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    Nicki Dunnavant added near Denver

    21 days ago

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Blue Lake and Little Blue Lake Via Mitchell Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Did this hike on Friday 8/17 and loved it. Do keep in mind that you either need a National Park Pass to get in or you have to pay $11. At 9 am there were quite a few cars, but I didn’t actually see that many people on the trail until I was heading down around 1130. So, highly recommend getting there a bit earlier to have more of the trail to yourself. It’s a very well-groomed National Park trail, so doesn’t feel as remote or backcountry but is also very easy to follow. I also highly recommend going up to Little Blue Lake. The trail gets less clear as you ascend above Blue Lake, but if you keep going up and around Blue Lake to the right you’ll find it. Me and my dog had Little Blue, right at the base of Mt Toll, all to ourselves. It is really gorgeous up there. Will definitely be doing this one again.

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Shadow Canyon Trail to South Boulder Peak

    4 months ago

    This hike is a killer workout. Basically stairs for the entire ascent. In early June, we started around 9 am and it very quickly turned HOT. It was also very crowded. We spent a lot of time leap frogging and moving to the side to pass or be passed, hence the 4 stars. That said, as far as Boulder hikes go, this one was great. Tons of wildflowers, dogs allowed off leash, and some satisfying views of the front range from the top. My dog and I did the quick ascent up Bear Peak, but the bugs were so oppressive we couldn't even enjoy it. Will also warn folks that my dog, a year old 40 pound labradoodle, has done multiple ascents and I brought plenty fo water for him. We saw lots of dogs that were way overheating on this hike, so bring extra water to drench your dog. It's nice to do a 3k ft ascent within a 30 minute drive of Denver. Will definitely be doing this again!

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Mount of the Holy Cross Trail

    4 months ago

    This hike was INCREDIBLE! We camped at the trailhead Saturday night and took 11 hours to summit on Sunday, including a delicious hour-long respite at the top (and multiple breaks along the way). Started our hike just after 5 am and had the sunrise to warm us up on the first 1000 feet. Hiking poles were incredibly helpful with the 5600 feet of elevation gain. Layers, extra food and sugar, and tons of water are essential. We were 2 adults and a 40 pound dog and went through about 8 liters of water (though there is a lovely river valley about 2 hours in to the hike that allow for some filtration opportunities). Above treeline was very rocky, making for some sore knees and feet. Would highly recommend this hike, but not to first time 14er summiters, flatlanders, or those not in good shape.

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Byers Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Loved this beautiful hike outside Frasier. The top affords some incredible views of a number of different ranges, not to mention of Winter Park and the ski resort. We completed this round trip in about 6 hours. The last mile along the ridge felt like a slog, and the first couple hours hiking up the road was a bummer, but the bits through the trees and the incredible views from the top made it worth it. We summited around 10:30 am and began our descent shortly thereafter, and the clouds were rolling in quickly. Be careful with weather in that exposed high alpine terrain!

    Nicki Dunnavant completed Byers Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Jean Lunning Trail and Pawnee Pass Loop

    4 months ago

    Due to some crowded parking lots (on a Monday!), we ended up hiking around one side of Brainard Lake and Long Lake. The trail is very well kept and great for bringing kids on. You get some killer views of the Indian Peaks with very little effort as well. Totally worth the drive and the $11 entry fee if you're looking for a satisfying, beautiful, well-maintained trail to walk with the family. In early July the wildflowers were popping!

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    beautiful trail, with some very satisfying high alpine and lake views after a short ascent. Only 4 stars because this trail was crowded with both people and dogs. There are no indications that dogs need to be on leash for this trail, but I got a lot of dirty looks from folks that were leashing their pups. I would do this hike again if I had out of town guests that weren't that acclimated, but wanted to see some nice vistas.

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Devil's Head Lookout Trail to Fire Tower

    5 months ago

    Hikes this Sunday 6/3. Really great for a shorter Front Range hike. Trail is well defined with some good, gentle elevation up to the stairs. Trail takes you through some killer aspen groves and we saw the beginnings of some wildflowers as well. The fire tower itself is an amazing shrine to the man that has worked there for 34 years. He’s posted all the fires he’s spotted for the last 3 decades and has an astounding amount of knowledge about Colorado and the area around the fire tower. Very cool that it’s still working. The views from the tower are also incredible, especially after such a short hike right outside of Castle Rock. Only downsides were the very prolific crowds and the hot we spent driving on dirt roads to get there. Would definitely recommend for out of town guests and will absolutely be doing this one again.

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed South Arapahoe Peak via Arapahoe Glacier Trail

    5 months ago

    Completed this hike on Saturday 6/2 and had an amazing time. Got a little off trail right at the beginning bc we were following tracks through the snow. If you end up deep in the woods and come across a bridge, you’ve gone the wrong way. Luckily the All Trails map worked offline and got us back on track. A bit of slipping on the snow but we didn’t need snow shoes or spikes. The peak is south facing so almost everything in the rocks was clear. Saw maybe 10 other people that summited that day. Views were incredible. Elevation gains were noteworthy but definitely day-hike doable. Would highly recommend this hike to folks looking for a more chill summit than a front range 14er. Recommend getting to the trailhead early as the Fourth Of July TH lot fills up fast. With our detour, we ended up hiking 10 miles and it took us 9 hours. Will definitely be doing this one again.

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Chute Canyon

    6 months ago

    We did the Crack Canyon to Chute canyon loop over 2 days/1 night over Memorial Day weekend. It was an amazing two days. While in the canyons (away from the trailhead) we didn’t see a single other person. Only a bit of scat from horses, what seemed to be cows, and possibly pronghorns (didn’t actually see any of these animals, though). Crack Canyon was really fun and rewarding - lots of great views, shade-providing and satisfying canyons, and a few more technical drops. We were 2 adults and a 40-lb dog and brought 4 gallons of water, which was exactly perfect for 2 days/1 night. We don’t have technical canyoneering experience and didn’t bring technical gear; just our backpacking packs and camping gear. There was one pool of water that was approximately 3 ft deep in Crack Canyon. We didn’t see a way around so waded through, which was fine and actually sort of refreshing. As stated in other reviews, the trail connecting Crack and Chute is very unreliable. I recommend reading all the descriptions on Summit Post and bringing a compass - GPS if you have one. We unfortunately got that point from 1-3 pm: it takes you above the canyon where there is no protection from the sun. We used the descriptions and headed southwest on trails as much as possible and eventually found the side wash. All told, the connection took us about 2 hours. We made camp in Chute Canyon under a tree, which was incredible. The walk out of Chute Canyon felt like an easy, well-deserved stroll after the previous day. The 2.5 miles on the road from the Chute TH to the Crack TH was a bit of a trudge, but took us less than an hour so no big deal. Would HIGHLY recommend this loop. It was amazing.

    Nicki Dunnavant completed Chute Canyon

    6 months ago

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Crack Canyon

    6 months ago

    We did the Crack Canyon to Chute canyon loop over 2 days/1 night over Memorial Day weekend. It was an amazing two days. While in the canyons (away from the trailhead) we didn’t see a single other person. Only a bit of scat from horses, what seemed to be cows, and possibly pronghorns (didn’t actually see any of these animals, though). Crack Canyon was really fun and rewarding - lots of great views, shade-providing and satisfying canyons, and a few more technical drops. We were 2 adults and a 40-lb dog and brought 4 gallons of water, which was exactly perfect for 2 days/1 night. We don’t have technical canyoneering experience and didn’t bring technical gear; just our backpacking packs and camping gear. There was one pool of water that was approximately 3 ft deep in Crack Canyon. We didn’t see a way around so waded through, which was fine and actually sort of refreshing. As stated in other reviews, the trail connecting Crack and Chute is very unreliable. I recommend reading all the descriptions on Summit Post and bringing a compass - GPS if you have one. We unfortunately got that point from 1-3 pm: it takes you above the canyon where there is no protection from the sun. We used the descriptions and headed southwest on trails as much as possible and eventually found the side wash. All told, the connection took us about 2 hours. We made camp in Chute Canyon under a tree, which was incredible. The walk out of Chute Canyon felt like an easy, well-deserved stroll after the previous day. The 2.5 miles on the road from the Chute TH to the Crack TH was a bit of a trudge, but took us less than an hour so no big deal. Would HIGHLY recommend this loop. It was amazing.

    Nicki Dunnavant completed Crack Canyon

    6 months ago

    Nicki Dunnavant reviewed Little Wild Horse Bell Canyon Trail

    6 months ago

    Excellent, beautiful hike and a great introduction to non-technical slot canyons. We were two adults with a 40 pound dog and consumed about 1.5 gallons of water on a hot, late May day. We started at 8 am and finished around 1 pm, with stops for snacks and lunch. We went up LWH, which was a fun and beautiful slot canyon, and down Bells. The middle part was more open and definitely exposed to the sun, so keep that in mind for water and sunscreen rations.

    Nicki Dunnavant added utah 2018

    6 months ago

    Nicki Dunnavant added Grand County

    7 months ago

    Nicki Dunnavant added Backpacking

    7 months ago

    Nicki Dunnavant added Summit hikes

    7 months ago

    Nicki Dunnavant added Trail Runs

    7 months ago