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We hiked this two summers ago. Overall it’s a beautiful and difficult hike but takes some bushwhacking to find the trail. Hiked up St Mary’s glacier (microspikes might have been helpful but we didn’t have any), the trail continues for a bit and then abruptly stops at which point you have to bushwhack/trailblaze a little to get to the “next” trail that takes you up to the peak. I’d HIGHLY recommend marking a GPS coordinate at this point, or leaving a piece of fabric you can pick up on your way down. We failed to do this and hiked past the point we originally bushwhacked through and ended up a fair bit off trail. The majority of the trail is also above tree line so be sure to hike early.

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1 month ago

-- Needed spikes for boots
-- Snowshoes are a very-nice-to-have
-- Orange hat/bright colors good to have as the hunters are present
There are multiple trails once you get past the meadow so be mindful of your direction.

Great hike with good views. Never disappoints.

fairly easy, no huge obstacles. most have bypasses, i think any truck or SUV should make it. can't say for certain as we didn't make it to James Peak since the seasonal gate was closed. you get pretty close though. took a left out of there and downhill. looking around realized we're right by yankee hill. so we went up that and did a mini loop coming down right near base of yankee. took a right downhill and headed to fall river road. if you'd like to see a video of the run i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mChGp6OJTSI&t=493s

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

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The shown hiking trail is a 4x4 road. It leads to to beginning of James Peak Lake trail and a ute trail can be seen and followed from here (according to my grandfather), both of which are still amazing to get to, but I recommend that you 4x4 to the top and do the trail from there. Definitely look at the trails with a satellite image before heading up here.

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2 months ago

Beautiful, but difficult hike.

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2 months ago

I loved this trail. You won't regret hiking this trail, whether it be a day or three.

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