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Grizzly Peak and Cupid Peak via Mount Sniktau Trail and Loveland Pass

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Arapaho National Forest

Grizzly Peak and Cupid Peak via Mount Sniktau Trail and Loveland Pass is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dillon, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 2,631 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Skiing Snowshoeing Bird watching Views Muddy Rocky Scramble Snow
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Grizzly Peak D via Cupid from Loveland Pass.

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Alex Dalfonso
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Great hike. You’re able to hit Sniktau on the way out to make it 3, 13ers. I put this as difficult for 2 reasons; the wind was ridiculous. To the point of pushing me off the trail just walking. But having to summit Cupid twice takes its toll. Awesome views the whole way, good challenge ascending and descending the whole way. The last push to Grizzly is steep, but a ton of tiny switchbacks to make it much more approachable. Have fun and be safe!

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Maddy Caviness
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I didn't turn right after I got up the first incline and went the wrong way for a half mile before I figured it out... this trail is 100% above tree line. Hiked 10/9 and really appreciated my gloves and jackets. the multiple peaks is pretty mentally tiring but the views at the peaks are worth it

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Caleb Bennett
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Hiked 9/27. Not TERRIBLY challenging, but strenuous at parts. Trail got a bit confusing just prior to the descent of Cupid. We went too far right, instead of staying left towards the base of Grizzlys. Sumitting Cupid twice kinda sucked, was crazy windy so bring layers. Incredible 360 views

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sourav biswas
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Mario Ascoli
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

This is a good but strenuous hike for those who like to be above the timberline and at high altitude. It starts at a little less than 12,000 ft, it climbs 1000 ft in about a mile and then is a bit of an up and down rollercoaster until you get to Grizzly. Be sure to turn right (W/SW) at the first large cairn you see as you go up the trail (I uploaded a recording of my hike). The trail is, for the most part readily visible and not so bad, but it has some loose dirt and rocks in places and it can get a little rocky, especially towards the summit of Grizzly where you have to scramble a bit. This can be strenuous but not scary. It was particularly strenuous for us though because we hiked on a very windy day.

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Jeff Stevens
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Steve Walter
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Jenny Su-Conner
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Did this Monday Sept 14. Got to the parking at just after 9am. Only a few cars parked. When heading up the first mountain, don't forget the "shortcut" on the right by the large cairn if you want to start heading towards Cupid and bypass the first mountain. We continued after Cupid to head to Grizzly. Cupid was easy but getting to Grizzly was a little more work, and as we got to the bottom of Grizzly and the trail ended, we started to scramble up. We did this for a bit until we finally gave up because it just felt dangerous, to me at least. We're from sea level and not seasoned hikers (though we've been doing some hiking for almost a week at that point, easy/short and hard hikes every other day). We had to take a lot of rests during the scramble, and as I mentioned, I feared for my life. I had some Merrell hiking shoes on, but maybe if I had crampons or something for traction, it would have helped. If I remember correctly, most of the scramble had snow (packed down and not fresh). I'd like to try it again when it's summer if I'm able to come back. I think it's definitely doable. We backed down off Grizzly and went towards Sniktau. Bypassed the false summit and made it there and back down to the car at just after 8pm. A nice challenge but nothing too difficult. Probably would have been even easier had we not gone all the way to Grizzly and back and just did Cupid and Sniktau. Glad we did try Grizzly though because now I at least know what it's like. Passed a few people on the whole hike, maybe 10 people.

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Jeanine Dubato
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Hiked on 9/12. Views on this trail are stunning! There is snow on Grizzly which made the climb up the summit even harder. The last pitch up Grizzly is a steap rock scramble. Very rewarding getting to the top and seeing Grays and Torreys right there. The hike itself is very up and down. Keep in mind that you will summit Cupid twice so make sure your legs are ready. Overall, I loved this hike! Enjoy!

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Brett Drevlow
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Conditions after the storm at this point: little to no snow short of the final push up grizzly. Microspikes would be a goood idea for that final push.

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Mary Pierson
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It was Smokey today from the fires. Too bad. Usually great views!

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James Stanley
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pretty easy hike first peak is probably the worst. finished in 3hr 30 mins. little bit of running involved

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Pamela Reno
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It was a rare cloudless day, full of sun and mild wind. We enjoyed meeting several on the trail, but it was a pretty light day as far as foot traffic goes. As everyone mentioned before there are a lot of ups and downs on this trail. Rated correctly. But definitely worth it! We enjoyed seeing the wild life including a mountain goat!

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Claire V
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Super beautiful hike. Windy. We parked at loveland pass. Got there at 6AM and the lot was 75% full. Windy hike -- bring layers! Hike was moderate, we brought a big dog (who was in his element on this trail, although little dogs seemed to be huffing and puffing). Made it to the summit of Grizzly in 2 hours. At the summit you can see Torreys and Grays. A couple of hikers were continuing along the back route to Torreys. Total distance and vert were a little higher than what all trails said. My GPS had us at 6.29 miles and 2,963 elevation gain.

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Kevin Cleaves
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Fantastic trail with great views at the top! Definitely a challenging route, with all the ups and downs. The scramble up to Grizzly Peak looks worse that it is, but it's not easy. We got there shortly after 7 AM on a Sunday and had to park at the second lot (0.25 miles one-way to the trailhead). It was windy and cold most of the hike, and on the way down the wind got very strong. Definitely do this hike in the morning in case it gets too windy in the afternoon.

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Kat McElhinney
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Great hike!! Hard!! But amazing!

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Stephanie Ingraham
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Jenna Z
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HikingGreat!
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Dawn Barnett
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Hiking

Great workout and the trail is nicely laid out. Great way to summit 2 peaks!! Weather was sunny and the smoke is clearing quickly.

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Christopher M
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steep and punchy. A bit smokey right now though.

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Gina Zuniga
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HikingGreat!

The trail was nice and steep. Not too long but good views despite the smoke that is definitely visible. In the morning it was thick and later the wind picked up and got better for views. The parking lot was full at 8 am.

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