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    Kimberly Jones completed White Ranch Loop

    23 days ago

    Kimberly Jones added Panorama Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kimberly Jones completed Panorama Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kimberly Jones completed Maxwell Falls Lower Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kimberly Jones reviewed North Table Mountain and Rim Rock Loop

    about 1 month ago

    We live near this trail, so we hike it about once per week. We typically walk up one side, across or along the rim, down another side, turn around and retrace to get back to our start. The uphill portions are a great cardio workout! The entire mesa is like a different world. We’ve seen deer grazing - and twice this summer we’ve seen rattlesnakes on the trail. The second time was this morning as we came across a baby one stretched across the trail for the sun. My advice: Take water as it’s hot up there when sunny, and, honestly, watch for snakes. Lots of people hike up wearing open sport sandals. I wear snake gaiters that go from the ankle of my hiking shoes to my knees. Whatever you wear, just be in the lookout.

    Four stars because there really isn’t shade after very early morning on one of the uphill paths.

    Kimberly Jones completed Sapphire Point Overlook Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kimberly Jones saved Horseshoe Gulch Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kimberly Jones completed Chief Mountain Trail

    2 months ago

    Kimberly Jones completed Mule Deer Trail

    2 months ago

    Kimberly Jones added Mule Deer Trail

    2 months ago

    Kimberly Jones reviewed Colorado Trail from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass

    2 months ago

    Wonderful trail! We hiked only 3 miles in, then turned around as we had our dog and needed to get things done at home in the afternoon. Aspen and/or pine woods for the first mile, mostly shade. The trail then opens up to grand views of the valley below and surrounding mountains. We plan to return in the fall and do more, if not the entire trail.

    Other hikers and mountain bikers. Everyone was very pleasant.

    Despite the entrance being adjacent to a campground, there is a sign very specifically about no public bathrooms.

    We arrived at 8:20am, four cars in the lot. Nearly full at 11:30am.

    Kimberly Jones reviewed Saint Mary's Glacier

    2 months ago

    We hiked this on the morning of 8/9/18, leaving the smaller parking lot at 8:45am. The trail to the lake is almost entirely rock; I’m guessing this was once a river bed, at least during the snow melt season in eons past. The lake, mountainside behind it, and the snowfield are stunning. We set off higher, and quickly lost the trail. There is a waterfall just below the glacier, and we ended up following some others up across the water below that - as in, through the water. This meant we were completely off the trail on the other side, but we stuck to other descriptions of staying to the right side of the glacier as we ascended. This was really tricky. We were just feet from the edge of the glacier, and the terrain is a mixture of scree and a variety of sizes of rock. Really slow going, lots of slipping on the scree. After about a half hour of this, we observed two people ahead of us walk across the snow (which eventually narrows to nothing as you proceed) and climb up the opposite side to a trail up there. We did likewise, and finally found ourselves on a real trail. Furthermore, at that height, we could see an actual trail on the side we’d been on, which wasn’t visible to us when we were lower. We continued on to see James Peak. It became obvious that unless we continued straight for an uncertain distance that all we would see was the top of the two mountains. At 2.20 miles from the start, we turned around. The trail we were then on was going to take us to the left side of the glacier, which then ends at the glacier, so we knew we had to cross back over and get on the real trail there. We skirted along the top of the snowfield, lots of scree there and steep, although not any long distance down. We got onto the actual trail, and picked our way down as there is still plenty of scree there too. We got back to the lake area, and found the official trail which, surprise, does not walk you directly through the waterfall stream. The rest was easy enough.

    This is lengthy to let others know: 1) that the trail just up past the lake isn’t necessarily easy to find; 2) the trail farther up from the lake can be truly difficult to find (we saw several people ascending the way we’d gone); 3) there is no actual end point on this trail nor any “wow” view up higher; 4) so. much. shifting. scree, so be prepared for that.

    We got to our car at noon, and the large parking lot appeared full as we drove past it. There were tons of people. It’s very popular.

    AllTrails rates this as Easy. However, we have a book of hikes that rates it as Moderate. Our hike was a challenge, certainly not Easy.

    Kimberly Jones completed Saint Mary's Glacier

    2 months ago

    Kimberly Jones reviewed Upper Mule Deer Trail

    2 months ago

    We hiked this trail on 8/7/18. We set off at 9am, no other cars in the parking lot. Beautiful trail through forest and some meadows. The trail is very well marked; however, don’t be fooled at the top. You aren’t at the end until you meet a spot where other trails tie in. Some road sound until you get a bit higher and deeper into the forest. We would stop occasionally just to listen to the quiet. The entire route took 1 hr 47 mins. We plan to return in the fall, as there are many large stands of aspen trees. The only other person we saw was a guy riding his mountain bike back downhill. You can buy the day pass at a self-service place alongside the small lake on Golden Gate Canyon Road as you approach from hwy 93, just before you drive into the park. There is also one of these at the north end of the park.

    Kimberly Jones completed Upper Mule Deer Trail

    2 months ago

    Kimberly Jones saved Mule Deer Trail

    2 months ago

    Kimberly Jones reviewed Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    We hiked this trail on Sunday 7/29/18. We arrived at the lower parking lot at 8:10am. We chose to park in the overflow parking lot across the road from a very small lot. Our car could have made it up the rutted road to the upper lot, but since we were here to hike, we decided to do as much of that as possible.
    You will walk from the road to the trail head approx 3/4 mile. From there, the trail goes through forest, and eventually breaks past tree line. Near this point, you will see the first of three lakes.
    The trail is very easy to follow. Silver Dollar Lake is next, and today it was windy enough there to produce small waves on it. This is followed by a steep climb to the end point, Murray Lake. Be sure to notice the view from that upward trail of the two lower lakes - really beautiful.
    We took a lot of photos, so the outward portion took us about two hours. We spent some time at the two upper lakes as well.
    The trail did become busy, but not impossible to enjoy it, and we were often alone along the way.
    There are rocky and steep areas, along with tree roots in the forest. I use trekking poles to help step up and to save my knees on the way down. Just wanting to mention what you’ll have under foot...
    We were home near Denver by 1:30. Radar showed that in the 85 mins between our departure and arrival for home, that rain had moved in. You’ll be above tree line, so this time of year it’s wise to be done by 1pm or so, which is what “they” tell us anyway.
    There are indeed a lot of dogs. Our dog is always leashed, and fortunately isn’t bothered by dogs which aren’t and approach. Just know about this if your dog will be bothered by that. It’s too bad people won’t comply with the rules of leashes, it’s for the benefit of others sharing the trail.
    This is a beautiful and challenging hike. I recommend it.

    Kimberly Jones completed Squaw Mountain Trail

    3 months ago