no shade
off trail
2 days ago

This was an amazing, if underdeveloped hike. Drive 5 miles up a 4WD road. Many people come here to offroad, so expect there to be many other vehicles and dirt bikers on this narrow road to the "trail head". The road is fine as long as you have a 4WD vehicle, it's difficult to start, but gets better. The hike starts on a 4WD road, but turns off onto a road that is not commonly used by the off roaders. The trail down the backside of the mountains is virtually nonexistant. The wildflowers made up for the lack of trail. Overall, this was a lovely hike.

ohv/off road driving
2 days ago

Still one snow bank left at 12900

ohv/off road driving
rocky
snow
3 days ago

Gorgeous trail! Long and bumpy. Went on Saturday June 27th and the last long switchback to the top is narrow, one way, and impassable. You can make it halfway along that switchback to a point you can turn around but if you go to far and hit the snow bank you’re only way out is to drive in reverse back down WHICH IS TERRIFYING. The most technical obstacles are along the short switchbacks and the very beginning. The rest is “easy”. If you continue past the mine, it’s still technically easy unless you have to pass someone in a narrow spot above tree line. Did this in a JKU with 3.5in lift.

GPS for the trailhead took us to an impassable 4wd only road - we have a lifted land cruiser and couldn’t pass. Am wondering if there is a different way to get to trailhead since we hadn’t seen any info about the drive being a challenge. Ended up approaching from the other side via Argentine Pass

ohv/off road driving
off trail
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

This was incredible!!! First “hard” trail I’ve done from this app that actually has obstacles. So much fun!!!! Many places to stop for picnics or climbs. Never been on a more busy trail. Polaris buggies lapped us 4 times. ... granted we weren’t even trying to go quickly. We took our time. We hiked & climbed everywhere.... spent 7 hours just loving the whole experience!

hiking
4 days ago

Lovely Wildflowers!

hiking
4 days ago

Done 6/26/2020. Absolutely gorgeous trail! Lots of Aspen groves, a few water crossings, and plenty of views. I can’t wait to come back and do this as an overnight to try to get to Abyss lake and preferably in the fall!

4 days ago

very busy on the descent towards Idaho Springs reservoir. opens up as you head to Chicago lakes. very wet/muddy just before the push to upper chicago lake. I was definitely intimidated by the climb up to Summit Lake, but the path is clear and we made it! including one longer break at mile 3, many little breaks to make room for other/ catch our breaths, and lunch, it took us about 6 hours 45 minutes.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

Was able to make it up the 4WD haul 5 miles with my standard Jeep Renegade but once I got to the first mine, I couldn't find a trail head. I ended up just walking some of the roads with my dog on leash before the storms rolled in. It a gorgeous view from the first mine and we passed several primitive campsites on the way up but I would've loved to have found the loop trail. Extremely frustrated that this listing said nothing about the almost 1-hour long off-road path to get there and had no indication of where to find the trailhead.

Beautiful views, but trail was packed and is narrow in spots. Can also be shorter and be 4 miles instead of 6.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
5 days ago

This trail is a lot of fun. You can make it as hard as you want but don't sleep on it because there are some sections that will catch you off guard. Some steep sections might seem intimidating at first but take it slow in 4-low and you'll be just fine. We did this in our 2001 Xterra with 31" tires. It's rocky but you don't need a crawler to do this trail.

hiking
flooded
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
6 days ago

I’ll start by saying the views of this hike were amazing. It was very challenging as these were my 2nd and 3rd 14ers, the sawtooth was a daunting experience that I’m glad to have under my belt. I rated this trail as 2 stars because the trail isn’t marked very well during the sawtooth and Evans (especially the decent). AllTrails marks the hike as 9.6 miles. We ended up doing almost 16 and there is no way we did an EXTRA 6 miles so something is up with the distance on this app. It’s longer than it’s says. On top of that I have seen nowhere in any description of the trail that the last 2.5 miles are through an overgrown marsh. Plants slapping you from every direction, it seemed like a herd path that we should avoid by doing a little climb out of the marsh towards the end and having the trail meet up closer to the base of Beirstadt. The trail completely ended at the stream and we searched around for the other end which was about a quarter mile away through the mud and vegetation. I’m usually careful not to step on any but this trail gave us no choice and seemed to make others bushwhack through the vegetation. It’s ridiculous to me that they have the trail marked as good from may to October when it is full of shin deep mud at the end, in June. Slipped while navigating the mud hole and dropped my phone in it, so that ended my recording. Either have a warning in the description of this hike, or use one of the other herd paths that travel out of the marsh to connect back to the start of the trail.

This was the perfect hike to do with our older dog. We started at 8 am and found parking alongside the road (many people hiking Bierstadt), but we only saw two people the entire hike. We went for 2.5 miles out to the overlook of the stream in a heavier wooded area before turning around. There were beautiful wildflowers (I suspect the peak will be next week or two) and most of the trail was very well maintained, but there were a few faded areas. A lot of the trail was through some scrub oak/bramble, so not a lot of true shade and there were some muddy spots. Honestly a very great mellow trail, highly recommend it!

This kicked my Butt!!!!!!! I went all the way to the summit huge goat and I saw a big horn sheep too!

ohv/off road driving
11 days ago

can't make it to the top just yet, snow bank shortly after the last "y"

hiking
11 days ago

gorgeous

hiking
muddy
snow
11 days ago

Hiked 6/20. Wear good traction, waterproof shoes. Parts of trail were muddy. Had to jump or step into mud. Last 3/4 mile to summit was snowy from a recent storm. Poles were extremely helpful. Both up & down. Traction would have been helpful. Always be prepared that it may be snow in CO, right?

Gorgeous view!!

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