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hiking
5 days ago

We did this in about a foot of snow yesterday. Was pretty tough but we were able to complete it in a few hours with our dog. View was incredible!

My son and I arrived today from Cleveland. The hike was wonderful and challenging. As we climbed the wind picked up and temp dropped. We didn’t start till 2:30 and made it above tree line and to the final push to Hallett but happily turned back. It was wonderful but the weather reminded us to have respect for Mother Nature. What a beautiful hike.

Beautiful views! Hardly anyone on the trail once you get up the first steep incline. Our dog loved it!

Awesome trip up! We are beginners and have only hiked the past two days and this was super challenging but well worth it. Views are incredible

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful but can be quite windy! Come prepared for that!

hiking
18 days ago

Really great hike, awesome views and my pup loved it, really steady incline the whole time. Turned around before I got all the way to the top but still worth it! Super windy though once you get close to the top

Beautiful hike with great views of Bierstadt, Sawtooth and Evans group, as well as Sawatch Range far away to the south-west. Hiked on Sunday, September 23, 2018, met no more that 25 people along the trail, while crowds were going up and down Bierstadt.
Near the upper lake the trail branches and continues additional for 1.5 miles with a steep elevation gain of 1,500' to the summit of the Square Top Mtn. - almost a Fourteener at 13,754'. That part is quite strenuous. Even greater views from the summit.

Nice out and back. Great views

hiking
21 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike, but definitely very strenuous. Once you're above the tree line, it gets tricky with the temperature drop, the low air density, and the incessant winds. The trail is fine until the last bit when there's a bit of rock clambering to the peak. Super views but my personal favorite is Sky Pond.

this Trail is wonderful. The first one point five miles are very challenging and difficult. However they are in the forest so you're protected from the elements. For a considerable distance once you passed the tree line it is a wonderful Trail to walk on. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the summit. The weather was cloudy and it was incredibly cold, and it is very windy as everyone says. We did make it to Peak 12150. I would do this hike again no doubt. However the next time, I would go more prepared with the proper attire. While we were dressed in the appropriate coat and pant layering, the lack of a hat and gloves made it unbearable. I recommend all of these if you plan to take this hike. Far better to be able to remove them if its cold then to not have them at all. Again, I do plan to make the hike again, so that I can get to the summit of Mount Ida. It's a stunning hike and well worth every step.

This was a great hike. Definitely ignore the parking on Guanella Pass and drive all the way to the top parking lot. We got there at 9:00 on a Saturday and there were still spots left. The hike took about 2.5 hours down and back. By the time we left, the area was PACKED. Start early.

Great challenge. Pack layers. Views spectacular

hiking
27 days ago

This was my first 13er and I had the trail to myself on a weekday morning. It’s a steady climb with only a few rocky spots. Once you get around the side of Colorado Mines Peak, the wind really picks up. I had 25mph winds with a wind chill of 27 at 10AM. Some wonderful people built a couple of wind breaks at the top. Challenging with good valley views. I even saw it snowing around Bard Peak. On my way back, I climbed CMP too. 8 miles in 3h 45m.

hiking
28 days ago

Take two. We hiked this trail Saturday morning. Incredible views! SPF!!! you are being blasted by the sun on this hike (weather permitting). I would not want to try this hike in early/mid-summer with afternoon thunderstorms because there is no protection once above treeline. I did post pics too. We saw a Ptarmigan as well as pika's, marrmots.

hiking
30 days ago

This was the first long trail I have done in Colorado. Have to say overall a great experience. The trail in the beginning is well maintained and easy to find, however when you get to the rocky portion of the hike it is a bit tough to find the actual trail. The last hour or so was a bit hard for me as I am still not used to the elevation so we had to take breaks. We did not see a lot of people on the trail either which was nice. Took us about 5h45min with a lunch on the summit. The views are amazing and the trail is rewarding. Make sure you have a wind jacket as it was very windy when we did it. Great hike! Highly recommend it.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail & not many people! Summit views are stunning!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Long views in all directions along the top. Spectacular fall color. We turned around at about 3.5 miles, but the trail keeps going.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning hike, lots of lake views. Got quite windy up there so bring a jacket and maybe a toque. If you decide to desend down to see Bill Moore Lake the wind is not near as bad.
After the Mount Flora peak, go a little further and push yourself and you won't be disappointed with the views of Bill Moore Lake from up above. From there it can get pretty rocky at the top, and further on the trail is not well marked so be careful.

hiking
1 month ago

mother nature made me work for this trail, especially on the alpine tundra portion— exposed and windy and brief rain. took ~5.5 hrs.

First mile up is the hardest part. Get past that and the rest is easier but still challenging considering the strong winds pretty much the whole rest of the way to the peak. Use the wind rock shelters built, they give you a needed break. The views are honestly breath taking. Wear good shoes with good traction and a face mask for the wind wouldn’t hurt. Everyone in good shape should try this.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views for more than half of this hike! I finished this on Sunday 9/9 and even though it was a super warm day the summit of Flattop and Hallet were VERY windy. The weather/season is definitely changing, so it is time to start packing gloves, beanies, extra layers etc. The views from Hallet are much better than on the top of Flattop so if you have about 30 more minutes of push in you it’s worth the extra mileage. I summited Flattop in 2.15 and by 2.40 I was at the top of Hallet, RT was about 5 hours. Aspens are changing which is always a plus!

walking
1 month ago

Great trail. Pleasant woods to begin with and gradual inclines along the way. Opens up at the top with great views, very windy.

This hike is very intense, even if you’re in great shape! The first two thirds to the false summit is harder than the second third. The first 2/3 is almost completely an incline the entire way up. The false summit had this cool “Game of Thrones” rock seating to mark that you’re about 2/3 there. As everyone says, you’re not protected from the elements at all, so dress warm. The last leg is very rocky and the trail becomes a little less clear during that portion. Overall a really cool, intense hike but definitely not for the faint of heart. Dog friendly!

1 month ago

from the parking lot to the wind break, it's a calf workout. from there, it's easy. take water, sunscreen, at least 1 walking stick. dress in layers. wind is almost guaranteed. keep ears warm.

One of the best hikes I have ever done. Amazing views throughout, from multiple mini-summits along the way. Not too steep but will feel a lot harder if not acclimated to the high altitude. A must-do if passing through this part of the Rockies.

hiking
1 month ago

the wind was absolutely insane even on the sunny day it was. I summited Mt. Flora after an hour and a half pretty much moving non stop and tried to sit at the top but the wind was so strong (even tho I was sitting against some large rocks) so I descended down. total of 2 hours and the views were great. a nice continental divide hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked/ran this trail with my friends this morning (9/6). Got to the Bear Lake parking lot around 7:30 am and there were not many people there. We passed a handful of people on the way up, and got to the summit 1hr 50min later (we are fast hikers). It was a bit windy and cold on the top, so I recommend bringing extra layers if you're hiking in the fall! After climbing down the steeper section near the summit, we ran the rest of the way down and that took is about an hour. So total time was just under 3 hours for us - if you're a trail runner/fit endurance athlete use this for reference.

Awesome hike had to turn around at noon because of weather so made it to the top of the mountain but not to Hylett Peak. Glacier was awesome to see and you can't beat the views

Great hike for a moderate hiker! Get there early, the storms roll in after lunch. The more breaks needed the closer you get to the top, but only because of elevation. The actual climb is not terrible but not easy! False summit has beautiful views!

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