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    Brian Pavloff reviewed Mount Flora Trail

    10 days ago

    The trail begins at the Berthoud pass trail head on the east side of the road. There is a road that leads the way, although there is although a social trail leading directly form the parking lot that leads meets up with the same road just a few hundred hundreds up. After following the road for a bit, you arrive at a juncture. The sign is a bit confusing as it shows the Mt Flora trail going in both directions. Continue straight along the footpath, do not continue to follow the road as it bends to the right and up the immediate hill. From here, the trail is clear and well marked. There is one patch of snow about a mile up from the parking lot, but its easy to walk through or go around. Other than, its dry and clear! Wind wasn't too bad at the top today but I would guess around 20 degrees cooler than it was in the parking lot. Enjoy!

    Brian Pavloff completed Mount Flora Trail

    10 days ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Hassell Lake

    13 days ago

    A great quick hike to a lovely mountain lake that could serve as an opening for further exploration. The final few miles to the trailhead take you along a gravel road with some fairly serious bumps along the way, although I think most any vehicle can make it. Drive slowly, of course, no guardrail. The way to the lake begins along the same road and follows a popular spot for fishing: Urad lake. Keep an eye out for a turnoff on the right which is marked: Trail to Lake. The trail descends to the head of Urad lake, fed by a stream. This time of year with snow melting led to some marshy conditions a and a stream crossing. I would recommend crossing as close to the lake itself where the stream mouth widens and the depth decreases. The trail is a bit hazy to follow but keep making your way to the other side of the lake. I found myself having to cross another feeder stream coming from the north before finding the trail again on the northwest side of the lake. From here, the trail is obvious as it climbs steadily and rather steeply at times. There is a healthy amount of snow as you make your way and a very good amount at the top by the lake. All passable with boots but there were a few spots that I slipped into up to my knee at the top!

    Brian Pavloff completed Hassell Lake

    13 days ago

    Brian Pavloff completed Hells Hole Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Hells Hole Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Excellent hike through pine forest opening up at the top in a meadow with mountains directly to the south and to the east. The incline is steady throughout and gentle enough to make the entire trip fairly relaxing, yet with enough climb to get the heart going! Snow patches are frequent after about 10,600 feet. Snowshoes weren't necessary, neither were spikes. Although I think the trip would have been a little more comfortable with some gators to help keep the feet dry. The end of the marked trail lands you in an area that would be ripe for further exploration, but we were short on time and so we headed back down after
    a snack and a sit at the top. The way down was quite a bit sloppier than the way up as the afternoon sun encouraged more rapid snowmelt. The whole journey took us around 4.5 hours including a short break at the top.

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Forgotten Valley

    3 months ago

    The title Forgotten Valley is misleading as the map shows a route to Windy Peak; Forgotten valley is just to the west of this route and sings along the way will indicate. There is a state park fee to enter this area and parking is available for about 20 vehicles near the trailhead. This route begins on the burro trail and ascends to a junction with mountain lion trail. You take mountain lion up to the north shoulder of windy peak and then it reconnects with burro. Signs lead the way to the summit which raises up to around 9,000ft. There were a few snowy patches and micro spikes would have been helpful for the last half mile. There was skipping and sliding today. Windy peak lived up to its name and provides amazing views to the west across golden gate and to the snowy high altitude peaks beyond. The whole journey took me just under 3 hours including some rest time at the top.

    Brian Pavloff reviewed St. Mary's Glacier

    4 months ago

    We hiked this on Sunday afternoon and it was windy, cold, and awesome. Be advised that there is . $5 fee to park in the nearby lots as they are on private land. Cash and checks are the only form of payment accepted. There are two lots, on one to the north and one to the south of the trail head. It's a quick walk to the top, just keep to the main trail and avoid what look to be off road vehicle trails that veer off to the right. I think there are two on the way up. The top was WINDY. I'm guessing around 50mph gusts and a steady wind of about 30mph. The kind of wind you can lean into and it will keep you upright. The temp was around 9 degrees and with the those kind of winds we didn't stay up too long- we didn't have the gear necessary to hang out in conditions like that. But it was beautiful up there. We shall definitely return for more exploration!

    Brian Pavloff completed Saint Mary's Glacier

    4 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Loch Lomond Trail

    4 months ago

    Hiked up to this trail this past Monday before the big snow hit and it was beautiful. The trail begins as a wide road and there was considerable accumulation of snow, although it was packed down pretty nicely and made for pleasant travel. The road continues past a few barriers to prevent motor traffic and then thins out. The snow makes the official trail difficult to find towards the top, but there is no danger of getting lost as the remainder is mostly above tree line, making the route to the lake obvious. I would recommend snowshoes for the final bit. It seems that the lake could just the start of some great exploration, but the snow at the top here fairly deep.

    Brian Pavloff completed Loch Lomond Trail

    4 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Red Rock Canyon Trails

    5 months ago

    A great area to explore that is close to Colo Springs. There are many trails that weave in and out of each other and many social trails as well. There is a gentle incline if you follow the trails to the south end of the park that provide some very nice views. the trails are well maintained and wide for the most park. It can get crowded so plan accordingly with regards to parking.

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

    5 months ago

    Beautiful hike through Eldorado Canyon yesterday. There is an $8 parking fee when you enter the park. The lot right next to the trail head is small and fills up quickly. No worries, the parking lot at the visitor center just a few hundred yards up the road has ample space. There are additional lots along the way to the visitor center that may have spaces as well. The trail begins wide and open. This is the only section that I would consider wheelchair friendly, so I'm not sure what this trail is labeled as such above. At the junction with Fowler trail, Rattlesnake bends to the right and begins and steady and unyielding climb. It's nothing too steep, no crazy switchbacks, just enough to get a healthy heart rate going! You will pass the ruins of the Craig hotel on the right. There isn't much left here but it's still worth a quick gander. It is also at this point that the loop begins. You can choose either way and you will end up back at the Craig hotel. Along the loop there is an offshoot for a viewing point of the continental divide. You must check this out. Great spot to sit (there are a couple of benches provided) and enjoy a snack and a well-deserved breather. There is also another social trail offshoot that heads up to the ridge line. Not sure how the park service feels about these social trails, but it's a short detour to some rocky outcrops that provide some more nice views. When we went there were some periodic icy patches but the trail was in great condition. No spikes required, just some cautious footing along the ice patches. Of course, the snowstorm today likely makes that trail report all but moot! The whole journey took us about 2.5 hours, including breaks

    Brian Pavloff completed Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

    5 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Belcher Hill

    5 months ago

    Beautiful hike in the snow on Monday. Be careful about the route. Belcher hill trail itself is only a section of the loop indicated. You have to connect to mustang trail which loops back to the belcher Hill trail. If you make the mistake of staying on Belcher Hill trail, you will end of taking yourself far away from the parking lot and will need to turn around for a steep climb to get back on track. Also take note that the beginning of the loop begins on the opposite side of the road as the parking lot, although you will see signs for Belcher Hill trail on that parking lot side as it continues that way as well. The scenery is gorgeous, although my experience was one with limited visibility due to the snowfall. The trip took me about 2.5 hours.

    Brian Pavloff completed Belcher Hill

    5 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Estes Cone Trail

    6 months ago

    This was an amazing hike, highly recommended. The trail was mostly snow pack but relatively easy travel. I wore micro-spikes, and I would recommend doing the same, but you could probably get by with just a good pair of boots. The trail is clear all the way to the juncture of storm pass. From this point, the trail becomes steeper, with a few more slippery spots along the way. There is one more junction that leads the rest of the way up to the summit of Estes Cone. After this junction the trail becomes a little more obscure. Cairns will mark the trail as you make your way up but it seems that there a few different options. The views from the top are spectacular. Longs peak presents itself to the south, and the peaks of Otis, Sharkstooth, Powell and McHenrys rise in the west. Plenty of good rock formations at the top to search for a good sitting place. The whole journey took me about 4 hours. Plus an hour to sit and enjoy the views.

    Brian Pavloff completed Estes Cone Trail

    6 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Rawhide Wrangler Trail

    6 months ago

    Arrived on a Saturday around 1:30pm and there was ample parking available. We followed the trail as indicated-beginning to the northwest. The trail begins in open mountain meadows, spotted with pine trees. You will pass Wrangler's run, a cut-through which would provide a much shorter day, as well as the water-hole trail. The trail begins flat and wide, but becomes a little rockier and steeper as you progress around the loop. However, there is nothing strenuous about the grade as you make your way, just watch your footing for the occasional jutting or loose rock. One important note: The route indicated is not the route we ended up taking. On the east side of the loop, you will find a barrier put up by Jefferson Public Space that indicates a trail has been closed due to unsafe conditions. You will see this marker on the left. It's unclear what these conditions are. There was very little snow and ice on the path to this point, and most of the trail was bone-dry. We continued forward as there was no trail indicated on our GPS. A little bit up the the you will see the junction of rawhide and Wrangler's. As the trail indicates, you take the rawhide path to the left. if you are following GPS, it will show that you are on an trail not shown. No worries, continue to follow the Rawhide trail and it will lead you back to the lot. The whole journey took us a little over 2 hours. It should also be noted that our GPS indicated we have traveled just over 6 miles.

    Brian Pavloff completed Rawhide Trail

    6 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed The Loch Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Arrived at 7:30am on a Friday morning to an empty parking lot-save the plow making some final touch ups. The trail today was snowy but sturdy. The new snow had not yet packed into nice and was soft and crunchy (only about 3-5 inches) most of the way. Near the top, there were more frequent instances of ice patches hidden under the snow. The snow also becomes deeper and the drifts obscure the tail more often near the lake. But the path is never difficult to locate. Micro spikes or snowshoes highly recommended. I was able to make the whole way with micro spikes without any issues, except one step that left me calf deep in a drift and some subsequent snow in my right boot. The way up is steady but never too step. There are a few switchbacks, but nothing too strenuous. Even with the cold and the wind, the time by the lake was remarkable. If you have more time than I did, I imagine that this lake would only mark the beginning of the explorations to be done in this area. The whole trip took me about 4 hours, including a healthy sit by the lake.

    Brian Pavloff completed The Loch Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Mayhem Gulch Juniper Loop Trail

    8 months ago

    Great day hike with some cool views. Parking was ample when I arrived today around 1:30 pm. Although it appears that the place become quite crowded on the weekends. The trail head begins at the western end of the parking lot and it marked well. The hike offers great high desert plant life and plenty of exposure to the sun- lather up! After some good switchbacks the trail reaches a junction, I opted to go for the route that begins to the east. Follow until another junction that will show the way to Juniper. There are two junctions that happen within a hundred yards or so, and for both keep to the left. They are well marked but hoping on the wrong trail will add some time to your day. At this point the trail is gentle and offered some great looks of snow dusted peaks in the distance. The trail makes its way back to mayhem and the same way down. There are many bikers hikers on the trail so be courteous out there! The whole trip took be 2 hours.

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Deer Mountain Trail

    8 months ago

    Great day hike just a little bit in from the Estes Park entrance of RMNP. The incline isn't too bad at all, just enough to get your heart going! The trail flatness out and even descends a bit before making the final push to the summit. The top makes a great spot to stop for lunch and enjoy the views. Longs peak is your neighbor up there and you can also see Estes park and the reservoir. The whole hike took us about 3 hours.

    Brian Pavloff completed Deer Mountain Trail

    8 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Blue Lake Trail

    8 months ago

    Beautiful and tiring hike. There was quite a bit of snow when we completed this trail a few weeks ago and it only gets more and more intense as you ascend. Although we weren't necessarily prepared for the depth of snow that we encountered, it was a beautiful hike, even with some wet feet. Out pup did great too! We ended up going off trail by accident because the trail at one point was difficult to find. But it wasn't to hard to find our way. There is a teaser lake just before blue lake so make sure you keep pushing, you aren't that far. The lake itself is absolutely beautiful, especially in the snow, and there was even a dry, snowless, patch for us to rest and whip up a hot lunch. This trail definitely has a good amount of incline and distance so pace yourself and enjoy the work! The whole trip took us about 6 hours.

    Brian Pavloff completed Blue Lake Trail

    8 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Lake Agnes Trail

    8 months ago

    Great short power hike to a beautiful lake.To be clear, the trail on the All trail map seems begin far up the road which was inaccessible by vehicle when we arrived. If this is the case when you arrive add another 2 miles to the 2.3 mile estimate indicated. Completed this hike over Indigenous peoples day weekend and it was cold and snowy but beautiful. The trail follows a road for the first mile or so and there was a good 8 inches of snow on the ground. After you pass a cabin, the trail is another mile or so to the lake. There are a good number of switchbacks as you make your way up, and the snow and ice made this even more challenging. Micro-spikes would have made for more pleasant travel. The lake itself is absolutely gorgeous so make sure to plan a good hour to hang out there if the weather is nice. The whole trip took us about 2.5 hours not counting the time spent at the lake.

    Brian Pavloff completed Lake Agnes Trail

    8 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop

    8 months ago

    The parking lot was full when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, but there is space on the road for several vehicles. The trail begins through open pine meadows and lightly meanders its way to a high point. We took the route that begins towards the southwest. After revealing some nice mountains in the near distance, the trail makes a rather length descent into the valley. The trail then follows the river all the way down, crossing several times and sometimes over rocks on the banks. Once to the looping point, a sign clearly makes the correct way. Staying on the beaver brook takes you for a very different kind of ride so make sure to jump on Chavez. But, the junction is well marked so you can't miss it. A healthy ascent leads you back into the lush forest, on to the meadows and back to the parking lot. The journey took about 3 hours.

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail

    8 months ago

    Cool hike to knock out in an afternoon or morning. The trail begins in open foothill country before making its way into some lightly wooded areas. Its a steady but rather easy grade all the way up. There are numerous trail in a network in this are and so there are a few ways to the top it seems. All the trails are well marked and some are indicated for hiking only- no bikes. There's some slight scrambling for about 40 or 50 feet to get to the top of the rock, but it's accessible to most. The top provides great views of the mountains in the distance and what appeared to be Long Peak. The whole trip took about 3 hours.

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Kenosha Pass North

    8 months ago

    Beautiful hike to see the changes colors of the aspen. The trail head gets very crowded so the earlier the better. We arrived around 8:30am on a Sunday and the place was already packed with cars using the side of the road for parking spots. Still, we didn't have too much trouble finding a place to park. The trail begins right off the road, make sure not to follow crowds into campground on the opposite side, you'll just have to turn around. The trail begins through beautiful pine forest but the best is yet to come. A couple miles in, the trail emerges from the woods and reveals an expansive view of the plains to the south and the mountain range farther to the west. Beautiful golden yellows and bright oranges paint the sides of mountains around you. You can keep going on as the trail descends, but once the trail enters the forest again, there are no more high points. The trails does meander its way down through a dense aspen growth but most of the leaves on these trees had already fallen, and you find yourself about the skeletons of trunks and branches with the occasional yellow leaf in its final days of grasping to the tree. We turned around here but the trail goes on for a long ways as this is part of the Colorado trail. We didn't go all the way to where the trail end is marked on the Alltrails map and the out and back took us about 5 hours.

    Brian Pavloff completed Kenosha Pass North

    8 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Mt. Huron Trail

    8 months ago

    Completed this hike in the middle of September. Arrived at the trailhead around 5:00am and enjoyed stunning views of the open night sky and heavy silence all around. To be clear, I parked my car about a half mile away from the official trailhead. I think I may be too cautious with my vehicle as I noticed other cars with lower clearance at the trailhead upon my return, but parts of the road about are pretty gnarly so use your discretion. Hiking up the road in the dark was great- a family a deer revealed themselves as glowing eyes and then rather quietly and quickly bounced away. The trailhead begins in the woods and offers beautiful and lush pine growth. It climbs steadily for some time before emerging from the tree line. Once past the tree line, there is a brief reprieve from the climb as the trail flattens out and offers great view as you look back towards the direction you came. Good spot to take a break. The wind was really kicking up at this point without any shelter from the trees and even though the sun had risen, overcast skies and below freezing temperatures made this a bitterly cold ascent at times. The final hump is more steep travel as you can imagine, and from the shoulder is probably another hour or so to the summit. Patches of snow and ice dotted the trail on the way up. The summit is absolutely beautiful offering views of many ranges all around you. The wind was quite intense up there, so be prepared. The whole trip took me about 7 hours.

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Hahns Peak Trail

    8 months ago

    Completed this trail over Labor Day weekend. There's a dirt road up to the trailhead that gets a little rough as you climbed. We have a CRV and stopped a little short of the trailhead, although we probably could have kept pushing to the top. The trail begin as a continuation of the dirt road you drive in on. Keep an eye out for the trail that will split off to the right after about a quarter mile or so. The trail winds through open forest and proves a healthy mix of sun and shade. The final hump to the summit offers a series of more obscured trails over varying grades of rock and gravel. Enjoy the lookout station from the top. 360 views abound. Entire journey lasted about 2.5 hours.

    Brian Pavloff completed Hahns Peak Trail

    8 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Willow Creek Trail

    9 months ago

    Completed this hike over Labor Day weekend and it was hot, but lovely. The trail begins in the parking lot of marina of steamboat lake. The trail is quite easy (don't think it should be rated as moderate) although it is a longer journey. The trail doesn't provide any cover so make sure to bring sunscreen, hat, long sleeves, all the essentials for a day in the high altitude sun. The trail winds around the lake makes its way toward 129. Cows were grazing along side of the road which piqued the curiosity of our dog. While the trail follows the road for a bit, it doesn't take away from the surrounding beauty too much. You will cross another small road the goes near the visitor center which provided a nice break in some air conditioning after some time in the hot sun. A fork in the road by the cabin indicates the way. This will also lead you to Tombstone loop, a short and easy easy loop gains a small of elevation and provides some good views. The whole trip took us about 5 hours with breaks.

    Brian Pavloff completed Willow Creek Trail

    9 months ago

    Brian Pavloff reviewed Up To Hope Pass

    9 months ago

    My wife and I hiked up to Hope Pass the final weekend of August and it was an absolutely wonderful hike. The trail begins in a parking lot as a gravel bed off of 82 and is marked as the willis gulch trailhead. The trail begins as a steep ascent through pine and aspen growth. Mt Elbert reveals itself to the north in periodic openings in the tree cover. After making a stream crossing over the bridge, the trail heads aggressively uphill with no switchbacks. A junction in the trail will mark the way to Willis Gulch off to the right, keeping straight will take you to hope pass. Once emerging from the tree line, a beautiful alpine landscape surround you in all directions. Continue on up the trail to final switchbacks up to hope pass. These switchbacks are a bit of a kick in the butt for weary legs but the views to the south at the top of the pass are well worth it. Once at the top it appears there is a social trail leading to the top of quail mountain. Not sure if it would be recommended to make this trip for the sake of preventing erosion, but it appears that many travelers have taken the route. I was tempted myself, but we opted to have a snack in the pass and head back down. The whole trip took us about 5 hours including breaks.