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Very icy near the top. A bit of a scramble too, most dogs wont make it the last .4

Nice hike. A bit icy near top but worth the views and quietness.

Perfect. Yak tracks or microspikes help but not required.

Icy and snowy on trails! Need micro spikes or at the very least hiking shoes!

This hike is on the easier end of moderate. Some snow on most of the trail, so although spikes aren’t necessarily needed, they are highly recommended. There were a couple falls between myself and a fellow hiker due to slippery snow and mud areas. Gorgeous hike though! Creek/river is still frozen, but in some areas you could hear the water still rushing underneath the ice. That was neat. You can also (very carefully!) walk on the frozen water up to where the waterfall would normally be

Hiked 1/12/2019. Lots of snow, microspikes are helpful. Trail is easy to find. Started at 8:30am, only passed a few people coming up, but trail was busy on our descent.

Beautiful views! A few rough points that were too steep for our kids (11,8,7) but managed to concur!

Went on a fresh snow day. It was stunning great views wildlife and moderate traffic. Under the snow there was packed ice but the drag snow kept the walk stable without having to wear spikes. Snowshoeers were out and about. I’d definitely do it again!

10 days ago

12/8/2018 - A good amount of ice on the trail, so I would recommend spikes at minimum, but a fresh dusting of snow left the trail impassable with about 0.7M to the end (~1.5ft of snow, and I only had spikes on). Most of the snow on the first half of the road had melted, so not ideal for XC skiing or snowmobiling anymore I’d imagine. Only option for parking is illegal street parking.

This is my favorite close by hike ❤️

11 days ago

Snowshoed on 1/1/19. Beautiful area and good amount of snow after a couple of miles. Not necessary in the first couple of miles.

Beautiful views by the reservoir

13 days ago

Great treed trail.

13 days ago

Great winter hike! Did this one today, and there is a ton of snow, but we managed with just spikes. There were a lot of people snowshoeing and cross-country skiing -- good trail for that as well. The lake is completely frozen over, but the views are amazing.

Hiked to Lake Dorothy up the Arapahoe pass on Sept 17, 2018. A beautiful day, we arrived at the trail head at 8:30 AM and were able to find a legal parking space just down the hill from the camping area. We only saw 5 other hikers the entire trip; one woman coming down, two college men who passed us on the way up and three people going up on our way down.
Very windy at the lake, The "shelter" at the the lake is little more than an organized pile of rocks that is too short to protect you from the wind. The Arapahoe trail was protected from the wind, and the sunny south exposure was very pleasant. Completed the 7.6 mile round trip in a little less than 4 hours with a lunch break at the lake.

Good cardio hike near Denver. "Castle" is a bit of interesting history.

Snowshoed up to Heart Lake on Sunday December30th. The trail was broken all the way to the lake and easy to follow. A little wind when we got out of the trees but wasn’t to bad. Love this trail in the winter and the summer!!!

19 days ago

Wow. This is a cool trail. I cannot wait until late spring / summer when the river is flowing. Anyway - pretty easy walk. I made it almost to campgrounds before tuning back. Well marked. Terrain had patches of snow and exposed ground all the way. I did not need spikes since trail is well packed. Amazing views and just a good pace of walking. Lots of places to take in some cool scenery. Hardest part was last 1/4 mile returning to parking lot.

Well marked and nice scenery. Keep watch for cyclists.

Easy hike! Only some patches of ice but I was fine without crampons. Super clean trail & easy trail to follow thats offleash for the pups!

20 days ago

We decided to take advantage of a beautiful December day in CO and get one more hike in for 2018! If other people were enjoying the outdoors....they weren’t here. We only saw a few people on the trail with us. This is a great little hike. There’s not much distance to it but there is some moderate climbing required. Only a few places with ice on the path. Views were nice at the summit and there are some good rocks to take pictures from. Enjoy!

Awesome views from the summit!!

Loved it. Great hike from beginning to end. Some icy patches, glad I had crampons on my bag. Next time, I’ll pack a lunch to enjoy along with the view from the top.

Awesome trail for hiking running or nature walking with your dog. Yesterday was very cold, came back with freezing hands and face. hand warmer and a scarf would it helped. Beautiful views specially when you get to the dam.

22 days ago

One of my favorite trails that I've hiked. Weather was perfect when we started our hike and turned into sleet and snow when we made it to the lake. Prepare of all conditions in the spring and fall. We saw moose, deer and lots of little critters. There was very few people one the trail when we went and very peaceful.

Great trail & great views. The flat irons are massive and amazing to see!

Amazing views of Denver as well as other mountains in the distance. There were a few people on the trail (We went Christmas Day). There was ice, so please prepare accordingly. This was my wife and my first moderate trail since moving to Colorado. It can be challenging, but it isn’t too bad if you go prepared with water, snacks, and shoes for the ice.

25 days ago

Did this hike with a few friends yesterday 12/24. It started snowing when we got to the first rest area. Beautiful hike with great views once you reach the top.

Nice hike, more moderate than hard, I was able to hike up and down in less than an hour, but definitely take some time to hang out at the top. Views of the flatirons are nice, and Boulder if you’re into that kinda thing.

28 days ago

Nice leisurely stroll through a winter wonderland. On the North side there was patchy snow. Down in the valley and on the Southside there was packed snow and ice. YakTrax diamonds and hiking poles was enough.

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