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    Brittany Evans reviewed Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail

    6 months ago

    This is definitely more than 8.1 miles roundtrip. I believe RMNP now has it listed just shy of 10 miles. It gains in elevation relatively consistently until you hit Timberline Falls. Some of my fellow hikers stuck waiting to complete the scramble said that while the water was certainly running strong today, it's been known to be worse. My (potentially unpopular) opinion is that Lake of Glass is better than Sky Pond, but I think that's more a result of you hitting Lake of Glass first. Sky Pond on its own is beautiful, especially with the better view of the Sharkstooth, but I enjoyed Lake of Glass more. There's also a little stopping point along the side of Loch Vale that is gorgeous as well (and a little removed from the crowds right when you first hit the loch). Overall, it's as fantastic as everyone says. Bring some waterproof hiking shoes and a windbreaker, and you'll be in for a great hike.

    Brittany Evans reviewed Emerald Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    It's not news to say this is a heavily crowded trail on the weekends, especially with lots of families, even when I started around 7:30 a.m. The views are lovely at each lake, and the limited elevation gain is great for anyone with poor knees like me, but the crowds are a bit too much. With even just a few fewer people, I think I would have enjoyed it more because it really is beautiful. At Emerald Lake, I recommend scrambling up the rocks to the left (southeast side of the lake) to get a different perspective. There were still a couple melting patches of snow on the trail, though I'd imagine they'll be gone within the week or so.

    Brittany Evans completed Emerald Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Brittany Evans reviewed Kruger Rock Trail

    7 months ago

    The views are incredible, especially after the little rock scramble. I started hiking around 10:00 a.m. yesterday (Saturday, May 5) and was a bit surprised at how few people were there. I had about 20 minutes at the top all to myself and left before anyone else was anywhere near the top. Most of the snow from the storm earlier this week had melted, but there were a couple patches here and there that got a bit slick as the temperature rose during the day. I'd imagine most, if not all, will be gone after this weekend.

    Brittany Evans completed Kruger Rock Trail

    7 months ago

    Brittany Evans added Hikes To Do

    8 months ago

    Brittany Evans reviewed Coyote and Squirrel Loop Trails

    over 1 year ago

    The falls are nice and unquestionably the highlight of the trail, though you don't have walk more an 30 seconds from the parking lot to see them. The trail itself takes you up above the falls, which gives a decent view. The caves are a unique feature, but the rest of the trail isn't anything too special.

    Brittany Evans reviewed Hanging Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    They closed the trail for cleaning/maintenance earlier this week, but it reopened yesterday. So long as everyone can chip and keep it clean, it'll always be one of the top trails in Colorado. As everyone else will tell you, get up there early, especially on weekends. I left Denver at 3 a.m. and was one of the first people on the trail. It's not a difficult hike, but don't underestimate the elevation gain, especially right before the lake where it's very steep. Make sure to wear sturdy hiking boots. Bring a waterproof, windproof jacket to up the Sprouting Rock trail as well.

    Brittany Evans completed Hanging Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans reviewed St. Mary's Glacier

    over 1 year ago

    Based on photos, this is clearly a beautiful hike all year long, but I recommend it when there is still snow on the peaks and filling out the glacier. It gives everything a little more dimension. The down side of the snow up top means you're going to have to hike through some of it on the way, and it does get slippery and slushy. It was still mostly frozen on my way up in mid- to late-morning, but I was sliding a bit on the way down around 10:00 a.m.

    Brittany Evans reviewed Crater Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Absolutely stunning hike, as expected. The lake is still (mostly) frozen, and there are several patches of snow on the way up. By the time I started coming back down around 9:30 a.m., it was getting slushy and slippery. Some of the snow run-off follows the trail itself, leaving some running water and puddles here and there as well. Until things heat up and dry out, make sure to wear good hiking boots, preferably waterproof ones. Otherwise, it's not too difficult a hike and well worth the extra trek from Maroon Lake and the parking lot.

    Brittany Evans completed Mount Evans Summit Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Crater Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Forest Canyon Overlook

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Beaver Ponds Boardwalk

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Independence Pass Overlook

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Saint Mary's Glacier

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Siamese Twins Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Glacier Gorge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Bear Lake Nature Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Alluvial Fan Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brittany Evans completed Alberta Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago