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snowshoeing
3 days ago

Great views along the way.

Amazing hike! We took our sleds and had a blast.

Beautiful views and a good workout. No complaints!

perfect quick hike, and the views were great! microspikes were very helpful, and it is pretty windy at the top so bundle up!

Completed this hike on 1/6/2018 and it was the perfect mid afternoon hike. Not too hard, not too easy in some parts but overall, one of the best day hikes close to the Denver area. The first mile or so will require spikes/yaktrax just to help with the slipping of the snow but the last half mile is not covered and does not require traction. It is always windy at the top so if you plan on spending time up there this time of year, go prepared with some layers. Had an excellent view of the sun setting above Mt. Evans and it probably got better as it continued to set. Parking was easy as there was a lot of it in the designated pull off.

hiking
10 days ago

My first hike in Co. Easy trail and beautiful views! Fairly marked trail, not too much traffic too. Great place for pets too

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Pretty trail but not enough snow right now. The trail was groomed so much that we had to take our snowshoes off and hike instead.

Nice hike, well marked trail for the most part, beautiful views at the top. doesn't take more than a couple hours to complete the full trip!

Hiked this trail about two weeks ago and it was perfect. Very lightly trafficked. I recommend going counterclockwise to go through the neighborhood and “trespassing” section. Trail was a bit overgrown. About half the trail gets shaded. Great vistas and forest environments.

This trail was perfect for a beginner had a little of everything.. views, shady trees, rough areas, we loved will do it again

snowshoeing
12 days ago

It's a good workout with great views. NOTE.... the driving directions via Google maps is NOT the best way to go. Check another map source before you start the car.

hiking
12 days ago

Went for a sunrise hike and it was spectacular. 14er views for 1/5 the mileage. Started hiking at the trailhead at 6:15 and made it to the top by 7:10, about 10 min before sunrise(by myself, allow more time for a larger group) I would definitely recommend the early start, the white cap mountains were a burnt red before the sun came up, absolutely beautiful. Snow packed still, yak tracks or snow spikes were a great help, would be slipping the whole way down without them. Expect to be the only party on the trail if you go for the sunrise. “Parking lot” is on the right and the trailhead is off the road into the trees on the left as your driving from Denver. 1

6 or 3 miles hikes loop! amazing views and it was fun and challenging getting across some big rocks on the trail. Would definitely do it again!

Have done this a few times in the past month, not the entire length, just a few miles out and back. Beautiful and peaceful trail! The beginning is a little steep but generally after that point it’s pretty flat. Heavily wooded in some parts and trail narrows as it goes deeper into the forest. Planning to come back once more in the winter to do the entire thing then probably again in the summer to see how the trail differs.

Great little hike on a great hiking day. Trail is hard packed so microspikes were all that we needed. Bit windy at the top but that's to be expected. Great woods and great mountain views.

Did this awesome hike today. It’s one of my favorites but the first time in winter. Traction on shoes is very helpful but the trail is packed and very easy to follow. The clouds rolled in so there wasn’t much of a view but it’s still a great way to spend the afternoon! The hike through the trees is beautiful. I’m from Dallas so the altitude makes this a moderate, not easy, hike for me. Be careful on the drive on Squaw Pass Rd. We saw one car in the trees and another one being rescued as we drove out.

snowshoeing
21 days ago

Packed snow on trail all the way. No need to have snowshoes but we used them. Beautiful views at the top.

hiked on Christmas day! such a beautiful winter hike, I couldnt recommend it enough :) bring micro spikes if you have them, they'll make you feel unstoppable! happy hiking ♡

Great Christmas Day Hike. There was snow almost every step of the way with bare ground at the top where exposed to the sun. No snowshoes needed on this day. The snow was packed very well. Some people used yaktrax. I didn’t. The views were absolutely spectacular. There is a lot of reward for the effort on this fairly short hike.

It took several hours, nice view! However, the weather is too dry, a lot of dust on the trail. Will suggest to try after little rain.

Arguable the most beautiful trail I’ve ever hiked. Period. If you are not afraid of heights, definitely try to climb on some of the rocks that can help you see the view better.

Beautiful views from the top!! Did this hike on 12/15, didn’t need snow shoes but yaktrax were necessary!! Snow is packed down on the trail but slippy without them. The whole hike took about 1.5 hours, easy seems like the correct classification!

Great trail! Nice and steady incline all the way to the top. Hiked this 12/9, leave your snow shoes in the car, this hike is totally doable with just yaktraks

I really enjoyed this trail. I'm from florida, didn't need spikes uphill, buy used hiking sticks downhill.

Great hike... but do not leave valuables in car!! Notorious for car break ins....happened to me a few weeks ago.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this 11/29/18. Fun hike that should probably be labeled as “moderate” in the winter. Used yak traks today and they were very necessary. It is a slog going straight up but the views are worth it!! We breezed down which helped. Trialhead VERY easy to miss as others have stated look for a light reflector sign across from the parking area. Lots of snow on the road to the trail head that a person in front of us got stuck in. Be careful and mindful driving up.

Beautiful trail. We didn’t find it physically challenging but it was a little mentally challenging for me (I’m scared of heights) as we hiked the middle section along the ridge. Beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mts and Monterey Bay. Highly recommend.

Snow-packed trail that was mostly protected by trees; the wind at the top was brutal in conjunction with the 15 degree temps. Traction wasn’t necessary, but I would bring them just in case.

on Wildcat Canyon Loop

hiking
1 month ago

This is the single most crowded trail system I've ever tried to hike on in the Bay Area. There are at least 4 massive parking lots, all of which will be full on a weekend with a long line of cars trying to get in. The trail is hardly better – you're practically shoulder to shoulder with others. It does get better the further you out you go, but it still ranks as way, way too crowded for my tastes. There are so many other trails in the same area that are practically empty, I'm not sure why anyone would go here.

The loop is significantly different from one side to the other. The right side trail while going from the parking to the campground is safer than the other. Staying on the left side trail going from the parking to the campground will take through the Castle Rock Falls and most part of this trail is on the edge of steep slope and through narrow crevices between rocks but gives fantastic views. We used one side going to the campground and another side returning to the parking lot.

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