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10 hours ago

awesome hike. bluebird skies on 3/17. no need for spikes. brought trekking poles to ease descent. dress appropriately it is windy and cold even on a low wind day like I had. Loveland pass was forecasted to have 10-15 mph winds.

Hit the trail at 7:20 took me about 2.5-3 hours to do the whole thing. The first section up to the saddle of Sniktau/Cupid is rough. Easy to psyche yourself out there especially when the sun hasn't come over there hillside and it's windy. Stick through it though, totally worth it.

Did this yesterday 3/16/18. The last part of the hike was challenging not wearing snow shoes given the incline and the fresh snow from the day before, but well worth the view of the lake at the end. Snow was pretty packed for the most part thought the trail, but there were some really lose spots that will make it difficult. Definitely easily doable with snow shoes, but absolutely possible with out.

This was an awesome trail today (Mar 17, 2018). Pretty short, but spectacular views. I started off wanting to do Grizzly/Cupid but the winds looked rough on the summit of Grizzly. On the Snitaku ridge line winds were pretty calm, they picked up around 9 am but were probably not more than 15-20 MPH. I left the TH around 7:15 am and probably finished in 2.5-3 hours---forgot to record on my phone. The trail is pretty much bare, no need for traction, flotation, or gaiters.

Great trail. I went on a rainy day that caused the bridge to Hanalei and the trail to close. That said, some of the more difficult river crossings I've completed. The view at the end is nothing short of spectacular

4 days ago

This is like the ultimate stair master on the way up. If you have bad knees, you’re definitely going to feel it but the views are really beautiful. A lot of cool rock formations to climb around on along the way. Path is nearly dry except for a couple spots. The lake is not grand at the end but I didn’t regret it.

We were a mixed crew of experience but Jeramiah our guide coaxed is along and it was spectacular. Our 32 year old son- in - law said it was the hardest hike he’s ever done but worth the 10 hour flight from NYC.

6 days ago

Hiked 3/12. Only used microspikes. No wind. Lots of people for a Monday hike. Nice views

6 days ago

Great views of the peaks in RMNP, Longs Peak and Twin Sisters. Interesting rock formations along the way, and lots of steps. The lake was frozen but a nice place to stop for lunch and there was one stretch of snow/ ice that I was glad I had my poles for.. I imagine it gets crowded in the warmer months, but we will definitely go back and continue on to Balanced Rock (another 3 miles).

We parked at the Ke'e Beach Parking Overflow Lot, walked to the trailhead and followed the Kalalau Trail. We stopped by the beach, had lunch and enjoyed the view. Shortly after we hiked the Hanakapiai Trail, it started to rain, the rain made hiking on the rock more slippery and crossing the stream more scary but we all made it back safely. Just be careful and take the time, you will enjoy this incredible hike too.


My wife and I are fairly fit and I wouldn’t necessarily say this was moderate! Easy first three miles though mile 2-3 was very muddy. The last half mile, however, involved some gentle scrambling up wet and smooth/muddy boulder faces alongside an exposed 25 foot rock cliff, plenty of height to ruin your day. Somebody’s iPhone fell out of their pocket, took a bounce off the ledge and was no more. I’m surprised more injuries aren’t reported on that stretch though I am no expert in those reports. The rest wasn’t too bad and took us 4 hours. Like others have said, the rain is probably what makes all the difference in difficulty. The falls and pool were incredible and worth twice the trip. Had high quality hiking shoes but for the scary parts - wet rock - it’s too steep for a hiking stick (need both hands) and will plan on buying tabi/gumi shoes since it was still slippery with hikers on (but far better than basic running shoes). Enjoy the trip and take your time!

Awesome! Hard packed snow the whole way. No need for snowshoes and I only threw on my Yak Tracks on the decent from The Loch which is the steepest part of the hike. Very beautiful surroundings and views. If you still have some gas after reaching The Loch, swing by Mills Lake on the way back to the TH, you will not be disappointed with the extra stop! I’ll definitely be back in the Spring/Summer.

Lots of snow. Need microspikes and snowshoes. It is a great workout as it is steep.

I’m 45 years old, a Colorado transplant, and in good shape. I enjoyed this hike a LOT and would recommend it to avid to moderate hikers. The comments about rain are legit, it can be very slippery and challenging. This is NOT a “walk in the park”, but I wouldn’t call it hard either. Go slow, bring hiking poles, bring water, and stop at the beach unless you’re a more serious hiker.

Great hike, rained most of the day but path to the beach was great and mostly stone. Didn’t go pay the beach at the 2 mile marker due to rising river and more incoming rain. Be prepared for plenty of mud, would recommend something with a better sole than tennis shoes

Awesome! Big reward when you get to the falls!! Beautiful from the beginning until the end :)

Awesome trail. It’s short enough you don’t have to take a ton of crap. It can easily be done just carrying a water bottle. We did take some food though and ate it at the end. A perfect place to have lunch. Its not an easy trail but it’s only two miles out and back. I would say the hardest part about it was the long drive to the viewpoint/trailhead. A couple of people we passed were wearing flip flops but it was pretty dry when we went. I’m sure if there has been any moisture at all it would be harder but it could be ten times harder and the views would still be worth it. I’m not great with heights. I wouldn’t go bungee jumping or sky diving or anything but at no point on this trail was I uncomfortable with the drops on either side. Whatever is holding you back, the drive, the heights, the hard rating. Just tough through it for this one. You won’t regret it.

13 days ago

Trail was pretty clear most of the way through, there were a couple snowy stretches close to the Lake. Take your time, especially coming back, and you'll be good. Lake is frozen. Awesome views.

My 20 week pregnant wife and I did this hike late last week. According to the signs on the trail it is 8 miles total, out and back. Took us about 8 hours in total, but we took our time. It was not raining but it still was incredibly slippery because of the rains days before. We have done a number of hikes, and I would call this trail 'hard' if there is any degree of moisture affecting the ground. I wouldn't attempt it at all if raining... that would be a nightmare. Take more water than you think you need, and apply bug spray before you get started. We waited and regretted it. This is a hike of a lifetime if the conditions are right.

Awesome day! Didn’t make it to heart lake because deep, soft snow led to postholing. Perhaps if we got an earlier start the snow would’ve been a bit better.. Decided to call it a day and turn around. Packed snow for the majority of the trail - micro spikes came in handy! All around great hike - will be back.

Spikes were sufficient until about a mile before the lakes


First 14er. The gain in elevation was harder than expected for my friend and I, which meant the hike took longer than we had planned. Best views I've ever had and the experience was exhilarating! Make sure you have plenty of water, protein and healthy fats snacks(nuts, bars, etc.). Went in October 2016, temp went back and forth between just a hoodie and needing a wind resistant, thermal coat.

16 days ago

Beautiful views! Definitely worth the short hike. Go early to beat the clouds. They started rolling in about 9:30 in the morning.

16 days ago

Did this hike on 03/01/18, snow packed. The summer trail is very skinny and can be slippery. I did the trail in only hiking boots but had micro spikes and snowshoes as back up. The views were tremendous and the trail wasn’t busy at all. Took the winter path down which was even better, you can slide down or strap on snow shoes and trek your way down. One of my favorite hikes all year round.

Absolutely worth it, it’ll be muddy and slippery but gotta go all the way to the falls, don’t stop at the beach!

What an incredible hike! Although I would call it closer to hard than moderate, but I guess I’m no hiking expert. It also may be because the trail was wet today after yesterday’s rains. Each person we passed with tennis shoes (or even sandals), made me happier we had on good boots and started early. You basically go up along the coast for a mile, down to the beach for a mile, then hike inland along the river/stream for 2 miles and after some careful bouldering you are rewarded with a huge waterfall and a refreshing pool.

I’m not gonna lie, the return trip stretched us (30s/20s moderate shape), but the whole thing was worth the effort. Glad we brought plenty of water.

It took about 6 hours, including about 10 minutes at the beach, 30 at the falls, and the occasional stops along the way.

Definietly a couple more of the “if I misstep, I’m gonna die a horrible death” spots on this trail than some of the other trails at the top but had a blast though with some great views. Got on the trail around 8am and while it was foggy/cloudy all the way up the canyon this trail was clear. Trail was a bit wet but wasn’t bad at all.

21 days ago

Hiked on 2/18/18. Snowshoes were useful in a few sections just before and after The Loch, but micro spikes would have been sufficient for most of the trail. Beautiful and windy day. There is now an annual National Parks pass hiding somewhere around the Bear Lake parking lot, good through December 2018. We quickly learned not to open doors on both sides of the car.

Tough but rewarding winter hike. Got off trail really quickly and just decided to stay that way. Deep powder, wore snow shoes entire time. It’s crazy cold up top. Check the wind report. Must bring mittens with liners, hand warmers (seriously), head and neck protection, base layer/ maybe fleece under pants, glasses or goggles, poles. Incredible views and solitude. Would definitely go back.

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