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No trax needed, couple of icy spots no mud frozen falls beautiful trail low traffic start at 9 am. First trail sign takes to cliff loop come back other way

Great short hike with stunning views in every direction at the top. Packed snow most of the way 3/17, spikes a big help. Gorgeous day!

I would give this a moderate rating in the winter! Steep incline and icy at spots until you get to the top. Great views! I recommend for a short hike outside of the metro area

1 day ago

It was pretty disappointed day to begin with.. I was planning on going to a 6 mile hike but something came up and I had to change my plan. Then I still wanted to enjoy the nice 65 degree weather, so looked up near by trail and came to this one. It was short trail, so I didn't want to run but to walk and enjoy the sound of birds and water. Very nice and quiet trail. Glad I checked this one off from my list with a satisfaction.

great trail with a steady incline pretty much the whole way up. I did this with my wife and two teen sons and enjoyed it very much. fantastic views once you break the treeline. it didnt seem to busy either.

Of course I’m from the flatlands of Michigan – so this trail seems great to me.

Hiked this today 3/15. It was still extremely muddy and icy in some spots. Micro spikes weren’t necessary but there were a few spots around the 3/4 mark part of the trail that were kind of sketchy and slippery. Also my activity tracker said this loop was closer to 5.6 miles instead of the listed 4.8 here. If you go from
Beaver to Chavez it is mostly downhill the first 2 miles, then some ups and downs the next 1-2 with some steep, rocky sections and winding ledges with steep drop offs, the last section is a lot of uphill which is tough after being spent energy-wise on the first part. Overall I enjoyed this trail but feel it’s probably better in summer. I will wait until then to return.

PS I took my two small older (almost 10 yo) dogs on this trail and they loved it. Had no problems. I think they would love this in the summer when they can cool off in the little creeks!

I gave this trail 5 stars because this place is beautiful. The trail is very easy but has some small obstacles. The trail runs along under canyons and a narrow river. Again, this place is magical. I will upload sone pictures.

Pretty and easy trail with a beautiful waterfall and view.

Very easy and fun trail! My dog loved it :)

This trail was spectacular. We parked at the Brainard lot because the road was closed. Three miles to the trailhead, but pretty and easy. Once we hit the trailhead we slapped on our snowshoes and were on our way. Nobody other than a cross country skier was out there. The trail wasn’t overly difficult but we felt the hills. We’re doing it again end of March. Beautiful trail for snowshoeing.

Perfect day hike. Good distance with some nice elevation gain. Had to go back down to grab the crampons we forgot but it’s doable with out them and some hiking boots. Great view of Coors and even saw about 10 deer. Parking lot was full and plenty of people on the trail but it was still enjoyable.

The trail is clear of ice, but you will hit mud along the way. Great front range trail for something a little different.

The meadowlark section of the trail is very very narrow, single file type trail with a steep cliff on the other side. Trail is also very rocky and uphill the vast majority of the time. When we went today 3/12, we finally got to the Plymouth section was pure ice, we couldn’t even make it down without slipping and had to go out and back through meadowlark again. It was a great hike though, views were great but would be better when the bushes and trees are blooming rather than barren. Excited to try again when it’s a bit less icy.

Very nice hike:). We hiked this trail in mid March and experienced very comfortable weather. A lot of elevation change which was gradual and consistent.

This is a busy park with nice facilities ($7 entry fee). However the crowds thinned out substantially once at the trail head for Carpenter Trail. There was a lot of mud and puddles on the way up; most of the ice has melted, I had no need for YakTrax or poles. Encountered a family of seven deer on the way up and back down. Well marked and cared for (no trash, a pleasant surprise). Arrive early to avoid waiting in line to get into the park.

Super dog friendly and beautiful trail. Incline is steady in parts and more severe in others but overall it’s not that difficult. Rewards are the view at brothers lookout.

7 days ago

We completed this trail today. Snowshoes were not needed for the first two thirds of this trail, but were very helpful for the top third. That’s how my wife did it, I didn’t take my snowshoes and still did fine. A lot more snow than last weeks pics.

Nice, quick workout close to Denver! I agree with the review before me...The trail is mostly dirt, but the sections where there is ice it's super slippery!! I had to put my Yaktrax on because I could barely get traction without them. I also went super early in the morning so the icy sections might be softer later in the day. Happy hiking!

Conditions were excellent today. Muddy in some spots but not much ice except in a couple areas. I had poles but never had to put on my YakTrax. Otherwise trail conditions were very good. I arrived right after the park opened and there were not many people but by the time I left there was a long line of people waiting to get in and no parking. Get there early.

if you're afraid of slipping down a steep hill perhaps this isn't the one for you till all the snow melts :)

Very nice trail with fair elevation changes. Trail was a bit muddy, but that’s to be expected this time of year. I would definitely recommend this trail to others

trail running
8 days ago

So, I originally came here to hike but it was all flat, straight trail and decided to trail run and enjoyed the scenic. If you're here to hike, you might get bored since it doesn't have any excitement on trails but if you're a runner, you'd be appreciate the view, wide road to share with bikers and hikers. Ran into lots of mountain goats and it was a bonus. My rating is between 3 to 4, but give 4 stars for a special nature and wildlife experience.

Great hiking. No ice. Not overly crowded early.

It’s a beautiful hike but quite treacherous if there is snow and ice on the trail. We saw a ton of people not wearing proper footwear that I hoped wouldn’t fall off the mountain. Definitely want to go back in summer when there is no ice.

9 days ago

Heavily trafficked, not much wildlife, or scenery other than the rock formations.

Great hike with beautiful panoramic views of Golden. Tricky to follow the trail last weekend (3/4) due to snow coverage. The entire trail you will be on and off of ice, so bring crampons! They are easy enough to stick in your bag and you will be happy to have them. Saw lots of people falling without, and was so grateful to be able to grip into the ice as needed.

The path is extremely icey right now! I expected better scenery through the hike- I think this would be a much better hike for spring/summer.

Great views of the Continental Divide, Denver, and the Plains. Moderate grade with only a few sections steep enough to make you want to stop and catch your breath. The trail passes through beautiful stands of forest. No sounds but the wind in the pines. Other than that, an immense silence.

Trail was icy, muddy, and borderline not enjoyable to many. this trail is amazing normally but good god people leave the locals alone and hike elsewhere. parking was near impossible 2pm on Saturday.

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