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kevin horn
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Hiking

Hiked on 10 July. We had an amazing experience on the hike. Similar to others, we went up the 4WD trail and stopped short of the creek crossing in a small crossover SUV. We started hiking at 6a and reached the summit around 10:30a and it was already quite busy up top. The trail has fairly consistent incline and is in great shape along the entire length thanks to the ongoing trail maintenance. This is a very runnable trail and hope to make it back soon.

Jennie Fletemeyer
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Hiking

Well marked trail. A few small river crossings. Nice creek along much of the hike. Mosquitoes were not as bad as we expected. Two storms rolled through with rain and win, but the sun won in the end. Wear/bring layers! Lovely lake at the top for scampering, hammocking, fly fishing or just enjoying the view! All six kids ages 8-13 (and a small dog) had a great time...parents, too!

Morganne Smyth
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Hiking

Didn’t quite make it to the upper parking lot in a Subaru Forester (stopped just before the creek crossing), but probably could have made it all the way with some careful routing around rocks. That added an extra 0.3 miles each way. Some trail restoration ongoing, but signs direct you to well worn paths so no problems with navigation. Mostly dirt path with no scrambling and only real exposure right at the top. Would recommend getting an early start since the summit can be accessed via multiple trails and get crowded up top.

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Sarah Gasior
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Hiking

Great trail but a couple of issues: bugs are bad, even with bug spray. The “steep” part is pretty steep so be prepared. The lake is lovely and the hike wasn’t too crowded on a Thursday.

haiki tay
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 11 2020
Hiking

We didn’t make it all the way stopped at the reservoir. Super steep and we are super out of shape. All the jeeps going by make you look in envy. But trudge on we did.

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Kenneth Slaven
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Hiking

Was a great trail with the kids. Really hot bring plenty of water. Falls were amazing.

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Steffan Custer
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Backpacking

Rough road to the upper trailhead but our Outback made it. We camped at the lower South Colony lake and there were a lot of people hiking the Crestones so it may be worth going to the upper lake if you’re hiking Humboldt. There’s also more campsites off of the south fork and it’s definitely worth hiking down that way, great view up close of the peaks on the south side of the valley and the valley itself. Lots of people catching trout in the lower lake.

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Shawn McCandless
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 11 2020
Hiking

This trail was very pleasant. It can be done as an out and back on the Colorado Trail segment or as a loop utilizing the 4-wheel drive round that leads to the South Mt Elbert trailhead. In either case the extra short trip to the Lily Ponds (which are pretty cool beaver dams) is worth it. Other reviews that talk about it taking longer than suggested appear to have taken a longer route. From the trailhead in county road 24 out and back, including the lily ponds is 5 miles. The aspen forest is beautiful and as noted by others would be spectacularly in the fall. There is one small stream to ford (ankle deep in early July) on the 4-wheel drive road.

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Emily Needell
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Tate Haasl
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful waterfall at the end! Great hike and family friendly! Only downfall is this is a horse trailer too, so watch your step :)

Tate Haasl
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful waterfall at the end! Great hike and family friendly! Only downfall is this is a horse trail too, so watch your step :)

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Paul Fischbach
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HikingNo shadeScramble

The Crestones are gorgeous! This has a sick class 3 scramble up to the summit ridge that’s lots of fun. FYI, not all falling rocks are caused by climbers. I saw a marmot knock a good size rock down the East gully!

Charlotte Galli
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HikingScramble

Th up the 4x4 road is rough, however sure saw a few Subarus there... how ?! trail starting from Old S colony around 3 miles in has a few dispersed camping sites however the best ones are by the lower lake unless you want carry it to the upper one ( not Worth it ) ... going up / down to broken Hand there's a few big loose Boulders so be careful... if you stay to the wall it's more solid if you take a right u will see the trail going up to the needles and if you look down to the other side you will see cottonwood Lake down that trail in a few miles take another rigth and you can see crestones peak up the bacon / red gully has a pretty waterfall leading up to the summit. this route has lots of gain and loss of elevation ,plus it's a long one... it's only class 3 so the exposure is really not bad but what makes this hard is all the gain and loss of elevation ... marmots are shameless begging for food... don't feed them

Alexandra DeMarco
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Hiking

This is definitely more of a walk than a hike, but it’s wonderful! Super pretty and peaceful. The lake is beautiful and there are a lot of little beaches. I’ll definitely go back, and would love to camp there.

Chris Miller
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Hiking

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. I drove my stock Tacoma to treeline on the 4x4 road without any issues. Once I got to treeline I hiked the rest of the way up. I felt like I would be cheating the hike if I drove all the way, but I think it could've made it. The ridgeline to get to the summit looks more intimidating than it actually is in my opinion. There's a clear trail leading through it, but the scramble to the top is a little harder to spot.

Campbell Duffy
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Hiking

The falls are so serene, and there are beautiful wildflowers along the way. If you can get a bluebird day, I recommend going later. It’s less trafficked and so lovely.

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Zachary Gerow
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Hiking

The road leading to the trail head is very rocky, narrow, with ledges. I could not fit my F350 dually and didn’t feel comfortable taking it all the way to the trailhead. However, other people with much smaller length & width vehicles did . It’s not impossible but definitely not for large vehicles. So we added an addition 1.1 miles & (1000k elevation change) from where we parked to the trailhead. This was brutal. We saw multiple people backpacking up the the lakes. The hike was nice, mostly in the woods there is a few exposed areas. Lots of downed trees, and the trail zig zags around them. You cross 3 or 4 small creeks that are easily passable. Plus having the dog it was good points to rest and lay in the water. The lake is pretty, but not entirely impressed. Very rocky edges that you need to scramble to get near lakes edge. Didn’t make it to the 2nd lake, 10 miles was enough for our out of shape selves. Lol Enjoy

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Mary Bruton
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Hiking

My favorite trails have water running along the side and water at the end. It was a nice outing.

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Nick Sylor
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Hiking

It's a nice trail, only rocky near the summit. Amazing views from the top and along the way. Its well maintained and currently has a restoration project going on which changes the distances. The map above shows a version prior to the project. It looks like people are clocking about 11 miles from the upper parking lot (check out some of the more recent recordings). I think the total distance from lower parking lot, the starting point shown on the map above, will be more like 16-17 miles out and back due to the changes in the route.

Richard Easterling
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Hiking

The Gentle Giant, a Colorado Classic. Confirmed marmot activity 7/9/20. Ample marmot barking and plenty of baby marmot sightings. Also, the peekaboo marmot at the summit edge hanging off like Stallone in Cliffhanger was a rad bro.

Zena Begin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jul 09 2020
HikingBugsNo shade

*DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS TO THE TRAILHEAD* the directions are wrong. The hike, once you make it to the trailhead is very beautiful. Gradual elevation up some rocky sections of a easy to follow trail. Amazing lake at the end of the trail. DO NOT drive a car or a non-4wheel drive vehicle to the trailhead. This road is rough, narrow and long. My AWD Subaru couldn't make it and several areas needed a higher clearance.

Lindy C.
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HikingBlowdownBugsRocky

Beautiful! absolutely worth it. We ending up backpacking an camping. not many ppl. The lakes are gorgeous and the fishing is pretty great. would hike again

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Christopher Cooper
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HikingNo shade

We did good with my min pin! Just very hot but luckily there is some river flows for them to drink!

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Harrison Morgan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Jul 08 2020
Hiking

Great trail with awesome views from the top. My recording is starting from HWY 50 as I walked to the trail head which added 3 miles going and coming. I would suggest just driving to the trail head as the road in is not too bad. Beautiful hike to the top of Fooses Trail however I would take heed to the hard difficulty as the last 1.5 miles going up is quite steep. Other than that I hope my recording and photos are helpful.

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Heath Brooks
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Very LONG day hike. Many people reported doing the entire thing in about 7-8 hours, but it took my wife and me about 11 hours to complete, and we are 24 years old and very active. Definitely a difficult hike. You can easily knock off about 4 miles off the trip if you have a 4x4 and go down the road to the main trail head, but it would absolutely have to be a lifted 4x4. The trail is great. There is construction on much of the original trail, but there are new trails that are obvious and easy to follow. It doesn’t look bad, but the elevation makes the incline seem super steep. If you can get past all that just fine though, the view from the top is incredible, and it is awesome to be able to say you’ve hiked the tallest mountain in CO and the 2nd tallest in the continental US!

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