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Nice loop, pretty difficult at times. Did it with my dog on a gorgeous early AM during the week, saw 1 hiker and later in the afternoon some mountain bikers. Pretty exposed at times, gorgeous views. It definitely felt like spring.

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1 day ago

Hiked on 4/17/2018. Left Long's Peak Ranger station at 9:15am and reached Chasm Lake at 12:00pm. Did the whole trail with micro-spikes only. Trail is well traveled and well packed. Micro spikes a must. Weather was perfect on the way up, clear and a little windy. On the way back around 1:30pm it got really windy and started snowing. I made a hustle to get back to the treeline as fast as possible. Made it back to the Ranger station at 2:15pm.

Love it. Amazing views!

My first time hiking this trail. It was beautiful and challenging. I'm a beginner hiker so I found some spots difficult to navigate. Plus the trail wasn't marked well in some spots. Overall it was a great walk with beautiful scenery. I'll definitely hike it again soon.

hiking
2 days ago

I started my trek around 10:30 am after having to run to the gas station to get cash for the $5 fee that was required to park in the lot. It was slightly overcast, but the sun was shining through the clouds and I broke a sweat after climbing up the hill and pushing forward around the bend on Mesa Trail.

It was a relatively gradual and easy climb until I reached the fork in the trail to take Shadow Canyon North or continue on to Beak Peak. This is where the trail earns it's "Hard" classification, as it is a 2.2 mile trek directly uphill to the ridge line where South Boulder Peak and Bear Peak trails meet.

From the ridge line it is a easy trek to the top of the peak, with just an additional 300 ft. or so of elevation gain. There is a false summit near the top, though, and if you want to reach the top you will need to scramble across some boulders to reach the true summit.

Reaching the summit is well worth it, as you have incredible 360 degree views of Longs Peak, the Flatirons, the city of Boulder, South Boulder Peak, and so much more!

This was a somewhat difficult hike with exceptionally rewarding views upon reaching the summit. Definitely not for the faint of heart, as this was as taxing, if not more taxing than some of the easier 14ers I've completed in the past. Absolutely worth it for those of you looking to test yourself with some beautiful landscape along the way!

(It took me about 4 hours to complete the hike, with a few stops along the way)

Went this past weekend 2018-04-15 and road was open to trail head.

Hiked on 4/16, the trail is well packed with snow, and not super icy. I would still recommend spikes and poles, but snowshoes are not needed. Above tree line, this trail can be brutally windy. Me and some other hikers in front of me were turned back by gale force winds that would knock you over and make it difficult to move forward. I would recommend checking the wind conditions for the trail, but even making it as far as I did the views of Longs Peak were seriously awesome.

hiking
3 days ago

Enjoyed a hike near Boulder.... it felt a lot like the fourteeners I’ve climbed.... quite a lot of elevation gain in short amount of distance..... fun! I’d do it again

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful winter hike, gorgeous views of Longs Peak. Didn't need the snowshoes yesterday but was glad to have the microspikes. There are a couple areas of exposure just before the big snowfield traverse, probably better early with ice and microspikes than later with softer snow.

A great relaxing walk in the woods with enough incline to get the heart pumping. This trail has some diverse scenery: meadows, streams, woods, cliffs. Mostly dry with some mud.

Such a workout !!! If doing in summer bring a hat, there is limited shade here. Steep and slippery incline at the beginning of the trail with about 2 false views. Once past that then it’s moderate hiking until you reach the scramble. Get on all fours and finish to the top ! Be careful going down..... that was the worst part for all of us.

Great hike close to Denver. You go downhill for the first half but the creek at the bottom was beautiful. Trail was clean and in good condition.

Went on a Sunday afternoon at about 11:30 AM. Parking was limited, trail was in good shape (kind of muddy), trek took about 2.5 hours. Was just challenging enough to make you feel like you really earned your beer(s) after.

was a good little hike, that uphill was killer but the views we're really lovely.

Went on a Sunday mid afternoon in April and wasn’t too busy. Took the loop clockwise to do the longer part downhill and the shorter/steeper part uphill and wasn’t bad at all. Mostly trekking through the peaceful forest until you get to a series of bridges over the stream at the bottom next to rocky slopes going up around you. Cool stuff but hear it gets crazy busy at times. Nice facilities at the trailhead. Right off 70 and next to bison herd spot. Pickle rick!!!!

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked on April 14th. Great hike! Definitely need micro-spikes. Really, really beautiful. The drop from the trail to Chasm Lake is actually pretty steep, which in the snow we decided to do anyways and just took some small boulder climbing. AMAZING views. The final few turns in the trail after the privy had some icy spots with steep drop offs but with the micro-spikes it wasn’t bad at all, just take it slow if it’s icy. It’s just so freaking beautiful. Start early in the morning. It gets icier and windier in the afternoon.

Trekking Poles , next time for sure !

Beautiful trail saturated in the deep forest, eventually joining a stream, with a few of great places to do some light bouldering to get a nice vantage of the stream and one of its many bridges crossing it.

I went between 4–6:30pm and there were very few people around. Saw a few great doggos being very good puppers—the mini Australian Shepherd was bashful.

Highly recommend if you're looking for a moderate-difficult afternoon stroll (coming from an unfit skinny guy

great trail! Please keep dogs on lease at all times

Nice that it’s so close to Denver yet you can experience some good elevation—it’s a workout for sure. The trail gets quite rocky near the top and requires some scrambling but the views are fantastic!

Great hike for a workout. The first 1/3 is pretty steep. It is not as bad after that, but still uphill. Would be a great trail to train on. Really nice views as well.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked on 4/9. There was 2-3ft of fresh snow above tree line which made it very difficult to find the trail. Snow shoes are a must with all of the snow.

This was a fun, different hike than others we’ve done. It was nice to have a different perspective, walking along the creek and along the gulch. A few exposures but nothing that’s overly dangerous. Great to be among the trees and babbling brook. Will do again and bring a hammock so we can take in the peacefulness next time.

Beautiful and not very busy. Good workout!

Beautiful hike along Beaver Brook. Some decent elevation gain and a few rocky places, but nothing too challenging and really no ice/snow/mud on the trail when we went. We were glad to have the AllTrails maps and a spare phone battery, as we got off course a couple of times and could easily have added miles to our hike by mistake. For us, this ended up about a 6-mile, 3-hour hike that was both enjoyable and a good workout. Lots of people with their dogs; will bring ours next time!

Really easy to get to from Denver and roughly a 30 minute drive! It is easy to find with a fair amount of parking.

This is a nice trail with a little rock exposure that makes it interesting. The trail is 2.5 miles down 700 ft in elevation then 2.5 miles up. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.

We had a bit of snow last night and wore spikes, but not necessary. In the summer this is a great trail for running.

hiking
12 days ago

A must! Was last here Weds the 16th of March when Boulder got dumped by at least 4-6 inches of snow. It was so different from my first hike when it was dry. It was instead very windy! I had to hold on to rocks, branches or get pushed off the trail. Both hikes were extreme n both times I summit the peak. Each occasion made difficult by ice/snow/wind. But this is gorgeous!

Did this hike today. Was not strenuous at all for the first 3 miles but the intensity kicks up a bit for the last 2 when you get to Chavez. Took me about 2 hours with some breaks to admire the river. Doesn't have great views and the trail is marked very poorly. Saw a couple groups including myself get lost. However, admission is free and it was a decent trail so I will be back.

Great hike with the most rewarding views around!

We went while the road was still closed so be warned it adds an extra 6 miles to the start of the trail head for the hike. The road leading to the trail head was open dirt road. Fun for dogs, just was a very long trip if your not expecting it or not the best hiker.
If your going when the road closes pack a lunch it’s a long trip, we didn’t see any trash cans so what you bring in take with you out.
Overall I would have said 5-5 stars but when we went we had the impression it was 6 miles added on round trip not both ways so very under prepared and had a rough time but the view was worth it!

One of my favorite trails because the end is so rewarding! Beautiful views.

Awesome elevation training right by town!!!

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