I started at about 3pm and was actually attempting Little Matterhorn, but ran out of time in the day due to the slow going on the trail. Within 1/2 mile of Bear Lake, I had to put on my crampons. The pace was quite slow due to the snow being mounded on the trail at variable heights. About every 20 feet or so, the snow was soft and stepping up or down into the existing footprints was difficult. Pushing through the snow when I thought it would hold happened dozens of times. Just about each time, the result was a bit of snow in my boots a higher risk of potential injury. Hiking alone that's not a great risk to take. When I hit the open snowfield at about 2 miles in, there were footprints all over the place and it was tough keeping to the trail without constantly checking GPS. I hadn't seen anyone for over an hour at that point, but while pausing for a drink, heard a faint yelling down the slope where there was no trail. I yelled back and could hear them call for help. After a few minutes of calling back and forth and walking toward one another, I met up with a guy in his 20's who was a bit distraught. He said he and his girlfriend had lost the trail and could not find the way back to it. He had told her to stay put, so she was much further down the slope, maybe 1/3 of a mile from the trail. We walked toward her calling back and forth, then I led them back up to the trail and helped them get oriented to head back down to Bear Lake. Understandably, they were not up for continuing the hike after that situation. If you end up reading this, best of luck to you Evan and Sofia! This time of year, it is a difficult trail to follow. I can tell it's well marked when it's clear of snow, but right now it's a difficult hike and you should be prepared to go much slower than usual as well as having good equipment/methods for keeping yourself on the trail. I continued slogging onward at an even slower pace due to the snow conditions. Upon arriving at a rocky outcropping, I finally got to witness the view down to lake Odessa. It was absolutely stunning. The valley that had been to my left stopped climbing at that point and plunged down to a larger valley with the lake snug on the floor of it. Steve Lannon

Easy Hike, Bunch of Campgrounds and Aspen Forrest’s

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blowdown
snow
3 days ago

According to the signs and my GPS, it’s a little longer than listed here. But worth it. It’s pretty gradual but still a good workout. Went Saturday 5/29 when the park was open. Saw maybe 5 or 6 groups on the trail after arriving at the trailhead around 9:00. A few blow downs about a mile in but easy to navigate. quite a bit of snow for the last mile! Easy to lose the trail but it’s easy to know enough to generally figure out where to go. At least bring gaiters!

I think people need to be more honest about actually hiking the full trail instead of saying they did then giving a made up story about hiking the trail C,Mon Man!

Great trail, the beginning is the most of the incline. Big meadows is beautiful, we saw 8 moose in the meadow between our way out and back. Lots of muddy areas, a few spots of snow but nothing that is hard to get through/around. We had lunch at falls and it felt 20° cooler next to the falls which was a great break and cool down.

Lots of beautiful waterfalls along the river. We only make it to the first lake, Lone Pine. The trail isn’t visible past that due to snow. We encountered a few short stretches of snow to Lone Pine but easily traversed in only hiking boots.

started out at bear lake. did this early spring and was still a lot of snow. post holed a lot but the view at the top is amazing. go early and take it further to Hallett.

Great trail for a backpacking trip. I am from the Midwest and i decided to take my wife on her first backpacking trip and even her first trip out west. We did this loop in 4 days and 3 nights and started at the Green Mtn. Trailhead. The trail along with the campsites were all very easy to follow and every thing was marked. The scenery was beautiful and made for a great time. We made the trip a little longer by exploring a-lot of the connecting trails along the CDT loop trail. I recommend this trail for anybody that has the opportunity to get there. The trail and elevation make it difficult in spots but it not bad enough that it should keep you from giving it a try.

currently closed fyi!

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closed
icy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Trail was closed so we parked near it. On the way back a ranger pulled over a couple who tried to hike and turned them back. I thought it was gonna be secluded (safe) and it was. There was no other people on trail. As I’m informed we can hike locally. And this is less than 10min from my home. But on a way home I saw a sheriff and a Ranger talking to people on Lily lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. We went past Jewel Lake toward Black Lake. Once past Jewel Lake, snowshoes are almost a must. We managed for a little bit, but finally turned around after postponing became far too frequent. Fantastic views.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

nice day. wet snow

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful. Narrow in places and mostly packed. Used crampons and no traction on last part of trail. Really busy at 1030.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

First mile mixed trail conditions, some snow some mud. Second mile was increasingly deep snow. I was following snowshoe tracks with my spikes for a while but I turned around when post-holing too much. Beautiful day though! No park staff on duty.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 3/7/20 with early start. Spikes needed all the way. Stay in middle of trail to avoid post-holing. Always a great hike and view of Meeker. The lake is 1/2 snow covered and 1/2 exposed ice. ****REMINDER — dogs not allowed on trail. Read the posted signs. Saw one dog and owner ignore signs.

hiking
2 months ago

The view at the lake is beautiful. Used spikes the whole way. The snow got a bit soft towards the end and post holed quite a bit. Snow shoes would have been nice in sections but not required.

Started up Boulder Brook, the uphill was very rewarding as the views were excellent that way. Mostly broke trail for the first five miles, what a workout!

Attempted to hike to Two Rivers lake via the Fern Lake/Odessa trail. With spikes I was able to make it a few miles out from Bear Lake trailhead, but half way I encountered a clearing on the side of the mountain where wind had swept the trail and previous tracks away. Without snowshoes or skis, and hiking alone, I turned back after losing the pack and postholing for a bit. Still a great trail, and a few hikers I passed on my way back had received some hints from the rangers on how to find the trail after crossing the clearing.

snow
3 months ago

I did this trail 2/15. The trail is completely packed down and snowshoes are not necessary - microspikes were more than sufficient.

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snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Made it to Loch Lake, however could not find the turn to get onto Sky Pond Trail, especially with the fresh snow from the night before. We had snow shoes and poles but decided to turn back and do Mills Lake. Ended up being about 7.5 mile hike.

We used snow shoes but you would probably be fine with just spikes. Got to trail at 9am and no other cars. Had Trail to ourselves until noon

As of late January 2020 there is limited parking on the road near the trailhead. Scarcely trafficked on a Saturday late morning, probably because one needs at least microspikes to get 1.75mi to the junction, but after that one needs snowshoes. I tried to press to Finch Lake but kept falling through the snow which was waist deep after the first junction. It hasn’t really snowed in close to a month so if it’s still this bad, I can only imagine it won’t be truly Hike-able until July

Attempted on 1/16 /20 via Fern Lake trail. 1 mile or so past the Flat Top split, snow shoes were necessary. 1/2mi or so after that, the tracks we were following turned around. We had trouble finding the route, even with Alltrails app and GPS, but had lots of fun trying. Ended up on an outcrop that awarded fantastic, panoramic views of all the peaks, with Fern and Odessa far below. We were tired from breaking trail, and also thought our accidental views were some of the best we'd ever seen. Not to mention Fern and Odessa looked SO FAR down. So we decided to turn around here. Expect a navigational adventure if you attempt any time soon!

hiking
icy
snow
5 months ago

Great trail! Spikes are a must, the trail is relatively packed down from other hikers.

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