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    Amanda Levesque reviewed Allenspark Trail to Calypso Cascades

    3 months ago

    7/1/18: What a beautiful trail! Much of the hike is through pine forests with packed dirt/rock, like many RMNP trails. Amazing views of Long's peak and nearby peaks. The falls is gorgeous. We went another 0.9 miles to Ouzel falls, which was just as nice. For a Sunday, this trail had only light-moderate traffic; crowded right at the end near the falls, where the Wild Basin trail connects. Pretty wildflowers. A great way to get into RMNP for free and (at least in the beginning) avoid the typical tourist traffic.

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Hells Hole Trail

    3 months ago

    6/21/18: So pretty! On the way up, the first half is an aspen forest with steeper incline, and the second half is an evergreen forest and levels out occasionally. It tops out around tree line. Lots of wildflowers especially in the aspens and near the top. Limited water; access only near the trailhead, a little stream on the way, and another near the top, so bring extra for dogs that get hot. The majority of the trail is partially shaded. Passed 5ish groups early PM weekday.

    Amanda Levesque completed Hells Hole Trail

    3 months ago

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Forest Lakes Trail

    3 months ago

    6/21/18: Did this mid day with my dog. Beautiful trail mostly through pine forests. Lots of shade and water with a few stream and waterfall crossings, and wildflowers. Snow still present around 1/3 mile to the lake, but could navigate there following others' postholes. Classic beautiful subalpine lake with mountain background view. Rating this 4 stars in comparison to similar hikes in the area, but stunning nonetheless especially if visiting.

    Amanda Levesque completed Forest Lakes Trail

    3 months ago

    Amanda Levesque reviewed North Fork Trail

    3 months ago

    6/13/18: Beautiful trail with river access in the first half, lots of wildflowers, meadows, aspen groves, and pine forests. Most of the trail has dense ground vegetation with pretty grasses and wildflowers on each side. Some exposed areas but lots of shade. There's a short initial descent right at the beginning, then overall a very gradual incline. Went with my dog mid day, mid week, and came across 4 other small groups in 8 miles. The last mile or so enters RMNP so turned around here (dog). No big scenic vistas or mountain views, but great nonetheless and a different experience than subalpine/alpine hikes. Consider this easy if you hike often.

    Amanda Levesque completed North Fork Trail

    3 months ago

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Joder Ranch

    3 months ago

    Did this mid May. Gorgeous wildflowers. First part is exposed, grassy foothills views and not too exciting, but over the ridge is a forested little valley that looks very different. Didn’t know how beautiful the views were on the other side of these foothills! We were disappointed the magical forest part wasn’t longer. Good local hike for a short-ish light workout that makes you feel like you’re not in Boulder.

    Amanda Levesque completed Joder Ranch

    3 months ago

    Amanda Levesque completed Loch Lomond Trail

    3 months ago

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Loch Lomond Trail

    3 months ago

    6/9/18: Went to escape a 95 degree day. Wasn’t sure where the true trailhead is, mileage sign or first mini lot? Trail is a gentle steady incline, good portion of it wide enough for off roading, made of packed dirt and rocks. A good portion has shade. Lots of water and occasional mud, and a few snowfields left near the lake with a little postholing, but doable in hiking boots. Not too many wildflowers. Huge area near the lake for hanging out and snacking; sadly there is some graffiti. All trails leading up to higher lakes still unpassable without snow shoes. Still a great hike, but I feel like it will be more beautiful in a few weeks.

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Royal Arch Trail

    4 months ago

    Beautiful classic Boulder hike. Probably moderate for those that hike regularly in CO, and hard for beginners and sea level-dwellers (I did this on a visit while living in MA and DIED). A good portion is shaded. Really cool rock arch at the summit. 4 stars because it’s always crowded to the point where it’s hard to find a place to sit at the summit.

    Amanda Levesque completed Royal Arch Trail

    4 months ago

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Angels Landing Trail

    4 months ago

    Strenuous but doable, not THAT hazardous with common sense (but if you’re terrified of heights in general not a good hike), and always crowded with a couple bottlenecks but still very worth it. Summit view is incredible.

    Amanda Levesque added Goal hikes

    4 months ago

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir

    4 months ago

    5/23/18: Great shady hike that begins with little switchbacks through an aspen grove descending into the canyon. There are 1-2 very short but steep steps over rocks. From there, it's a shady walk in the woods running along a creek until you get to a little point off Gross Reservoir. I continued on a trail to the left side of the reservoir, but it isn't too maintained--not sure if it's a real trail. Great for families with children, dogs (water!), and hot days.

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Chief Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    5/24/18: Gorgeous short but relatively steep hike. Occasional sections of snow still on the trail, but easy to navigate with only hiking boots. A little over half the hike is in the forest and mostly shady, and the rest mostly exposed. Amazing summit view. An easy + workout wise, but elevation is a bit high (around 10.6-11.5 K) so that will likely be the difference between considering this trail easy or moderate.

    Amanda Levesque completed Chief Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Amanda Levesque reviewed Kruger Rock Trail

    4 months ago

    5/27/18: Begins in a meadow with multiple varieties of wildflowers blooming, winds through a small aspen grove, then into the forest with a moderate incline, and a very short scramble to the summit. A few gorgeous rest spots on the way with views of Estes Park. The summit was large enough for a few groups of hikers to be there and not feel crowded, and the summit view is amazing--the entire eastern border of RMNP. Good hike for kids as it's short and not unreasonably challenging (incline steps aren't too steep). Well marked. May be moderate + for visitors from lower altitude, and easy + for local regular hikers. Moderate traffic for Memorial Day weekend.

    Amanda Levesque completed Kruger Rock Trail

    4 months ago

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    4 months ago

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