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A nice way to see some of the best formations at Arches. We went clockwise and caught the arches before returning via the Primitive Trail. Be sure to take the time to visit Navajo, Partition, and the others adjacent to the loop itself. The main trail was filling up even at ~8 AM when we started, but we were almost all alone on the Primitive Trail (mostly sand with some rock climbing, nothing too demanding but not recommended for folks with bad knees/ankles). There’s a lot of parking, bathrooms, and a water refill station at the trailhead, but plan to spend 30 minutes getting there from the visitors center – it’s at the very end of the main road.

Trail was alright, heavily trafficked so we decided to only go to the landscape arch.

Lots of reward for one trail. Looking back I don’t know if I would have done the primitive portion unless you want the extra miles or just to say you did the whole loops. Still beautiful but nothin g you aren’t already exposed to on the earlier parts of the trail. Go early, got to the lot at 7:30 and while there was still parking had to sit around and wait for lots of inconsiderate groups standing around right in front of the arches. Took me 4 hours, being lots of water.

Excellent hike. Upper Ice Lake Basin is just stunning. Wildflowers are past their peak, but still very pretty. Went on from Ice Lake to Island Lake, which was worth the extra effort, though not quite as beautiful as Ice Lake.

Me encantó la experiencia,excelente si lo
recomiendo.

hiking
3 days ago

They aren’t kidding-this is an extreme hike. But it was awesome!!

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome hike. I would rate this hike as difficult. I did it as a youth more than 40 years ago and it hard then. I am 57 years old my wife and I did this beautifull hike today. it took us 6.5 hours to complete. We took our time a we were rewarded with breath taking views just above timberline. I would highly recommend this lightly traveled trail.

Extremely beautiful and remarkable. Many archea and other interesting rocks. The landforms here are very unordinary.

I love this trail. beautiful views, not too far from golden.

hiking
6 days ago

I took a friend from out of town on this trail on Tuesday and we were almost completely alone. We saw one other couple on mile one then no one for the entire rest of it. It was great, the views form the pass were awesome. We sat on a rock and ate lunch, you have a great view of Mount Evans from there. The 4 solid miles of climbing wasn't the easiest but certainly not too bad. I took someone who lives at sea level and he did just fine with it.

Tough hike!! Had to take a lot of breaks!! The accomplishment of getting to the top feels great but I don’t need to do it again!!

Extremely difficult but definitely worth it!

Felt like such an accomplishment getting to the top. I’m probably average as far as endurance fitness goes and this was a grind, especially half way up when it gets steeper. Had to take a breather every 50 steps near the end there, but I’m glad I didn’t bail out early and kept going to the summit. Took the Barr trail back down and it’s pretty mellow with tons of switchbacks. Some sections are very narrow and people like to run down, so keep an ear open for people running up behind you.

I got to the start around 6:15am and ended up paying the $10 parking because I didn’t know any better, but it was nice having my car close. I’m told there is other parking in manitou and a shuttle that runs to the trailhead every 20 mins. Might try that next time to save money. The parking lot was packed by 8am when I got back down, make sure you go early to beat the heat and crowds.

My only complaint is that some of the steps are washed out between, just gotta be careful on some spots. Very tough hike for me, but worth it!

Well worth the trip from ice lake, a little challenging but worth it and fun!!

hiking
12 days ago

I hiked this trail last weekend, for the first time. In my opinion, it is moderate/hard because it gets steep at the top. Despite earlier reviews, the saddle is about 6 miles from the trailhead. I hike another 1.5 miles down toward the lakes but had to turn around due to time. The descent from the saddle can be pretty tricky at certain points.

Excellent hike! Trails were pretty well marked. We started at 8:00 and had good cloud cover for the first 3/4 of the trip. The last 1/4 was full sun and 87 degrees. Overall we had a great experience!

hiking
14 days ago

This is one of my most favorite hikes, ever. Once you get to Ice Lake (amazing), Island Lake is a short but very steep journey over the ridge. The trail to Ice Lake is pretty straightforward (and steep) but to Island Lake there is some scrambling. It was extremely windy and quite cold in the basin around both lakes, even though the rest of the trail was warm.

AllTrails says "moderate" but I would rate this as difficult, ESPECIALLY if you are from lower elevations.

I started at 8am on Wednesday in August and had the trail almost to myself. While I enjoyed the view from the top, hordes of people were on their way up. This trail is popular for good reason.

Unforgettable and I don’t plan on doing it again. Bring a lot of water and snacks. I started off listening to music but quickly put that away because this climb is all mental if you’re somewhat physically fit.

I did almost zero research before going. Mistake number 1. Then I thought I could do it in 45 minutes. The joke was on me because the sheer incline and rise in elevation took my breath away and I kept having to sit down. I summited after climbing for 2 1/2 hours. Very humbling.

The best thing about the Incline is the positive community spirit as you climb. Everyone was encouraging each other and they clapped as I took the last step.

If you can-do it!

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice hike. Just be prepared with plenty of water as it gets hot out there.

hiking
17 days ago

I completed this hike on 3/24 and at that time it was scorching on this trail. Highly recommend sunscreen and ample water regardless of what time of year you are heading up here. There is no sign that clearly marks the start of this trail, so do keep watch of the two pipes overhead, that’ll be your indicator that you’ve reached the start of the trail. This was a pretty strenuous and long hike. As everyone else has mentioned there are sharp shrubs throughout the trail so shield your arms as best you can.

Decided to check this place out since it’s so close. We walked, I wouldn’t consider it hiking because it’s a gravel service road up to the dam. After about mile 3, the crowds thin out. Will definitely be back to bike. Views were pretty, saw herds of big horned sheep on the road and on the rocks above. Lots of people fly fishing.

fun as always.
as of today, there is no flowing water after the damn, it's dry

hiking
18 days ago

July 28 - Wonderful hike!

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked this trail on July 28th 2018. Creek was running nice for the first 1.5 miles then mostly dry except a small trickle in a few spots. All in all the hike was very nice and the other hikers we encountered (probably 10-12 people) were all very friendly. We went to the top which is about 1.25 miles past the sawmill. The hiking past the sawmill was a little steeper but the view was very nice at the top.

mountain biking
18 days ago

Good area for a nice ride. This isn’t for adrenaline junkies as you are riding on a road. That said, it’s not a bad spot for a quick ride and a little exercise.

awesome single track

very boring crowded trail. wouldn’t travel for this one

19 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. The view from above the tree line is spectacular!!

hiking
20 days ago

This trail was great! The sawmill along the route is a very neat part of it, and the view at the top is pretty! Giving 4 stars because it is a bit overgrown in some places, and has lots of loose dirt/rocks (my boyfriend actually twisted his ankle pretty bad coming down because of a loose rock). Definitely recommend! It was great for the dogs as well

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