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    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Gem Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Wow. We did this trail on a rainy day, the rain turned into snow as we hiked and it was the most beautiful hike imaginable. Very clear path, and a couple detours you can take with stunning views. Goes higher than we were expecting - the last 15/20 minutes are just straight up but as others have said definitely worth it. The lake was stunning, very few people - likely because of the weather.

    No $10 parking fee that we could find on May 2nd, took us about two and a half hours including stopping for photos. Truly a magical hike.

    Emma Keil-Vine completed Gem Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Mount Royal Trail

    about 1 month ago

    There was a decent amount of snow when we were climbing, but nothing unmanageable thought we didn't get all the way to the top. A bit slippery at times and steep throughout - we just had running shoes so might have been easier with snowshoes or crampons but still doable.

    Very pretty with views of the town and nearby mountain ranges. Took us about an hour and a half to the ghost town area and rainbow lake turn off and back down, though much faster on the way back.

    Emma Keil-Vine completed Mount Royal Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Flume Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Trail markers aren't great, we ended up off the path almost as soon as we started but still and enjoyable area to explore. I'd recommend marking where you started or bringing a compass - it's easy to get turned around. We followed signs for Flume 1 (often pointing in two different directions) and Inner Flume so just keep track of where you go. Great views, and some small animals.

    Took us about two hours, but I wouldn't depend on that - again, really easy to get off the trail.

    Emma Keil-Vine completed Flume Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Cohab Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    First bit is a little steep, but nothing unmanageable and gorgeous views from the very beginning. There don't seem to be markers for this trail past the entrance but the path is obvious. We took the turnoff toward the campground but then split off to go back up toward the south and north overlooks which are well worth the adventure. Very windy, make sure you keep an eye out for cairns - you can go fairly far out on the overlook as long as you know where to step.

    Arrived around noon and it took an hour and half, didn't run in to too many people even thought it was a gorgeous day.

    Emma Keil-Vine completed Cohab Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Padre Canyon via Tuacahn Trail

    about 1 month ago

    We took the petrified dunes and red sand trails in to the canyon, which is a fairly arduous and hot path but clearly marked and padre canyon is beautiful - well worth the trek in. There was no one around and we found many opportunities to scramble and climb the mountains to the left of the canyon. The actual trailhead is immediately to right (easy to walk past) but even if you miss the trail there's still plenty to explore. Make sure you bring lots of water - it gets very hot and once you get in you'll want to keep going.

    Emma Keil-Vine completed Padre Canyon via Tuacahn Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Butterfly Trail

    about 1 month ago

    We did this trail after a very long day of hiking and it was the perfect way to end. As said, the hike is fairly easy, but the lava tubes are spectacular. At the end of the butterfly trail, the path splits into two if you go left you'll hit a massive lava tube that you can explore easily (with flashlights) to the right is a smaller tube, if you're little you can still crawl in a ways, but cool to look at regardless.

    A great end to the day!

    Emma Keil-Vine completed Butterfly Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Butterfly, Lava Flow Overlook, West Canyon Road and Petrified Dunes Loop

    about 1 month ago

    We did most of this route, it offers a diverse landscape of canyons, sands, and caves! Maybe start with Petrified Dunes (go clockwise) so you get the most strenuous climb out of the way and then you can end with the lava tubes which are cool (both literally and qualitatively). Make sure you bring a flashlight for the tubes.

    A fun trail all in all!

    Emma Keil-Vine reviewed Petrified Dunes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This trail is a blast! Well marked, lots of elevation change and pretty views, as well as many opportunities for scrambling and going off the path. Not too long but connects to many other great trails. Look out for the overlook (just off this trail) - provides stunning views and a fun little climb.

    Remember to bring lots of water - there's very little coverage and there are strenuous bits.

    Emma Keil-Vine completed Petrified Dunes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine saved Estes Cone Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine saved Ypsilon Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Emma Keil-Vine saved Gem Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago