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Roommate and I completed the trail in ~4.5 hrs, which we feel pretty good about considering how out of shape we are. No snow yet, but a lot of the trail is loose gravel/scree, and by the end I was wishing for my knee brace. It was extremely windy up on the ridge but calm at the summit. My little '07 Honda Fit made it all the way up to the trail head just fine -- can't say I'd recommend it, but if your only option is a low-clearance vehicle, it's doable.

I read the reviews mentioning needing an AWD or 4WD vehicle to get to the trailhead, while I saw some sedans up there, I wouldn't recommend it. We camped the night before (because we read about the parking situation) and started at 4:30am. Summited Grays around 7 and Torreys around 8. Made it back to the tent by 10am. Easy hike, beautiful views. Definitely recommend!

amazing hike :)

Beautiful hike!! It was long and got rough near the end, but the lake and cirque views are worth it!

Beautiful views, great for hiking in off-season (late fall/winter). Not anything gnarly like other 14ers, but it’s a great first one.

Really a perfect little hike to an amazing water feature.

Great hike. Very fun and beatiful for my first 14er!

hiking
1 day ago

Our 7 and almost 4 year old had fun on this hike! The lake is a great place to play, have a few snacks and take in the scenery!

As part of an Outward Bound course, I carried a 65 pound pack over the top of Mt Elbert, as we did not return the route we ascended. That was 38 years ago. I plan to try it again as a day hike at age 65.

Absolutely perfect day for the hike. Hiked on 9/23 spots throughout the hike were pretty windy but once you get to the top extremely calm. Make sure you have some layers as the temperature changes throughout and something for your ears.
Views were spectacular!

One of the most beautiful hikes! You get to see at least five different water features. For the most part, the trail is fairly easy up until you get to the rocky area leading up to the Glass Lake. The trail can get a bit confusing when you get up there, but it’s still so worth the trip!

1 day ago

One of my favorite RMNP hikes! It is 9 miles, not 8 as stated in the app.

Great hike but not for older people, people who live at sea level, and anyone who can’t climb over rock on steep hills. Challenging!! Good hiking boots and poles important!! And lots of water.

Prius made it to the upper parking lot with careful driving. Lot was full by about 630am. Hike was nice. Trail is well kept. Did both peaks, took about 7.5hrs with a doggo.

Did this hike on 9/22/18. The mill is beautiful, especially with the foliage this time of year. The trail is actually a 4x4 road, with loose gravel that can be a little tough on the feet if not wearing proper hiking footwear. After the initial access road the hike isn’t too challenging with a mixture of inclines and declines.
The only reason for not giving 5 stars is the amount of vehicle traffic and in particular amateur 4x4 drivers. Non stop jeeps/4x4s, atvs, and dirt bikes and the majority were very inexperienced, making it really dangerous at times for hikers. I was told it’s WAY better to go during the week with much less vehicle traffic

Great hike on Saturday, 9/22. Very few people on trail. Sunny, clear day, sea level friend joined us and did fine! The first lake you come to is just as beautiful as Lower Missouri Lake, which is just up a bit. We didn’t do the loop to connect up to Fancy Lake Trail bec two in our party were tired. Will try that next time.

Gorgeous trail, did this for our anniversary. It’s definitely more of a moderate hike. The elevation gain is so gradual up until the waterfall, we were able to power walk the whole thing with very little, short stops.

The waterfall wasn’t nearly bad as I thought, either. The scramble up is intimidating to look at, but just watch your step and wear good shoes and it’s totally manageable- There are practically stairs leading up the whole thing, nothing too precarious. I’m terrified of heights and only had one minor freak out LOL. For real though, not nearly as bad as you’d think, and the climb down was even easier. SO SO WORTH IT. This trail was gorgeous, and the colors have just began to change. Waterfalls, lakes, the river, forest and high elevation views. This trail has it all.

Great workout and doesn’t take too long

Easy day hike to one of the most magical lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Get to the trail early to avoid parking hassle and tons of other hikers.

Would not rate this as difficult - more like a moderate trail. There isn't too much elevation gain. The only real gain you see are first at the switchbacks and then later on right before timberline falls, and up timberline falls. Other than that it is really mellow and virtually impossible to get lost. Great trail and very accessible to hikers of all ages. Please wear shoes with better grip than regular Nikes/gym shoes. Saw many people try to climb timberline falls in those and were slipping and sliding all over the place which makes it dangerous for yourself and everyone around you. So many good views on the way to sky pond. Get there before 7am on a saturday if you want to park at the trailhead. If you don't you will need to park at the lower lot and take the shuttle.

9/22 - Not a cloud in the sky, pretty windy but otherwise perfect conditions. Large, flat summit with amazing views! Easy for a 14er, just some pretty loose rock so be careful. The road to the trailhead can be a bit rough, but it’s far better than the Grays/Torrey’s Road. Would recommend highly as a first 14er or just a plain beautiful hike.

My new favorite hike in RMNP!! Great place to see the aspens changing colors in September. The scramble at the end is a fun challenge. Don’t forget to continue on past the Lake of Glass, about 0.3mi past the scramble.

off road driving
2 days ago

Beautiful in the fall. Follow the directions to the town of Crystal. We were in a 4runner and made the mistake of following someone else's directions. It took us on the extreme off road part. After several hours and extremely rough terrain (with kids in the car), we made it to the mill. At this time of year, paying $10 to go down to the water isn't worth it. You aren't allowed to fish and it's too cold to swim. The drive down was much easier. The gentle rocking put our kids to sleep. We will definitely do the drive again.

Absolutely worth the hike. Our watches clocked it in at around 9.5 miles though. We are fit runners from the flat land and it wasn’t a problem. Take your time and really enjoy the views on this hike. Took us 5 hours. Parking was an issue as the road was already closed so figure an alternate way to get there.

Wonderful Hike! The trail offers a variety of terrain. The path is well travelled, but the higher you hike the less people you see. There are many photo opportunities of Fall Colors, and some wildlife. If you are serious about heading to the second Falls and Lake wear hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Love, Love, Love This Hike!

walking
3 days ago

Great workout, lots of people doing the incline today, young and old. Positive vibes all around!

The reviews below cover just about everything. If you are worried about the scramble up the waterfall, stay to the right, take your time and bring some microspikes. They will help immensely. Especially now that it's getting colder. The short jaunt passed the steep steps to the waterfall was icy.

Hard hike, but the views are incredible. It was VERY cold up at the lake. Also saw a male moose on the way back down.

Fun hike. Very much worth it to continue up to sky pond

Great hike. Very serene up at sky lake

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