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hiking
1 day ago

Excellent trail; I'm intent on finishing it this year. In May/June, there's greater risk of melting snow on the trail at depths of 3-12 feet, making collapses of snow surface a nuisance. That's what turned us back...recommend July or later to avoid residual snow. Easily the most beautiful place on this earth.

Pack ultralight and leave the el cheap-o heavy gear in the garage. You'll need hiking poles and water purification.

backpacking
7 days ago

I've done this loop three times. I did a solo trip in two nights, which was hard. The first night I went over West Maroon and Frigid Air passes - about 11 miles and ascending 3,500 feet. Next two days were easier, but still big days. The scenery is amazing. Use hiking poles. On my last trip, my new son-in-law, the 2-time All-American water polo guy, wished he had poles. Think hard about how much weight you will take. Snow will be in the passes until the end of June most years. Unless you are a very fit person, you should probably allocate 3 nights for this loop. If you are not reasonably fit, don't even try it. This is an epic trip, but be ready for a serious challenge.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful!!!!

Gorgeous!

Started hiking at 9 and got to the camp at 3, beautiful sky, very moderate incline, thick Aspen groves along side and oh the hot spring! Need to do it again in October

backpacking
1 month ago

Went backpacking there as a teenager and it remains my favorite place in the world.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great 2-3 day hike. We had poor weather but it was still worth every step. Each pass has its own unique beauty. Our group hikes often and would consider this moderate for the well conditioned.

Absolutely amazing and strenuous trail!

backpacking
1 month ago

I did this trail as my first solo backpacking trip. It could definitely be done in 2 nights 3 days, but I chose to enjoy my time and did 3 nights 4 days. I was so thankful the weather was gorgeous for the first three days. The scenery was breathtaking and the trail was challenging, especially before each pass. I went in the beginning of September last year and there were quite a few other backpackers and some trail runners, but I had plenty of time to just enjoy myself in the presence of just mother nature. I highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for an adventure filled with life's beauty!!

camping
1 month ago

One of my favorite loops. We did it as a really fast overnight at the end of August. Take your time and enjoy the hike.
Only ran into a couple people early on and then didn't see anyone until we got back to the trailhead. Going to head up there again this July to try and catch The wildflowers. ****I've read the forest service is looking at implementing a backcountry permit system in the next year 2.

Super beautiful during the wild flower season! Part of 4 pass loop but still not too crowded

fly fishing
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