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1 day ago

Beautiful views and super easy trail Signs need a little attention to help

Amazing views. Low traffic. Just straight nature. Loved it. Took my dogs and it tires them out

lovely little hike. My 7 year olds first summit. I give it 5 stars because there is a little scrambling at the top which is fun but safe. And the views are awesome for the type of altitude you are at. In other words no trees obfuscating the view of the Dimond and other mountains surrounding.

We did this hike yesterday and loved it. Family friendly, peaceful. Will definitely do it again.

backpacking
11 days ago

Went backpacking with my 14 year old son. Camped down by the creek, had a great time. not too hard. We actually took a detour and hiked down to R.P. reservoir. very nice extra hike, but too bad we could not camp there. disappointed that there was a fire ban. we were also able to shoot our 22 before and after our hike at the open range at the trailhead.

hiking
13 days ago

We loved this trail. Although it is only 2 miles up and 2 miles back, we found parts of it challenging. You begin right away with a moderate climb. The last 100 yards it is fairly strenuous—especially to a novice hiker. However, it was well worth the effort. There are beautiful views as you make your way along the trail. At the top you have an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of RMNP Estes Park and points east. I would highly recommend this trail.

Beautiful hike that took just a couple of hours, our dog also loved it.

trail running
14 days ago

Trail is great. Road to trail is not the best and full of bikers.

off road driving
15 days ago

Nice trail, did this in 15 f150 supercrew with level and 33s. Tire placement is important to avoid scraping underneath. Slow and steady. Trail is plenty wide as we saw a hummvee with a tour. Mild rock climbing possible for most stock body on frame 4x4s.

7/1/18: What a beautiful trail! Much of the hike is through pine forests with packed dirt/rock, like many RMNP trails. Amazing views of Long's peak and nearby peaks. The falls is gorgeous. We went another 0.9 miles to Ouzel falls, which was just as nice. For a Sunday, this trail had only light-moderate traffic; crowded right at the end near the falls, where the Wild Basin trail connects. Pretty wildflowers. A great way to get into RMNP for free and (at least in the beginning) avoid the typical tourist traffic.

hiking
16 days ago

A very enjoyable hike for a Sunday afternoon. As you'll see in the trail profile, it's mostly downhill on the way out, making the return more difficult. Starts out in the shade, then goes to a couple of open meadows (bring sunscreen!). I'd suggest continuing on a bit further than the map on AllTrails displays so that you come to the river - great place to hang out for a while. Some of the trail is eroded from use/flood damage, but there's usually an "up-and-over" alternative if you look for it. The directions for "Getting There" on AllTrails are helpful. I had no trouble driving there in my 2WD lower-clearance car.

scenic driving
16 days ago

Great hike, little traffic, decent shade. Did it with a 5 month old and would do it again!

It was an amazing hiking trail. We all had a great experience and would highly recommend this trail.

Absolutely gorgeous views the whole way! My husband and I hiked this a few weeks ago in early June and it was so nice! I was dealing with a rare case of altitude sickness so we didn’t end up going all the way to Ouzel Falls which I was sad about but the rest of the hike was so beautiful we couldn’t complain. We will return and acclimate better next time before doing this hike and make it to the Falls!

nice hike the meadow at the top was very beautiful nice warm up hike for a week in Estes

hiking
19 days ago

Easy hiking trail with a few steep pitches thrown in to keep your heart rate up. Awesome views of the Estes Valley, Prospect Mtn., Twin Sisters, and Long’s peaks, as well as the continental divide.

hiking
22 days ago

Fun family trail. Not too challenging, with moderate traffic on a Saturday. Beautiful flowers along the way.

Great hike. We started at 8 am on a Saturday and only encountered a few hikers until our descent a couple of hours later. Beautiful wild flowers and amazing views.

Trail of Poop. We hiked this trail on 6/16/18. Every 10-20 feet there was a bag of dog poop next to the trail. Or just a pile of poop. Ick! What kind of people do this? You choose to bring your dog, you get to carry away it's poop. Don't subject the rest of us to it. I am a dog lover, but this was just too much.

Skip this gross trail. We've never seen anything this disgusting anywhere else.

Pretty crowded - maybe better as a fall or early spring for more snow capped mtn views. Good trail though overall!

My children really enjoyed this trail! It was a nice trail for them to participate in.

Great workout hike. Another one of my local favorites. The first time I did this trail I did the whole loop and did the hiker shuffle back to my car. I went up the nighthawk way and looped back down. Was a solid 9+ miles and I don’t even think I stopped. Oops. The views and scenery are amazing and I really liked the switch backs. Views are breathtaking.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful and well maintained trial with many amazing views and wildflowers along the way. The last short stretch up and between rocks was challenging for my pup. He’s just over 20 lbs so I was able to lift him over steep rocks. The view at the top is 360 degrees of beauty.
It cost $6 to get into the area.

hiking
27 days ago

Really stunning views. I went around 6-9pm on weekday. I was literally the only person on the trail. But campers were around. The road leading up is half dirt and sketchy in places for low cars. My prius was fine tho. Drive slow. The creek is pretty dry until half way in. When you get to the huge open field, keep going, until you see the trail split at the end, and go left into the next meadow. You will have to cross a broken path over the water, so you will know. Just more stunning views in the 2nd meadow too. Absolutely lovely.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike ! We started the hike in the morning and it took us about two hours to get to the top . Most of it was pretty mild except for the very top . The last few feet you have to rock scramble to get amazing views . We spotted a bear a little off the trail on the way back . Our dog also loved it :)

Hiked this morning for the first time. It def is moderate as you gain elevation steadily and it is higher elevation the the front range. Views from the top are epic. High wind gusts today. Had the top to ourselves for 15 min before next crowd arrived. Based on their reviews of it being well populated we felt lucky to have no humans around. On way out spotted deer. Trailhead starts at 8780 elevation and highest point is 9786’

Great 360 view from the summit...

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail for intermediate backpackers and hikers.

Once you get passed the firing range and into the valley, it's a beautiful trail. Unfortunately most of the Creeks are dried up and you will not come across moving water until about a mile in.

I would do this trail again in a heartbeat.
PS- Getting out of the valley is what makes this an intermediate trail;)

camping
1 month ago

Love this trail. Camped along the creek Sunday night and a mountain lion entered our camp and chewed the strap off my friend’s backpack. Be alert!

Went down finch lake trail head about 5 miles from the parking iPhone maps take you to from this app. It was beautiful! Not a lot of people or parking ! Arrived and had no parking left had to park on the side of the road. However was great hike wind/trees kept us cool for a 90+ degree day. Beautiful drive from Denver!

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