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Snow is pretty deep above 9500'. I posted a few times falling one of those times into more than 3' of snow, finding it difficult to get out!
Lower elevations have no snow, but the trail is slushy.
It was snowing during our entire 3-hour hike; started late, at 3 pm.
Snow shoes and hiking poles are advisable.
Pretty good hike. Deep snow makes it harder.
Got lost a couple of times.
Saw only 2 other hikers on the trail.
God willing, I plan to do it after the snow has melted, during summer/fall season.

We started at Nymph Lake, intending to go to Alberta Falls and beyond, but we’re clearly unprepared as the trails were so packed they were like ice. So we came to try Cub Lake trail’s lower elevation and were not disappointed! It’s fairly flat in the early going but before too long it climbs and affords some great scenery. The lake itself is gorgeous and we had it all to ourselves, probably due to some light snow/sleet but it was no problem. This is a great first-day hike for people looking to acclimate before taking one of the more challenging hikes at higher elevations.

Pretty boring trail, not a lot of access to the water, lots of people, little shade. I did enjoy seeing the goats though.

This was my first hiking experience in Colorado and I’ll never forget it. There are several scenic places along the trail that would each be worthy destinations. The last of the lakes on the trail, Emerald Lake, is a generous reward for a moderate half-day hike.

My out of shape friend from Texas did it and so can you. We had copious amounts of cured meats beforehand! And a banana cream pie.

Gorgeous hike. Can be heavy traffic on the weekend but still not bad. The view is worth the hike.

I loved this hike because it was a great workout with quick elevation gain. I also loved the scramble at the top. It’s not a heavy traffic trail which is always a bonus. Gorgeous views all the way up. I agree with other reviews about not doing this trail when there is moisture due to steep incline with a lot of loose rock and it can be slippery. The trail is closest to entrance 4 of red rocks and not clearly marked but I finally found it :) will be doing this one often.

This is a great hike for beginners I would consider it easy not moderate. But great with kids and family. It is an excellent spot for a picnic lunch also.

Lovely!

Really beautiful hike close to town. Best in spring or fall when the weather is cooler.

hiking
10 hours ago

Perfect

mountain biking
13 hours ago

We love biking out here! Great views for little work.

Beautiful day on the trail. Even though this is ranked moderate it’s a tough one. The views from the arch are incredible.

13 hours ago

It was so worth it!

hiking
14 hours ago

My Girlfriend and I completed this monster on 4/20/18! It was definitely a work out and the change in altitude was intense! First time in Colorado and doing a hike! The trail down was breathtaking as well! We Walked and Jogged it!

Lovely hike along the creek. The parking lot is up the mountain after Helen Hunt Falls. Hike through the gate then follow that dirt road until you see a little brown 622 marker on the right. Take that for Seven Bridges. if you keep going up on the main dirt road you'll end up at St.Mary's Falls

off road driving
16 hours ago

Just did this loop with a 2001 Xterra with 31" A/T tires and a 3" lift. Most of the trail was a breeze, but the section with the sunken car and a few climbs after it felt a little hairy. Very fun though, but be smart, be careful. The section near the car still has ice on the ground and is sloped toward the mud pit. It blows my mind that car even attempted driving out there...

17 hours ago

Good trail, had a little bit of everything- slight inclines in open areas to rocky climbs in the trees. Great view from the top!

Hardly a hike but of course beautiful. Crowded due to tourism but what can you do, it’s quite the sight to see.

Wonderful challenging trail. Would like to come back and backpack sometime.

Absolutley one of my favorite trails to frequent, beautiful place fore lunch amount the rocks in the river.

hiking
18 hours ago

Went Sunday 15th of April.

Not sure why trail marked is called forgotten valley. It does through forgotten valley (Trail is called burro trail.) but take you up to windy peak.

We took this way coming down, but went to the right on the first fork, taking us up mountain lion, the trek up was beautiful and challenging, the way down (through forgotten valley) was rewarding.

I suggest taking this loop, because going up on the forgotten valley side to windy peaks gets pretty steep near the end.

Whole loop for us was 5.9 miles. Beautiful views. Ate lunch at the top of windy peak was gorgeous. Will be coming back to backpack this summer.

trail running
18 hours ago

Started at the Buffalo Mesa Trailhead and did a loop south along Second Creek trail under 104th ave bridge through the open space to the bridge under 96th ave and back to the trailhead. Lots of prairie dogs, lots of birds hanging around chirping away. A few other runners and dog walkers but quiet for the most part. I think the city is trying to green up the area as most of it is open prairie and some dirt/scrub areas. Wide, open, and flat trail to run, walk, or bike along near all the neighborhoods and shopping centers.

Beautiful views. Save some energy for the final summit! We brought our two pups with us. Make sure to keep them close as the descend back down those rocks can be tricky! The red trail markers are a huge help. Look for those once you get to the summit beginning sign. Will definitely do this one again. Absolutely stunning.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Aspen area.....it’s the perfect trail that starts with a climb through the forest, than turns into a single track that slowly rises through a picture perfect meadow. A small stream crossing and a very pretty water fall. All followed up with a very steep climb through the alpine tundra.... this hike for us was both physically and mentally challenging. Pack water water water-bring salty snacks and sweets.... to keep your self fueled. We started around 10:30 and there were only 4 other cars there. We ended up being the last ones to hike out.....even though we left Grizzly Lake before some fishermen but they passed us on the way down. Kinda left me feeling weary.... I can’t recall being so isolated on a trail before... I would have felt better had I seen a trail box to sign in before the start of our hike. (Hiked mid August 2017)

camping
22 hours ago

Can you camp overnight on this trail?

great hike. limited parking

hiking
1 day ago

some trails on the upper part aren't open yet, but you can still get a decent distance on the lower part. it is easy, dry, and quite relaxing.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail with spectacular views of Estes Park and the Rockies! Worth every step!

My favorite trail in Pagosa! If you catch it right there are some beautiful fairy flowers end of May early June.

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