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The uphill climb is hard but micro spikes and poles helped. Well worth the view at the top. From the waterfall to the lake, you gain some elevation but amazing views. We jumped in once we got there, very refreshing! Climb up on the side a little to get an awesome shot of the lake.

Rode this clockwise (SR to BL to MC) - steady climb on trail that was not too technical and no hike-a-bike sections. Final three miles of downhill went too fast, as it always does. There were some snowy spots, but not icy, so I could still manage on a mountain bike. I might prefer this counter-clockwise to grind out the climb and enjoy a 4-ish mile descent. The middle offers a saddleback with about 300 feet down to the Old Mill Site and 300 feet back up over the next hill. Tracking with Runkeeper shows 9.25 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain.

hiking
1 day ago

Took about 4 hours to do out and back, great weather and the trail was deserted.

Pretty snowy right now. Not much ice yet though. I would recommend some gaiters and microspikes though. Parking is easy and the roads are clear to the trail head.

trail running
1 day ago

Gorgeous, fun Winter trail run. I wore Kahtoola micro spikes for sure footing. Pretty views on a runnable Winter trail.

Great hike, the parking lot of Brainard Lake is closed so we walked 2 miles up the road to the lake. Didn’t need yak traks or anything just hiking boots were fine. It was very windy, deep snow in some spots. Great views! Not very many people either for a Sunday.

hiking
1 day ago

We really enjoyed this as a late Fall hike. I imagine this is probably the best time of year to do this hike; the summer would probably be pretty hot because of the lack of shade. Hall Ranch is a very popular mountain biking spot, but you'd never know from this trail, as it's closed to bikes. It's a very quiet trail - far enough away from the highway and bikes on neighboring trails. Lots of deer. Good length, but not too hard. Nice views of Longs/Meeker/Twin Sisters at the end!

Beautiful trail with lots of awesome views of the foothills. Also looks like a mini garden of the gods in places.

We were first people on the trail and had to do some route finding. Got off the trail a couple of times. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

Highly recommend!!! Views are great once you get above the tree line.

Not as popular as the Castle and Meadow trails. Nice and quiet trail with some fun elevation change. I took a detour at the Tower trail for the view up top. Fun hike!

amazing workout. plenty of divine views. a tad slick on the way down but otherwise perfect day!

on Estes Cone Trail

1 day ago

We wore spikes and gators today. Pretty easily followed the well-placed cairns to the summit.