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trail running
5 days ago

Awesome trail! Hiked early Sunday morning, hardly any traffic at all. Recommend good hiking shoes, there was a section of the hike where it was muddy so be careful around the edge. Recommend a hat and sunscreen, hardly any shade. Amazing views throughout the hike.

Great hike, great facilities....only bummer is no dogs in this state park!

Great hike. 7$ fee to enter the park

hiking
18 days ago

The $7 park fee was definitely worth the price of admission!

I set out on my trek around 10 am and completed the 8 mile loop in just under 2 and 1/2 hours. There were only about 7 or 8 cars in the parking lot when I first began, but the lot was completely full upon my arrival back at the car (it's a small lot, so be sure to get there early).

It was a beautifully sunny day (70 degrees-plus) and I only saw two other hikers on my way up to the summit. There were incredible views of the red rocks on the uphill climb to Carpenter Peak, and I often turned back to gaze upon it's beauty and photograph the contrasting red and orange against the bright blue sky.

It was slightly windy at the top of Carpenter Peak, but I only stayed for a few minutes before continuing my journey to the Powerline Trail, which I followed until reaching the Elk Valley Loop to complete my circular trek. I didn't see a single hiker until I was back on the Carpenter Peak Trail, which added to the tranquility of my solo-hike.

There were many signs stating to be aware of rattlesnakes and mountain lions on the trail, but I saw no indication of dangerous wildlife on my journey. The trail was somewhat muddy/snowy in certain parts, but sturdy hiking boots were more than sufficient to complete the trek.

This is a beautiful spring hike through Roxborough that I will definitely be visiting again!

I continued up to the second and third lake. It was well worth it. The meadow above the first lake was full of wildflowers. Beautiful!

snowshoeing
27 days ago

This was a great hike but it was 1.7 miles to the actual trailhead from the parking lot and after about .8 miles the snow was so deep we had to turn around. Nobody had gone beyond our turn around point... views were amazing and can’t wait to come back and do it in the summer!

on Carpenter Peak Trail

hiking
27 days ago

Very nice hike. No ice on the trail today, but a lot of mud (Yaktrax not necessary). Just be aware that there will probably be ~30 minute wait to get into the park--they do one car out, one in. Still definitely recommend, but be sure to plan ahead.

Visited last summer and the views were UNREAL. We did the loop in a clockwise direction, heading left at the trailhead; if you hike this way, then all of the elevation gain is done in the first mile or so and there are views the rest of the hike as well as a downward slope the rest of the 6 or so miles. Conversely, if you hike the loop counterclockwise, there will be a lot more uphill hiking as the elevation gain is spread out over the miles.

My boyfriend and I hiked this last Thursday and decided that the boot pack was good enough that we'd go without snow shoes. Mistake. We hiked for quite a while but eventually got to an area where the boot pack was non-existent and we started to sink down in waist-deep snow. We continued on for a while and tried to go up the right side of the gulch via some very slippery rock to get out of the snow, but eventually decided it was best to turn around. We LOVED this hike when we did it in the summer and would highly recommend. The lakes are spectacular.

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

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

A fairly easy hike with gorgeous views of mountains and lakes. Mid-July, there was still plenty of snow in the upper parts, so hiking poles and good boots come highly recommended. We hiked it in the counter-clockwise direction and we thought the last steep descent was quite hard on the knees but nothing unbearable. If you prefer a less steep descent, go clockwise though.
All in all, a really nice hike with quite a few people on the trail.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great, changing perspectives of the unique geology of Roxborough. Distinct hike for the area.

Just average if you don’t age a spur to the Summit

Icy and $7 to enter the park. Other than that good hike

Great riding on the lower trails for Mountain Bikes. Not bad for beginners and moderate alike. Up the mountain would take some serious pumping.

Not too bad. I’d go again.

Nice hike with awesome rock formations. Hiker only, no pets. Trail was extremely muddy and wet. Didn’t use traction, but a little slick in spots.

Beautiful view @ peak.

Beautiful winter hike. Sunny, a lot of snow but very little ice. Didn't need spikes.

It was a nice hike. Easy to access. Bonus that you can take dogs. I would not recommend you go on this trail if you struggle with coordination or if you get disoriented with heights because the trail sometimes gets narrow and one wrong step you could slide pretty badly down a steep hill.

The trail was easy, but beautiful and definitely a little work out. There were parts with large rocks, but nothing my 11 year old sister couldn't handle. Highly recommend for a simple, fun hike or beginners

snowshoeing
2 months ago

We snowshoed this on Saturday (1/20/18). We could have gotten away without snowshoes for the first couple miles, but they were definitely necessary after that point.

I would call this hike moderate. You can definitely get your cardio in. Lots of rocks but easy to follow.

We were here in August and it was one of the highlights of the trip. We made it to the falls and back with our 6 and 8 year old children. Gorgeous views!

Easy, pretty, not too crowded. Has good views, not very strenuous, but you still get decent cardio.

Good hike with nice views. Narrow path with ice at this time of year so wear your yaktraks/spikes.

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