hiking
snow
2 days ago

Still too much snow to make it the last mile ( give or take ) over the ridge and down to the lake.

hiking
off trail
snow
5 days ago

Did this trail early July 2019 and it was perfect (a little wet though). Did it again yesterday (5/22) and made it to 5.4 miles wearing snowshoes before turning back. Lost the trail at 4 miles and used our gps the rest of the way. Had to follow our snowshoe tracks for about 2 miles before we found some resemblance of a trail on the way down. Do not attempt right now unless you are wearing snowshoes and have a gps. Still incredibly beautiful, but there is so much snow still left.

hiking
5 days ago

Please note that the 4th of July Road (from Hessie Trailhead to Fourth of July Trailhead) will be closed to vehicles until June 1 this year (2020).

This trail is excellent for 14er conditioning, and it leads you through the forest and a few meadows. The views of the Front Range from the summit are nice. Start early if you do not want to pass a lot of other hikers. I don’t know why others say the trail is exposed, since exposure typically refers to falling risk.

Hiked 5/17/2020 - Found a parking spot on the side of the road at 9:40 on a Sunday morning. No snow, trail well-marked, asters & pasqueflowers in bloom! Lovely view at the top; however, most of the trail wasn’t as shaded as I anticipated, nor as scenic going up. Like others have said - definitely a good workout & practice for 14ers. Ended up running down the last bit for fun! Finished under 4 hrs, with a 20 break in there.

hiking
11 days ago

We took the exact trail recorded to the summit and it took us approximately 12 1/2 miles, make sure to bring enough water

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

Challenging and great hike! The incline to get to the top is a butt buster to say the least. My partner and I arrived at the bottom around 11a, ended around 4pm. (We stopped at the summit for lunch and once on the way up for a snack two hours in). There are a few plateaus going up in the first part of the trail which are nice, but it’s mostly uphill. Watch for signs that point you to the top once you get closer - stay the course going up to crosier mtn. not to the side trail. The wild flowers are beautiful. The view from the top is priceless. Coming downhill was sweet and way easier than going up. For two fit guys from CA this hike was great!

One of my favorites to do so far!! The last mile to the actual summit is pretty steep. We started around 7:30 and made it back around 12pm. The earlier you go the better, parking is limited.

hiking
17 days ago

Good trail for a day hike. Lackluster views compared to most trails in the area.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

Great trail, started at 7am and experienced some fog and light snow/rain to the summit. Spotted a female moose at 2.8 miles at around 8am, so keep your eyes out if you're headed out early. Parking lot was nearly full when I finished at around lunch time!

Absolutely beautiful! The trail goes through a variety of mountain settings from forests to meadows. Took us about 3hrs 15mins to get up and 2hrs 45mins down, altogether a 6hr 15min trip with rest time for views and sandwiches at the top! Definitely a good trainer for a 14er. Bring lots of water!

hiking
21 days ago

Trail was mostly dry a few days ago. Stunning views of snow-capped RMNP at the top! Weekend parking is definitely limited.

Really beautiful views. Lots of elk out today. Serious booty and leg workout. Watch clocked in 11.6 miles rt

Super good views. Absolutely no trail present after the road.

Difficult trail, definitely a great warm up for 14er season! Zero snow except for small patches at the peak. Great view of Longs peak at the top make it worth the incline.

hiking
27 days ago

I did this hike in the fall (Sept) and it was spectacular! It has everything (forest, meadows, gulch, and great summit views). It’s length and elevation gain make it hard but if you are used to the altitude and distance, the terrain is moderate

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

Rocky the whole way up...not the best for trail running but a solid workout and gorgeous views at the top!

Very pretty trail! Some parts were a little muddy from the snow melting, but other than that the trail conditions were fine. Loved the scenic overlook at the top!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Just finished this hike today and I was definitely not disappointed. You do gain some serious elevation, but it was super manageable. It felt more like a moderate hike than a hard one. The view at the top is gorgeous. It was pretty muddy in some areas and there were a few snow patches but nothing that sneakers or hiking boots couldn't get through. It says it is 9.4 miles, but my watch clocked us in at 10.4 miles. We started at 10:00 AM and were back at the car by 2:00 PM, so roughly two hours each way.

Great views at the top. Hiked on 4/26, a little snow as you get closer to the top but nothing that required us to break out the spikes. Clocked it at 10.4 miles

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

Nice trail with some other people around both on skis and snowshoes. It had just snowed so tough going when we were breaking trail. There were some nice views.

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