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Fun hike. It was a little sloshy after noon. Microspikes are fairly necessary.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Got to South Mess TH at 8am today to only a couple cars in the parking lot. Don't forget to pay your $5. The trail starts off slow on rolling hills. In the morning it was still cold enough to have hard pack snow, ice and just a little bit of mud all the up to the mouth of the canyon. In the canyon, it was hard pack snow and ice. Be ready for 1.2 mile serious trek. The path is beaten in nicely, so there's never a doubt where the trail is. Once on the saddle, I hit Bear Peak first. When I got there there was no trail apparent, except for some postholes. I followed those in knee-high snow to the peak. Coming back down and heading over to S. Boulder was the same. More route finding and postholing. There was no wind today. By the time I got back down, it had warmed so much that all the ice and snow had melted into mud. As far as what to wear on your feet: waterproof boots are a must, spikes once in the canyon are highly recommended, snow shoes would be great for the last little bit but no sense in dragging them up for the last 15 mins; gaiters might be more helpful here.

snowshoeing
1 day ago

Beautiful! Fresh snow. Well marked trail. Perfect!

hiking
snow
2 days ago

This trail is a gem not to long but the views is amazing. Today the trail was covered in snow but very passable and just a treat to hike in mid January. I did have my Yaktrax on for traction but probably did not need them with the amount of snow on the trail. It did cost $9 to get into the park and parking is hard to come by. I got there early 9 AM and did not have an issue.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful views! Bring some micro spikes because the top has some pretty icy spots right now.

Great hike! Beautiful views throughout this short hike near Boulder. Hop over to Instagram @2_Summit_Up or my website here2summitup.wordpress.com to see more pictures of this awesome adventure.

hiking
16 days ago

Completed this hike on New Years day. Started at the trail head and it was 4 degrees. There are a lot of snow mobile and back country skiers that utilize this trail head and trails associated. The first mile or so you only gain about 400ft of elevation only to leave about 1k ft to gain the second half of the trail. Snow shoes are your best bet this time of the year as the snow is quite deep in some areas even if it is packed down.
The views once you get up to the gulch are incredible. The snow really adds some amazing definition and depth to the range behind it. One of the best views in this area and probably along the 70 corridor.
Layers are your best friend on this hike as the sun does not get fully overhead this time of the year. The only time we got direct sunlight was at the end. Dress warm even though youll work up a sweat.

Fun bit of exploring. Read the signs about the historic hotel site . . . Colorado's history is fascinating.

Hiked this today. Icy in several spots, clear dirt in others. Made it without spikes but would have been nice to have.

Should mention that all these in boulder open space seem to be fee $ stations :(

Definitely some slick spots especially on Gregory Canyon. Muscled through without micro spikes but there was some careful foot placement going on.

Well maintained trail. Gets icy so pack your micro spikes. The brass rattle snake near the trailhead is unsettling when you accidentally sit next to it. Easy trail to get to from the boulder area.

This trail is our favorite of all time - so dynamic. From lakes to a smooth ascent over the Divide to the High Lonesome trail and the incredible reward of King Lake, it truly is awe inspiring. We wandered around a bit and ended up closer to 20.0 miles but still completed before sundown. Be sure to bring lots of water and fuel as high lonesome trail is exposed and a long stretch of the hike.

snowshoeing
26 days ago

We went on Christmas Day as a family hike. We forgot our snowshoes but we’re still able to walk it. My parents felt there was a lot of up, but it’s worth it!! In the snow it took us 1 hour 45 minutes to get up. It only took 45 minutes to get down. We stopped frequently to get pictures and catch our breath.

Overall a beautiful hike and the falls are absolutely gorgeous! They were frozen over and it was spectacular to see.

Good low-country hike, already ice on the trail so microspikes are useful. Nice views of the continental divide from the top, especially if you go up to the left on a small offshoot from the loop after the designated lookout. Interesting little hotel structures left from about 100 years ago!

snowshoeing
29 days ago

Nice climb, good snow, lots of skiers. Need snowshoes at about 1.5 miles. Spikes or traction a must before that. beautiful in the snow.

Nice climb with nice views

Patches of ice (Dec 18) but I was fine with hiking boots. Trekking poles or YakTracks would be helpful. I've done this hike many times. Enjoy it everytime!

We were trying to hike up Bear Peak and accidentally hiked this one instead. Boy, it was not a mistake! The views are amazing and the trail is challenging! We needed spikes the last half mile and be sure to pack lots of layers towards the top (it gets windy). We would hike this again.

Dec 15. Sections of ice.

Climbed 11/18/18 - Absolutely gorgeous from start to finish! Quick and easy. West side of Green mountain definitely holds more snow than the east side so the whole route is snow covered and beautiful. That said, it's so popular that it stays boot packed. The last few hundred feet to the summit get steeper so I'd recommend microspikes for extra traction this time of year. Enjoy!

I have blisters on my feet, and I feel like I got hit by a train a day after. Will do again!!! ... when I’m in better shape.

Beautiful scenery, Tough as hell work out, wildlife... this was perfect. Bring snacks and lots of water... and pain pills.

Awesome and easy hike! If snowy definitely come prepared because my friend busted his ass 6 times

snowshoeing
1 month ago

This is a fabulous trail in any season Today's early morning snow shoeing found packed snow at start of trail with much deeper snow as elevation increased. I turned around once I entered the alpine terrain above tree line. There was only one other person on the trail this morning, so I basically had the trail to myself (and my dog).

hiking
1 month ago

Well-maintained trail with great views of the canyon. Some parts of the trail are icy - wear YakTraks if you have them and your trek will be much more enjoyable. Dog poop on the trail both in and out of bags. There is an $8 fee to enter the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun little hike. Great views nice weather.

Tried to hike this today and it was covered in ice. Decided to turn back shortly after we started. Definitely recommend spikes at this point in the season, especially with the high winds we have had recently.

Snowy but doable with boots! Great views at the top and not too long

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, I would agree with another poster that it’s moreso easy rather than moderate. There were a few icy spots, but we were fine without our spikes. Beautiful views, well maintained trail—I would come back.

love this hike! have completed it a couple times. great to take out of towners who want to see our beautiful canyons, feel accomplished, but not terribly difficult. lots of areas to stop and enjoy the views. fun seeing the rock climbers throughout the canyon. interesting history with the hotel ruins.

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