We didn't do the full loop but it seemed like we did because we went halfway and then turned around so the scenery was different. It was an OK trail. Challenging in areas. A wind storm was starting around 4 so we had to hurry it up. Started at Dakota Ridge toward Red Rocks and then turned around. Lots of snow and ice.
Beautiful views! A little busy- even for a Monday in the middle of February. There were no icy or snowy parts when I went. I started with the red rocks trail and ended coming back up Dakota Ridge trail- the last couple miles were definitely challenging!
The Dakota Ridge side was ok. It was not as remote as I like with views of freeways and car noise. The trail was rugged but not a terrible hike. The Red Rocks trail was better with more people but better views. I would probably do an out and back on the Red Rocks trail if I did this hike again.