hiking
snow
17 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

4/9/20 trail was steep to begin with! gets muddy towards the top with snow melt so be prepared!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

it's on the harder side of moderate but it is a great hike. some really good views. Brought my dogs with me and they loved it, there is enough shade for them. Would recommend

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Great trail! Snow packed, so would recommend microspikes and poles since a lot of it is at an incline. Beautiful views all around!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

We took our two small dogs up this trail. They had a blast! The view at the top was pretty cool. We are novice climber. Not quite beginners, but not nearly in shape enough to do more than 3.4 miles. Was fun!

Loved this hike! Definitely would rate this trail as moderate due to the steepness. Did this with my two pups - 5 mo and 11 mo old - and my boyfriend. We had no problems! Easy to follow and lots of parking when we got there.

This is an awesome hiking trail. Very beautiful views all the way up. Summit is really cool! Red mountains, rocky ridge. Tons of animals poop on the trail ( bear and mountain lion) but we were lucky enough not to see them;)

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Wonderful trail with unreal views! VERY steep though - made the mistake of choosing it as my first hike in Colorado with zero conditioning... my legs are quite sore. Took my pup with me and she loves it! Definitely wear your hiking boots and be sure to look back every once in a while. The view will take your breath away!

hiking
8 months ago

It is a very steep up and then down. The locals use this as their workout before and after work. Nice trail. Once I got to the “locals top” I thought the trail was a bit uninteresting and tough to follow. I think best for a quick way to get your heart rate up, see cute dogs, and come back down. About 2 hours total for me. Younger people can whip this out in 1.5 hours or less.

hiking
10 months ago

Took us 1hr45mins to get to top, both in early fifties and in fair to good shape Had to stop over ten times, usually don’t stop and rest at all on moderately rated trails so this is at least moderate-hard. Last 4/10 of a mile is pretty strenuous. Not a lot to look at on the way up. Good trail runner spot, just ok for hikers. View at top is nice but not great Tip: sticks are helpful on descent as easy to slide

Great trail, well marked good condition. It is steep for the first 1/3 and last 1/3, a pleasant, invigorating effort. The views at the top are stunning. The hike back down can be a bit challenging due to the steep grade and loose dirt/gravel; easy to slip. Many other hikers on the trail had poles, and I saw how that might be a good idea.

hiking
bugs
off trail
11 months ago

I did the entire 20+ mile trail and there are some important things to note. First, there is a spring drizzling out of a pipe over a trough around 7.4 miles in. This is the only source of water. Secondly, DO NOT follow the AllTrails path after this point. Instead use the visual cues set up by rangers (stick and logs, etc) to guide you to the end. The old route is blocked by fallen trees, goes over dangerous crumbling rock slides, and is very very easy to lose. I went this way coming back and deeply regretted it.

hiking
Fri May 24 2019

Beautiful hike. Steep from the trailhead to the overlook but a wonderful view. Continued on for maybe 6 miles into the 10 before turning back. No snow, not wet at all, good conditions. We turned around after seeing a brown-colored bear from maybe 50m away, but we were both minding our business.

hiking
Wed May 15 2019

The trail is dry and good to go up to the overlook. I didn’t hike any further then that.

hiking
Tue Apr 23 2019

A bit of an incline on the way out.

hiking
muddy
snow
Tue Apr 09 2019

Hiked in early April, some spots snowy and muddy but overall good hike as long as you are wearing hiking boots! Nice views of aspen highlands and buttermilk!

Ass kicking great 1 3/4 hour out and back hike from trail head.

hiking
Sat Aug 11 2018

Very good! Took me 35 min.

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2018

I was pretty surprised at the high rating for this trail. Coming from Basalt, the first 1.6 miles are a great climb that end on a large open area; you are rewarded with fantastic views down valley. The next mile is an easy uphill climb where the views improve slightly at a few small lookouts. After that, this hike is bland. The trail is flat and fully exposed—no tree cover, only small thorny shrubs. There are no comfortable stopping points, or large rock groupings to rest for a snack. I didn’t take any pictures, as most of the area was dry open fields of shrubs. If you come from the Basalt area, stop at the first overlook and save your day for another activity.

backpacking
Fri Jun 29 2018

Note that directions to this trail take you to the Thomas Lakes TH, not the Hay Park TH. That's fine, because following the trail will take you to the Hay Park TH. First and maybe best thing about this trail is the abundance of water to filter. 3 large streams and a half dozen other smaller ones mean you won't have to resort to filtering muck or hauling excessive amounts of water... a big plus. First 1.5 miles is moderate, and the rest is easy. Mix of thick aspens, meadows of wildflowers and a few spots of expansive views gives the trail a nice mix. The large volume of butterflies is worth noting. The trail shares a bit of private land and it is possible you may share the trail with a herd of cows. We didn't see any on day 1, but on day 2 we followed them on the trail for an hour and had to dodge fresh droppings. While most of the trail is easy to follow, there are a few spots on the Hay Park TH side where the cows have made their own trail and it is possible you could end up off the trail and not know it

hiking
Sun Jun 17 2018

Spectacular views!

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