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A mixture of everything including POISON IVY.. Trail really WELL MARKED. Continuing along the creek with crossovers. Fun to see the fresh Buffalo tracks and droppings on the trail and where I might see him. I very much enjoyed walking along and looking down at different fragments of stone catching the morning sun. I met a fewfolks out later in the am, including a older guy ( guessing 70 ) from Rapid City out for a run on the trail with his dog. I’ve never gotten poison ivy before and as I was wearing shorts and low cut socks I really was wondering if my time had finally come as it really was unavoidable. Happy to report I didnt. I would like to take my dogs next time! August 12, 2018

hiking
2 days ago

Very rocky trail, too many people and a drained lake. It should be called a reservoir not a lake. People should be TOLD when getting a permit that the lake has been drained. Huge disappointment. (see pic of Jasper pond)

hiking
4 days ago

The best part of lovers leap trail was the views from the top. Wow!!!! If you want to shorten your hike, when you get to the split go left. When you get to the viewpoint turn and go back. By going right you will see a cool stream, perfect for dipping your toes. We saw a deer in this portion. There is a lot of poison ivy on the stream side of the trail. Wear long socks.

Amazing!

I usually love this hike but the lake was about half drained, almost no water.

on Jasper Lake Trail

13 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike with varied terrain. I arrived about 9am on Saturday and the trailhead was busy. Parking is very limited so I would suggest starting between 7 and 8am if you can. I noticed a shuttle taking people up to the trailhead but I'm not sure how often it runs or where the pick up/drop off location is. The bypass trail to Jasper lake was fairly dry. Not much snow until you got closer to the lake. Sometimes you find yourself maneuvering muddy sections or walking through a shallow stream. My feet stayed dry for the most part, wearing water resistant shoes. Highlight of the hike was sighting two moose. I can't wait to come back and do more exploring. Would highly recommend!

hiking
13 days ago

I haven't been on many hikes in Colorado yet, but this one is my favorite so far. Hiking all the way up to the lake is well worth it. There's a good mix of forest and meadows with lots of wildflowers. The elevation gain is gradual and not difficult at all. I've been able to do this hike a couple times already in tennis shoes. I highly recommend checking this one out if you haven't already!

My latest trip was on a Friday and I had no trouble finding parking along the side of the road at 7:30 AM...weekends and holidays are a different story. When in doubt, take the shuttle from Nederland (holidays and weekends in the summer I believe). I took the shuttle on the 4th of July and it was an excellent experience. It's FREE!

hiking
13 days ago

Everyone below is spot on, it’s very gravely in the beginning. Lots of family’s at the beginning too. Once you get up about a mile, it splits into a bunch of different directions. That’s when it gets good. I was very surprised how wet the trails was, so be warned. I had hiking boots, so I was good, my friend not so much! It’s gorgeous. It’s very green and worth it!

backpacking
15 days ago

Trail has a lot of loose rocks makes it hard to keep footing up and down. Very steep in places. Moose, deer, bear all in the area. Wild flowers, amazing! Don't even bother with trying to park at Hessie trailhead on the weekends. The shuttle from Nederland is quick, comfortable and very convenient and best of all FREE.

Super beautiful, takes about 3hours to get there from the creek at hessie trail. Make sure to have pups on leashes

Lots of loose gravel.. trail splits into king lake and devils thumb

backpacking
25 days ago

Such a beautiful lake! More and more wild flowers the higher you hike.
Campers need a permit.
Parking is limited.

Nice trail with great views from the outcrop. Creek hopping was fun! Some grasses grow so against the side of the trail and have poison ivy - Watch out!

off road driving
27 days ago

Amazing place. Camp overnight

great hike - LOTS of poison ivy by the creek though...

A beautiful hike. Took our 6 year old and she did great but she loves hiking a lot! It was cold closer to lake Ida as we took that trail and a storm rolled in so be prepared for rain and to get to safety if one pops up. The views are to die for and we even got to see Elk on our way back down and some mountain sheep and marmot! Overall wonderful hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail 2 years ago. A wonder! It’s the untouched backyard that mysteriously brings you back to the dinosaur era. 20 people per day are permitted, which means you won’t see any other human most of the time. Complete wilderness without any man made sign, so you have to notice the landscape then roam freely!

nature trips
1 month ago

A wonderland!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous! The views at the top are amazing and walking by the creek was refreshing after doing so many inclines.

There are many river crossings, all had bridges as of July 2018.

There is a ton of poison ivy down by the creek and you can't avoid it, so wear pants and boots if possible.

Well marked, peaceful

Only hiked about 2 miles out and back from Poudre Lake. Very beautiful and lots of Elk to see. Would have loved to have made the venture to Alpine Pass. The Continental Divide sign near the trailhead is a popular place to take pictures. The lake is gorgeous and the view beyond is spectacular.

hiking
1 month ago

Simply stunning.
Permits are difficult to obtain though and you will lucky to get one.
The pre hike talk by the ranger can be a bit daunting too for the inexperienced hiker. You are warned about getting lost and the possibility of an overnight stay until you are found, wildlife, etc.
My better half almost never went but in the end relented.
Think it was the best decision she ever made. Take plenty water and go early to make a day of it.
Also, anything less than a SUV down the 8 mile dirt, potholed road from the interstate to the trailhead is likely to leave you with under carriage damage.

Hiked down from Alpine Ridge yesterday afternoon. Hiked with 10, 8 and 6 year olds who dealt fine with the hike. The wind and chill bothered us at the top, but upon reaching tree-line, the hike became more pleasant. PAY ATTENTION to approaching thunderstorms, as they arrive rapidly with the windy conditions, and could be dangerous in the section above tree line. That said, tree line is only a quarter mile down at any time during the hike, so a rapid descent would be possible in lightning. Nice hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Parking at Hessie Trailhead is always funky! Great hike to Jasper Lake with steady and not too bad grade up in elevation. Saw a moose!

No complaints here (bring wipes to wipe your legs down with if you’re wearing shorts/capris)! The hail storm at the end was an added bonus. I think it was a little harder than moderate only due to the fact that I’ve had a joint replaced in my foot recently so it took me longer than planned and I stopped for pictures. Well worth it! If you want the harder stuff first go left.

We hike this as a one way descent from the Alpine Visitors Center to Meeker Pass/Poudre Lake. Wildflowers are in abundance, as are marmots! Elk tracks and scat are visible, but we didn't see any this morning. Snow fields have retreated and the trail is accessible without traction devices or snowshoes. There are still patches of snow across the trail toward the end of the hike--at/after mile 3.

We really like this hike because it covers a variety of terrain and offers opportunities for wildlife viewing. Maybe one day we'll do it as an out and back trip, but for now, the descent is more than sufficient.

This was an awesome trail. Did this hike about 3-4 weeks ago and it was very wet. Trail finding was also a bit difficult towards the top which definitely added about a mile into our hike each way. However it was totally worth it once we got up to Jasper Lake. Can’t wait to make it up to Devils Thumb lake later in the summer.

Beautiful hike. A little snow near the lake, but can easily navigate around, so won't be an issue. A lot of water on the trail, so bring appropriate footwear but otherwise free and clear. Not too strenuous a hike and has great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, some spots were strenuous. Lots of poison ivy by the creek. Not very crowded. We didn’t count, but there are lots of creek crossings. Enjoyed the view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

great trail

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