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fee
5 hours ago

Lovely day on a scenic, lightly trafficked trail. Saw 5 bikers and a handful of walkers. Perfect semi cloudy weather with a slight rain and wind storm starting as we finished up. Started at Panorama Point, headed south and picked up the Mule Deer Trail. Turned around at Ole Barn Knoll and continued the Racoon Trail at the junction. Took about 3 hours total.

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views. Different types of scenery and paths throughout. Enjoyed the sound of the creek as well. We arrived around 730am and did not run into anyone until we were almost back to the car. By that time the parking lot was completely full.

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rocky
3 days ago

Beautiful trail through a forest, surrounded by nature. Great trail for a warm day due to the elevation and shade. Nice intervals of incline/decline. A portion of the trail does run parallel to the road, but I wasn’t bothered by it as I only saw one car drive past. Daily entrance fee is $9/vehicle if you don’t have an annual state park pass.

Wildflowers were starting to bloom. If you are hiking on the weekend, get at the trail head by 7:30ish because it gets busy quick.

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

The most challenging part is in the first 1-2 miles up Black Bear. Very rocky, so if you need stability for knees/ankles, you could consider poles. Great views from the top!! Great hike, beautiful weather (wear sunscreen), and # of people was as expected for a Sunday. We got lucky with a spot near the visitors center.

Very nice trail. Be prepared for crowds and a fair amount of traffic noise on Black Bear.

This trail was just gorgeous and perfect. Enough of a few but burners and scrambles to make it interesting and fun as well as spectacular views throughout. Amazing vistas at Panorama Point, gorgeous valley views at Frazier Meadow and over to Estes/Lyons. A good portion was nice rolling hills for a moderate hike. We had perfect little sun showers throughout. Most people socially distanced and pulled up masks when passing.

I liked this trail but did not share the rave reviews from some of the other recent reviewers. The first 4 miles I heard road noise every few minutes and toward the end there was a bit of a scramble down which was very difficult with a dog. But overall, a solid day on a fairly quiet trail.

Great hike today. Not crowded at all. Got to parking about 10 and a few spots left. Completely dry. Not windy. Perfect! (Two poop bags)

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fee
7 days ago

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rocky
7 days ago

Moderate trail mostly through the woods. There were some decent climbs on rocky slides. No panoramic views, but still an enjoyable hike. Trailheads were a little hard to find. Fishing hole was quite busy.

Loved this hike! Twists and turns, so many sprawling views. Flowers should more fully bloom in next couple of weeks and will be gorgeous. Some ice still visible up by windy peak, but trail completely dry. We may have gone a different way around the loop (several options and offshoots) but hike up latter part of Burro toward Windy Peak definitely felt a little more hard than moderate, sustained hill climb. Service goes spotty in many portions, consider downloading the trail map. Great park!!

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rocky
9 days ago

Tried MTB’ing this trail around sunset. Had to get back on the road at the Philip Rivers campground...ascends from about 9k to 10k altitude and very rocky uphill climb after the fishing hole.

That this was a great hike. More moderate, with areas being a little more difficult. Beautiful view from the top, and great views in general.

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rocky
10 days ago

Nice trail. $9.00 cash per car to use park. We tried to park along the county rd to access the trail from the starting point listed on the map at around 12:00pm, unfortunately a ranger drove by and nicely asked us to park at the aspen campsite (even though many other non-ticketed cars were parked along the county road—just unlucky I guess). We were able to find parking at the aspen campsite, luckily. Busy memorial weekend. The fishing hole was somewhat busy, but partner and I didn’t have a tough time finding a spot to set up. Fishing however was awful. We got one sucker.. we saw one person catch something but it was small. Not sure if they have stocked it yet, could have been just an off day. The counter-clockwise hike killed me. But I am so out of shape and this was my first hike of the year! Beautiful though. Not too many people on the trail. Some bikers and some climbers. Bathrooms were open. Will go back!

My favorite trail so far. Went clockwise which was tougher, but motivating as the views were stunning from early on. And since my huband and I are typically later afternoon hikers we got an evening lingering at Panarama Point. Really good trial with enough diversity of terrain and surroundings to stay interesting. My Garmin did track it as slightly longer than advertised though, perhaps 7.5 miles? We came upon a moose and her baby near the final stretch too. Our first encounter! It was so cool. Would definitely take our friends out here again when they visit.

Great trail to get the blood pumping. There is a $9 fee to enter the park.

trail is dry. braided in places but well marked in the rocky portions. challenging, nice views and lots of aspens.

hiking
12 days ago

Excellent conditions today. Trail is good, soft in areas but overall, well maintained. This stretch due to the rocky sections limit bikers, so plus there. Wear your MASK!

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rocky
12 days ago

Good trail not a lot of people was nice. Pond had a the most people to be expected. Very pretty hike with my wife and kid

Nice trail but it should be called Horseshoe and Black Bear because it doesn’t actually go on Mule Deer at all. I recommend going counterclockwise. Horseshoe is a gentle incline with lots of aspen. Black Bear is steep and rocky with a pretty intense scramble at the top.

Awesome trail with a good variety of terrain. Ran into a cow moose half a mile from where it splits into the loop past the creek.

hiking
12 days ago

Great moderate hike for the family and dog. Rewarding view at top.

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