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Muddy. Great views!

Awesome hike! Went up in November 2018, trail was pretty icy / snowy but could hike it in sneakers (did a lot of butt slides on the way down). The fire tower is well worth the hike and then the climb when you reach it.

Getting to the trail head was very very bumpy and slow moving in some spots.

off road driving
9 days ago

Went out here today, it was a lot of fun.

Snow was approx 8-12 inches deep on much of the road making it quite a challenge. Several people needed pulled out after getting stuck

Views on this road are amazing, but I did not encounter anything that would make this anywhere near “moderate” without the snow.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail, so long as you’re prepared. If you find a 4+ inch fixed blade Gerber knife along the scramble, his name is Brütus; please treat him kindly, sharpen him weekly

Love this trail........and do so does my dog!

Very flat and easy trail, our dog loved it! Castle was pretty neat but a bit more modern than we expected. The river was partially frozen and gorgeous to see.

Definitely difficult to scramble up the side to the trail. Wouldn’t recommend for children or to do alone. But the tunnels are worth the climb. Sliding down is pretty dangerous coming back.

Beautiful shirt trail!

Fun hike near Denver. With half the population of the front range. Parking can fill up early.

Frozen fall but still very cool

hiking
24 days ago

According to the trail signs it was actually .3 miles one way. The waterfall was iced over and trail very slick. Beautiful views tho

26 days ago

Very little traffic compared to the main park, offers beautiful views year round. The steps going back up the trail pose a little difficulty for some, but if the trail is taken completely looped around, it's not really an issue. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Views on this one! It was very icy/slippery especialy on the decent, so bring appropriate gear if you plan on going in the winter months.

We love it. Very beautiful.

Nice little stroll around the lake. Good for an easy way to get outside.

long hike but well worth the veiw from the top did it in sept had nice weather

I went to hike this yesterday morning/early afternoon (12/7/2018) and the road we came in on was closed about 6 miles out. I did not try to loop around to the west nor did I head back east to go over and up and see if that pass was open. Beware.

hiking
1 month ago

Got this one done this summer while I completed the Mount Herman and Raspberry Mountain Loop via Whilte Ghost Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The canyon looks like your in Jurassic Park! Not too difficult, down to the water hole is a bit treacherous because of loose rocks and gravel. Nice spot to hang out and have lunch or snack if it’s not overcrowded with swimmers. Nice hike to take out of town guests too.

Pleanty of incline and finishes that with stairs that seem to go on, on. You are rewarded with views that go on forever & an old fire tower that is very cool to see. Very nice hike with many photo opts. Did this hike in July/18 and it was very busy but perfect weather.

Nice easy trails-great for a morning walk with the dog. Some trails go up a little and there’s great views of mountains and city.

Easy trail. Lots of pines. Not much else.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on 11/10. Like the other two posts mentioned the trail is significantly covered in ice and snow with a decent amount of foot traffic. Be prepared to slide and have a few good wipeouts. The views along the trail are spectacular and I’m looking forward to going back again in the spring, summer and/or fall when the aspen leaves are changing. And yes the 30min drive on the dirt road is pretty rough, but if my Sentra can do it then all other vehicles can also.

Hiked this trail 11/10/18. The 9 mile road, like others mentioned, is pretty rough but it was well worth the hike! There’s plenty of great viewing spots on the way to the lookout station. The only thing I’d note is that it was pretty icy when I went. Many people (myself included) were sliding and took some bad falls. However, if you’re prepared for the icy conditions it’s well worth the drive for the 360 views of mountains.

Some of the best views from any trail in Colorado. Before I got to the trail head I had a bear run across Rampart Range Road in front of me, he was a light brown color. Hiked on 9 Nov 18, started about 0900, temp was 27 degrees at the trail head. Trail is almost totally covered in snow and ice, wear crampons or micro spikes so you don't fall. The stairs to the top are mostly snow/ice covered, best hang on tightly on the way up and down.

This place is over rated. We went to this lake and found dead fish scattered all around the lake. The smell wasn’t nice and it was dirty.

This looks easy to get to from the parking lot, but the trail isn't clear, as a lot of use trails spin off and head to the peak. I think we took one of the more difficult ones, and it was a bit of a bushwhack to get up there. Lots of kids up there though, so definitely not ridiculously hard. Did it on a whim after seeing the rock from the Trader Joe's parking lot on our way through town. Sunset was nice from the top.

Absolutely loved this hike!

Easy hike with incredible views. dog friendly and not busy. The 9 miles of dirt road are a little rough, but we managed in our Honda Civic.

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