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13 hours ago

Easy 14er. Views are amazing! Windy at top!

Beautiful day trip from Denver. Decent road with great views.

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome! But super cold at the top

hiking
1 month ago

A moderate hike without a lot of foot traffic. Only a couple switchbacks and the trail is well maintained. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of views on this hike. There's a spot about halfway up that allows you to look south east into the hills. Even in mid December, there was no need for spikes on the shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 9.22. Great for a first 14er but a bit to many people on my way up, especially at the summit. Took the east side of the mountain down to the lake and hooked up to the abyss trail to make a loop out off this (makes for a 10+ mile hike). Much more secluded just watch your step as you are hopping boulder to boulder on the way down the side of the mountain. One wrong move you'd go down pretty hard but that was the most fun part for me. Also easy to lose yourself in 6' tall and dense shrubbery. Had to just power through some sections to find the trail again on the abyss portion.

The actual track is to follow the signs for Chicago Lakes, there is no indicator for Idaho Springs Reservoir so I got confused right off the bat. Also, Squaw Pass road is shoulder-to-shoulder snow and ice about 3-4 miles from the trailhead...probably best to use AWD or SUV vehicle to access. Lake and reservoir are both frozen and beautiful! very very cold and windy at the reservoir so dress warmly. Many slippery and treacherous spots only inches from a steep grade cliff, please be careful and GO SLOW. Overall, an amazing hike with gorgeous views, but maybe best left to the experienced during the winter.

Amazing experience. I love challenging hikes.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun trail with great views from the top.

I’m curious about the previous two posts,
which state the road is open to the summit?

Lovely snow hike today. No problem getting to the trailhead in a Forester with studded tires. Spikes helped with traction, no snowshoes are needed yet. We were the only car in the lot when we arrived at 10:30 on a Sunday, saw no one the entire hike, and only two other cars at the trailhead when we returned. Despite keeping our eyes peeled, we somehow missed the cutoff trail from Tanglewood to Rosalie. If you should do the same: When you descend into an open meadow, don't keep going; instead, look behind you for a sharp fork angling back and toward the creek. Rosalie is far less trafficked so the snow is less packed down, especially further in. It appears that Rosalie is being decommissioned? It's not on the Nat Geo map, it's blocked off at the trailhead with branches, and it's a bit of a rougher and narrower trail the further in you go. All in all, a nice day! Decent views of snow peaks from the upper stretches of Tanglewood.

Very short trail up to the summit. But incredible views. The drive up was incredible as well! A must see for anyone visiting.

Scary drive up, but absolutely beautiful. Great spot to take out of town guests to see the sights. Went in the summer and it was chilly due to altitude.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail continues longer, but 6.25 miles will get you to the wilderness boundary marker and a treed saddle. Very satisfying climb and well maintained trail, 3 hours round trip. The written directions to the trailhead are rather poor, but just follow a map and you'll be fine. There is a sign pointing to the trailhead past the Meridian Campground, when you make a left off of the pavement. The last one mile is bumpy but not so washboarded that a regular car couldn't make it with care. Loved it at this time of year - only passed one other couple of hikers, and that was on the way back. No footprints past the two-mile mark, yet the snow is not a deterrent at this time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Climbed this in just winter boots and had a blast. Once you get above tree line the path is impossible to find. Rather than freezing your hands fumbling with the GPS, head straight up and you will get to the gorgeous alpine clearing where you can see mountains from all sides. Then it's a leisurely mile to the lake

Beautiful snowy hike! It was gorgeous and winter-y, but the snow wasn't deep enough to require snowshoes. Despite the reviews form other users that this trail is hard to follow, I had no problems finding my way, even in the snow. However, it is true that the All Trails/USGS map is a bit off. The turnoff for Rosalie Trail is very clearly marked and the trail is well-defined, but the turnoff is a little sooner than the AllTrails map indicates. (I uploaded my route to the photos for reference. Hopefully that's helpful.) I didn't do the off-shoot to the overlook due to time constraints, but I wish I would have!

The only part that was a bit tricky in the snow was the segment between the fork in the road toward south-east Rosalie trail and the water crossing. It's only about a quarter of a mile, but that part of the trail is not as clearly defined. The water crossing has logs rather than a flat bridge, which is probably fine when the trail is dry, but was a bit sketchy covered in ice and snow. After the water crossing, Rosalie trail is much wider, clearly defined, and very easy to follow.

The Tanglewood trail side was definitely more trafficked. Rosalie trail didn't have any human foot prints on it the day I went, which made it feel really special. Don't let the other reviews scare you away. This is a great hike!

off road driving
2 months ago

really fun trail, not scenic but a nice challenge. I did this in a stock JL sport with upgrade a/t tires without too much issue.

Great hike & gorgeous views along the way as well as at the summit. Not too difficult if you are in good shape. Some ice in the beginning to middle of the trail that turned into slush on the way back down in the early afternoon (boots definitely got muddy on the way down). Doable with just hiking boots, but yaktrax and hiking poles are helpful if you have them. A good amount of snow as well as wind during the middle to end of the way up to the summit. Top of the summit was quite windy and only stayed up there for about 15 minutes due to this. Way back down was much easier if you had a hiking pole to help with the snow & ice, but again, doable without. Would recommend multiple layers, hats & gloves, handwarmers to put inside gloves (those were a huge plus!), as well as a ski mask or something to pull up and over most of your face for the way down, as the wind was almost unbearable at points. Bathrooms are available in the parking lot at the start of the trail. I recommend starting in the morning (8am or earlier) in order to avoid some of the snow & ice melt that turns the trail into mud on the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike and views.. Not as challenging as some other 14ers but there was a good amount of snow and ice from the half way point up. If you want a more enjoyable hike definitely bring micro spikes and some walking poles. Poles aren't necessary but will make your hike easier. There is a false summit that leads to a bit of a scramble to actually summit. On the way down the spikes made descending much faster and easier. I took mine off about half way down as the weren't needed anymore. When you get about half way down all the morning ice and snow pretty much turns to mud.

Great hike. it may have been 34 at the trail head but half way to the summit the wind had to be 30+ mph. Deeper snow as you head up to the ridge. Definitely need poles or micro spikes.

hiking
2 months ago

Did it today. Beautiful weather. Started at 8:30am, summited at 10:45am. Only stayed up there for 10 minutes and i think it took me about an hour and thirty minutes to get back down.
I put on my spikes about half way up. The snow was nicely packed, only deep in a few spots. It was windy in a few spots but not bad for the most part.
It wasn’t easy due to the wind but not very difficult since it’s a fairly short hike and there is zero exposure.
My first Colorado 14er!

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike yesterday. Weather was 35 and sunny when we left the parking lot at 9:00. Beautiful hike. Beautiful day for the end of October. Nice and easy with a slight incline the first 2 miles. Packed snow on most of the trail. The last mile to the summit was kind of treacherous. Loose snow, very windy, cold. Yak tracks are a MUST. It was doable if you were set on doing a 14er in late Oct, but I were to do this hike again, I would go in August.

hiking
2 months ago

We left the trailhead at 9:30 am. There trail was covered in packed snow from other hikers. We passed others hikers leaving that couldn't summit because of the wind but by the time we got up there at 1:15pm there was no wind and an eerie silence. Beautiful views all around. Going down was slippery but felt that the packed snow around the rocks cushioned our steps. We made it down in 2 hours.

Awesome summit views

Hiked this one today, it my was my first 14er but I’ve been living In Colorado and hike rather frequently. Got to the parking lot at 9am and found open parking. The hike is long and mainly flat for the first hour, then starts climbing slowly and ends with a rock scramble up the last few hundred feet to the summit. Lots of packed down snow and icy/ slippery patches going up made it feel like walking in sand, very tiring. Coming down extremely slippery. If you do this one in the snow you absolutely need poles and yak tracks. Took lots of breaks along the way and had a picnic at the top. Took us 7hours round trip. Overall beautiful views and not too Terrible, snow made things slightly more challenging.

First 14 for us. It was a beautiful day but there was a lot of snow on the ground. It was slippery on the way down. We got an early start and beat the crowds. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. The trail starts out very easy and starting before sunrise was great. The elevation was a factor for us near the top, but it’s a great hike.

Great 14er with some amazing views. Best as a sunrise summit.

off road driving
3 months ago

Easy drive up to the fork where we ran into plenty of snow.

Great climb. Went up 10/10/18, 3-6” of snow on the trail for the first 1.25miles. 1’ - 3’ feet! snow drifts from there on to the saddle. We were unable to make the peak due to conditions. Feet were soaked on the way down. 2hrs 50 mins up, 2hrs 10 mins down. Be smart. Be careful. We were the only car in the parking lot. Only ones out there.

great trail! took a bone stock 99 Jeep Cherokee with 31" all terrain tires on this trail and made it with no problems. was able to do most difficult sections, but had to swerve around some areas because I didn't have lockers. great trail making for lots of fun

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