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rocky
30 days ago

Looks like the big storms in mid December make up the substantial amount of the snowpack. There may be a few lines to be had in these lower trees, but it will likely require a good solid base to ride on, which did not exist today.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Worst hike I’ve been apart of. Incredibly challenging, only view provided is the lake at the end of the trail. If you don’t own a 4x4 and plan on hiking the whole way, consider bringing tons of water & purifier, cliff bars, protein bars etc. as the actual trail is about 7.8 miles long one way and a little over a mile up.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Hiked up to the lake today. Persistent, sugar snow ranging from knee to waist deep. Needed flotation for much of the trail. Not a ton of snow in the basin, loaded slopes, or steep terrain but proceed with caution.

2 months ago

More intense than anticipated. Ankle deep snow in places and a dicey scramble to the top. Altitude kicked my butt, but spectacular views above the saddle.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Sunmited 11/6/19. Day 1 - hiked the parking lot to lakes 6 am - 12 pm Day 2 - lakes to summit 545 am - 930 am No mosquitos for me. Ankle deep snow on worst parts. Maybe 70% of the trail was clear. Should have left the ice axe and crampons in the car. Thought about bringing the dog. Glad I didn’t. Last 300 feet was a scramble and I personally don’t see how a dog could do it safely. Great hike. Enjoy !

hiking
snow
2 months ago

A bit snowy. I didn’t have water resistant shoes and my toes got quite cold.

Great trail ill definitely come back and finish the loop when it is warmer than single digits.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

This is definitely the bumpiest trail I've ever been on by far. There are a couple slightly harder spots but for the most part just driving on and off curbs and basketballs with the occasional laundry basket thrown in. There are a couple ruts but I embellished them just for fun, there are easier ways up this. The only real thing of concern is near the top (just after the snow in my video) there is a downhill to uphill on a left turn that's slightly off camber to the right. The ground looks like it's giving way but it felt solid to me. After coming out of the snow with wet tires I definitely slid sideways a bit but it wasn't bad. At the top the abandoned town is very cool to check out since they just left everything there. Please respect the area if you go and don't move or take anything. Also the road up to the mine is closed even to hiking so you'll need a drone to explore it. The wind was insane but I did what I could, if you want to check it out here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIyl0cWPptA Have fun out there!

hiking
3 months ago

Well, we knew it was going to be a big day but weren’t exactly sure how big. Did the Rito Alto Four Pass Loop and it was amazingly beautiful. We did have snow from near the start but only 2-4 inches which made it gorgeous but cold. The 6 bowls were absolutely amazing and mind-blowing each time we came across one. Funny, we saw in the description it said to make sure you go Counterclockwise. So we thought we did, and even after the hike, we were sure we did. This morning over coffee we realized we went Clockwise and would so recommend that (Mainly because we hiked down in the dark and the road was easier) The only reason I gave it 4 stars is for that damn 6 miles of 4wd road coming down and then rainbow was longer in the dark. Also, the route map is a bit off at times, especially on Rainbow Trail at the very end. Watch out for a quick left jaunt near the end of the hike that doesn't show on the map. I think we might be at the end of being able to hike it this year as there was a good snowstorm overnight, but you never know. We went through about 20,000 calories! Ok, it might be an exaggeration but it was close. I'd love to come back and do it as a multiday backpacking trip and hit all of the lakes.

horseback riding
3 months ago

do not take horses on the phantom terrace cross over. stop at either comanche lakes or venable lakes. several have lost their lives here.

we took this Trail counterclockwise and found it to be much easier than attempting to go straight up to the left. The Aspens today are absolutely stunning but with the snow coming this could have been about the last day to see them. quite windy by the Lakes but that could also be because of the storm coming in tomorrow. Our total distance was more like 10 miles but the elevation gain was pretty accurate. I would consider this a longer moderate but still absolutely doable if you're in reasonable shape. We completed the hike with about 4 hours 30 minutes of moving time with a lot of breaks to take photos of the beautiful Aspens and the lakes.

rocky
3 months ago

Easy drive to trailhead in a regular car. Plenty of parking at trailhead. We took the less steep (rainbow) trail up. The first lake is largest and a beautiful blue green. Hike up another third of a mile to second lake...smaller but also beautiful. Third and smallest lake yet further above. Took steep trail (Swift Creek) back down, which was quite rocky. We were here October 5. Gorgeous warm day and aspen in full golden regalia. 11.7 miles round trip, 5:40 moving time, including dinking around at the second lake.

We enjoyed this, however it ended at a creek, no falls at this particular time. Great views of the mountains and the valley.

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning hike. Unfortunately, the early birds did not catch the worm. When my partner and I made it to the ridgeline, we were met w/ heavy winds that blew both of us off our feet and he weighs 180 pounds!!! We’ll back sometime this month if weather permits. I hope the wind died down for all the hikers after us!

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

We were able to make it up approximately five miles and then hiked the rest of the way to Lake Como. spent the night at the lake and then summited Blanca the next day. I recommend camping at the lake but there were a lot of people who started from the very bottom and summited that day. It's a pretty rough, mostly rock and boulders up to the lake. Watch your ankles!

hiking
3 months ago

the hike and trial where nice. 3 starts because the app wasn't keeping track and couldn't get a GPS.

Great trail, in good condition. Just remember to bring tent poles like I forgot to do haha. Girlfriend loved that!

backpacking
4 months ago

Incredible trip! A five mile in and five mile out hike sandwiched two nights at the lakes. Day hiking to the different lakes and a nice hike above the waterfall that is above the second lake allows beautiful views! There are plenty of camping sites. We brought a pup for her first camping trip and she loved it the most I think!

Did the loop starting with the long way up and Spring Creek on the way back. The fall colors will be spectacular next week.

No mosquitoes the mosquitoes are gone. Beautiful but super long hike. It’s more like 13.2 miles to the lake and back and we didn’t even go all the way down to the lake.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful forested trail that pays off with the view of the lake. It’s tough but not overly so (I did this the day after doing the 18 mile Blanca Peak). People aren’t kidding about the road here...

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Did this as a day hike and didn’t love it. The walk to and back from Lake Como is awful. Plus, literally the whole 18 miles is huge rocks. I also don’t recommend taking your dog on this hike. The size of the rocks can’t be understated. If I did again I would camp at Lake Como and spend a few nights there.

hiking
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

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