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Currently packed snow and ice on most of the trails. Microspikes recommended.

This was my first 14er. I chose this for my birthday and did it 10/19/18. I did not complete it because I underestimated the snow and attempted it 24 hours after leaving an elevation of 10 feet above sea level. I made it to 13,523 in about 6 hours and back down in 3 hours. I had to turn around because I was going alone and I left a deadline with friends and needed to make it back before they sent a search party. I will do this again in June after acclimating for a few days.

I had 4wd so I got to drive to the trailhead at 5:30am. I met 3 young men walking up the road and gave them a ride and learned they had just flown in from Miami a few hours earlier. We all struck out at 6am but they turned back after realizing they were too tired and in no shape to hike. I learned it is really cold at 6am there, I still have fingertips that tingle.

I learned a lot and can't wait to do this again when I am a little more prepared. The mountains were beautiful covered in snow but man that snow sucked to walk in. I questioned myself all the way down then decided I was coming back to conquer the mountain as soon as I could.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful views! I brought my dog to hike and she loved it- we met several other people with dogs too who were all very friendly. I didn’t wish I had snow shoes until the end when I started sinking in waist deep snow and my dog started disappearing completely under the snow- it was moderately challenging but well worth it!

hiking
6 days ago

A fantastic climb with a great summit.

Really nice trail. Well maintained and popular. Lots of cool formations. Favorite part was being on top of the ridge. Saw some snakes.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Went out on my first snowshoe of the season (11/5) bringing a first timer with me and Silver Dollar Lake Trail did not disappoint. Saw 8 moose through the trek!!! Only saw one other group of snowshoers on our way up and they turned back near Naylor Lake due to slopes of snow that were 4-5 feet deep and at a challenging decline. It can be a bit difficult to navigate the trail once you leave treeline but if understand where the lake you are heading to is, it can be a lot of fun to make your own trail there.
Just an FYI: Started with a gorgeous day and by the time we made it to the lake the wind and snow picked up and we were losing visibility quickly. Bring polarized goggles or you will completely lose your path back.

Amazing

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike!

Okay, first the most important, YES there is a bathroom at bottom!

I just went today for the first time with two dogs and they did great. There are some snow remnants around and the trail is a bit muddy, but overall, a very enjoyable hike!

There are some great views and great red rocks to see as you go up the trail. The elevation gain was subtle in some areas, but also a butt burner as you head back at end of trail. There was only one section not clearly marked....it is a steep down trail and once you get down the hill, THEN you will see there it is marked for Red Rocks Trail. When at top, there are three other potential ways...one is a dead end and the other looks like it could head off for a bit. Just be careful of this section, but I don't think you would get far anyway.

I feel tired after and happy. There weren't too many people at 9am and 42 degree weather. So if you dislike the crowds, try going in colder weather. It is still enjoyable!

hiking
14 days ago

We really enjoyed this hike. We encountered only one other trail user. We used winter hiking boots with crampons. This was sufficient to make it all of the way to the end of the trail. No need for snowshoes or backcountry skis today. It snowed throughout our hike and was windy, especially when nearing the lake at the end. There's a waterfall flowing into the lake which isn't frozen over yet. A thin layer of ice currently coats most of the lake. A standard car with good all season tires can make it to the foot of the trailhead.

gnarly trail, view at top legendary

on Green Mountain Loop

hiking
19 days ago

We hiked from the base of Chautauqua to Ski Jump, Bluebell-Baird, Amphitheater, Gregory Canyon, Ranger, E.M. Greenman, Saddle Rock and then Amphitheater and back to the base. We hiked it counter-clockwise and it was about 8 miles in total. It's steep and strenuous in the beginning until you get to Ranger and then it levels out for about a mile or so before beginning the route up the summit. It's a really beautiful trail with views of Boulder and Indian Mountains. It'll be crowded in the beginning, but then will level off.
One thing to note is right now E.M. Greenman is not allowing dogs, so you have to just go for it or hike the way you came up. Also, there's a ladder on Saddle Rock due to the flood damage, but there is a path around it to the left going down that the dogs can easily get down using vs. the ladder.

hiking
20 days ago

steep but quick

hiking
21 days ago

Climbed this one today. And when I say climbed, that's no lie. 95% of the trail is snow covered, with the last 1,000 feet requiring some basic mountaineering skills. Post holing, searching for different routes from the trail (it's disappeared under the snow and you have to post hole all the way up), thigh-deep snow in certain areas. Don't get me wrong - it's breathtaking at the top, but it took some effort to get there. My companion said this was Mt Rainier summit day minus ice axes and crevasses. Spikes, gaiters all recommended. Snow shoes might even come in handy if you're willing to bring them. But I loved it. So, the work aside, it's worth the hike.

Beautiful hike to the lake. Still warm enough in mid September.

More difficult than expected but completely worth it!!

Hiked this today (Oct 27)! It's almost entirely snow (with a few dirt patches that provide a little reprieve) and super windy at the top. Would rate it hard if you're hiking this time of year. Still, the lake (it's the third one) is entirely frozen now, which is the view I was after. If you opt to hike (not drive) directly to the trailhead, keep a look out for it - it comes up really quick on the left side of the road. If you make it to a "no trespassing sign" you've gone too far.

One of the better beginner 14ers there are. Plan accordingly for the weather.

One of our favorite 14er hikes thus far and absolutely our favorite Peak link-up! A few key points:
1. Make sure you have All-Wheel drive. The road leading up to the trail head is extremely rocky and unsafe for non-sport vehicles.
2. The trail gets fairly gravely and sandy towards the top of both peaks - so you need hiking boots if you don't want to be sliding everywhere on the descent.
3. Weather rolls in very quickly on all 14er peaks - so start your hike EARLY (8am at the absolute latest) and pack layers/gear to prepare for all weather conditions - high winds, rain, hail and snow.

10/20/18 Amazing Hike!! Views are insaneeeeee. Make sure you have a 4x4 and not an all wheel drive...BIG DIFFERENCE... We had to pull a mini out of a ditch on the road up to the trail head. Because of that we decide to park at the base which will add an additional 6 miles round trip to your hike. So plan for hitting a half marathon along with your 14er if thats the case. Our total mileage ended up being 13.7 miles. Because of the additional mileage and the time spent pulling the mini out of the ditch we were only able to hit Grays. Also if you want a more enjoyable hike make sure you bring krampons and walking poles. Krampons at a minimum. It was ice and snow for the entire duration of the hike.

off road driving
26 days ago

Stock Wrangler JLU up and down with ease in 4wd High at the end of summer. Fun trail with great rewards; more to explore in Jeep and on foot. Nonmotorized use allowed year round according to gate’s sign in the AllTrails photos, Sean D, but it also says no parking at the gate.

We hiked Grays on 20OCT2018. First off, if you plan on hiking this trail later October 1st, make sure you drive a 4WD capable vehicle to make it to the parking lot unless you want to add 5+ miles to your hike.
Plenty of snow along the trail. We hiked it without spikes or poles and that caught up to us on the way down. Other than the snow, which was the biggest issue, the hike was gorgeous! Met a couple of friendly folks throughout the trail. Even picked up three on the road up. My girlfriend was 5 months pregnant and we did our gender reveal at the top. Great time going up, miserable going down. Beautiful views!!!!

Question - can you still hike to the lake with the gates officially closed?

off road driving
29 days ago

closed for the season as of Oct 18, 2018. disappointed. I took my stock Raptor up, zero issues... not even close to breaking a sweat. With a stock half ton truck, you will likely bottom out in a few spots, especially the first rut. Subarus won't make it without damage, end of story. looked promising but the gate was closed about 3/4 mile up. tight turn around.

Definitely a tough one with the snow! Make sure to have snow pants and waterproof boots through it. At some points you’ll be hiking through knee deep snow. The top is well worth it if you’re determined enough to get through!

The loop we followed was Chautauqua to Meadow to Gregory Canyon to Ranger to the summit of Green Mountain to E.M. Greenman to Saddle Rock to Gregory Canyon to Meadow - almost 10miles. Very strenuous on the way up, took almost four hours to summit - we are not from this altitude. Absolutely stunning and worth every grueling bit :)

Gorgeous hike with great vista views of lakes, and a small town on the main highway—both from way above when you are above tree line. Hiked this with my friend on September 26, 2018 and there was only a trace of snow showing anywhere at that time. There is a nice protective moderate size rock hut at the summit. Christians will appreciate the view of Mount of the Holy Cross, a 14’er, which is viewed across the valley once you reach the summit of Notch Mountain. The snowfield in the colour (rock crevices) is visible certain months, and it forms a gigantic cross. I believe it was in the 1940s that many Christians hiked this for a pilgrimage to see the cross. Check a Google search for the story. Note that if you prefer to hike the 14er, Mt of the Holy Cross itself, you probably won’t get much if any view of the cross. Check guides to see. I’ve hiked about 25 hikes in Colorado and this is one of my top two favorite hikes! It was exactly 10 miles round trip with elevation gain if 2857 feet. There is a water source about 40% of the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Flat areas along with ascending trails throughout. Lots of mountain bikers. I really enjoyed it. Beautiful colors in the fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the whole road, though most people opted to off-road in vehicles. Pretty and scenic; the waterfall at the lake was beautiful. It started snowing while I was there and the fall colors looked beautiful with it.

off road driving
1 month ago

Not sure why this is rated moderate. It's pretty easy for any 4x4. Did pretty much all of it in 2 wheel. Only need a little bit of clearance for the rocks. Great views, and only saw one other person on a Wednesday afternoon. 4/5

Beautiful views at the top. I ascended via Gregory Canyon and descended via Saddle Rock/ Ampitheater. The trail was difficult but doable. I encountered quite a few trail runners in each direction.

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