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The trail is nice, but be prepared for some slushy, muddy parts. It is very easy and absolutely gorgeous!

One of the best trails around.

it's all true. rough trail, very steep and beautiful views

It was a nice trail around the lake. Super easy. Views were ok during the fall.

Nice relatively easy hiking trail with several views that over look Golden.

Nice wide beginner hiking trail with a few steep area but nothing to drastic. There are benches along the way so you can take a breather if the trail gets you a bit winded. Today was a perfect day with clear blue skies but the at the Overlook the wind did have a slight bite. The snow capped mountains in the distance were amazing to view. Would like to do this trail again in the spring to see the wildflowers.

hiking
8 days ago

Great little hike! I did the loop and finished in about 1 hour and 45 min. I am new to hiking, so I tend to take it nice and slow! The first .5 miles is pretty steep in parts and gets your heart pumping, but then gives in to a more gradual incline until the top. Once at the top you can choose to continue on the Castle Trail that loops you back to the parking lot. This trail is shared with mountain bikes, there weren't too many on it today and everyone was courteous with passing. The parking lot was full when I got done with my hike, so glad I got there early! Good trail for the pooches too!

10 days ago

Slightly snow packed at the top, but beautiful and we almost had the trail to ourselves.

it was raining at the start, so the trail was pretty slick, but a really good hike. as others mentioned, there's a bit of scrambling up some rocks about 3/4 of the way up. great views and definitely worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

Excellent trail that is to be experienced in the fall. We were a couple weeks late to do this. However, the snow in the path made it a bit difficult to traverse. Took us 3 hours from car to car including the breaks and photography. Would highly recommend this trail during the fall season.

hiking
13 days ago

East trailhead Castle Trail up long switchbacks to Walker Ruins & Summer White Hse (great views west!) return Down Turkey Trot Trail north facing sections icey slush. 8am start, not too crowded mid week.Windy, layer up, gloves & ears. CMCDan,Nov 2 ,2018.

hiking
14 days ago

very rocky, lots of ups and some droppffs. overall good trail and quite the workout!

Nice, steep trail with great Red Rocks views.

hiking
16 days ago

We went off season which was October 26th. At this time there is no having to use the shuttle to get up. You need to pay at the entry of the park which is $10 per car. We went about 930a and now issues finding parking. When we got done with the hike around 1p the parking lot was pretty full. We wanted to do an easy hike as my friend just flew in the day before from Minnesota. We were planning to do the easy trail called Maroon Bells scenic trail. This was closed so other only option from that trail was Crater Lake. This was a little more challenging then we were expecting. But it was a great. Lots of rocks and boulders to climb over. There was some areas with snow and ice but not too bad. But all worth as once we got the lake it was huge (though the water was low). Enough room to go by ourselves to have a snack without being next to anyone. Would come back to do this in another season to see all the aspens.

Nice, easy trail that has amazing views of rock formations. It would be a great trail for snow shoeing this winter.

Hiked 10/29/2018 Castle Trail up to the Presidents Summer House. Beautiful views. Not too busy. Perfect weather and views. Easy to moderate. Great trail while acclimating to the altitude.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike! We went last Friday and it was a beautiful day. The trail was icy and snow packed in some areas and even more so the closer we got to the lake.

Good hike today. Started at 8AM after a night of decent drinking and ~4 hours sleep. It was hot enough such that a t-shirt and shorts would have been perfect unlike the warmer attire that I choose to wear. I kept a close eye on the trail but didn’t see any snakes. Great views on way up and up top (Mt. Evans & James Peak both snow covered). Not the best trail to break in new hiking shoes. Watch you’re speed driving into and out of Morrison. A cop (sloppy fat prick) gave me a ticket for going 40mph in a 25mph zone — totally ridiculous!

Hiked on 10/27. Doable for sure but lots of snow— wish I would have had spikes but can be carefully done without. If you have gaiters use them. My feet were soaked.

I was plenty warm with a long sleeve and puffy vest.

The directions lead you to trailhead accurately.

I went on past ice lake but could not make it to island lake as the tracks stop right now due to snow.

I’m 34 and in good shape and it took me about 2:45 to get to ice lake. I also drank near 5L of water. Totally epic views if you follow tracks up about another 500-800 feet of vert— about 1/2 mile distance.

Beautiful views and well maintained dirt path. We hiked today but this would also be a great mountain bike ride. Bonus, bathrooms available at the trailhead and they were super clean. 320 ft climb made this an enjoyable workout.

Did this trail when the scenic loop was closed. It was steep until the end and snowy and rocky in spots. But for those of us in our party who made it, it’s was great.
The lake was not very full, but the scenery was great and the local birds are friendly!
For the part of our party who couldn’t make it to the top there was an opening with a amazing Mountain View about .75 miles in. A great place to call good enough if u have to.

This has quickly become one of our favorite hikes. The elevation gain is serious, but there are only a few spots that get challenging. The lake is peaceful, and we had it to ourselves today. It does get snowy and icy, so wear your spikes or bring your poles.

hiking
21 days ago

Breath-taking in more ways than one and our favorite hike on our honeymoon. The 'difficult' rating is no joke for low-elevation folk like we are, but it was worth the sweat. Above the treeline it's like Tolkien county, a different world than our Minnesota. We hiked on a Sunday in late September; we started early - around 7:30 - and only ran into a few other hikers. It was much busier on the descent.

Steep uphill climb for the first half if you're coming form Morrison, but lots of switchbacks makes it easy. Once you're at the top, you'll get an awesome view of Denver and Red Rocks. We also saw tons of wildlife. Lots of options for castle and trail exploring, too. Really good place to take someone new to hiking or visiting the area because you can stay up there for hours or come down if they're not feelin' it. Get ice cream in Morrison after!

walking
22 days ago

Nice peaceful place for an easy stroll. Beautiful rocks, shame there is no climbing - they’re still nice to look at. Lots of people there taking professional photos for the gorgeous backdrop.

trail running
22 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail - steady climb, moderately technical, everyone we encountered was very courteous, great views

Good short hike, great for dogs

Very well traveled with magnificent views

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