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snow
10 hours ago

Highly recommend. One of the highest hikes above boulder. I started at the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. Not much parking at that small lot, but a bit of overflow on the east side of the road in. Park at Chautauqua otherwise per this trail map.

Conditions are snowy. 1-4” with deeper snow towards the top. Doable with hiking boots, but you’ll want your crampons to get up and back down.

Recommended for fit hikers only. 2-4 hour round trip hike, with 2,500’ vertical in 4.4 miles from Gregory Canyon Trailhead

hiking
1 day ago

Saddle rock, Greenman, & Ranger all ice & snow. Microspikes strongly recommended. Gregory Canyon mixed ice/snow/mud/dirt. 1/21

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
2 days ago

Got to South Mess TH at 8am today to only a couple cars in the parking lot. Don't forget to pay your $5. The trail starts off slow on rolling hills. In the morning it was still cold enough to have hard pack snow, ice and just a little bit of mud all the up to the mouth of the canyon. In the canyon, it was hard pack snow and ice. Be ready for 1.2 mile serious trek. The path is beaten in nicely, so there's never a doubt where the trail is. Once on the saddle, I hit Bear Peak first. When I got there there was no trail apparent, except for some postholes. I followed those in knee-high snow to the peak. Coming back down and heading over to S. Boulder was the same. More route finding and postholing. There was no wind today. By the time I got back down, it had warmed so much that all the ice and snow had melted into mud. As far as what to wear on your feet: waterproof boots are a must, spikes once in the canyon are highly recommended, snow shoes would be great for the last little bit but no sense in dragging them up for the last 15 mins; gaiters might be more helpful here.

Completed 1/18/19. Micro spikes were a necessity, put them on at Chautauqua and never took them off. Snowpack was deep at points, but trail was 99% manageable, and you could see where you were going. Few people if any were on the trail. Enjoy!

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked on 1/14. Very difficult hike in the winter, trail is not visible above treeline, snowshoes/poles were very helpful but we saw a lot of people going in just yaktrax. It was extremely windy on the day we went. Beautiful hike though and less of a crowd on a Tuesday!

Very icy near the top. A bit of a scramble too, most dogs wont make it the last .4

Icy and snowy on trails! Need micro spikes or at the very least hiking shoes!

Hiked 1/12/2019. Lots of snow, microspikes are helpful. Trail is easy to find. Started at 8:30am, only passed a few people coming up, but trail was busy on our descent.

hiking
9 days ago

One of my favorite trails, it seems it is less crowded than some of the others in this area. Hiked 1/13, went up Gregory Canyon and down via Saddle Rock. The top was mostly hard packed snow and the bottom a little icy, I wore my microspikes the whole time and was glad I had them. Took me about 4 hours round trip. Would highly recommend!

great trail - went yesterday and still didn't need crampons or yak tracks

Great views and snacks at the camp were great! I will do it again!

Loved it! Spectacular

Great trail. No snowshoes needed yet. Easy to follow and nice views.

hiking
23 days ago

This is a great winter hike. The trail is well marked, is a mix of forest and sunshine, has several bridge crossings (all well maintained) and a small view of snow capped mountains toward the end of the hike (if you’re doing the loop counterclockwise). We brought our boot spikes but never needed them. It was very quiet on a cold Saturday, we never heard hunting activity and the trail has good uphill without being exhausting.

snowshoeing
26 days ago

This is a steep climb, not for the faint of heart. Took me almost 3 hours to get to treeline in snowshoes and I'm not going to brag about my physical condition. Unfortunately I called it at treeline due to inclement weather and a late start. A very challenging hike and worth the sweat. Not a casual hike.

Great trail & great views. The flat irons are massive and amazing to see!

This trail is our favorite of all time - so dynamic. From lakes to a smooth ascent over the Divide to the High Lonesome trail and the incredible reward of King Lake, it truly is awe inspiring. We wandered around a bit and ended up closer to 20.0 miles but still completed before sundown. Be sure to bring lots of water and fuel as high lonesome trail is exposed and a long stretch of the hike.

Nice hike, more moderate than hard, I was able to hike up and down in less than an hour, but definitely take some time to hang out at the top. Views of the flatirons are nice, and Boulder if you’re into that kinda thing.

We were trying to hike up Bear Peak and accidentally hiked this one instead. Boy, it was not a mistake! The views are amazing and the trail is challenging! We needed spikes the last half mile and be sure to pack lots of layers towards the top (it gets windy). We would hike this again.

Wouldn’t say is hard- solid moderate. Short. Trail crosses rock slide which is fantastic. Trail takes you to back of first flatiron, which cool, is bit of anticlimax...

on Green Mountain Loop

1 month ago

Beautiful morning with a nice amount of snow and a little ice. Bring your spikes.

windy at top. amazing views.
nice cool hike

I have blisters on my feet, and I feel like I got hit by a train a day after. Will do again!!! ... when I’m in better shape.

Beautiful scenery, Tough as hell work out, wildlife... this was perfect. Bring snacks and lots of water... and pain pills.

hiking
1 month ago

With the winter storm yesterday, I was met with knee-to-thigh-deep snow for the majority of the hike, so I definitely let out a few war cries on the ascent. It was still a great experience and gave me an insane workout. I recommend trekking poles, knee-high gaiters, water resistant clothing, and snow shoes or skis. Micro spikes were almost worthless due to the post-holing, but they'll be more applicable once the terrain hardens. If you're faced with similar weather (newly fallen, powdery snow), I'd roll out with snow shoes/gaiters at a minimum.

The trailhead parking lot was well-plowed, so those with sedans and non-AWD/4x4 should still be able to access the lot regardless of the trail condition.

Hiking Quandary Peak is challenging in the winter, but its doable and fulfilling if you start early. Also, it's one of the least likely 14ers to be affected by avalanches due to the ridge trail, so that's a plus.

on Green Mountain Loop

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Tough trail, a lot of uphill and tricky footing in places. Worth the climb for sure. Beautiful views! Be sure you have plenty of water.

hiking
2 months ago

did this a few years ago so going off of memory! I remember loving the views at the top but it was more difficult than I thought it would be. it is a crowded trail for good reasons. we hiked it during July and got stuck it two afternoon thunderstorms, looking back it's funny, but I remember being cold/wet then dry/hot! but that's not that unusual for Boulder

Well that was hard!

hiking
2 months ago

I did start on the class 3 side and do the entire loop it was well worth it if you don’t mind the danger and length. I would do it again just to camp at blue lake and then hike around. Just the popular trail took about 3 hours. It will take less than 5 for an average person I think just get there early for good parking on the weekend

Currently packed snow and ice on most of the trails. Microspikes recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Summited 11/13/2018. Gorgeous blue skies with intermittent cloud cover. Good snow pack through the trees. Above treeline was alternating solid pack and some post-holing. We mainly followed the “Old Quandary” trail, although with the snow it was difficult to be sure we were on trail most of the time. Wind came in semi-strong gusts at about 13k and up, but oddly stopped at the summit. Gear used and recommended for winter: Waterproof Boots, Gaiters, Microspikes, Trekking Poles, Heavy Jacket and Shell.

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