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Nice hike in the woods. Keeps things cool. It’s a constant climb. I didn’t make it to the saddle

To you people who labeled this hike “kid friendly”, who are your kids? Rambo and Wolverine? This hike should be labeled hard, not moderate, due to very steep dropoffs throughout the Chavez section and some most definite rock climbing involved that is not appropriate for small children. This is NOT a kid friendly hike in any universe. Beautiful scenery but some nasty surprises as you near the creek. Will gladly do this again solo with my husband. Very much regretted taking my kid!

I took this trail counter-clockwise which I’d never do again. Too much scrambling boulders downhill which was tricky. I suggest to take the beaver brook to Chavez rather than going via the Braille trail. Once down the brook is so pretty and made it worth the extra effort. Next time I’ll take beaver brook to the creek then go back the same way. Boulder scrambling isn’t my thing.

The trail is steep on the final decent but not that bad. We left early in the day (about 9 am). We had the place to ourselves. The water level was too low for jumping. But it was beautiful anyway and we did swim, even though the water was frigid! It’s a quick hike and worth it.

backpacking
3 days ago

trail is not easy by any means but easier than your average 14er (just to give a comparison idea on the steepness). it's mostly uphill the whole way but does drop off a bit here and there for a break. be warned, to get to the campsite is almost an extra mile so the route round trip is more like 12 miles instead of 10. camping by the lake is phenomenal but be sure to bring bug spray! also keep in mind that the camping area is almost at 1200 feet so it is colder up there than expected. Our second day we had some beautiful fog and saw a moose! I was carrying about 35 lb. and others in my group were carrying about 50 lb. and we made the trip in a little under 5 hours. with a bit of preparation and knowledge of the difficulty, it is a great hike!

Great trail for the pups. Enough shade and they enjoyed the break in the water about half way in. Clean trail, not crowded on a Friday and perfect hiking weather. We will be back!

It was my first time hiking in Colorado, great place to start. Really fun and enjoyed the beautiful views. Was a bit hard for the first time but I bet if you are used to hiking it would be a pleasant hike.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a difficult hike, but very rewarding once you get to the top. The views are worth it! There were some wildflowers when I went, but I think I missed the peak time for flowers this year.

We took our 4 year old and 2 year old yesterday on this hike it was beautiful. This was our second time to do this hike once last year and again this year on our annual trip. Be aware that there is a $6.00 fee to hike this trail this was new to us. I believe last year it was donation only. Make sure to bring some cash.

Nice trail with a variety of terrain. This trail may be considered hard for those who do not hike frequently... some narrow, rocky areas with over 1000 ft of elevation change. The river was a nice spot to stop for a rest half way through the hike.

A nice workout with a strong hill qt the end. - beautiful - the river was great for my dog too :)

on Hells Hole Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Once you get to the top, the view is great but other than that, eh, there are way prettier hikes in Colorado.

This is a heavily trafficked trail over steep rocks to a really fun swimming hole.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome hike. I would rate this hike as difficult. I did it as a youth more than 40 years ago and it hard then. I am 57 years old my wife and I did this beautifull hike today. it took us 6.5 hours to complete. We took our time a we were rewarded with breath taking views just above timberline. I would highly recommend this lightly traveled trail.

3.8 miles 1950 ft elevation. Awesome hike for how short it is and close to Denver, we did it in the evening for sunset and there was a show going on at Red Rocks below. Some sections are pretty steep and sandy, trekking poles recommended, definitely wear decent shoes. Final scramble to the top is lots of fun.

Watch for rattlesnakes. Not small dog friendly

I love this trail. beautiful views, not too far from golden.

hiking
11 days ago

I took a friend from out of town on this trail on Tuesday and we were almost completely alone. We saw one other couple on mile one then no one for the entire rest of it. It was great, the views form the pass were awesome. We sat on a rock and ate lunch, you have a great view of Mount Evans from there. The 4 solid miles of climbing wasn't the easiest but certainly not too bad. I took someone who lives at sea level and he did just fine with it.

good one with kids

Nice steady climb up and a beautiful view at the top.

We got there early on a weekday and only saw six other people. The aspen groves were fantastic and we’re planning a trip to go back when the leaves are turning.

hiking
15 days ago

much better alternative to the classic Mt Sanitas route! stood and watched hummingbirds buzzing around in the first meadow!!

hiking
16 days ago

We did this hike this morning, which is a Saturday. Decent sized parking lot, and we got there about 9:15 and there were only four or five other cars in it. There is a bathroom at the trailhead, but it’s essentially a port-a-potty. The trail is quite steep for the first three miles (first mile especially) and then levels out a little the rest of the way. We didn’t see too many other people on the trail, so the whole thing was nice and quiet, especially once we got to the Hell’s Hole area. The trail is almost completely in the woods of Arapaho National Forest. Hike was a great workout, but I don’t think I’d want to do it again-once we finished at the “top” and headed back down, we were ready to be done. The trail is pretty straight the entire way, so you’re just plugging along and navigating the rocks. It took us 3 hours and 55 minutes to complete, and my tracking app said it was 8.77 miles total.

Excellent summer hike. I don't know why this is rated as "hard". The trail is clearly marked, there's like one spot where you have to scale (or descend, depending on which way you go) a rock, and it's nothing even remotely dangerous or technical. I did this back in January and it was much more difficult due to ice and snow. Still a nice hike through the forest, saw a decent amount of people, most of whom were worried they lost the trail. Dogs should be just fine on this trail. Do your research before you hike, people!

hiking
17 days ago

I hiked this trail last weekend, for the first time. In my opinion, it is moderate/hard because it gets steep at the top. Despite earlier reviews, the saddle is about 6 miles from the trailhead. I hike another 1.5 miles down toward the lakes but had to turn around due to time. The descent from the saddle can be pretty tricky at certain points.

decent mixed terrain, good if you're just looking for a place to get a workout. we didn't find this trail exceptionally challenging or attractive in the way of views, but had a pleasant stroll here. would have given 4 stars if there wasn't a good section of it by the road or if the views were more significant. enjoyable space down in the ravine though.

Nice hike/run/equestrian trail with a variety of moderate work (some stiff elevation gain in the sun) with a variety of terrain, vegetation, and water features. Between the beetle kill and blow down, forest looks stressed. Friends of Mountain Evan and Lost Creek Wilderness are working hard to ensure all trails are open without having to scramble over downed trees. Long drive in, but close enough for a fine day hike in the Denver Metro region. Plenty of elk in this area if your timing is good. Recommend an early start as parking is limited.

I love this hike. The first time I did it I was surprised by how difficult it was, as the last mile is relatively steep uphill, but it’s worth it for the beautiful river, wildflowers and abundant shade. I would not recommend bringing dogs on this hike as there are some rocky areas that are very difficult for them to climb over. If you go on a weekday it’s not very crowded and the trail is well marked. Highly recommend.

hiking
21 days ago

Moderate hike with cool bristlecone pines at the top. Hardly saw anyone before heading down.

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