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no dogs

It was my first hike in Colorado and it set the tone. To be honest, we didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time constraints and how tired I was. Most of the time, it was straight, paved paths with multiple beautiful views along the way but from time to time, on the way up, there were some steep inclines that drained me out when I got to the top.

I wouldn’t recommend it to novice hikers but if you want to test your limits and see how much you can do, this would be a pretty hike to test it on lol

on Chasm Lake

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Hiked this trail 10/21/17. Would not suggest hiking to the lake itself in this time of year due to biting winds, deep snow, and very slippery ice. The trail is beautiful the whole way and the view of Long's Peak is stunning! However, the trail up the two ridges to the take (at about 4.2 miles) is very dangerous at this time of year due to lots of ice. I completed the scrambling with trail running shoes but would highly recommend microspikes. A fall off these boulders would result in serious injury.
I completed this hike in 5 hours-much longer than I thought it would as I am a fast hiker but the ice and snow forced me to slow my pace tremendously. My GPS watch clocked 9.1 miles. It was about 20 degrees the whole way up with serious winds-not a fun climate. Make sure to wear adequate wind protection as I got first degree frostbite on my fingers, even though I was wearing gloves. I would love to come back in the summer to have a more enjoyable hike. Due to bad weather and lots of ice, I unfortunately did not enjoy myself that much.
The views of Long's Peak are absolutely spectacular...I can't stress this enough!

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Watch out for unexpected snow storms.

3 days ago

Hiked it yesterday..I would rate it hard because of elevation change. As a person who lives at sea level, I found this harder than Twin Sisters but worth the effort! Made it all the way and just missed being caught underneath an ice slide that gave way above the trail just before the lake.!

Lilly mountain summit has very spectacular views! The sign near the TH says 2 miles. I actually thought it was a long 2 miles with its nearly 1500' elevation gain and loss..surprised to see trail guides stated 3.8 round trip.
some minor scrambling to an exposed summit....
BTW Dogs are allowed! So all trails into needs an update on dogs.. go do it .. an overlooked great little hike

Lilly mountain trail is listed ln the estes park guide book "One of the 5 best trails to take your dog on".
Published March 2017.
Recommended as such by staff at the YMCA in Estes

A medium difficulty trail. Took us 2.5 hrs with stopping for probably 15 min. Nice hike with woods, open spaces, and water.

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11 days ago

Chasm lake was beautiful! Sits just below Longs peak. 9 miles round trip. The hike was easy until you have to scramble some rocks at the end. About 2-3 false summits! Just gotta keep going until you see it! We did it while there was snow!!! A lot of people turned back but we pushed through and made it with another a couple.

11 days ago