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    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Devisadero Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Great hike right outside of Taos! We had limited time in town, so we camped near the trail and it’s right as you enter the forest. Not super crowded, but lots of locals use it as their morning workout. If you take the “peak” trail, it’s more direct up hill but quicker. The loop, this map, is the trail that bears LEFT at the first fork in the road, about .75 miles into the hike. Adds .8 miles but more gradual incline and shaded areas on the way up. Views of Taos and the mountains are STELLAR and we loved the different terrain you encounter.

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Nambe Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Beautiful lake hike and the aspens right now can’t be beat!! We’re frequent hikers in Colorado and the end kicked my butt, but well worth it! The first part is just switchbacks through the woods, then you jump right into the aspens for a rather flat section that is STELLAR! Trail splits and you take the trail that goes UP. The last mile and a half you gain the entirety of the elevation (or at least it feels) and the trail can get super unclear at some points, but follow the carens for a path. You take the creek up a majority of the way, and then cross over at a meadow. The last half mile we saw everyone taking a different path, so whatever gets you up there. We were all winded together. Lake is LOVELY, we only had three other people there with us (lots of dogs on the trail). Perfect fall hike, dress warmly though! As always- the earlier the better as the lot was completely full when we got back. 3.5 hours RT.

    Carly Wooldridge completed Nambe Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Timber Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Beautiful way to see the Grand Lake entrance part of RMNP. We did this hike sept 28 and arrived around 7:15 to an empty trailhead and it took us 5 hours RT. The trail starts with switchbacks that get good incline but nothing unmanageable. The first section of the forest we saw multiple deer, dress warm as it’s entirely in the shade. 2 miles in you hit a landslide, an older couple was turning back, but climb it gradually and hold onto the debris and it’s not tricky. If anything, it’s absolutely fascinating to see! The trail continues on a ledge of the forest where you get great views of the valley below. The last mile and a half is pretty steep and rocky, but worth it for the lake at the end! Multiple meadows, so be on the lookout for moose and elk everywhere! VERY chilly at the top, but great rocks in the sun to stop and enjoy lunch. The downhill can be rough on the knees.

    Carly Wooldridge completed Timber Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Timberline Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Wonderful hike! Took my 60 year old parents on this and they loved it. It is very steep for the last half mile, but otherwise a very gradual income. Being a jacket for the lake, the wind has quite the chill. Perfect amount of sun and forested shade on the way up.

    Carly Wooldridge saved Wyoming Trail

    3 months ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Quandary Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    The views at the top are more than worth it, but you’ve got to work for it! We started this trail at 5:45 AM when it was still relatively dark. Note that there are two lots for the trail, the second one is the one that is closest to the actual trail, lower lot you’ve got to walk. You’ll see tons of people. First forest part is a steady incline but nothing unmanageable. Leaves are starting to change here, so take it in! About 2 miles in, the trail gets much rockier and steeper, as you ascend above tree line. The views throughout the whole hike are exceptional, it’s neat to see how far you’ve climbed by looking at the lot and two lakes. The last part is nothing short of BRUTAL, with an incredible steep and scrambly incline to the top. Plenty of places to stop and rest though, as you and every other hiker on the trail will be doing that. We summited at 8:20 and we’re back to the car at 11:30, after stopping at the top for 20 minutes to take in the FABULOUS views. The top was crowded by 8:40, so the earlier the better! The top is COLD and windy, but the descend will have you directly facing the sun, so pack many layers, a lot of water and gloves/hat for warmth! You’ll also encounter trail restoration volunteers on the way down, making the trail accessible to all! Hiking boots strongly suggested, as this hike takes a beating to your knees and those with wobbly ankles. To compare to Mt. Bierstadt, we found it to be MUCH rockier throughout but overall better views.

    Carly Wooldridge completed Quandary Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Crater Lakes Trail via Moffat Tunnel East Portal Trailhead

    5 months ago

    Beautiful hike! Ended up being closer to 7 round trip if you get up to the top lake (which is a MUST). It’s. A steady uphill climb through beautiful woods. The only hard part is the last hike up the last lake which is steep, but you’re surrounded by sweeping views and wild flowers (and a few marmots

    Carly Wooldridge saved Chasm Lake

    8 months ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Green Mountain Loop

    10 months ago

    On a clear day the views at the top are stunning! Took about 4 hours RT with a 30 min break at the top, so it makes for a perfect day hike from Denver. Overall a steady uphill climb but frequent places to stop and take a break. Trail is clearly marked as well. The loop back down is incredibly icy and shaded, so spikes/traction are a plus.

    Carly Wooldridge completed Green Mountain Loop

    10 months ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Chicago Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Incredible hike! Would recommend waterproof hiking boots, as there are a few streams to cross, and the assent is very rocky and requires stability. Start early, we hit the trail at 7:20 and ran into maybe 6 people on our way up, but closer to 25 on the at down. Finished around 11:45. Didn't go to Summit, as the trail was run down with rock and we were cutting close on time, but the view form the first two lakes are incredible within themselves! Bring layers, as it's chilly starting but when the sun comes over it warms up quickly!

    Carly Wooldridge completed Chicago Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Amazing trail! Scramble at the top is a challenge but there's a ton of hikers here to encourage you. 360 views all around and not much wind (in comparison to other higher elevation summits). Started the trail at 6 AM and the lot was full, took us about 5 hours start to finish, stopping at the top for about 25 minutes. Bathrooms and bush on he trail are scarce, so I'd highly recommend going before hand. Trail starts extremely easy but by mile 2 you're going straight up. People have said regular shoes are fine but if you want stability on the scramble and descent, hiking boots worked best for us (warerproof). Great 14'er to start with!

    Carly Wooldridge completed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge saved Blue Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge saved Shipler Cabin

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Monarch Lake Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    BEAUTIFUL lake, get out there early for a more peaceful walk (and easier parking spot). Trail is easily to follow and has a good amount of up/down, rocks, scenic view points and shade. We went clockwise and would highly recommend it. Completely dry and free of snow at this point in the year, great hike for families and those not adjusted to the altitude! Best part is finishing with a 360 view of the lake and all of its beauty. Volunteers at the beginning were extremely kind and helpful, and offered Trail advice. You're near the rippling water most of the time, but Monarch Lake itself is as peaceful as it gets. Many scenic viewpoints, took about 2 hours to walk. Will definitely be bringing out of town guests back here soon.

    Carly Wooldridge completed Monarch Lake Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Sky Pond Trail

    over 1 year ago

    By far the most fun hike I have done in RMNP to date. The trail is beautiful at every turn and offers sweeping views of the water, the Rockies and more. We started at 8 AM and got back to Bear Lake lot (a bit further than parking at Glacier) around 2 PM, leaving time to stop and take in Loch, Glass and more. The trail starts off passing Alberta Falls and on the first part of the incline past theFalls you're in the sun and hiking up, so it can get pretty warm! The waterfall you hike by the whole time is incredible as well. The trail continues on switchbacks rather easily to Loch. Loch is absolutely gorgeous and is completely melted by now. Great stopping point for those without spikes or wanting a more moderate hike. Verge off to the right of the Lake when you get to the entrance into the snow in order to stay on the track to Sky (you will see a carved out slope in the hill...that's the trail!). You wrap around the right half of the lake completely before entering the woods back up to Sky. We put and kept our spikes on at this point, still lots of snow but very firmly packed and mostly slushy on top. You still can't see the trail so just follow the dirt from other people's paths. After this you will come up to the last (and hardest) push up to Sky. The side of the mountain is still covered in snow and while we did see people make it without spikes, I wouldn't recommend it. Again, follow the path of the people before you up the steep incline, there were a good amount of people there to direct you. This is when you get to the waterfall, which is really just a scramble. Might not be the best for people with a fear of heights, but if you like the challenge, it's an absolute blast!! Once you reach the top, you'll see Glass Pond and then just about 1/4 mile further is Sky (you can see its runoff into Glass). Again, no trail up to Sky as it's still covered in snow but very clear foot steps make it easy. The boulders don't have snow on them anymore so they are fun to hike around. Either pond has absolutely phenomenal views (and some adorable marmots) to take in and enjoy. Reviews said to dress warmly, but I did fine with just leggings, tank top and a windbreaker for the top (it was also sunny/ no clouds the day we hiked). Be careful as you go back down the waterfall after reaching the pond, as it is steep, slippery, and sometimes the rocks aren't as stable as you think. Not too many people on our way back but was definitely picking up as we got closer to Alberta Falls and then anything closer to Bear Lake. Overall, absolutely phenomenal hike and will absolutely be doing it again!

    Carly Wooldridge reviewed Mount Flora Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Still plenty of snow but absolutely gorgeous views! We took the Colorado Mines Trail up, as the Berthoud Trail was extremely hard to find. 360 views and good amount of uphill/scramble. Waterproof boots required.

    Carly Wooldridge completed Mount Flora Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge saved Jasper Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge saved Herman Gulch Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Carly Wooldridge saved Lenawee Trail

    over 1 year ago