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it's all true. rough trail, very steep and beautiful views

snowshoeing
20 hours ago

Loved this trail, perfect for snowshoeing, especially in the fresh beautiful snow. I’d guess there was 6-7” of snow throughout the trail. Less under tree cover. We did the whole 3.1 mile loop in about 2 hours. The road was closed at Aspen Meadows road before the camp so it added a bit to the hike, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Felt like a moderate hike for my girlfriend and I, and my 10 year old dog. One person had previously tracked it out in the snow already which made it easier to find from the trailhead & route, the trail map in Pro version was also helpful for finding the trailhead. Otherwise, for an adventure seeker, I’m sure it’s not that hard to find. The tree canopy also probably helps provide some way-finding if you’re not sure which way to go. My girlfriend opted to leave her snowshoes in the car and said she didn’t miss them. She just had on waterproof winter knee-high boots. I wore snow shoes and ankle boots, forgot my gators, darn, but was also just fine. Thanks to my wool socks. Love it when there’s enough snow to finally wear my snow shoes, this is a place I will have to come back to! And we didn’t see another single sole on a snowy Veterans Day Sunday!

it was raining at the start, so the trail was pretty slick, but a really good hike. as others mentioned, there's a bit of scrambling up some rocks about 3/4 of the way up. great views and definitely worth it.

Love this trail. Forest provides great shade in the summer. Not too crowded but you do need to watch out for bikes (and vice versa) as visibility isn’t great in some areas.

Nice, steep trail with great Red Rocks views.

Good hike today. Started at 8AM after a night of decent drinking and ~4 hours sleep. It was hot enough such that a t-shirt and shorts would have been perfect unlike the warmer attire that I choose to wear. I kept a close eye on the trail but didn’t see any snakes. Great views on way up and up top (Mt. Evans & James Peak both snow covered). Not the best trail to break in new hiking shoes. Watch you’re speed driving into and out of Morrison. A cop (sloppy fat prick) gave me a ticket for going 40mph in a 25mph zone — totally ridiculous!

hiking
16 days ago

Really great trail - much of it along a little stream. It intersects with the Burro trail to provide some options. Very quiet - almost no other hikers or bikers on a Friday. There’s plenty of parking at the Nott Creek lot - so shouldn’t be too tough to park even on the weekend. This area of the park is open for hunting in the fall - so I didn’t see any deer, elk or moose (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). Trail was dry. No snow or ice yet.

hiking
16 days ago

This was a good hike. Pretty steep right from the get go. We took a lot of breaks. Good views along the way. Not overly crowded on the trail, but parking was pretty hard to come by on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Coming back up from the river was the hardest part for me. All in all, 4 hours well spent.

hiking
19 days ago

This was my first hike after moving from the midwest. It was a nice trail, took the dog with us, got my heart rate going right off the bat and we took it nice and slow. Probably not the best first hike for someone who hasn't hiked much, we didn't make it all the way to the end, but we will next time!

I do this one at least once a week. Great training hike. I am posting because I have already seen, more than once, people asking how to get to the top when there is barely any daylight left. The top section of the ridge, after the tight trees, has some exposure. One needs a headlamp, Tripping over in the wrong spot and one can get hurt. A cell phone flashlight ties up one hand. Even if you turn around, from the false ridge to the car is just scree coming down. Not really fun to do it without light. This is rattlesnake paradise. Not sure I would want to spend the night (hurt) there.

Leg-burner close to Denver. Not a lot of shade, but well worth the trip. 2.5 hour round trip with a 15 minute break at the top. Great 360 views.

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing view!

hiking
22 days ago

Nice moderate hike with plenty of lakes and streams- although as a result probably not ideal during mud season... jasper lake was frozen but still beautiful.

Got to the trailhead today and there were already about a dozen cars in the parking lot. The cleanest restrooms I’ve ever been in at a trailhead are here at Apex. This is a popular mountain biking place. I met several along the way. Overall an enjoyable run.

Easy and smooth. Fun in the full moon

GO SEE THIS TRAIL AFTER A LIGHT SNOW. It’s Christmas card worthy.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked this trail late this morning. About 2” snow on 90% of the trail. Starting temp was 51 degrees but a front passed and dropped 10 degrees. Snow was soft and not icy. No slush and trail was yet to become muddy. Fresh moose tracks in the snow before the fishing hole and had a chickaree yelling at me. GGCSP only 3mi from home - can’t beat that!

This trail is the perfect combination of straight workout and technical challenge. some very small sections are class 3-4, so please stop and think carefully with your approaches since it's likely you only brought 1-3 gear and no helmet.

I lifted my dog up some of the vertical sections with great success for the both of us.

Loved this trail. Slow enough traffic, great views, incredible vertical climb. Need hiking boots to hike this though, something with a high ankle and great tread as the climb down is scary. Near top is really rocky, and my dog had some tears in his paws, so I wouldn’t recommend this for dogs. But great trail overall. Not for biking, not for trail running, but a great workout.

A bunch of moose, a bunch of lakes

We went early in the AM and found parking. The trail wasn't rugged and we saw some deer.

Hiked while it was snowing and the enchanted Forest sure did live up to it's name! The incline wasn't too bad at all. Cant wait to go back on a sunny day.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Nice fall hike featuring some golden aspens and a couple waterfalls. In the early morning it was a misty hike through a cloud, which I thought made the whole experience even cooler.

The views on this trail make it 5 stars. Can see from Pikes to the Flat Irons on a clear day. Great view of the city and lots of benches/places for photos. Trail itself has some nice inclines and declines, but a little dusty/sandy. Not a lot of shrubbery or flowers- during this season anyway. I’ll definitely be hiking this trail again for the views.

Pretty tough hike but worth it! Parking was a little strange because the gate was closed but we parked right outside the gate and walked in. Steep elevation gain throughout the hike. Loose rocks and dirt. Other than that great views at the top. Able to see red rocks amphitheater, downtown Denver, and plenty of surrounding mountains!

Great trail! It’s very long and good for a full day of hiking. Definitely would rate moderate

on Snowshoe Hare Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail with 4 adults (ranging in age and fitness levels) and one large dog. It was a beautiful early fall hike. The inclines were nice and made it feel like a workout but I’m with the others who have posted that maybe this hike shouldn’t be classified as difficult. Nice hike, though.

Great morning hike not to much traffic and great views from up top.

Very Nice trail! Great inclines, beautiful scenery (not enchanting though), LOTS of bikers so watch out (they're all super nice & polite though). Loads of parking here & very clean restrooms. you have to hike through the "apex" trail to get to the "enchanted forest" trail just FYI.

Ah, this was a great hike. I went with my dog last Saturday and we had a blast. Arrived at the trailhead around 7am. It was pretty busy but still over 10 spots available. I started on Hessie Trail and went to Lost Lake. After Lost Lake, I hiked on Devils Thumb for a few miles. We turned around about 2miles from Jasper Lake because we were short on time. Wish I could’ve made it to the lake because the weather was perfect. My Fitbit said we went 12miles. Not sure how accurate it is though. We got back to my car around 11ish. Lots of cars waiting for parking and crowds of people on the trail. Again, so glad we got there early and hope to go back to hike to the lake soon.

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