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snow
14 hours ago

Easy, snow packed trail. We did this with some friends and they did not use traction on the way up. (We had microspikes). We got here at 8am and had parking, but when we returned at 10am everything was full. The elevation gain was spread out pretty evenly, with the most steep sections at the last half mile.

Spiked and snowshoed today 1/20/19 and enjoyed lots of snow, ice and sunshine. I love seeing happy hikers with their children and dogs. Only disappoinment today was all the dog poop on the trail!

Went up 1/16. That first portion was all mud and ice.
Immediately used yak trax. I wore the trax the entire time. Mostly powder packed, mostly not slippery but occasionally.

Had to be more careful than usual going down the final scramble from the top due to melt on rocks.
If you’ve done this trail before, you’ll be fine.

Went up 1/16. That first portion was all mud and ice.
Immediately used yak trax. I wore the trax the entire time. Mostly powder packed, mostly not slippery but occasionally.

Had to be more careful than usual going down the final scramble from the top due to melt on rocks.
If you’ve done this trail before, you’ll be fine.

Went up 1/16. That first portion was all mud and ice.
Immediately used yak trax. I wore the trax the entire time. Mostly powder packed, mostly not slippery but occasionally.

Had to be more careful than usual going down the final scramble from the top due to melt on rocks.
If you’ve done this trail before, you’ll be fine.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Wonderful trail. Not too crowded, saw about 7 groups of people, went Sunday afternoon 1/20. A little muddy/slushy at beginning but then mostly snow packed. Used yak tracks and they helped. Some parts very sunny and warm, but gets cold once down near the forest floor. Great views around mile 2.5! Will definitely be back in the summer.

snowshoeing
snow
2 days ago

Nice, easy snowshoeing hike. We took our time and it was about 2 hours. If you're in a rush and in shape, 1 hour is definitely possible.

There were a few people out there, but most were in Meetups and condensed to a few large groups that easily separated and allowed for some private hiking. There is a slight elevation change but doable for people of almost any fitness level and skill.

60% of the hike did not need snowshoes, about 2 days after 6" fell. Trail was pretty condensed. 40% of it, though, I was glad to have shoes. You can get away with spikes for the whole thing.

Lots of dogs on leash.

Note: The parking fills up early. We arrived at 8:45 and it was half full. When we finished by 11:00 there were cars circling waiting for spots to open up.

Garmin: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3317309643

Fresh snow but I made it most of the way with spikes and poles. Just follow the power lines - but be careful, parts of the lines were covered in snow. About a mile up the snow got deep enough I decided not to try going farther.

Question:
Is this trail accessible/recommended in the winter for snowshoeing?

Almost nothing but straight up and straight down the whole way. Just a few not too long flatter parts. I didn’t mind going up and didn’t find it too difficult. Going down was not so enjoyable, however. It took longer than anticipated having to be careful not to slip on the loose rock and dirt and by the end my legs were tired of the constant weight forced down on them with each step thanks to the steepness. I guess that’s why it’s rated difficult. My girlfriend who is afraid of heights was not a fan of the steepness, loose rock and dirt, and scrambling towards the top. Pretty extensive views of Denver, surrounding towns, and Rockies throughout, including 360 view at the peak, though honestly the view of the mountains at the peak wasn’t quite as beautiful as I was hoping. Some of the further peaks were covered by snow storm which may have affected that. Also FYI super windy as you go up. Little chilly at the top. I will probably try it again. No snow or ice as of today, 1/7.

A wonderful hike with amazing views. Hardly anyone was on the trail! Nice, balanced trail!

hiking
14 days ago

Quite a few people out today - 55° and sunny! Trail had some snow covered sections but did not require spikes. Great views at the top. We went counter-clockwise on the loop and took the Oxen trail back to the parking lot.

Beautiful hike! Did this about 2 weeks ago. The first 1/3 of the hike is all packed down snow, minimal ice, and then turns to dirt but that may have changed in the past 2 weeks. When you get to the top you have a solid 10 minutes of endless views of mountains with 0 civilization in site. 0-no service which I was a-ok with. You have to take two of the other trails to get to the loop. Very beautiful hike and great with my 5 month puppy!

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked the trail 1/5/19 with spikes. All the way to the lake, the snow on the trail is packed down and snowshoes aren't really necessary unless you want to hike off trail or maybe you're hiking the day after a snowfall. We hiked a little of the Devils Thumb trail from the junction of the Kings Lake trail and snowshoes would be handy there.

Parking is along the side of the road up to and just below the junction of Hessie Road and the 4th of July Road (which are closed). On a weekend day, get there by 8 am or earlier to avoid crowds and parking. We were done around 10:30 am and from the beginning of signage for roadside parking to the junction it was lined with cars, with still more people coming up and trying to find a park spot.

Lost lake is absolutely beautiful with the mountains in the background! Highly recommend this hike for the views. Did this hike on 1/5/19 and arrived at 8:30am. Ran into about 5 groups of people on the way to the lake and 5 groups on the way back. Arrived back at the car around 10am and it was PACKED! So many people & dogs about to start the hike. So definitely recommend getting there early to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the trail. The snow is very packed down all the way to the lake, Snowshoes aren’t necessary but I would recommend yaktrax/spikes for traction. If you pass the lake and continue to the end of the trail snowshoes would be helpful (but not absolutely necessary) as the snow gets very deep! Note: the area to park is slightly before where AllTrails directs you too. You will walk about 0.4 miles on top of a partially frozen creek. There is a very thin and hidden path off to the side to avoid walking on the ice!

Did this hike on 1/4/2019 and was beautiful. Great snow hike. My girlfriend and I just had YakTrax and boots but saw many others with cross-country skis and snowshoes.

For those with Two-Wheel Drive cars: I have a Toyota Celica and made it to the parking just fine but word of advice would be to park sooner rather than later. At the end of the trail is a hill to turn around. I couldn’t make it up this hill due to snow and ice so I had to reverse my way out. Once you see a parking spot, take it.

Overall great trail and friendly people. The snow made it more of a moderate-hard trail mainly due to the steep grades and slippery snow.

Great Mountain for training.

There are so many different offsets to trails that this particular one is easy to lose. I would definitely recommend tracking your hike on the app. I took the wrong way multiple times but it was still a nice hike, nonetheless. This trail has really nice views of the mountains and red rocks. Would recommend for out of state visitors. This is a nice space for close to home trails. Microspikes were not needed January 1st.

Loved this trail. Easy to follow. Packed down nicely. Probably could’ve done just fine without snowshoes up until closer to the lake, but I was really thankful to have them.

Easy snowshoe with some decent views. Crowds and parking are kind of a drag.

UPDATED: Never found our car keys, but have already contacted the number below and they were not ours. Thank you all for checking in with me though! Happy 2019, and Hike On!

Super beautiful in the snow. The lake was frozen solid on new year's day!

The snow was quite packed and I had no problem hiking this trail using micro spikes without snow shoes.

My wife and I did this December 30th on my 65th birthday. Read Keeley Dowell review it was spot on. No need for spikes, several packed snow places EASILY traversed.. We also took Oxen Draw clockwise and it was quite beautiful. Conditions couldn't be any better very enjoyable BEAUTIFUL hike. We will definitely do this one again.

My first snowshoeing experience! So much fun!

Great hike a half hour outside of Denver. Challenging right out of the gate with occasional scrambling near the top. Hiked this trail yesterday. Spectacular views the whole way.

Went for my first time this afternoon... beautiful well marked trails. No service for most of the trail but no complaints from me on that. Views at the top were absolutely beautiful. I took Oxen trail to Eagle View clockwise and it made the journey up a bit easier. Pretty steep coming down though. Will visit again!

Did this on Christmas Day. Temps were warm and trail was in good condition. Nice parking lot and clean vault toilets. I’ve driven by this many times - always busy on the weekends. Nice view at top.

Snow and ice in some spots, 10 to 20 feet at a time with 90% of the trail clear. Did not use our micro spikes today but had to walk carefully in a few places. Watch for slick ice covered with a dusting of dirt.

Did on Christmas so not busy at all. Decent and fun especially for being close to Denver when you need less of a drive. Top of the loop had great scenes. Clocked 4.4 miles and at a slower pace did in a few hours. Didn’t need spikes though few areas had snow pack and that was enough to get traction. Lots of sun so did shed layers was about 40 out when did.

Snow is very well packed on this route on 12/24. None of us required snowshoes or traction devices, although there were quite a few spots that some yaktraks would have been nice to have. Would recommend wearing those or some lightweight traction devices if you have them. Especially, if you’re going to walk out on the lake.

The road to the trailhead is well packed down. Practically plowed, but nonetheless we did see a FWD car get stuck in the ditch. I think any car (even RWD) with snow tires would have been ok. Otherwise, AWD OR 4x4 only. I had AWD with all terrains and it grabbed great.

Also, found a note, that someone found some car keys on 12/22 and left a phone number. Call 570-971-9335 if you believe they might be yours.

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