-September; the parking lot was about 3/4 full when we arrived at 7:30, the weather was perfect, and the colors were gorgeous! As flat-lander Minnesotans I would say most of the trail is moderate, with the rock-scrambling at the end being difficult. Phenomenal views the entire time, up and back.

hiking
16 days ago

Just what I was looking for! My second day in Colorado and this was a great challenge. Took 2 1/2 hours up, wish I had spikes on my running shoes at the top, but I made due. Windy at the top!! I also want to mention, I am not a hiker.

Really fun hike. Hiked on 25th Oct and started around 9am. We didn't have crampons or microspikes and did find the snow and ice a little slippy in patches but still totally doable in hiking shoes. We found hiking poles useful. The view at the top is breathtaking. West peak is easier to get up than east, but my husband did both without too much trouble.

on Flattop Mountain Trail

18 days ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time

I hiked to Bluebird on Saturday. The last 2 miles were slow going because of snow. There was quite a bit of ice/snow pack on the trail to Ouzel Falls. Bluebird is already frozen over. If you have Microspikes throw them in your pack.
The road is closed to the back parking lot, it is about 1 mile to the trailhead from the winter gate.
Loved seeing the 3 male moose at the first lake!
I love the Bluebird Trail!!!

hiking
21 days ago

Excellent hike to Chasm Lake on 10/20. Started at 7am. Total moving time was 4.5 hours roundtrip, with an additional hour spent at the lake as we lucked out with zero wind and warm sunshine. The lake was about half frozen. Excellent views of Longs the entire way. Trail was majority covered in snow, but packed. Microspikes were worn the whole way. No issues crossing the boulder field. A little slushy on the return hike. Some short icy patches climbing up to the lake. Just go slow and watch your footing. Very happy to have completed this hike after attempting 1.5 years ago and encountering 50mph winds at the trailhead.

Hiked this trail with my fiancé on 10/21 around 10 AM. Lots of parking spaces available and hardly anyone on the trail- We were able to get to the top in 3 hours with plenty of breaks thanks to our trekking poles and crampons. More than half the trail is covered in snow and ice. The summit was absolutely beautiful. There is a spot for you to sit and take in the view. You get a great view of Longs Peak and Estes Park. We don’t recommend going to the East twin peak as there is no trail to the top and falling rocks make it super dangerous. It took us 1.5 hours to get down. Best hike in Estes Park!

Spectacular! Hiked on a bluebird Sunday. Found parking at glacier gorge th at 8 am. Icy from near the start of the trailhead. Some seemed to melt by the return trip due to the warmth of the day. Very icy between Mills and Black lake and some post holing. Spikes and gaiters would be helpful. The trail itself is fairly easy- some short steep sections. The scenery is unbelievable. Great views of Longs and some cool waterfalls along the way. Wish I'd had time to get to frozen lake, but with the steepness and ice, crampons might be better at that point

Hiked this in the afternoon on the 18th. First time to the park and the trail. Wonderful day. Due to some traffic, I made it to peak with trail running shoes...just a couple slick spots.

hiking
22 days ago

I love this trail. My favorite in the Rocky Mountain National Park thus far. Going at a slower pace (really taking in the views and having a bummed knee) it took my friend and I 8-9 hours total. We went during peak fall foliage at that altitude, which is around early to mid September, HIGHLY SUGGESTED. It made the trail even more beautiful. A good part of the trail is surrounded by smaller beautiful trees that change color for fall, while surrounded by mountain peaks. The trail passes by the Ouzel Falls and overlooks Ouzel Lake. The end is a scramble up some steep sloped rocks, where you should follow the little rock piles people made to mark the trail (I added to these as well). It's a beautiful lake and if you look in the opposite direction it's a beautiful view of the valley you just climbed up. If you get up there quickly and feel like you want to keep going, there are two more lakes you can scramble up to past Bluebird Lake. I don't think there is any paths leading up there though

hiking
23 days ago

I did this hike 2 years ago and it remains to be one of my favorites. The trail is covered in packed snow the entire way, so I would definitely recommend having micro spikes on hand. It can definitely be done without spikes, but it just might be a little slower/harder/more slippery. Once you get above tree line you might find yourself following footpaths that are definitely not the real trail, but it will get you up to the trail junction between Chasm Lake and Boulderfield one way or another. A breathtaking view of Longs is visible for most of the hike (above tree line) but it’s even more amazing to have it looming above you once you’re finally at the lake.

24 days ago

Hiked Twin Sisters trail on Oct 19, 2018. left parking area at 7 am and had the trail to myself. Some areas were snow covered with packed snow and ice. Bring Yak tracks! Beautiful 360 views from the peak.

Breathtaking trail. Went there for the sunrise. Unforgettable moment.

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing and challenging hike. Chasm lake with a little bit of snow on the ground was quite a sight to see. Once you break through the forest the views are breathtaking.

hiking
28 days ago

Incredible view of multiple lakes and Mountain View’s, steep climb in the half mile

Great trail. I didn’t see anyone for the middle 2.5 hours. Beautiful views, great wildlife.

hiking
29 days ago

You will need snowshoes for the last 2 or 3 miles after the Sunday storm. Close to lion lake, snow was at least 3 feet deep. We had to break the trail after junction between Lion and Thunder lakes.

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