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    Martin Chapman reviewed Deluge Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    I hike a fair amount and this hike is the hardest (lake destination) hike of the East Vail trails in my opinion. It's steep like a 14er and tops out at the lake around 12k feet. if you can do Mt of the Holy Cross trail then you can do this one but it is still a good workout. Be aware that there is little relief descending because the trail is so steep and loose and you won't be able to relax unless you are super fit. That said, the trail has very few hikers. Its a beautiful trail but not for the faint of heart!

    Martin Chapman completed Deluge Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Martin Chapman completed Pitkin Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Gore Lake

    6 months ago

    This trail is super nice and as of yesterday (6/11/2018) there is basically no snow until you are almost to Gore Lake. I stopped about 1/4 - 1/2 mile from gore lake because the snow became a pain but did run into several hikers that made it all the way to the lake, so it is doable. They were definitely tougher than me! People kept mentioning The Graves as the junction to the lake but I didn't get it until I was there that The Graves are two actual graves from the early nineteen hundreds. Pretty cool that they have kept them marked in honor of the deceased. This is a winner of a trail and I highly recommend it!

    Martin Chapman completed Gore Lake

    6 months ago

    Martin Chapman completed Syncline Loop

    6 months ago

    Martin Chapman completed Quandary Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Martin Chapman completed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Martin Chapman completed Willow Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Martin Chapman completed North Mount Elbert Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Grays and Torreys Peak Trail from Snoe Basin Mine

    over 1 year ago

    Easy fourteeners relatively speaking when compared to other fourteeners but that said, all fourteeners are tough. Twenty five years ago the parking lot on the weekend would have only a few cars. Now days, the cars are lined up on the dirt road to the parking lot starting miles from the trailhead. The trail was like I-25, bumper to bumper people. Get there by 5 or 6 am if you want to get anywhere near the parking lot. Got some great pics of mountain goats although the father goat did not like it.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Mount of the Holy Cross Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked this again Saturday and forgot how awesome and difficult this trail is. It's a must do for the adventurous at heart. The forest service has done a great job building rock stairs through the boulder field. It feels like some scene out of Lord of The Rings. Bring lots of water!!! I brought 3 liters and ran out before I got back. Next time I will bring 4 or 5 liters.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Kind of a tough hike because it is very rocky and a lot of scree the whole way. Good because you can bag multiple 14ers in one trip! Not as beautiful as some 14ers or a lake hike. Worth the effort though.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Mount of the Holy Cross Trail

    over 2 years ago

    The hike is a crusher but also amazing. We backpacked in the first day and camped near the creek. The moon came up and we made huge shadows over the valley. That was a trip. :) Next day we climbed the peak. Not for the faint of heart. Hiking out is brutal because of the climb out of the creek. Go to Pazzos Pizza in Vail and drink beer and eat pizza afterwards. When I did it as a day hike it is long and tiring. Leave early to avoid afternoon lighting when above tree line. Stay very high right when descending the ridge from the top. Easy to drop to low to the left because of the double fall line and miss the trail. Some people have gotten lost and die when they get lost in this area.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Cross Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman completed Cross Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Piney Lake Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman completed Piney Lake Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs

    over 2 years ago

    Long trail with a backpack that climbs steadily and gradually following the valley to tree line where there is good camping and the best hot springs I've ever been to in Colorado. The hot springs is not smelly and has a sandy bottom above tree line that has awesome views of the basin.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Bighorn Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Awesome trail with few people generally. Hiked to the cabin at the top of the trail in the basin and then camped out overnight. Woke up at 2 AM and began the ascent of the Grand Traverse with crampons and an ice axe. Summited the peak sometime after day break. Not too steep but there is a little scrambling on rock at the top. Coming down was a blast. Glasaded the top part and down climbed a few cliffs. Grand Traverse looks really steep from town of Vail but its not that bad once you get on it.

    Martin Chapman completed Bighorn Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Upheaval Dome Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Backpacked the loop in two days. Need a permit to do so and this trail is only for hard cores. First day is all down hill via very rocky trail under sun exposed heat. Great camping in the basin with spectacular views of the cliffs. No water at all unless maybe you do it in early spring but don't count on it. If you get hurt good luck to you getting out. Awesome rock scramble up water fall cliffs to get out of basin. Both of us brought a twenty liter water bladder and ran out of water on last mile of the trail. Backpacking this is totally hard core.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Missouri Lakes Trail

    over 2 years ago

    One of my favorites. Follows a creek the whole way and ends in a basin surrounded by peaks with several lakes above tree line. if you go over the top you can circle around to Fancy Lakes trail and do a loop or continue down the cross creek trail for 25 miles out to Minturn. You can also grab the West Grouse mountain trail 7-8 miles short of Minturn on Cross Creek trail and circle around to Turquoise lakes and out to Beaver Creek ski area. That is a 40 mile trip I have down several times and typically it takes 4 days and 3 nights.

    Martin Chapman completed Missouri Lakes Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Rim Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Easy, nice trail for all ages. Some exposure as you get further out but that is true of all Grand Canyon trails. The beginning and end of the trail are paved but the majority is unpaved. There are bus stops all along the way so you can start and end at many locations. The shuttle back to the visitor center is free. Views of the canyon are awesome. Views of the river get better the further out you go. Ends at a building with a snack bar and gift shop.

    Martin Chapman completed West Rim Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Bright Angel Trail to Three-Mile Resthouse

    over 2 years ago

    Busy but beautiful. Becomes really hot the further you descend. There is some exposure to injury or death so if you bring kids keep a close eye out where there are cliffs next to the trail. Take a ton of water. There is water along the way but it may not always be running. There are also, emergency call boxes along the way.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Grandview Trail Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Awesome trail with very few people if any. Very steep at the top with lots of exposure to injury or death. Great views of the canyon and beautiful trail. I wouldn't bring kids or old people because of the narrow trail next to the cliffs. Bring three times as much water as you think you will need.

    Martin Chapman completed Grandview Trail Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Martin Chapman reviewed Devil's Head Lookout Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Awesome day hike for a trail close to Denver. Amazing forest and spectacular rock formations with a scary dizzy lookout tower at the top. Lots of people but great for kids and adults.

    Martin Chapman reviewed Booth Falls Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This is a Vail Valley classic hike. I have hiked it many times throughout the past 27 years and it is always beautiful. Many people to the falls but only few people continue to the lake, which makes for a much longer day. For the adventurous you can camp at the lake and then bush wack over the pass to upper piney and hike out to Piney River Ranch.

    Martin Chapman completed Booth Falls Trail

    over 2 years ago