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15 hours ago

Fun hike with lots a variation. Hiking along the creek through the forests reminded me of hiking back home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Good views on the way down and lots of beautiful wild flowers. Tallman Ranch is peaceful and a perfect place to stop for a snack or picnic. The incline up through the pines is the toughest stretch. I would recommend hiking the loop counterclockwise. Gets majority of the elevation out of the way in the first half of the hike.

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rocky
1 day ago

Very nice trail, but not really many fantastic views imo. I parked at the Nott Creek area. Hiking thru the woods with the wee stream as accompaniment was great, and the wooden bridges were handy and picturesque. The toughest part of the trail I thought was the steep, rocky climb up thru the pines toward Windy Peak (no wind this morning at 10am). The Tallmann homestead is quite a settlement. I reckon “Tall” must be Swedish for “super”.

Beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers!

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rocky
2 days ago

The park day pass is $9, but it’s unlikely you’ll get change. So plan ahead. Lots of little creeks throughout the whole trail. It’s a bit rocky so either bring good shoes or bandaids for blisters. Some mountain bikers riding through. Lots of shade and lots of flowers.

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fee
4 days ago

Great trail with a nice mix of terrain. Good views at cautious points. Did the trail counter clockwise - a lot of fun!

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5 days ago

I hiked this route clockwise on a weekday (10am-4pm), starting at Ole Barn Knoll, thus doing most of the uphill during the first half of the hike and doing mostly downhill during the second part of the hike. There was a bit of congestion--lots of hikers, esp. families w/small kids--near where the route intersected with Panorama Point and Blue Grouse Trail. Otherwise, plenty of solitude and lots of room for social distancing with the handful of hikers/mountain bikers that crossed my path. This is a long hike with decent elevation gain, traversing occasional open meadows (with flowers in full bloom), lots of heavily forested areas and, of course, the majestic views up near Panorama. Point.

This was a pretty fantastic hike arrived at 8 AM on a Wednesday morning with my dog and we proceeded with minimal encounters of other hikers. I think we may be saw 10 people at most the entire treck. I will say that the lower mule deer Trail ascent/decent has a lot of loose rock and could be quite slippery if you’re not paying attention, other than that trail conditions were fantastic. It was a beautiful day with lots of space between sun and shade. We enjoyed this hike and will likely do it again. Also, there’s a nice flat rock near the Frasier cabin ruins for a break or a quick snack.

We loved this trail! We hiked Monday morning at around 9. Although Denver temperatures were supposed to hit 95, it was nice all day in the mountains. The main trailhead (there are a few that you can hike from) has a restroom. I’ve done part of this trail before, but this was the first time doing the entire loop. We hiked counter clockwise. We saw just a few groups of other hikers and one mountain biker. The water crossings and views were beautiful. The variety of wildflowers are really exceptional right now! My phone says our hike was closer to 7.5 miles and we chose not to include Windy Peak. I would say the moderate rating is accurate. We had a few snack breaks, but it took us almost 4.5 hours. Enjoy!

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fee
8 days ago

Great trail very fun and beautiful view. Map kinda hard to read I would definitely go again. But to drive to it you gotta have a good car because you hit some gravel on a steep hill.

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8 days ago

Beautiful trail very light traffic on Friday afternoon!

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rocky
9 days ago

Very nice hiking trail. Enjoyed it!

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9 days ago

Arrived at trailhead 6:40 only a few cars . Took this trail counter clockwise enjoyed the creek that ran along the east side. Very lovely. We were alone till we got to the peak. Windy is it’s name and that’s no lie. We found someone’s dropped joint (welcome to Colorado) not happy that someone would light up in our beautiful forests but what can you do? We then came down the west side lots of traffic at that point and once you get close to the homestead. Parking was full as we left at 10:30. I’d do again maybe from clockwise next time.

We did this trip, as a two day backpack hike-in. We hiked in a short ways to the backcountry sites on the far east side, set up camp and then did a short afternoon hike which was the mountain lion and Burro Trail. The next day we decided to hike out and finish the full loop with packs and everything, the scenery is gorgeous out here and I love this side of the park even more. I would do this one again. Mileage is for total weekend:)

hiking
10 days ago

Mule deer trailhead to panorama point (~7 miles) via a lot of mule deer (goes on for a while), bit of raccoon trail, then back around from the opposite direction on mule deer to our starting point. Incredibly pretty, some water, shady, really quiet for a Sunday morning. Interested remnants of old 1800s homes and stories.

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10 days ago

A great day for this hike. Trail was dry & somewhat compacted. I think I only passed 10 -15 people & most were masked. Those that were not, stepped way off trail & turned - so we were all safe today. I enjoyed the terrain of the trail & my thigh workout. Mostly shaded & sunny areas felt good early in the day.

hiking
11 days ago

Only went as far as Tallman homestead cabin, but the little pond is beautiful! Definitely a great little hike with beautiful views. Tons of fish in the pond, and a great place for a lunch or rest.

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11 days ago

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rocky
12 days ago

Technical in areas but overall a good hike. There are some rocky and steep parts but had good views. The forest and creek were pretty. Not many people on the trail.

Not too busy for a Wednesday late morning hike. Pretty - half shade, half sun. It ended up being more of a 7 mile hike though.

The trail is honestly pretty “meh”. But THE WILDFLOWERS! Soooo many flowers. The last stretch up to windy peak is BRUTAL but the rest of the hike is relatively easy. Only saw 2 other people so it makes a great calm weekday hike.

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fee
15 days ago

This trail has everything! Nice shade most of the first half, a beautiful creek, and a cool cabin from the 1870's closer to the last part of the trail. We went counter clockwise as recommended, and it defanitly was the better way to go. It was a Teusday afternoon at 11am and it wasn't very busy. I would come back here again, maybe rent a campsite sometime.

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