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2 days ago

January 21st, must wear spikes and bring poles! Dress warm! It’s fantastic!

Nice gradual climb to peak. Lots of shade. Icy in some areas. Spikes not necessary but would be helpful.

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snow
2 days ago

A little slick in some spots, we just had on boots and were okay, but spikes would ve good too.

Loved this hike! Great variety. Definitely need spikes as there’s lots of snow, but no need for snowshoes. Loved the variety of the differing terrain, between mountains, through the forest, up and downs. Will definitely do this again soon!

Absolutely perfect trail for having dogs off leash. Very dog friendly. It was a really windy day out but the trees blocked the wind for the most part. It’s a little confusing to find the trail head as it’s across the street from the main parking lot and separate from many of the trails. I would probably rate this as easy not moderate but would definitely do it again.

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muddy
snow
4 days ago

Did the south loop this morning. Snow was packed down well, a few icy spots but went well without spikes or snowshoes. Muddy at the lower elevations near the east trailhead.

Very enjoyable! Plenty of trails to pick from. There’s about a foot of snow right off the trail but much more if you go too far off. You see elk and wildlife here and there. Woods but if you go to perimeter trails then you see meadows. I used my basic spikes (smaller less heavy duty) over my hiking boots and it was a great hike!

Beautiful covered in snow. Took my dog for a walk - can make it as short or as long as you’d like.

beautiful hike! lots of snow overnight, some spots near the top had almost a foot. we hiked with just our boots but snowshoes for some of the less trafficked trails would probably be better. so much fun :)

The trail wasn’t difficult, I didn’t love it but didn’t hate it. The view at the top isn’t great, it mainly blocked by trees. It was a good way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors!

Just hiked the Staunton Ranch trail toward Elk Falls past Sunday afternoon. Clear, well marked trail. Great views.

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17 days ago

Pretty and very quiet hike after getting off the Staunton ranch portion of the trail. Didn’t need spikes, trail was quite easy and marked clearly. Some nice views and beautiful trees throughout. The best views, in my opinion, were on the return route on Scout line trail. Saw several good sized bucks on SR, about half a mile from the trailhead. Did 11 miles total in 4 hrs + a few minutes. Route I took out was trailhead to SR - BE - CR - EF then on the return route: EF - CR - MP - SL (most scenic view portion) - SR to trailhead. Not too bad of a hike.

trail in great shape for this time of year, no ice!

Hiked Apex trail to Enchanted Forest today. 10000% recommend! There was a few icy spots but nothing too bad. I just used hiking boots. Some spots are covered in snow (packed down on the trail) and other spots were just muddy. Depends on where the shade vs sun was. Highly recommend, Great hike near Denver. Cant wait to come back in the summer and see the creek.

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18 days ago

We wanted to do the Mt. Zion Mtn bike but there wasn’t much signage so we ended up on part of this trail. Started at the trailhead with the porta-potties and went a total of 3 miles. Stopped at the mansion and the nature center for a few before heading back down. Parts of the trail had packed snow but basic hiking shoes worked well (went on 01/05/18). Our dog loved it, but we really wish more people would be responsible for picking up their pet’s waste. We never leave home without poo bags, they are so small and easy to grab! Also, as someone else said, lots of kids and people who weren’t actually hikers out on the trail. More busy than we would have liked. When there was a view it was amazing, we are glad we took this trail.

The hike itself is nice the terrain is good although some snow. This is a moderate hike with some great views definitely enjoyed it.
You can access the trail from different points so keep that in mind.

Good hiking trail. Beautiful view of Mt Evans from the Brothers Outlook. Trail had some snow pack on it but didn’t need micro-spikes to hike it today.

This was a fantastic hike. Excellent trail, beautiful scenery and not too difficult. It could be hot in the summer but it would be perfect any other time. We followed the SR to BE up to the lake and took Marmot Passage (MP) out and it was almost exactly 10 miles. The MP part had the best views and connected back to SR. One of our favorite new hikes.

For a city-style hike it was good exercise but nothing especially interesting.

Fun "wander around" trails. Worth the trip.

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22 days ago

Completed this hike with my family on 12/31/18. It was sub-zero temperature and snowing pretty heavily when we were out there but we thoroughly enjoyed the walk around a partially frozen creek with excellent photo op spots. We did not have much time on hour hands so this turned out to be a nice choice. We had snow boots with traction devices attached but I think we could have done it without them. Overall a relaxing and easy loop around the creek. We probably did a 1.5 mile loop and not the entire 11+ miles as listed here.

A bunch of Powdery snow fell the night before so it was a A wonderful trail for a snow hike. Early morning hike. The temp was -1 so we bundled up a bit more than normal. We loved the quiet serenity and the elevation gain/drops were easy. Lots of animal tracks and some deer spottings. We wore crampons to navigate the snow but no ice.

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25 days ago

Did this one with my parents today (in their early 60s), who are out-of-towners, and they really enjoyed it. They thought it was a nice change of pace from a normal trail, considering it was snow-packed for nearly the entire trail.

Still a nice, easy jaunt for my wife and I. The incline was on the easy side and it was nice walking through all the pine trees. Sweeping views from 2 or 3 spots towards the top of the trail (one of which being the Scenic View viewpoint).

trails dust covered with snow, but no ice. nice hike very few people on trail. eager to try other trails in the area. was cold started flurrying at the end. dress in layers

Pretty little dusting of snow on the trail today. Option to mix and match with all of the other intersecting trails along the way. As long or as short as you like.

(12/9) Pretty easy hike, my guy is not much into hiking or great shape but was able to do this pretty easily. Not much snow on the trail, only in shaded spots. Still a good hike and nice views

Some icy spots on Christmas Day.

Good hike to miss some of the crowds at Staunton. After fighting the traffic on Staunton Ranch for a couple of miles you turn on to Scout Line Trail. Scout Line and Marmot stay fairly quiet and no bikes allowed on much of the trail. Some very nice views along the way to the lake. The lake/pond is a great place to stop for lunch. It is frozen solid at this time. Only a few snowy spots at this time. No need for extra traction. Very quiet on Christmas Eve.

Free climbing on this hike (top of Sisters trail) was killer! Loved the view.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike on a clear day. Not too many people.

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