Explore To do - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

To do Map
9 days ago

Great snow! Actually needed snowshoes!❄️

Did trail on 1/3/19 after the snow storm on 12/31. It was quite a long walk from the parking lot to really get into canyon. The trail is a road that follows the creek. There is a lot of bikers and runners since it is flat and wide. Looks like you can drive but all park and water trucks driving through. We did see big horn sheep and deer. Not challenging trail for waking.

13 days ago

Hiked the trail 1/5/19 with spikes. All the way to the lake, the snow on the trail is packed down and snowshoes aren't really necessary unless you want to hike off trail or maybe you're hiking the day after a snowfall. We hiked a little of the Devils Thumb trail from the junction of the Kings Lake trail and snowshoes would be handy there.

Parking is along the side of the road up to and just below the junction of Hessie Road and the 4th of July Road (which are closed). On a weekend day, get there by 8 am or earlier to avoid crowds and parking. We were done around 10:30 am and from the beginning of signage for roadside parking to the junction it was lined with cars, with still more people coming up and trying to find a park spot.

Did this hike on 1/4/2019 and was beautiful. Great snow hike. My girlfriend and I just had YakTrax and boots but saw many others with cross-country skis and snowshoes.

For those with Two-Wheel Drive cars: I have a Toyota Celica and made it to the parking just fine but word of advice would be to park sooner rather than later. At the end of the trail is a hill to turn around. I couldn’t make it up this hill due to snow and ice so I had to reverse my way out. Once you see a parking spot, take it.

Overall great trail and friendly people. The snow made it more of a moderate-hard trail mainly due to the steep grades and slippery snow.

Loved this trail. Easy to follow. Packed down nicely. Probably could’ve done just fine without snowshoes up until closer to the lake, but I was really thankful to have them.

cross country skiing
17 days ago

Beautiful trail, not quite steep enough to coast the whole way down but a solid run with some fun sections and tons of snow in late December.

One of my favorite hikes. IPW is fantastic.

Easy snowshoe with some decent views. Crowds and parking are kind of a drag.

mountain biking
17 days ago

completed this trail in September 2018 as a bike ride. Trail is easy to ride, a little more difficult towards the end, but overall, not a bad ride. We saw 3 big horn sheep. Pretty open trail, not a lot of tree coverage, and there are some places you can access the river for water.

There is a pit toilet at the parking lot at the trail head which was clean.

UPDATED: Never found our car keys, but have already contacted the number below and they were not ours. Thank you all for checking in with me though! Happy 2019, and Hike On!

The snow was quite packed and I had no problem hiking this trail using micro spikes without snow shoes.

My first snowshoeing experience! So much fun!

Snow is very well packed on this route on 12/24. None of us required snowshoes or traction devices, although there were quite a few spots that some yaktraks would have been nice to have. Would recommend wearing those or some lightweight traction devices if you have them. Especially, if you’re going to walk out on the lake.

The road to the trailhead is well packed down. Practically plowed, but nonetheless we did see a FWD car get stuck in the ditch. I think any car (even RWD) with snow tires would have been ok. Otherwise, AWD OR 4x4 only. I had AWD with all terrains and it grabbed great.

Also, found a note, that someone found some car keys on 12/22 and left a phone number. Call 570-971-9335 if you believe they might be yours.

Nice mellow trail with open views and ruins worth exploring (definitely go to the end to learn about the Summer White House). The trailhead was nearly empty when we arrived around 9:30 am on a sunny Christmas Eve, but the upper lot had filled on our return. There was virtually no ice or snow on the trail, making this a perfect quick mountain hike without any winter gear required.

26 days ago

Really simple and beautiful trail. I started with crampons and then was very happy I had snowshoes. Trail is super visible and saw a few people. I attempted to do a longer loop with devils thumb and woodland lake trails connections but the trail was lost and very very deep snow!

Hiked this today 12/23/18. Got to the trail head around 10 am. No problem parking and there were a couple more spots open. Also not a problem getting to the trailhead with AWD vehicle, depending on weather conditions I can see it being difficult because there are signs that say the road is not maintained so likely not plowed. I brought snow shoes but did not wear them. They haven't had any recent snow so the trail is pretty well traveled and packed. I did wear spikes and do recommend those since it is a bit icy in some spots. Beautiful a d peaceful hike, will definately be back in the summer as well!

Pretty nice hike. One of the busiest hikes I’ve been on though, and when I got to the lake there were people flying their drones overhead...pretty stupid. Parking is challenging, but the green buses are awesome at picking people up to bring them to the trailhead (not the 4WD actual trailhead). Nice wildflowers in the spring

Nice climb with nice views

The bike ride was awesome!!! The Long Horn Sheep were out and about! Spectacular! Wear gloves if biking! Go between 11am-2pm - Get as much sun as you can!

mountain biking
1 month ago

As a novice mountain biker I was looking for a novice trail. I found the Green Mountain Novice Loop a complete misnomer as it has a considerable amount of "moderate" trails and is rated, overall, as moderate. Hmm. I survived just fine and found out I can do moderate terrain, but good heavens change the name. Also, with no more than about 1/3 of the trails marked, and no large map boards except in the parking lot, navigation was a bit of a challenge. Not unexpected for a trail in the mountains, but I thought something "in town" would be better marked and...ahem...properly named!

Plenty of parking this late morning and little ice on the trail. The trail was very easy with a kind of moderate spike, but the views at the end were beautiful! I was also lucky enough to be the only one up there for a half hour!

Better for mtn biking

1 month ago

We hiked Dec 2 2018. it was mid afternoon and the sun was perfect on the shiny rocks. gorgeous. many parts were icy. the folks with micro cleats had no trouble. the folks in tennis shoes were slipping. easy gorgeous trail. the park itself is a true gentleman.

My husband and baby went snowshoeing here today; it's a long-shot, but he lost his car keys. Old beat up key for a Scion tC, safety pin, house key, and a silver metal flash drive. If anyone happens out there tomorrow and sees them, please let me know! RhiannonDean07 @ gmail

1 month ago

A little tough getting from parking to trail. Good snowpack, could get by with spikes.

Close to Denver with beautiful vistas

Loved this trail for the bighorn sheep!

1 month ago

Overall an easy hike and definitely beautiful with all of the snow! The trail was mostly snow packed, so easy enough to hike. We brought our shoe spikes, but probably would've been fine without. A couple miles in, the trail does just kind of stop, with no more footprints to follow, so it's shorter than the full 7 miles, but still worth it for a slightly shorter hike.

1 month ago

Only hiked a small portion, but it was beautiful.

Nice trail go a shot day hike

Load More