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    Athena Perez saved Shelf Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Athena Perez saved Forest Lakes Trail

    5 months ago

    Athena Perez completed Emerald Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Athena Perez added Snow and steady!

    6 months ago

    Athena Perez added we will come again

    6 months ago

    Athena Perez added Lake Isabelle Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Davos Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Booth Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez reviewed Middle St. Vrain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Vehicle used to access the trail:
    Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
    Footwear:
    Nike running shoe's
    Child carrier:
    ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb
    Fee: Free...unless you use the restroom. $7 daily use for users who are not camping.

    Firstly, if you do not have a high-clearance all-terrain 4X4 vehicle do not fret. You can still access the trail by parking at the lot and walking the rocky road to the trail head. It isn't far.
    The parking lot requires that you drive through two camp grounds. We kept thinking we were going the wrong way but got there eventually.

    We arrived on a Sunday in mid-September and started at 10:30am. There was still many spots available and the trail wasn't too busy. We took a bit over 2.5hours to complete the trail with a little break.
    The trail itself was great! Not difficult at all. The trail begins with a bit of a climb but levels out. It follows along side a stream that is beautiful and has a number of little off shoots to get right to the water. We crossed a few pretty small areas that opened up to grassy meadows with some aspen trees that were beginning to change which was very pretty to see.

    Overall it was a great out and back trail, not many people on it, and good for our leashed dogs. There was the daily use fee which the restrooms notified US of upon leaving which threw us off. $7 daily use fee for those who were not there as campers was a bit extreme but the restrooms are well kept and very clean. We were stopped while heading from the restrooms to the pay box and asked if we had paid before using them. Which we hadn't but the pay box isn't near the restrooms. So be aware of this fee.

    Athena Perez completed Middle St. Vrain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez reviewed Sourdough Trail to South St. Vrain Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Vehicle used to access the trail:
    Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
    Footwear:
    Nike running shoe's
    Child carrier:
    ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb
    Fee: Free!!! as the trail starts at the parking lot to the right before the pay station.

    This was a lovely trail, in our favourite area to hike. We started the hike at 8:45am on a Saturday at the end of August. There were plenty of parking spots available and the trail was not very busy at all. For the first half of the trail we saw probably 2-3 groups of people however, as the day went on and we were finishing the trail close to 10:30 we saw at least 5-6 groups of people who had started the trail clockwise.

    There is no main attraction on this hike like others in the area that provide lake views or peak mountain views but this is a beautiful loop with much to see, streams and a few water crossings on well maintained bridges, wild flowers, a small meadow, and dense forest. We took our dogs with us and they did great, a few small mud patches but nothing to really worry about. I would imagine as the weather cools and the rain comes more frequently you would need hiking boots but during the summer regular Nike running shoe's would be fine.
    Remember to pack it in, pack it out and take your trash with you. There are no trash cans that we saw but that's good. It's much better to dispose of your trash elsewhere.
    Finally, this is a LEASHED pet trail.

    We would recommend this rail and will be heading back again.

    Athena Perez saved Coulson Gulch Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Middle St. Vrain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez reviewed St. Mary's Glacier

    about 1 year ago

    Vehicle used to access the trail:
    Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
    Footwear:
    Nike running shoe's
    Child carrier:
    ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb
    Fee: $5 parking lot bring a Check.

    This was a short trail for us and a rocky one.
    We arrived at 8:30 and there were still quite a few parking spots available. By the time we finished and we're ready to leave people were doing laps waiting for a spot. I would say it was full by 10am on a Saturday morning in mid-late July.
    The rocky climb was nice and with a 22lb little on your back it is doable. The only challenging part for us was the trail getting around the glacier itself. The glacier was beautiful and the views from it were amazing. Definitely worth the climb. There were a few people heading further up and even over to the other side but we did not as we didn't have the footwear or poles for hiking on/over the glacier.
    The trail was busy but we were never walking right behind anyone. The lake is pretty and provided a nice area to stop and have a snack and let the little walk around.

    Athena Perez reviewed Lake Isabelle Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Vehicle used to access the trail:
    Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
    Footwear:
    Nike running shoe's
    Child carrier:
    ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb
    Fee:
    $11 for two adults (no state park pass)

    This was our first little hiking adventure. We got to the trail later than we would have liked and started at 8:30 on a Saturday morning in mid-July. The parking lot was filling quickly by the time we arrived. The lot closer to the trailhead was already full.
    This trail was beautiful, busy but a nice trail. It was easy and we would recommend it for all levels.
    We carried our 22lb little and it was still easy up and down. There were a few little areas along the trail where we could stop and he walked around too. It took us a little over 3hours with a nice break and a snack at the lake. The trail is very well maintained and in excellent condition.
    There is a nice BBQ area down near the parking lot near Lake Brained which we would do lunch at next time.
    Would happily do it again!!

    Athena Perez reviewed Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Vehicle used to access the trail:
    Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
    Footwear:
    Nike running shoe's
    Child carrier:
    ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb

    Overall we enjoyed the walk.

    Half of the trail is a gravel road used to access the Dam and there wasn't much shade on the road, which meant a warm mile walk back to the parking lot.
    Sleepy Lion trail provided a lot of shade in the morning. We took to the trail at 8am on a Saturday mid-August and there was plenty of parking and the toilets are well maintained. We followed the trail clockwise and Sleepy lion gave us a great uphill climb for the first mile or so. It is well marked with arrows on the trees towards the top. I carried my 22lb little in an ErgoBaby and found the uphill challenging but definitely doable.
    Once over the peak the trail is wider and appears to have once been an asphalt road but is more gravel. This gave the legs a nice break after the climb and we would recommend taking the trail clockwise.

    Athena Perez completed Saint Mary's Glacier

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez completed Lake Isabelle Trail (Summer)

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Ouzel Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Sandbeach Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Ouzel Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez added Track - Aug 20, 11:26 AM

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Beaver Mountian Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Athena Perez saved Hessie Trail

    about 1 year ago