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    Chris Bennett reviewed Lake Ann Trail

    8 days ago

    I would classify this as a moderate hike up to the lake. If you go all the way to the divide, it is hard. Beautiful hike all around. We backpacked in and stayed 2 nights near the lake.

    Chris Bennett completed Lake Ann Trail

    8 days ago

    Chris Bennett saved Lake Ann Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Arapaho Glacier Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This hike starts with a gradual incline for about 1.5 miles through the spruce and fir forest. Once you break out of the trees at timberline, the rest of this hike (4 miles or so) is exposed high tundra hiking. IF YOU HAVE ARE BRINGING A DOG...there is no water at all on this trail. Just FYI. After treeline you get your first big views of north Arapahoe peak and Apache peak. You are also able to see the lakes down on your right associates with the Boulder watershed. The hike begins to climb from this point up the tundra with a few different switchback sections. You then end up on the south side of the ridge where you have great views of eldora ski area, Mt Evans, and all the mountains on the continental divide looking towards winter park. We could also see Grays and Torrey’s, and Bierstadt, and Pikes peak way off in the southern distance. You head along the ridge here for a couple miles at a pretty even grade until you meet up with 4th of July trail. At this point you can see the peak to your right which is the way to south arapahoe peak. This is why the trail has a hard rating in my opinion. It’s a steep rock scramble up to the top but well worth it.

    Chris Bennett completed Arapaho Glacier Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Bennett saved Tunnel Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Bennett saved Native Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Bennett saved American Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Bennett saved Kroenke Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Bennett saved Grizzly Lake

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Gore Lake

    about 1 year ago

    From the trailhead you rise in elevation pretty quick, so be ready to start with a climb. After about a mile you get to a more moderate incline all the way to "the graves" which is around 4 miles total. You are in and out of the trees that first 4 miles with good views. Once you get to the graves you follow the signs and take a hard left towards Gore Lake. We actually camped one night at the graves and made the push to the lake. We didn't start hiking until 2pm so that was the plan all along. The next 1.8 miles are steep. This section is why this trail has a hard rating. Keep pushing and get to the lake! It's worth it. There are dispersed camping spots around both sides of the lake. We found a great spot and stayed 2 additional nights at the lake. Came into the lake mid day Friday and only saw 1 other group camping. Was a little more crowded on Saturday night, but not bad at all. Remember DO NOT camp or have a fire within 100ft of the lake. Amazing views, good fishing and crips air! Now, let's talk about the goats. There is a high possibility you may be visited by between 1 and 30 mountain goats. We were visited by 30, for about a 4 hrs stretch on Saturday morning. They are curious creatures who will keep coming until titles see what they want. They are harmless. We made some noise and kept them at bay just enough to keep them out of our immediate camp and just let them hang out and do their thing. They really didn't like my dog so that kept them from coming, well within 10 feet. Ha! Don't be scared of them, but DO NOT FEED THEM!!!! Overall Gore Lake was a great spot and we would go back. Goats be damned! :)

    Chris Bennett completed Gore Lake

    about 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett followed Brian Windon

    about 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Jim Creek Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This is a great day hike if you are looking for something SUPER close to WP resort. The trail climbs steadily for 3-4 miles. I wouldn't rate any section harder than moderate. The trail eventually fades and can't be hard to find after 3 miles or so. You can follow the creek up towards tree line where it opens up to some great views. Lots of water the whole way on this hike with some cool waterfall/rapid areas.

    Chris Bennett completed Jim Creek Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett saved Lonesome Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Hassell Lake

    about 1 year ago

    I would rate this hike moderate to difficult based on the quick elevation gain after you pass Urad lake. You climb quickly through forest cover and aspen groves with great views of Urad lake. This is the steepest section which with a 35 lb backpack was a little tough. After you get past the 3/4 to a 1 mile pretty steep climb, the trail starts to level out and runs next to a stream all the way up to Hassell Lake. Still a little snow to navigate through but not bad at all. Once to the lake you can go left or right to navigate around the lake. He far side still has deep snow right now which made looping the whole lake difficult. We fished here for quite a while and had zero luck. Never even saw a fish. I would say say this is a great day hike, but not the best place to backpack to just bc there are not a ton of places to camp at the lake. You'll see some fire pits close to the lake, but remember you shouldn't camp right next to the lake. Good spot overall!

    Chris Bennett completed Hassell Lake

    about 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett saved Chicago Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett saved Missouri Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Ben Tyler Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I would definitely classify this trail as moderate to hard. The first 2-3 miles you are climbing pretty steadily. After about a mile you have hit your first water crossing (small). There was plenty of water stops for dogs. Most of the trail is in the trees so this hike is lacking your typical vista views, but is worth the hike simply because of how few people you encounter. We went on a Saturday and only ran into 3 other groups during our 5 hour or so hike.

    Chris Bennett completed Ben Tyler Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Starvation Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Do not hike this tail. TICK WARNING!! Consider yourself warned.. iMay 25-27th 2017 we dispersed camped pretty close to the trailhead. Ticks were decently bad camping. Much worse in the trail. If you want to be grooming g yourself and dogs for days after for ticks then go ahead and hike it!

    Chris Bennett completed Starvation Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Crater Lakes Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Good hike about less than 5 miles round trip. The last mile is a little steeper but not bad. Recommended if your looking for a 4-5 he excursion or so.

    Chris Bennett reviewed Heart Lake via Rogers Pass Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    We hiked the 5 miles (10 round trip) from S. Boulder Creek Trailhead / East Moffit Tunnel all the way up to Rogers Pass. The climbs pretty gradually from the trailhead up to Rogers peak lake which was maybe 3 miles or so. This portion of the hike was moderate at the most. If you decide to make the push up to heart lake, the trail gets steeper. Look up to your west and you will see the trail. Heat lake is worth the extra effort. Once at heart lake you can make an even steeper push up to Rogers Pass. You can see the trail switchbacking up. Good hike, dogs on leash, fishing. Well worth it. Oh yea and some pretty amazing views all along the way.

    Chris Bennett completed Heart Lake via Rogers Pass Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed Butler Gulch Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    We started on the Jones Pass side and hikes about 2 hrs to the summit before you drop down towards the I70 side. Late September so it was a cold and a little snow. Good moderate hike.

    Chris Bennett completed Butler Gulch Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Chris Bennett completed West Maroon Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Chris Bennett reviewed West Maroon Trail

    about 2 years ago