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8.15.18
Got to trailhead at 7:30am. There were a few cars in the parking lot as well as 2 port-a-potties. The hike was 5mi RT out and back. I brought my 2 pups and they loved the hike!. There were a handful of moderate inclines, but we finished around 1:50pm. We did take a lunch break once we reached the water. We also had several photo shoots (had of out town guests) lol! The water was beautiful! Worth the pain and burning my legs were feeling from being out of shape haha! I would do this hike again!

Hiked this on Sat, 7/28. Very beautiful although wildflowers are significantly past peak.

My first 14er and it was absolutely amazing. I’m 55 and I did this in 4.5 hours. Lots of breaks to catch my breath and take in the views, which were stunning.

Great trail! Shaded for quite a bit of it, until the last 3/4 mile or so. Very rocky so hiking boots are helpful. Blue lake is beautiful. Saw a moose!

Great hike with some difficult parts. Great views at the top. Highly recommend good hiking shoes....not tennis shoes, chacos, or sandals.

a really cool hike. went out on a sunday and it was considered lightly trafficked. has everything you want in a trail. Forests at the beginning, streams towards the top, rocks in the middle, wildflowers, and a beautifully lake at the top. Definitely recommend. be careful driving to the trailhead if you dont have a high clearance vehicle.

Our very out of shape family from low elevation Iowa tried this trail yesterday. Neat babbling brook on the first leg of the trail to your left. We took many breaks on on the way up not quite being used to this altitude and physical activity in general! It took us 2 hours to Broome Hut and 1 hour down. We went off trail as we neared the top and were rewarded with breathtaking views. Didn’t make it to the cones but there is a beautiful stream just to the right of the Hut with wildflowers growing in its banks. Beautiful hike!

Had a lot of fun with our dog (kept her on leash). Went past the 7th bridge up a bit more towards Jones park but didn’t quite make it. Will definitely come again.

Did this hike on Friday 8/17 and loved it. Do keep in mind that you either need a National Park Pass to get in or you have to pay $11. At 9 am there were quite a few cars, but I didn’t actually see that many people on the trail until I was heading down around 1130. So, highly recommend getting there a bit earlier to have more of the trail to yourself. It’s a very well-groomed National Park trail, so doesn’t feel as remote or backcountry but is also very easy to follow. I also highly recommend going up to Little Blue Lake. The trail gets less clear as you ascend above Blue Lake, but if you keep going up and around Blue Lake to the right you’ll find it. Me and my dog had Little Blue, right at the base of Mt Toll, all to ourselves. It is really gorgeous up there. Will definitely be doing this one again.

To you people who labeled this hike “kid friendly”, who are your kids? Rambo and Wolverine? This hike should be labeled hard, not moderate, due to very steep dropoffs throughout the Chavez section and some most definite rock climbing involved that is not appropriate for small children. This is NOT a kid friendly hike in any universe. Beautiful scenery but some nasty surprises as you near the creek. Will gladly do this again solo with my husband. Very much regretted taking my kid!

Rocky climb via Spalding. It was very cold, windy, and foggy today near summit. The true summit is not well marked especially the last 80ft. Definitely nice views. We went down the easy way (Northeast face) as we did not pack gloves. We did it in less than 4 hours up and down with very short brake at the summit.

Pretty rocky for a good section of the trail but definitely a good hike! There was a sign posted about 2 mountain lions spotted this month but fortunately we didn’t see them. Be on the lookout!

One of my favorites. Beautiful beautiful

Loved the hike and the peaceful lake.

Great hike that only takes a couple hours to complete. Not too challenging for beginners and, as others have said, the view is well worth the climb.

Strenuous incline for the first mile (you start at 10,400ft.). The hike flattens out in the middle with 2 meadows filled with wildflowers. It finishes with an incline for the last mile or so to the alpine lake at 12,000 ft. You can continue on for unobstructed mountain views and little to no crowds.

I took this trail counter-clockwise which I’d never do again. Too much scrambling boulders downhill which was tricky. I suggest to take the beaver brook to Chavez rather than going via the Braille trail. Once down the brook is so pretty and made it worth the extra effort. Next time I’ll take beaver brook to the creek then go back the same way. Boulder scrambling isn’t my thing.

it says moderate, but we thought it was closer to hard. beautiful hike, though, some stunning views of the city when you first start out. from the top you can see Golden to the left, and way in the back you can see downtown Denver, so you really can see it all.
the sun would beat down during the climb up, and then In the forest it cooled down.

Nice trail for beginner. All the climbing upfront and the rewarding part on your way down. Bring good boots some of the rocks can be challenging esp on your way down.

A beautiful hike up, made it to the summit just before the weather came in. A wet hike down to the road but no problem.

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2 days ago

Great hiking trail. Prepare yourself for the elevation gain but it’s well with it. Pups loved it too!

my favorite trail. starts out pretty easy but the last mile is pretty difficult. stick through it to be rewarded at the top. awesome flowers and water along the way to the top. easy to get to right off the highway.

The hike was absolutely beautiful! There were a lot of wildflowers and the views at certain points were breathtaking. It was certainly not an easy hike {especially if you’re pregnant}, but definitely worth it! A lot of cute doggos adventuring, too! :)

Great trail for the pups. Enough shade and they enjoyed the break in the water about half way in. Clean trail, not crowded on a Friday and perfect hiking weather. We will be back!

One of my favorites especially in the fall. Beautiful grove of aspens toward the top.

Definitely a moderate hike, I was a little out of shape when we went but it was a blast. We went at 6:30am and there was plenty of parking and it was a beautiful trail!

Now one of my top five all-time favorites. First time I have done this hike. Only went to Blue Lake—didn’t do the rock scramble up to Little Blue Lake. Has a little bit of everything: river crossings, valley views, lake views, etc. I prepared for mosquitos after seeing all the reviews where people got eaten alive, but we went mid-August and some of the wet areas were dried up, so I’m thinking the breeding grounds weren’t as plentiful. We didn’t see a single mosquito. Most of the wildflowers were done, but there were still some blooming here and there. We saw a female moose and her baby lounging in a meadow. On the way back we saw a bull moose across one of the ponds. Also saw various other smaller wildlife. Nice to have facilities right at the trailhead. Went on a Thursday morning at 8 am and got in no problem, but there were plenty of cars in the parking lot.

I've only hiked this trail once and it is a really cool trail, especially 12 minutes away from my house in the city, but the main drawback for me is all the bikes. It's a very popular MTB trail and I had to pause pretty much every other minute to let a bike go by. A few bikes hurtled toward me and expected me to lunge out of the way. Overall it was hard to settle into the hike itself.

BOTH DOGS GOT BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKES DO NOT GO IN THIS TRAIL, ALSO NOT A SPECTACULAR TRAIL SO DONT BOTHER

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