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I parked at Long TH at 10ish on a Tuesday. Someone was leaving. Decided I also wanted to hike up to Isabell Glacier. I think it added 3 ish miles to the trip. But finding snow for the pup to play in was worth it. Plus it was gorgeous. The hike up to the Continental divide was more difficult. The trail isn’t hard until the split from Isabell Glacier. They are doing a lot of work on the trail which is awesome. The scenery is prettier from below. Typical rocky above the tree line hike for the last 2 miles. If you are going to do it. Must make it to the sign!

Not a loop trail, and it is over 2 miles one way to get to Lost Lake. We had a time constraint and had to turn around and didn't see the lake. Due to misleading description on AllTrails we didn't allow enough time. Trail is poorly marked with a few spots you have to choose a trail, but indeed there are many hikers to consult. Download the map before you get up there. I forgot and didn't have service so it was too late. Map would have been helpful. The difficulty ratings on AllTrails are also misleading. As an experienced and relatively fit hiker this hike is easy, but the I'm trying to find a trail for out of town visitors with varying fitness levels and this ain't it. There's many other trails on AllTrails rated as easy that are clearly not easy.

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7 days ago

Such amazing views!!! Go all the way up to the peak, don’t stop at the sign. Saw many people do this! 360 panoramic views at the top, breathtaking.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice, rigorous hike with plenty of terrain changes as you go. Started from Long Lake. Trail is undergoing maintenance with various crews at this time. Tread is rocky in many areas making passage more awkward and slow. Recommend an early start for parking and weather considerations. Traffic along the trail is heavy with lots of dogs accompanying their hikers. Even saw one hiker carrying two bearded dragons. Worth the effort for the beautiful views.

It is really only a short .5 mile rocky walk to other trailheads. other trails are probably 2 or 3 miles at least.

My wife and I did this recently and were amazed at all the wildflowers. Awesome views of surrounding mountains and Isabelle glacier. Did not go all the way to the pass. Had lunch at the flat tundra area and watched some marmots.

16 days ago

Beautiful trail, easy access. The parking lot is full but you do not run into many people on the actual trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful trail with a lot of variety. Love the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. Long Lake parking lot was full by the time we arrived at 7:30am on a Friday, but you can park and walk from Mitchell Lake TH or Niwot Picnic Area (which fill up less quickly) pretty easily; just adds a mile or less each way. Niwot Picnic Area actually has a trail directly from the road that links up to the Mitchel Lake trails. There's bathrooms at most (all?) of these parking areas/trailheads. You'll pass by Lake Isabelle (a worthy destination in itself if weather strikes or you're feeling tired) on your way up the pass. Once you've reached the continental divide sign, Pawnee Peak is a worthwhile detour, up to your right.

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20 days ago

Amazing trail that runs along the Poudre most of the way. Great views at higher elevations along the trail. Watch missing 411 documentary before or after your hike depending on how freaked out you wanna be.

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20 days ago

I had done this many years ago, but I forgot how pretty it is. Beautiful wildflowers, especially once you’re above Lake Isabelle. Just about peak time for wildflowers right now. Good trail, great hike. Only downside was parking; Long Lake lot filled at 6:30 today, a weekday! Luckily, I got a spot (at 7:15) that someone had just vacated.

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27 days ago

Very scenic hike. The trail gradually becomes more difficult. I think the length of the trail is what makes this hike a 4. It’s just to long for me. The end result was not as scenic as I would like. There are other trails and lakes that could be enjoyed with out such a long trail. It was neat to be at the sign for the continental divide. Bring snacks and lunch to get the most out of this hike.

easy trail, pretty lake and tons O' bugs. Keep on going to Blue lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Such an beautiful hike! Loved it!

Great easy hike with beautiful scenery!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice choice if you're looking for a mild, quicker hike with gorgeous views! We got to the trailhead at about 6 am and it was already pretty full (it was the fourth, so not surprising it was really busy) but the trail was gorgeous. Streams, lakes, super green scenery, beautiful weather...can't ask for more. We ALMOST saw a moose (saw its hind legs disappearing behind some trees), apparently we had just missed a mom and her calf...was pretty bummed we didn't see them but oh well!
I would highly suggest continuing up to Blue Lake after Mitchell, its a little more of a hike but nothing difficult and the views are just as great if not better. Really love this area, just try to schedule around crowds as its been really busy every time Ive been up here.

8/10 would do again. 10/10 must do at least once. Road is open again! Waterfalls, lakes, cliffs, flowers and marmots! Loved this hike. Did it with my 8 month old puppy. Wouldn’t recommend taking your dog if they are not trail friendly for people or other dogs. It’s really busy on the way to and from the lake. It spaces out a little as you go to the Pass. Plan on getting there EARLY. Parking fills up at the TH and I walked an extra 2 miles to the main parking lot. Took about 3.5 hours to summit, but we took our time.

hiking
1 month ago

I live in Boulder and this trek is by FAR my favorite day hike coming from the front range! You hit multiple lakes, waterfalls/streams, and gorgeous wildflowers - and you experience drastic landscape shifts leading up to the divide. Be sure to get to the trailhead as early as you can (it’s difficult to get into the parking lot after 8am). Though there’s always a bit of a crowd from the entrance to Lake Isabella, it tends to peter out quite a bit once you pass the lake and head towards the divide. 100% worth the trip.

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1 month ago

We took this trail to Lost Lake. We plan on going back to check out the other lakes and trails another day. This place is beautiful! The trail is moderate to hard in certain areas, but ultimately is kid and dog friendly as long as you take it easy. Several areas where you cross waterfalls, rivers, and muddy trail puddles. The trail is not clearly marked but there is enough traffic you can always count on finding fellow hikers to figure out where to go. There is an old truck in the woods which baffles me as to how it got there and it’s an awesome find. Lost Lake is small but beautiful, definitely worth the steep hike to reach it. My only advice would be to get there either super early OR late after 4pm to find parking. Parking is on the street on one side only, the road ends up being one lane and is extremely hard to drive on with all the traffic. There is a free shuttle that will take you from town to the trail and back so maybe consider doing that instead of trying to park. We got there at 10am and had to park over a mile away and walk to the trail because it was so busy.

hiking
1 month ago

What a beautiful hike! I was a little hesitant to do this since it read heavily trafficked, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t do this one. It’s a gem. It’s a pretty easy hike on the way up. Wild flowers are out of control. The pass was windy, but beautiful regardless. Lots of people in the hike before the lake and minimal on the trail past the lake. No need for micro spikes. There’s a small patch of snow the trail goes through, but it’s quick and towards the top. Road to Brainard is rebuilt, open, and nice. They did cut a lot of the trees down however. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

ok I've tried to post this 3 times. long story short get there EARLY! Park In Long lake parking lot. wildfowlers are in abundance. the trail is longer than 9miles according to mapmyhike and my Samsung wristband. I did nine miles today and was close so I think it's closer to 10. the road opened at 9am and trail conditions we dry except some snow up on the trail leaving the tundra to the boulder field. it's my favorite place in all of Colorado. I'll get to the pass and check it out ans the glacier next time. today I was worn out it because it was longer than expected and sad because there was a haze and smell from the wild fires. if you haven't gone please do. Its amazing

helpful and everything you need to know about the trails great app

on Big South Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike along the Poudre River. Tons of places to go off and down by the water. So happy that I brought my chacos so that I could get in the river to cool off. Made it about 3 miles in and turned around.

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1 month ago

Wow! Fabulous with a surprise around every corner. Challenging but still good for beginners. The waterfall in June was just dramatic and full and provided many scenic views.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Fair foot traffic late on a Saturday morning/early afternoon. Wildflowers were abundant and stunning, including classic Colorado columbines. Hiked to the May Creek bridge and then back out. No snow and just a few wet/muddy patches on the trail.

The trail is a little difficult to find and limited parking is available but this hike is seriously amazing! Great views of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains from the top. The hike is fairly easy until the last half mile where it becomes a little steep!

on Big South Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it! Stunning views and close to the river

shhhhh. Don’t let the word out. On a summer Saturday while the hoards were fighting over parking places or spots on the shuttle in RMNP we had this lovely trail almost to ourselves. Yes, the trail is tough but the wildflowers fantastic (identified over 50) and gorgeous rose quartz pieces on & alongside the trail — not to mention the fabulous scenery. This one’s a keeper

Trail is moderately difficult. Steady uphill climb the whole way. The last half mile is the most difficult but the views from the top are worth it. We had the trail all to ourselves on a Friday afternoon. Lots of shade and lots of wildflowers. We parked across from the post office. Trailhead is located at the top of the small dirt road to the left of the firehouse.

on Big South Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great views of rapids along trail! Trail upkeep best I have encountered yet.

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