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Grew up hiking these hills. Would suggest early morning or evening jaunts to avoid the heat. It can still get very warm here even though you are in the mountains.

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.

cougar was sighted at base of grizzly drive after an evening hike. other than that trails are in great shape and the creek is running.

Went early August, late morning. Plenty of parking in two lots - only saw a few people on the trail. Trails are well marked. I took West Ridge Trail to Bear Creek Trail to Bear Creek Cutoff. Was a lovely mix of forest and meadow - lots of beautiful flowers! Saw a stag, two does, and three fawns, as well as lots of birds and smaller critters. West Ridge Trail starts fairly steep, but evens out after half a mile or so. Bear Creek is shared with bikers, but wide enough it's not a problem. You'll hear air and road traffic, especially on the last portion of West Ridge, as it run parallel with Meyers Gulch Road. Had a lovely hike!

Awesome short/easy hike with amazing views. Some road noise in areas. Great hike for kids. We did it counter-clockwise and would do it this direction again.

hiking
10 days ago

Gorgeous views. Narrow, unobtrusive trail. If my 4 month old kitten can hike this trail, so can you!

Beautiful hike with my dog, but had to go early in the AM to beat the summer heat (by noon it was 95 degrees). A few spots got narrow and with mtn bikers out and about there were a couple times we were forced off the path to make room for them. Nice mixture of rocky scrambles and smooth trail.

We loved this hike! The different terrain types ranging from the deep forest feel to the open, arid desert parts. It sprinkled briefly on our way back but didn’t ruin the experience. We also took the quick out and back on the scenic view trail to have some lunch and enjoy the views. The hike’s difficulty is accurate.

Great trail with your kids! Nice and well maintained. Our 5 and 7.5 year old did not have any issues and want to come back.

Nice hike close town. Easy trails with great views. Ruins are pretty cool. Good sun and some shade along the way. Several trails you can add on or not to make the trail shorter or longer to your liking

Loved it! Took the whole family. 4 kids ages 4-12. The 4 year old walked 99% of it. Great way to get some quality time.

Attempted today. I'm forever recovering from breaking my leg. The 4wd road to the Boss Lake trailhead (there is no signage for Hunt Lake) was fine to just walk on. It was very lush. Lots of wild flowers and sounds of water. As others have said this road is uphill and very rocky.... so my foot was getting a workout. I made it to the trailhead GO LEFT. Right is road 230. I love those tree made bridges! I started on the true trail. Lush. Flowers. Water. Mosquitoes. So I turned around. I'll bring spray the next time, which will give my leg more healing time.

off road driving
29 days ago

Trail closed to motor vehicles so no star would be better

Awesome trail close to Denver!!! Took us about 3 hours - a mix of shade and sun- huge parking lot. Tons of wild raspberries along the way but we almost stepped on a rattlesnake

Good local trail. Cool view of Denver! A little harder than I thought it would be.

Saw 2 deer, 1 rattle snake and either a bobcat or lynx last night. Be vigilant.

Really enjoyed this hike. It was cool and foggy, but it was still lovely. Pretty easy hike if you’re in shape. The ruins are fascinating.

Very well kept trails, easy trek before sunrise to top of Mt. Falcon with great views of Denver

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t be fooled by the guide when it tells you you’ve arrived. The only marked trailhead in the parking area is for the Monarch Crest Traill. You’re looking for a trailhead on the other side of US Hwy 50 next to a yellow “steep grade” warning sign.

I love these trails! There's scenery, moderate shade, and, depending on which trails you take, can be a decent hike. Last week, we did the Apex Trail up to Grubstake, around, and then back down Apex. It was 7.5 miles and took us about 3 hours.

Very pretty hike. Not very hard at all. Note for dog owners - there is no stream or waterfall this time of year. Do not plan on any water for the pets on the trail. Bring plenty for them with this heat. Good hike, good views - nice and close to town.

hiking
1 month ago

Summer - Looking for shaded place up in elevation. Perfect trail. Lots of shade and easy inclines. Parking at the trailhead. Ran into a few hikers (weekday) Love hiking a loop. Wish it was a couple miles longer.

Beautiful trail! Well maintained. Not a very technical trail, but rocky and challenging enough to keep it from getting boring. It's a little busy, but it's not congested. I'd pass people, but it wasn't a constant, annoying thing. Also, lots of parking. Don't worry about parking.

Wide trail from the parking lot- good for all ages. Rolling path. Nice views from the castle. Interesting info signs. Trails are well marked.
Was there by 8:30 and top lot was full. Saw a couple deer.

Fun easy dog friendly hike.

Hiked this trail in the evening, and we had the whole trail to us. Since it’s so close to the city, this one is totally doable at any time in the day. Took my not-so-athletic dog with us and he had no problems hiking the whole thing. Decent amount of shade throughout the trail that protected us from the rains in the evening. Great views of the city once you reach the Plymouth Mountain trail.

The initial ascent is a little strenuous if you're not used to the elevation. But it pretty quickly evens out and the rest of the loop is either flat or downhill. Great little park, wasn't terribly busy, but I could hear traffic from a nearby road for a good portion of the hike. Still, would recommend as a starter hike for anyone who isn't acclimated to hiking in higher elevations.

Great little hike. I Had to keep it short, so I took the Argo’s trail to the Pick n sledge and back down to Apex Trail. Really wish I could’ve done the full trail but what I did was beautiful.

nice easy loop. went on the 4 July. wasn't as busy as expected. took my three boys under 7 and my 10 year old nephew.

keep in mind this trail and it's proximity to civilization. one of the only "closer" trails I do to Denver. with that said if you want a more enjoyable experience get there early

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