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blowdown
flooded
muddy
washed out
16 hours ago

I was deeply disappointed in this trail but I blame it on the time of year. There were still patches of deep snow and parts where the run off washed out the trail along with trees blown over. This I expected due to the previous reviews. I didn’t expect the trail to totally disappear due to the mixture of multiple run offs and the extremely fast flowing river. I never made it to the lake. I did however find a beautiful place to camp off trail that I truly enjoyed. I also noticed a small group coming back from the direction of the lake so they must have figured out a way to cross. I look forward to trying again toward the end of the summer.

Great trail. Well marked. Perfect for a family hike. First 2 miles were fairly strenuous. After that, a comfortable stroll through some beautiful scenery.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
1 day ago

Went down with trail crew last week and cut out multiple trees. Expect 36 creek crossings, none very deep. Just below the picnic shelter (about 1/2 mile from the end), the trail is washed out and no longer passable to ATV/UTVs. The rest of the trail is in fairly good shape, albeit very rocky.

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flooded
1 day ago

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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

We hiked on 5/31 and it was beautiful! The first half of the trail (the non-ATV half) was beautiful and full of aspens. Once we joined the ATV trail there were a lot of areas where the path was flooded for 30ft or so and it was nearly impossible not to get your feet wet. Some areas you could go around the flooded path through some thick brush. No snow on the path. Grizzly lake was beautiful!

Beautiful trail. A great trail for families. My 2 1/2 year old was able to walk most of the trail with minimal assistance going up. We did put her in the carrier for the trek back down just to be safe. A more sure-footed kid would be fine. Very pretty hike with small meadows full of butterflies and hummingbirds.

Did this loop today and loved it! went counterclockwise easy trail to navigate until you get to the pass. Single track turns into double track. follow to the right take the lower route across the flat or you could follow it up to the next pass and go left for more awesomeness if you are eager. My gps said 18 miles.

It’s dry, hiked up to the waterfall.

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rocky
2 days ago

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rocky
2 days ago

Excellent trail. No so crowded and beautiful views.

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rocky
2 days ago

I’llli

Absolutely beautiful hike. We didn't see anyone until we were back at the campground. It's not too difficult but it gets a little steep on the way back. When you arrive just park at one of the campgrounds and walk in when you get to the big campground at the bottom of the hill go right over the stream. You'll see the little cairns someone left to find the trails.

on Ptarmigan Lake Trail

3 days ago

TH and pass are open. Walked across bridge and immediately blocked by fallen trees and 2-3 foot snow drifts.

Moderate hike with a great rock feature at the end of the trail. The arch is incredible! We went to the top of the arch and the view was fantastic! Stay to the left when you scramble up the rocks under the arch. The trail is steep and slippery after the rocks but is well worth the effort!

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no shade
3 days ago

First quarter and third quarter are two stars, second quarter is 3, and last quarter is 5 stars. Very steep in places but beautiful creek and lakes

(5/29) The weather was perfect for hiking. Could not have asked for better. There were a couple minor snow fields on the way to Shavano. There was a couple a large patches going up Tabeguache. The snow got fairly slushy past 10.

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snow
5 days ago

This is a beautiful trail! Tried it today and there are still significant snow patches across the trail to post hole through. About 2/3 of the way to the lake the trail was a full on river probably 6-9 inches deep, so we turned back- didn’t want to go off trail and even if we had, the show looked more than knee deep on either side of the trail-turned-river for as far as we could see. Hopefully it melts pretty quick so we can attempt again soon- really tantalized by the lake photos at this point!

hiking
5 days ago

Clear of all snow, both the road and trail. Such a beautiful area! If you want to make this a loop hike, continue down 368/Monte Escondido Drive on foot or 4x4 (decent clearance required and I don't recommend it if you're inexperienced with 4x4 trails. Very limited parking/narrow trail/ few pull off spots) until you're almost to the wilderness boundary, about where Google maps shows the road ending. Then follow the mining road to an unmarked trail behind a "No Motor Vehicles" sign to the Colorado Trail segment 12, go south to the lakes and make your way back down the 3 Elks Creek Trail to 368/Escondido Drive. Didn't see a single person hiking from 8am-11am on a Thursday :)

Definitely for biking. I could see 4 or 5 stars biking but 1 or 2 hiking

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6 days ago

Trail is ready to hike - a few snow patches and puddles to get around. Also a couple of fun creek crossings. This is a very popular ATV Trail, so a good early season/weekday trail if you want to do it on your feet. Fun, technical road regardless and very pretty lake. We were lucky enough to have it to ourselves today.

Eleah, was there snow up at the lake. Looks like you climb to about 11000 feet to get there.

Great Hike, started at Mt Elbert TH off Halfmoon road and hiked to lily pond where we had lunch and hiked back. Some snow, but nothing blocking the trail. Trail started dry, but a few wet areas where the snow was melting. Great moderate 10 RT.

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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Beautiful hike! These two have now become some of my favorite 14ers. Highly recommend! Current conditions- no snow to Mt. Shav, can easily avoid snow up to Mt. Tab and then glissade down (highly recommend this quick easy option down. You don’t need an ice axe or anything for this easy glissade),

This is a very nice hike. Feels secluded even when there’s other groups on the trail. I went slow and took a long break at the falls and finished in about 3.5 hours. I did it all in chacos, but wouldn’t recommend because a decent portion of the trail is gravely dirt.

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