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camping

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This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.

Great views. Something to see along the entire loop. Start at Cub Lake trailhead and return via Fern Lake

hiking
10 hours ago

This was the first hike I'd ever taken in Colorado and it did not disappoint. I couldn't believe the view of the Rockies from the summit.

hiking
10 hours ago

Stunning summit ❤️

hiking
14 hours ago

We arrived about 11am on a Sunday and parking was not an issue (surprised, but then no other reviewer has mentioned it.) Gorgeous views most of the way up. Don't stop before you get to the summit! The trail is clearly marked and a sign directs you up to the summit, or down to Estes Park, so don't worry when you descend a bit before making it. It took us about 3 hrs with a 6 yr old and a snack break at the top.

If you can make it to flattop you can make it the extra little bit to Hallet Peak as it is well worth it! Took my and my 66 y.o dad 1 hr round trip from top of flattop. 8 hrs total from bear lake. Needed to use GPS AllTrails app to navigate through snow between Dream Lake and Emerald Lake overlooks. Bring lots of water!!!

Hiked on Wednesday June 21st. Their was a little snow heading up to the Dream Lake overlook which was easy to walk over with just hiking shoes.
But after that first overlook the snow became constant and the only way to follow the trail was by constantly checking the gps trail on All Trails app. Lots of people without gps turned back but I'd say ~16 people made it all the way that day, so not very crowded which was nice. The trail cleared at tree line but also had to hike over some snow fields 2 more time but easy to follow trail on those parts. It was beautiful day and despite being windy on top of flattop we made the extra trek to Hallet Peak which took an extra hour and was totally worth it. Overall my self and my 66 y.o parents completed our hike in 8 hours as we take lots of breaks and snow slowed us down (7 hrs if you don't include Hallet Peak). Despite the snow the hike was amazing win great views and a variety of environments to hike though.

We skipped the falls and went to balanced rock instead. it's a long loop, but is very beautiful.

Beautiful views. The perfect morning hike.

Great hike, still a lot of snow but worth it! From glacier gorge trail head took about 6 hours.

This's was an absolute gorgeous hike. I would recommend getting an early start and make sure you are wearing shoes with good traction on them because it might be a little muddy due to the last of the snow melting off the trail. The lake at the end is absolutely worth it, and a great spot to have a mid hike lunch.

hiking
16 hours ago

This was a fantastic hike with beautiful views pretty much the whole way out and back. Still some snow below tree level, but you'll be fine in hiking boots with good traction.

walking
17 hours ago

hiking
17 hours ago

hiking
20 hours ago

Started the hike at 7:00 AM. If you're starting around that time and the Glacier Gorge TH is filled go up to Bear Lake park there. There was plenty of parking and you can access the same trails from there as you can with GG. Hike to the Loch is beautiful and not hard elevation wise. About 100 yards of snow to cross to get to Loch at very end, but it has been well packed and trail is easy to follow. Keeping on to Sky Pond I'd definitely recommend getting some inexpensive yaktraks. There are numerous snow fields, and the last part of the hike you are hiking along the side of a mountain completely covered in snow, so poles and spikes were super helpful and a big confidence booster! Just trust yourself during this part it's not bad!! Scramble up the waterfall is super fun! Lake of Glass and Sky pond are spectacular! I've done a lot of Hikes and this is definitely my favorite of all time!!!

hiking
20 hours ago

Nice trail with tons of moose!

hiking
22 hours ago