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12 hours ago

awesome hike. bluebird skies on 3/17. no need for spikes. brought trekking poles to ease descent. dress appropriately it is windy and cold even on a low wind day like I had. Loveland pass was forecasted to have 10-15 mph winds.

Hit the trail at 7:20 took me about 2.5-3 hours to do the whole thing. The first section up to the saddle of Sniktau/Cupid is rough. Easy to psyche yourself out there especially when the sun hasn't come over there hillside and it's windy. Stick through it though, totally worth it.

Beautiful view with the snow and lake. Highly recommend spikes.

Short bit difficult; went in March (3/14/18) and very icy. Made harder and less fun. Want to go back

I definitely recommend crampons/shoe spikes!! Very necessary. Very steep slick icy spots still, saw multiple people slip! It’s totally worth the incline up!!!

This was an awesome trail today (Mar 17, 2018). Pretty short, but spectacular views. I started off wanting to do Grizzly/Cupid but the winds looked rough on the summit of Grizzly. On the Snitaku ridge line winds were pretty calm, they picked up around 9 am but were probably not more than 15-20 MPH. I left the TH around 7:15 am and probably finished in 2.5-3 hours---forgot to record on my phone. The trail is pretty much bare, no need for traction, flotation, or gaiters.

beautiful and easy hike

Beautiful lake.

6 days ago

Steady climb but easy pace and well trafficked. Nice reward at the top.

Icy, but beautiful & worth the effort.

Great workout. Started at 6:30 and got to see great view of sunrise. Very few people on the trail that early. Great 60 min morning hike

We hiked this trail yesterday (3/11/18) and it was quite wonderful! We hiked 3 miles in before turning around. The part of the trail we hiked is packed and easy to follow. Microspikes/crampons recommended after the first mile or so. Definitely don’t need snowshoes right now. For such a popular area, there were only about 15 other people the trail. Great hike, in close proximity to Denver.

Don’t let the trailhead fool you! The path gets extremely(!!) steep and slick. Even with crampons it was tough! Saw lots of people attempting it with Converse/Nikes/Keds and slipping or having to just slide down. Many people turning back halfway too. Ice spikes are a must!

Great hike did it yesterday 03-10 about 3 Miles round trip.. beautiful lake the water was just as pristine as u can imagine and waterfall .. the trail is somewhat doable without micro spikes but highly recommend them because a few places were pretty slippery

Extreme workout. Hydrate hydrate hydrate.

Love the incline! Great leg workout!

Rough going at first but worth it

10 days ago

Its an amazing view.
Everyone is so friendly and encouraging.
Going to try to make this a weekly event for my family.

A little slick today, but my footwear was comprised only of Mukluks - nothing with much grip. Conditions have been so variable this year that it pays to keep an eye to the west almost daily to really grasp the spacial variability in the Front Range this season.

Bring water, layers, cheese and why the hell not throw your yak tracks in your bag as well. They don’t take up much space and you’ll be happy you’ve got ‘em at least once.

Happy trails!

Make sure to wear ice spikes! Can be pretty slippery. Great views and a great hiking workout - uphill madness!

Fun hike, needed my microspikes. Trail was snow packed and ice after the first 600 or so feet. People without traction devices were having lots of problems. Beautiful ice on the falls. Crystal clear water. I will definitely be back in the spring.

Gorgeous winter hike. Tough with the extra mileage due to the road closure. Definitely bring snow shoes.

Solo single-day winter traverse

great cardio workout and scenery

16 days ago

It is an amazing and beautiful hike to Hanging Lake. This trail is heavily trafficked and the parking lot fills up really quickly. They have plenty of areas to rest on your way up and it’s almost all up hill. It can be difficult for anyone not from the area with the high altitude. The way down is easy, up is the only semi difficult part but worth it!!

19 days ago

I did this hike on 2/27, arrived at 8am and the lot was empty. I got to spend a nice 40 minutes or so alone at the top before anyone else showed up.

Trail was snow packed and icy most of the way, especially at the very top. Traction control highly recommended.

I did this hike on a February Tuesday and it wasn’t crowded at all. Even in the winter the hike was wonderful, with some ice on the falls. I just wish I had brought spikes or hiking poles! Places were very slippery.

19 days ago

Very challenging!! Definitely should have worked out more before!! Views are beautiful but the sense of accomplishment at the top is worth the pain!

20 days ago

This is a great hike! Amazing pay off. We hiked it on a Thursday after a snow storm that week. Arrived around noon, parking was no issue. There was minimal traffic on the trail, I’m guessing because of the weather and time of week. Only saw about 10 other people on the trail. There is quite a bit of snow on the trail, some of which is packed down and very iced over in spots so I would bring some sort of crampons, as it was not snow covered enough for snowshoes. What did shock me was how close to the edge the trail brings you at the top of the mountain. While there are good guardrails in place this would be an issue if heights aren’t your thing!! If you’re planning on doing this hike I would plan soon as they are going to begin regulating the amount of traffic this trail sees per day with permits and capacity limits and shuttle transportation.

Tough but rewarding winter hike. Got off trail really quickly and just decided to stay that way. Deep powder, wore snow shoes entire time. It’s crazy cold up top. Check the wind report. Must bring mittens with liners, hand warmers (seriously), head and neck protection, base layer/ maybe fleece under pants, glasses or goggles, poles. Incredible views and solitude. Would definitely go back.

Did this hike on OCT 29, 2017. Only had one day to hike to in RMNP, and very glad I chose this trail! Trailhead is well-marked with a few parking spots. Some guidebooks reported that some of the early trail junctions were confusing, but when I hiked it there were very clear signs at every junction with no difficulty in route-finding. Gradual elevation gain with great views of Rockies and Longs Peak. Trail Descends slightly into Finch Lake, which is absolutely beautiful (and had finches). I think it is the additional time and elevation gain (a little inside 1,000ft additional gain) to Pear lake which makes this hike "difficult", but definitely worth it. Pear lake is amazing with fantastic views. Very windy in late October once out of the trees at the lake. There was snow but it wasn't prohibitive or required anything other than hiking boots. However, it did snow heavily the day after the hike, so I assume this is probably the latest in the year you could do it without winter weather gear. The two lakes together roundtrip on my Garmin was 14.4 miles, and we finished just before sundown.

Were it summertime with a little more daylight and less wind, I think it'd be totally cool to make it up to the third lake (Hutcheson Lakes)- an additional 1.8mi and 800 or so foot gain…

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