hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
2 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

If you’re willing to have wet feet and cross 3 or 4 snow drifts on the side of the talus littered ridge, the hike is passable. Depending on your experience/risk tolerance, you may want to wait another couple weeks for it to completely melt out. Trail is muddy, but nothing crazy. Ridge is also very narrow in a couple spots. I chose to do the full loop. There are several downed trees crossing the trail to navigate, but nothing too bad. Views on the ridge are awesome.

This is a good trail for almost any ability. There are still some areas with snow on the trail, but nothing to worry about. There is plenty of shade along the way and nice views.

Nice hike. I rate this as Easy. Mostly soft dirt/sand pathway, a few sections of rock & roots but really quite pleasant. Minimal distance views, but pretty woods of pine and aspens, and several meadows with wildflowers. When you make the turn at Glade Park Store, it’s 2.7 miles to where the pavement ends (at the Elk Ranch) then it’s 7.8 mikes to the trailhead. Well signed and easy to find.

hiking
muddy
off trail
snow
8 days ago

Very cool hike in Grand Mesa national forest. Amazing views and shaded hike. At the moment there are many areas covered in snow, boots got soaked by the end of the hike. Snow also made a full hike impossible, along the crest it was often necessary to scramble up the rocky ridge line. Which was a little adventurous for your average hiker. I’d wait until later this summer to really enjoy it.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

I am 58 with RA and recovering from foot surgery. That being said, I loved this trail. It was so green and beautiful. The trail starts out very narrow which to me just means I have to watch my steps (to protect the ankles.). There are some trees blown down across the path that you will need to step over or go under. We made it to the loop and went right. However, within 1/2 a mile or so it had patches of muddy trail. So we turned around and hiked back out. To be fair we had not intended to hike the entire trail this time. My son was with me and would like to come back and bike it. There was one girl mountain biking, but she turned back at the same muddy spot we did. A couple more weeks and I’ll bet a lot of the mud will be dried up. We will be back.

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
18 days ago

hiking
bugs
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
26 days ago

There is about 3 ft to 6 ft of snow in certain areas which made it really hard!! Snowshoes required!! One of the lakes has a lot of mosquitoes, repellent required. The last portion is was unclear where the trail was because the one we took was very steep.

hiking
bugs
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
26 days ago

The trail still has a substantial amount of snow I wouldn’t recommend without proper gear

hiking
rocky
27 days ago

Did a variation. Found the trails on Gaia. Went up Coal Creek Basin and then up the switchback trail. Nice view from the top. Only a little snow at the very top. Took a left at the top and road walked Lands End Rd which did have some short sections of snow. Looped around to Wild Rose Picnic and returned on Coal Creek Trail. I did Kannah Creek to Carson Lake last weekend and there was a good amount of snow to navigate so I’d expect the same if you do the original loop. Recommend pants as the trail can be a overgrown. Saw a coyote, marmots, lizards and heard pikas.

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