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1 day ago

Great trail with spectacular views of Estes Park and the Rockies! Worth every step!

Saw my first Saguaro blossoms on this beautiful trail today! The desert was once again gorgeous on this hike. Seemed like everything was purposely planted or placed in its spot. Great views of Superstition Mtns. Can’t wait to have hubby ride his bike thru here this weekend while I walk the dog!

This hike was amazing but a doozy! Starts off switchbacks, levels out for a bit (mostly) then another set of switchbacks (more intense) before leveling out for the remainder. Layers would be a good idea since the trail goes through various areas of the canyon and isn’t always well lit/warm or vice versa. The view is so worth it!

Beautiful and majestic! Hard to describe the views and rocks, definitely lived up to its name "fairyland" as it had a certain magical quality to it.

In my opinion, this hike was better than the crowded Angel’s Landing. You have amazing views and less crowds. It is a strenuous uphill climb, but it’s worth it- and going down is that much easier!

extra rad! obvious advice, but bring layers, you'll probably want to change multiple times while hiking as temps vary drastically through the different terrain of the hike.

Amazing! Definitely a “bucket list” thing! It was a hard hike out, fairly easy down though.

hiking
3 days ago

Kind of a crazy day today- winds reached up to 90 mph in the Denver area, and even in Estes the winds were blowing pretty bad (although not quite THAT bad). When we started off the hike, it was sunny and blue skies, with only a few clouds. By the time we got to the lake there were snow pellets slapping against our faces and we had to cover our faces as much as we could on the way down so we could see where we were going. We got pretty cold and wet, but the hike was worth it. Can’t wait to do this again in the summer!

I loved this trail. Awesome day hike. Went all the way up the canyon out & back. Hidden falls is also great. Saw moose and bear. Some of the most beautiful views of any hiking you could hope for!

Havasu, Mooney And Beaver are all beautiful!
Definitely worth the hike.

Check out my videos of the hike and the camp ground.

Youtube account: Melissa DC Gomez

hiked this morning 4/16/18, some snow and ice accumulated on the upper half of the trail, microspikes would have been helpful but was doable without. beautiful as always!

hiking
4 days ago

The trail was, for me, steep in a lot of places. I just took it slow (I'm not accustomed to the altitude), and was rewarded with fabulous views on the way up, and a nice little lake at the top.

This was a great trail to take in all different kinds of scenery! The views from every turn were unreal. This is a great option if you spend just a day in Canyonlands.

I’ve done Angel’s Landing, and to be honest, this hike has a way better payoff! I found this hike to be more strenuous considering it’s double the distance of AL, but there are a lot more scenery along the way compared to Angel’s. On the views on the top was breathtaking! Bring a sandwich to enjoy at the top and reep in all your rewards!

hiking
5 days ago

Great Hike! Great views! Right now (Mid-April) there’s still a lot of snow - packed on the trail -about a mile from the summit. Crampons are recommended for that section but it can be done without - trekking poles were very useful as well. There’s some good uphills but it’s never too strenuous. If you’re in decent shape this will be a great hike! Please bring water! Saw so many tourists without water! It’s a 6 mile RT hike!

hiking
5 days ago

This trail will reward you with fabulous views and a particularly rewarding view of Estes Park as you crest the summit. I carried micro-spikes for the snow and ice but found I did not need to use them. The trail got busier as the day wore on, but the views are worth tolerating the traffic.

Very nice hike. Johnson canyon is a bit crowded and annoying, but still worth doing. If you hike a lot, consider that just a "end of the day" bonus. The ink spot is relaxing with mountain surrounding. Great for pictures.

hiking
7 days ago

If you are looking for amazing views and a good steady workout this one is it. I arrived around 8am and the trail was quiet and not crowded in any way, I saw less than 10 people the whole day which was very refreshing. Going up the switchbacks is not easy, but i found that if I took it slow and took lots of breaks that it wasn’t as bad. The views going up are absolutely stunning and it is rewarding to be able to see how far you have climbed. The canyon was my favorite part, just an extremely unique feature and a great place to stop for a longer rest period in the shade. The view from the top I feel is better than any other trail in Zion.

hiking
8 days ago

Day hiked to this gem last week with the pooch. 200 yard wide, 100' tall ice waterfalls were a site to behold. Microspikes a must in upper third of trail. Worth every step with rewards starting at meadows within first couple miles on up. Would be a nice place to basecamp with nice views if Kit Carson if one were looking to do an overnighter right now.

hiking
9 days ago

This trail was great!! The views were amazing. The only downside was the wind at the top of the mountain. My husband and I were able to set up our hammocks at the top and eat lunch though - it was wonderful! I highly recommend!

Walking on salt flats. Feel the heat at the lowest point in North America!

If you’re in Zion and feel ready for a strenuous and long hike, this is an absolute must-do. You’ll avoid the crowds of Angels Landing (and look down at it from above!), enjoy a beautiful vista that looks out on the valley, and get rewarding views along the way that make the thigh-burning ascents worthwhile. The slot canyon is gorgeous — if you want a workout and an interesting landscape without facing a path with steep drop offs, it’s still worth it to go to the mouth of the canyon before the second big ascent and then turning back. We hit the trail by 7:15am in early April and saw at most a dozen people on the way up, with many more passed on the way back down.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike and no crowds on a Monday.

Neat to see, but not one of the best in Death Valley.

Amazing views and well worth the hike. It feels like 3 different trail experiences. Take stamina and can be tough on the knees on the way down.

Some strenuous climbs at the start and near the end before it levels off into a flat walk to the observation point. Amazing views all the way around. Loved it. We got into the park and were in line for the first bus at 6:45. I wouldn't recommend doing it any other way.

great hike and amazing views

15 days ago

Hiked today 4/5/18. Great weather and well maintained trials. The lake was half froze over and lots of people enjoying the views along the way. Only have been to Estes Park / RMNP 3 times and next to dream lake hike this is my 2nd favorite so far!

With 600+ feet of rocky elevation in less than 1 mile, I don’t think this hike would be ranked as “easy.” The park itself classified the hike as “strenuous,” but it is probably more of a heavy moderate. We did it with 2 13 year olds who motores up with no problem. Saw many younger kids as well. Also - in the scheme of heavily travelled trails that I have seen this spring break week in 3 national parks - this wasn’t as busy as most. The views were nice and this hike allows you to see an arch from on top of it. Pretty cool

Was an Amazing experience, the views Breathtaking want to go back and hike to the Colorado River

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