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Road is packed snow so you can still drive all the way up to the gate. Then it’s a mile hike on the road on packed snow. Microspikes unnecessary but helpful.

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1 day ago

Trail was mostly packed snow. Some parts were icy but wore lightweight hiking shoes and got up and down fine. (Would still recommend spikes for an easier walk down.) AMAZING 360 views on top. Definitely worth the hike up! Parking was off road so come early to get a good spot. Cold and windy up top, be sure to layer up.

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1 day ago

on Chief Mountain Trail

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1 day ago

Packed snow and slick in some places. Take spikes for a more enjoyable walk. Pretty nice trail though. Moderate traffic. We didn’t make it past mile one because it got too icy to come down safely.

11/15/19 Easy 4 mile hike. Icy spots- recommend microspikes.

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1 day ago

Definitely a hard over moderate hike in the snow! Hiked this 11/15 and wouldn’t have wanted to do it without spikes. Trail is mostly snowed out and hard to see, so when the service road curves to the left, go right into the trees. You will find the trail about .8 miles up on your left, but it is deeply snowed out. Based on other reviews, if you continue up the road closer to the radio towers, you’ll see a higher trail that’s less deep. We ended up pioneering some of the ascent and some of the descent. Very windy and cold once you’re about halfway. Amazing views though and a great hike!

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2 days ago

Did the track without spikes or poles (because I don't have any). It was doable, but slippery. Saw 7 other people and 4 good boy dogs.

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

awesome lake at top of trail

breathtaking views, needed spikes today for ice and mud

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4 days ago

Completed winter 2015 . Lots of snow but completed without snowshoes. Easy fun hike with a large group

If you stay on the road to the right its uphill for the first 3ish miles then downhill with a few small exceptions the rest of the 5 miles. Took us 4 hours today with our pups and just regular sorel boots. Snow packed all the way through. Not many “cool” views except towards the end about 6 miles in you see Byers with a stream underneath.

hiking
6 days ago

Epic views I did 6.5 with adding Squaw pass trail on.

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6 days ago

Beautiful packed down trail. I was good with snow boots- some slick spots but it was manageable without extra gear! Great hike, started at 11:30 got back to car at 1:15- after spending about 30 min up top. Highly recommend if you’re going solo. Trail is class 2 in terms of difficulty. But overall, really easy. Check out the hiking video I made of this place. Will give you a good sense of what it’s like but I didn’t spoil the top for you. It’s better in person!!!! https://youtu.be/MXEKPBM0Q3c

Was tripping everything was amazing until I realized I left my tent poles 3 hours back nearly at the beginning! Safe and warm and happy now tho woohooo

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7 days ago

**If you lost a hiking pole on this trail I picked it up and put it by the bathrooms at the trailhead parking lot** Hiked this on 11/10/19. Great trail for a harder hike with amazing views close to Denver. When the trail split off the road about a mile up the snow was super deep and you’d need snowshoes to navigate it. Instead, recommend continuing up the road until you’re almost at the radio towers - you’ll see the trail over the ridge and just have to go down a little ways to hop back on it. Extremely windy near the top. Would do again and perhaps in the summer where you can continue down the trail past the Mt Flora summit.

Amazing, this hike is for everyone. The views at 11,000 plus is spectacular and worth the drive to the trail head.

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7 days ago

Do not attempt to drive up this trail while there is snow! We are in a 4WD Jeep. We got stuck half way there, decided to turn around, and got stuck 3 more times on the way down. Eventually we needed a wench because we started to slide off the pass. Not a great day of vacation. However, the views are great.

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