Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike. I echo what’s been said before that the south end half of the loop is beautiful and the northern half is just a off road vehicle road. Just do the down and back on the southern half.

Was closed to vehicles today.

Is it acceptable to go for a swim to cool down during the hike in the lake?

17 hours ago

Wonderful short day hike from Denver! The views are epic, our Colorado mountainside so green right now. Prefect for all ages, skills. You will not find more breathtaking 360 views of the Rockies.!!

20 hours ago

Great hike for a leisurely walk. Not a lot of elevation gain but enough to make you breathe a little harder. The area down around the water is really pretty. Dogs not allowed in. I saw some people with horses this day. Looked fun! 4/28/18

Beautiful hike but difficult to figure out the trails/loop. Ended up hiking to the wrong parking lot and had to go all the way back.

1 day ago

Fairly approachable hike for all abilities. The views are okay and maybe impressive for newbies or short term visitors who don't have too much time to stay.

Amazing view at top, 360 degree view, good workout and beautiful drive, I highly recommend this trail, it’s a great mini prep for a 14er

Perfect trail for someone seeking a half day beginner-intermediate trail. We hiked on 5/19/18 and were nervous about not being prepared for the snow/ice. There were some slick spots but totally doable in tennis shoes.


off road driving
3 days ago

Great 4x4 area with amazing views near Mt. Evans that is right off highway. Air down, pick up your trash, and be aware of those shooting who are not too aware of where they are shooting. :(

I've ran this 2 times with Front Range 4x4 during trail clean up days. There are some great camp sites up here and awesome views of Mt. Evans. Again please pick up your trash and casings.

off road driving
3 days ago

Great trail close to Denver to get out, run a lap in the rocks, and grab some dinner in Idaho Springs after. I've ran this one time and it was in a stock Frontier Pro 4x with AT tires. I scratched the lower front bumper below the fog light in one spot. Other than that I was fine on the trail. Please pick up your trash and thank Front Range 4x4 group for doing a volunteer cleanup on this trail 2 times per year.

4 days ago

Great trail and the view at the top is worth the climb! Climb up felt harder than “easy” but the altitude has been messing with us. We went today (5/22/18) and there were places that still had snow/slush which made it slick at times.

It’s usually very busy since it’s so close to Denver. It’s also a short hike so can go out and back in an hour. However the views of the lake and glacier are beautiful especially if you hike up the glacier a little!

One of my favorite easier hikes. Amazing 360 views at the top.

Amazing trail. We were fortunate enough to go on a foggy day in Denver and we were literally on top of the clouds when we reached the top. Indescribable.

First week of May it was still very cold, windy, and snowy. Couldn’t really find the trail. No restrooms. Stunning views though even just from the beginning of the trail off the road. Was worth the drive and view, but bummed we couldn’t really hike.

Went in 3.3 mi on May 17 -- conditions good with some snow patches and postholing but easy enough. The creek crossing at ~2.7 mi in was challenging though.

Great place to hike without having to make a valiant climb to reach a summit. Undulates for most of the way, with occasional rough footing but nothing that a novice hiker would be unable to accomplish. The view was great despite the moderate elevation and hiking next to the creek gives a good “naturalistic” feel. Great Frisco hike, conveniently located.

Do not waste you’re time with this road. Simple as that.

Took my 4Runner up but the gate is still closed. All snow has been melted as of 3 days ago..

on St. Mary's Glacier

12 days ago

I usually agree with the average rating on AllTrails but not in this case. Yes it is close to Denver but this is overrated on all accounts. Drive an extra 20-30 minutes for many more options.

trail running
12 days ago

I like to trail run this route. I ran this trail Thursday 5/10. No snow on trail! Some mud/water.

One of my favorite hikes that I've ever done. Not too physically demanding, but so rewarding. The views at the top are insane, even with cloud coverage. The drive up to the trailhead is a treat in itself too. Did this one 5/14/18 and would recommend crampons or microspikes for the descent- I can imagine it'd be a little slick without them. However, the risk of post-holing is pretty much gone! Get up there and see some beauty!!!

Super cool to see a glacier! Great hike for someone who wants epic views without it taking a chunk of your day. The trail was icy/slushy when we went 5/13/18 but nothing terrible in hiking boots!

Trail head has Portal Potties (not the cleanest). $5 fee to park (Honor System). The trail is pretty steep and rocky in the beginning but not bad at all. Once you reach the top it's amazing. Mountains were covered in snow. The trail is covered in snow, some slush but no ice..snow is very very slippery in sneakers so wear boots. At the top you can ski down, snow board or just slide down. The lake was half frozen. Beautiful pictures on this trail. Trail had moderate traffic. Definitely coming back when snow is melted.

Be ready for intense winds and still crossing a few snow fields. The view from the ridge line is beautiful if you can handle the gusts. The parking lot is heavily used by back-country skiers, so get there early if you want a spot. There have also been many recent spring avalanches along Loveland pass, so keep your eyes out while driving as well.

fun trash bag sledding!

14 days ago

I can’t comment on the trail itself because we never actually got to it. We went May 7 and it was snow covered. The reason for the bad review is because you have to drive up a bad road to get to the trailhead. Once there, you discover you are at a shooting range and people aren’t even staying within the posted areas to shoot. Doesn’t make for a good trip when your children are frightened and your baby starts crying because of the gunfire.

It was beautiful hike, but the trails are so hard to follow we got lost trying to stick to the right loop. Much less crowded up top than we were prepared for so that was a huge bonus for. a bright and warm Sunday.

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