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21 hours ago

This is a beautiful hike for all ages. One of my favorites. We went during the week and got there early, so very low traffic. Just enough elevation towards the end to get good exercise.. However, as other reviewers commented on, the beauty was marred by the sight and smell of dog bags discarded along the trail. Dog owners, PLEASE dispose of your dog waste responsibly! It is so unfair to those of us that are there to enjoy the sights and scents of the forest, not smelly dog poop bags that have been sitting abandoned in the sun.

Good, easy hike with kids. Plenty of shade, nice views toward the end of the trail. Waterfall and creek are dried up, I am sure it is more beautiful with higher water.

Definitely quite the trek going up, the switchbacks were a little difficult as I hadn’t adjusted to the altitude yet. Great views of the park on the way up. Once at the top there are a lot of options to go to other areas such as bear lake and Hollowell Park. The lake has ducks that are super friendly and cute, and it is a super scenic lake, very peaceful.

The hike up was more than I anticipated but definitely worth it. I hung out at the lake and made friends with a duck. It was a beautiful midweek day and passed less than ten other adults. Didn’t see anyone younger than a teenager. I wouldn’t bring kids on this hike if you’re doing it from the main trailhead. Too steep and narrow for kids in my opinion!

hiking
3 days ago

The trail was nice until the day's weather decided to turn on us and we were hailed off of the mountain. Fantastic thunderstorm. Will have to try to complete this trail again sometime. The kids enjoyed it before the thunder started rolling!

Even though the heavy weather was rolling in as we were headed back to the trailhead, people were still climbing the ridge! I am guessing that most of these folks were from out of town....people die every year in Rocky from lightening strikes. The weather, hiking etiquette and the 10 essentials need to be taken seriously.

on Middle St. Vrain Trail

hiking
4 days ago

WOW. This is definitely one of my favorite hikes and I will hope to be doing this one again before the snow flies. Loads of wildflowers and several water crossings. The trail follows the river, so there you get to enjoy the sound of rushing water the entire way. My 7 and 10 year old hiked 6 miles no problem. Lovely family friendly hike. Lots of dogs. Please keep them on a leash as we had a few encounters with some overly friendly dogs.

Pay the $7.00 to use the toilets at the campground. It is worth it and clean! Best kept vault bathrooms I've seen!

Took kids and dog. trail was lovely and shady on a hot day. no waterfall...only a trickle but climbing around was fun. the reservoir was beautiful and we stayed there an hour just enjoining the calmness.

The lake is just okay. The best part is the nice views going up and down the trail. Went during a huge thunderstorm with lots of hail so we couldn’t spend much time at the lake.

Loved every minute!

well maintained trail. not too hard but not too easy. I did the whole thing and was definitely tired by the time I got back to the trailhead. minor elevation changes.

not for atv

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful easy trail! Got there about 11:30 on a Sunday and the trail wasn't too crowded. Very shady and cool for a summer day!

Nice trail run with easy dirt single track. Trail is mostly shaded with some wildflowers (mostly fleabane, yarrow, wild roses, & thistles) . Mud Lake is prettier than it sounds.

It was an awesome hike along the river. Some awesome campsites off to the sides. It is a bit busy along those but once you are about half a mile in, it’s beautiful and pretty much empty. We would definitely hike here again.

Did this on a gray Friday morning work intermittent rain and didn't see a soul until we had circumnavigated the lake. This is a nice trail, though they are definitely better ones to choose from. The first mile is pretty exposed and it becomes shaded at the top of the climb. If you require instant gratification, do the lake loop trail counterclockwise. We went clockwise and didn't see the lake until nearly halfway around it. The lake itself is pretty, and a family of Mallards that approached very near to us added some charm. We ended up hiking over to Bear Lake and returned to our car via the shuttle, making it a 5 mile hike (also going around Bear Lake).

Trail was a fun trail to hike. We are not the most physically fit persons. Due to that we took the trail from bear lake to bierstadt lake. Then we headed on to the park and ride lot. This allowed us a quick steep ascent then descend to the lake and another descent to the p&r lot. Still a challenge coming down due to rugged terrain. Great way to get in 4 miles.

off road driving
18 days ago

beautiful area, not sure why it is rated 'easy', it's probably a 5 to 7 on a difficult scale. ground ckearnace needed for several areas

The view at Bierstadt is absolutely gorgeous. However, the trail still needs to be better marked. Leaving Bierstadt to the desired destination can be quite a challenge/ frustration. Serious signage improvement needs to be implemented

Great little trail with some moderatly physical sections. Predominantly mild hiking with lots of shade. The creek and falls were dry as we expected them to be but once we found the resivoure, the views were worth the wait. Pretty treacherous off trail options exist beyond the marked trail but the terrain is steep and we didn't veer far. Some folks were fishing, others letting their dogs drink, it was a pleasant spot to stop and take on the beauty. It would be noted that no "body contact" is allowed with the resivoure water, as posted. (No swimming, etc.) We went in July and it was fairly humid. I'd go again but only in cooler months, maybe in light snow.

My husband and I decided to give this one a try. We started at the park and ride stop and hiked to the lake. It’s a steady incline and I appreciated having my trekking poles. Mountain views on the incline are phenomenal. The lake is quiet and really pretty. Instead of hiking out the same way, we hiked over to Bear Lake. That part of the hike is very quiet because of dense trees. It’s also a little rocky. All in all, a beautiful hike and great workout!

This is a beautiful trail. Pretty easy and makes for a good walk through the woods. Would be a great trail for trail running and kiddos. Trail runs right next to the river and stays within the shade of the trees. If you’re looking for a more relaxing “hike” this is the trail.

This is a long drive from west metro Denver and the trail is hard to find. It was along the river which was dry. We were hoping to see the reservoir but never got high enough or close enough to get a view. It was deep in the woods and serene but not interesting.

Beautiful switch back climb through pine forested and low brush with many varieties of wild flowers.

It was a nice walk. My ten year old husky thought the trail down was fun and the walk back up a little bit tougher. We had a nice time and would do it again.

Adventuresome hike for us. Started trail at the park and ride which means the elevation is greater from here than at the trailhead or picking up at bear lake. We had over a 1000ft elevation change from the park and ride compared to 300 ft from bear lake. Other than that it was a great hike and would highly recommend it. Took a ton of pictures. Two grandparents, son and grandchildren.

Finally! A rugged trail. After Emerald and Alberta was afraid everything was wide, graded, paved or staired. Nice switchbacks up to a beautiful lake! Only reason 4 of 5 because we encountered a group of about 20 swimming and whooping it up....no peaceful lake. But otherwise, little traffic, and without the crowd would have been pristine!

Beautiful after a rainstorm or seasonal snow melt. Aspens at the beginning should be beautiful in the Fall. Trail is narrow slightly downhill on the way out and slightly uphill on the return. Fun to make the last few tight turns up and down to see the waterfall and make it to Gross Reservoir. Pups and kiddos enjoyed cooling it in the rock pool. Wildflowers sparsely line trail. Visited during the week and only crossed paths with a few hikers on way out.

Easy little walk in the woods. Mostly shaded. Water source if you take the spur that goes to the other open space. Lots of wildflowers.

A great hike for the kids. A very easy and well marked trail. Plenty of cover, and some nice views. It is all smooth single track, with very little elevation gain. There are maps at the parking lot.

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