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I did this about a week ago with my daughter in her Osprey pack and pulling my son in a single Chariot with the ski & waist pulk attachments. It was a tight squeeze getting the Chariot through the gate at the beginning, but the rest of the time our setup was great. The road is nice and wide so we were able to stop and let others pass without a problem. I wore microspikes and used hiking poles, which worked well on the snowpacked trail. My dog was in heaven and got to play with a handful of other dogs along the way.

4 days ago

Beautiful setting. This is set as Easy however parking is a bit tricky and it's a pretty steep climb to get to the glacier. Was pretty slick with all the snow, will go again in spring.

I just moved here and found this hike a little challenging because of the altitude. the trail is pretty packed down so I did it in tennis shoes with no problem. a lot of people brought sleds that looked fun! I took a lot of breaks but the view was great.

For someone not used to the altitude, this hike can be more challenging than most people have rated it. It’s short, but fairly rocky and steep. Combine that with the altitude, and some breaks may be necessary. Once you reach the top though, it’s worth the effort and you’ll probably want to hang out for a bit. Beautiful hike, but don’t underestimate it!

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Great views along the way.

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

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike for the entire family! We battled 40+ mph winds and still had the best time! Can’t wait to do it again. We hiked on 1/4/18, completely snow-packed but made it even better. Kids slid back down the trail almost the entire way!

Nice easy winter trail but it doesn't compare to the views from other trails in the area.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
12 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

Beautiful easily accessible snowshoe trail. Went midday on a perfectly sunny day with my mom. We took the uphill portion to the hut slowly but enjoyed coming up through the pine forest and then finding views closer to the hut. Trail easy to follow. Only saw a few other snowshoe groups on the way up and then a handful of people at the hut backcountry skiing. We didn’t much past the hut but trail continued to be well designated. Highly recommend.

Nice hike, well marked trail for the most part, beautiful views at the top. doesn't take more than a couple hours to complete the full trip!

We did this trail end of July. Trail itself is rocky and steep but the reward is an amazing view of the lake and glacier. Hike up the glacier for more amazing views! People were sledding and skiing down the glacier!

hiking
13 days ago

Went to the top where it levels out today - used spikes for more sure footing but could be done without them. Such a beautiful, warm day!

snowshoeing
14 days ago

It's a good workout with great views. NOTE.... the driving directions via Google maps is NOT the best way to go. Check another map source before you start the car.

hiking
14 days ago

Went for a sunrise hike and it was spectacular. 14er views for 1/5 the mileage. Started hiking at the trailhead at 6:15 and made it to the top by 7:10, about 10 min before sunrise(by myself, allow more time for a larger group) I would definitely recommend the early start, the white cap mountains were a burnt red before the sun came up, absolutely beautiful. Snow packed still, yak tracks or snow spikes were a great help, would be slipping the whole way down without them. Expect to be the only party on the trail if you go for the sunrise. “Parking lot” is on the right and the trailhead is off the road into the trees on the left as your driving from Denver. 1

Really enjoyed this hike! It consists of rolling hills. I used snowshoes but probably could have just used cleats.

Great snow packed trail close to town.

Good for hiking, snowshoeing or skiing

cross country skiing
20 days ago

Upper bowls were nice skiing. Skinned all the way up. The drainage is nice skiing all the way down.

Great little hike on a great hiking day. Trail is hard packed so microspikes were all that we needed. Bit windy at the top but that's to be expected. Great woods and great mountain views.

Very quiet and beautiful with lots of snow

Did this awesome hike today. It’s one of my favorites but the first time in winter. Traction on shoes is very helpful but the trail is packed and very easy to follow. The clouds rolled in so there wasn’t much of a view but it’s still a great way to spend the afternoon! The hike through the trees is beautiful. I’m from Dallas so the altitude makes this a moderate, not easy, hike for me. Be careful on the drive on Squaw Pass Rd. We saw one car in the trees and another one being rescued as we drove out.

hiking
21 days ago

About as easy of a hike as you can get near Estes. I took some elderly family members here during the holidays. Dont come here if your're looking for a real hiking experience or any amount of solitude. Id say its a great hike for families or elderly people/small kids.

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Packed snow on trail all the way. No need to have snowshoes but we used them. Beautiful views at the top.

hiked on Christmas day! such a beautiful winter hike, I couldnt recommend it enough :) bring micro spikes if you have them, they'll make you feel unstoppable! happy hiking ♡

Great Christmas Day Hike. There was snow almost every step of the way with bare ground at the top where exposed to the sun. No snowshoes needed on this day. The snow was packed very well. Some people used yaktrax. I didn’t. The views were absolutely spectacular. There is a lot of reward for the effort on this fairly short hike.

snowshoeing
24 days ago

I love this trail ! It was snowing but the trail was still easy, we were with our dog and we saw many dogs. I recommend !

Hike to the lake was easy and packed snow; beyond the lake and up the glacier was windy, packed snow and ice, with some deeper spots; we had Microspikes and they were perfect; face protection and googles a must for the top and 20-40mph winds. Views were spectacular and hike was awesome.

Yesterday was the first day of winter and the warmest forecast in the foreseeable future, so we darted out for a quick hike. It was quite windy with snow blowing, so we only went to the lake, but it was a beautiful trek! Next time we’ll make it further to the glacier!

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