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hiking
6 days ago

This trail is NOT really open yet. We had to park outside the irst gate, which adds 2,5 miles onto your hike each way (bathrooms are stilllocked at the campground and everything is closed). The trail itself needs some hardcore maintanence to be done which hasnt happened this season yet. We ended up having to go over about 50 to 75 trees, some o which were in rather dangerous locations. Dogs should def not attempt this trail right now. It took us about 4.5 hours to do 11 miles. We ended up not finding the hot springs before it got to dark so we turned around at the river (about 1 mile from the campsite and trail to hot springs). Overall, I would not say this trail is by any means 'Open' in April.

Beautiful snow covered trail just don't venture off snow is about 3-4 feet deep. hiked it today in just normal hiking boots.

Awesome views and fishing

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked 3/25 in hiking boots without spikes and the trail was manageable. Right as you’re ascending toward the lake at the very end of the hike, the snow gets about knee deep so you should try and stick to the packed sections. Overall, the hike is worth it with amazing views , just prepare to sink in snow in a few spots.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked today Saturday 3/24. Mostly covered in snow, though did not use snowshoes. Used microspikes the first half going up but would have been OK without those as well. Top third was very dip and you'll sink down every once in a while but it's more or lass packed down at this point.

Great hike with great views. You can always find more breathtaking views in the Rockies, but you can't beat this one only an hour from Denver.

Snowshoes were needed for this hike. Some spots had avalanche risk. It was a beautiful hike. Also a great place for backcountry skiing.

hiking
1 month ago

We completed this trail today. Snowshoes were not needed for the first two thirds of this trail, but were very helpful for the top third. That’s how my wife did it, I didn’t take my snowshoes and still did fine. A lot more snow than last weeks pics.

Used snowshoes on a well-packed trail to Naylor Lake. The trail to Silver Dollar is rocky and right near avalanche possibilities (that was our opinion, however, the amount of snow up on the mountains is not significant due to high winds.) It's a short hike up but with the help of alltrails.com, we were able to trek in the deep stuff off trail on the way down. We just had fun and meandered in the 3 ft. of snow off-trail. Thanks AllTrails! We didn't stray too far from the trail either but you don't want to get lost out there!

hiking
1 month ago

I hit the trail at about 9:30 am. Made it on the packed area...straight up to the lake...without traction assistance, but definitely needed my snowshoes to bound around up by the lake. I saw three people on the way up (all within the first half mile) and about ten—on their way up—in the last mile of the descent. :) Windy but great!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up without snowshoes, just spikes, deep in spots, but was able to make it all the way up to the lake. Trail was pretty packed down.

It was snowed out, only snowshoers and skiers were on it.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to this trail this past Monday before the big snow hit and it was beautiful. The trail begins as a wide road and there was considerable accumulation of snow, although it was packed down pretty nicely and made for pleasant travel. The road continues past a few barriers to prevent motor traffic and then thins out. The snow makes the official trail difficult to find towards the top, but there is no danger of getting lost as the remainder is mostly above tree line, making the route to the lake obvious. I would recommend snowshoes for the final bit. It seems that the lake could just the start of some great exploration, but the snow at the top here fairly deep.

Hiked in snowshoes. Not heavily traveled today. Nice out and back to view the frozen lake. Highly recommend the trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

10/10. Loved every step of this trail. I suggest counter clockwise. The climb up trail raider from clockwise direction looked miserable. Glad I was going down!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Beautiful hike!!! We did it last week, and snowshoes were definitely necessary for the last half, and it was windy at the top. But the snow was deep and so much fun to snowshoe though.
Also, if you go in the winter, It's hard to see the trail through the snow towards the top. Stay to the right of the wooden fence after the metal gate. We just followed GPS.

hiking
2 months ago

ATTENTION: The road to the trail head was closed when we went this past weekend (2/3/2018) so expect an extra 3 miles each way along slightly boring, flat forest road. We parked in the turnout along the highway and walked in.

Snowy and icy, but not something that would require snowshoes or traction devices. Gaiters could be nice though for some parts. Not difficult as far as elevation change goes. I found the directions a bit confusing when it said to go left at the last fork and pass the campground... the only left path at a fork was closed off by logs and we never saw an official campground. Nonetheless, the hot springs were easy to find by just heading low near that fork and walking along the river.

Lots of algae in the springs.

I’ve hiked this trail 3 times, all in August. It is a religious experience to me, to be up under the sky on those miles of grassland. No bugs, but even in August there’s still a bit of a detour around that one marshy area. Not difficult except the first 3/4 mile if you’re not used to the elevation (10,000 feet). I’ve never met anyone in the trail except a sheep herder named Rego from Oaxaca and his horse.

backpacking
2 months ago

This was a great challenge with a huge payoff!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail - starts out in the burn scar but after about 1/2 mile goes into beautiful, lush forest. Light snow on the majority of the trail on 1/28/18 but easy to follow due to previous hikers footprints (might be more difficult after a fresh snowfall). If you go all the way to the historic buildings the RT mileage is actually 9.7 miles not 7.7.

on Loch Lomond Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, if extremely windy, which made it a little miserable towards the top. Made it with yaktrax and regular hiking boots. Gorgeous views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views! Made it fine with micro spikes on 1/27. Several places on the trail have been blown completely bare of snow. Very windy both times I’ve hiked this trail this winter.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Was very icy in some areas. would not recommend hike if you do not have good shoes and are able to do steep climbs down and up. The springs are a pretty good drop down to get to. Gorgeous views and the hot springs are beautiful. Well worth the long hike

camping
2 months ago

Rough Road getting to the top, but there was plenty of space for hiking and camping in a group!! Beautiful views, marmots on marmots, and great foliage!

hiking
3 months ago

I must say that hiking this trail in the snow proved to be very difficult, even with micro spikes. My wife and I made it all the way to the lake, but that was after a mile of knee deep snow. Needless to say, this hike is awesome. spectacular views and pretty rugged. I would like to hike it in the summer without the snow!

Hiked on 1/18. Guanella pass rd closed at silver lake trailhead. Nice uphill all the way to the lakes- bring your skis or a sled to ride the all the way back down to the parking lot!!

Beautiful hike. The parking would be more challenging if this hike was crowded. No crowds today. The snow is packed and the wind has blown it down to gravel in some sections. Once you get past the second gate you will need snowshoes. It is doable without snowshoes but prepare to post hole. Once you get to the clearing judt past the fence the trail seems to disappear. stay to your right and go up past the grove of trees. You will see the markers soon again. Follow tge markers to the lake.

backpacking
3 months ago

Second time on this loop in September with friends. Campsites were crowded around Snowmass Lake. Pics from the trip: https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoffreydgraham/albums/72157688773204146

3 months ago

Snowshoes were useful on the upper portion but one of us just had microspikes and was fine. Lovely scenery. A little windy but still great! Lost the trail briefly near the top but pretty obvious most of the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was good for the most part. Packed trail, snow shoes not needed for first 2/3 of trail. After last gate. About 3/4 mile to 1 mike left to lake snowshoes are nice to have as packed trail goes away.

Windy and blown off top snow but still beautiful little trek!

backpacking
3 months ago

First backpacking trip this past September and fell in love! Elevation was no joke but a little bit of training beforehand and you’ll be alright. Views are amazing!

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