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This is an easy trail with a big and beautiful payoff! So worth the short hike. The views are breathtaking! Just watch out for of the ground is covered in ice in the winter.

Beautiful scenic view at the very end. Aspens just happened to be turning. Gorgeous! ♡

Very short trail but definitely an upwards hike. Once you get to the end the view is outstanding! You can even hear the rushing river below. Very good meditation spot. ♡

hiking
7 hours ago

Always a great trail! Made it to chasm/longs peak split late in the day. Choose your own adventure above tree line. Spikes/yaktrax and snowpants are a must. Only ran into one other couple on the trail. They called the hike down to chasm spicy and said ice axe/trekking poles were def needed to break the trail.

hiking
7 hours ago

We hiked all the way to Chasm lake today. After tree line there are several tracks that diverge and we didn’t find the main trail for a while on the way up and down. After Chasm Junction, we had to break trail. This section was a little spicy and I wouldn’t recommend doing it without micro spikes and an ice axe. My husband had his crampons and I had microspikes. We both had ice axes and were happy to have the gear. There’s plenty of opportunity for postholing and I’d recommend gaiters also. However, it was a gorgeous day and we had fun.

Beautiful views. As a senior I thought the trail was moderately hard. Walking sticks are a must.

Just amazing! This trail kicked my tail, if it’s during the snow months bring micro spikes. There was a lot of ice making for an adventurous trip back down. The views and scenery breathtaking.

hiking
8 hours ago

Nice open trail. Beautiful views of the surrounding foothills and mountains. Very easy paths some rocky places but nothing too bad. Good mixture of uphill and flat areas. Nice hike without having to go too far from the city. Great day for it, is definitely a spring, fall, winter hike, no shade. Will be back again.

Went during Thanksgiving week with a few inches of snow. Only did the water front. Winter wonderland!!

Nice trail steady incline, neat old mine at top and beautiful views along the way

hiking
10 hours ago

Great hike, I would agree with another poster that it’s moreso easy rather than moderate. There were a few icy spots, but we were fine without our spikes. Beautiful views, well maintained trail—I would come back.

always has been a great ride if you are a native to the area like me you've written this Trail since before it was improved. there is always something to see there is usually wildlife and there are still some unimproved bits of the trail that are worth exploring west of Chatfield Reservoir! enjoy the ride mostly flat and easy for anyone to hike and ride for a quick getaway.

hiking
15 hours ago

I went a couple days ago with a friend and my 3 year old. The beginning of the hike was snow packed I think it was about 1030 am. Wishing we would’ve gone earlier in the day because by the time we were on the back end of the loop the snow began melting (was a beautiful 50 some degrees) and it began to get Really muddy and slippery. I would suggest hiking poles and going earlier rather than later in the day

hiking
15 hours ago

Lots of snow on trail but was easy to walk. Beautiful day yesterday!

Southern trailhead is CLOSED due to the fires this summer. The road is blocked off and there are posted warnings of jail time for trail use.

Parking for this trailhead is hard to locate. You can park on Depot street between 2nd and 3rd avenues. This trailhead and the Meadowlark trailhead are right there. There is no parking lot.

Extremely beautiful!!! Make sure once you hit the first lake, to keep going. Did this hike over the summer and was beautiful the whole way! Not sure what the blue bomber is speaking of! Peaceful and gorgeous.

Great trail, the snow and ice made it a little difficult.
JK 2dr on 37’s with 4.88’s and lockers. If there is snow, put a winch on your jeep

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful easy trail, but very popular among tourists so get there early!

hiked this trail today! reaching the summit was impossible. i did not have snow snoes, but dont think they would have made much of a difference. still incredible views and an awesome hike! want to do this one again in the summer :)

LOVED this trail. snowy, icy, and absolutely beautiful! not much effort.

Hiked this trail on 11/17/18 to Elk Falls. The trail is broad and extremely easy to follow, and I would rate this is more of an easy rather than moderate hike. Saw several elk about a mile in, both hiking out and back. It’s mostly open/not heavily forested, and part of the trail follows along the service road for the park. The SR trail was largely bereft of snow; however, the BE and CR trails were covered, although not heavily. Had microspikes, but didn’t use them. The only somewhat challenging part was descending down to see the falls, and trekking poles would be nice for that, as well as for parts of the service road that are covered in snow.

Great day hike, well traveled to gem lake. Ice on some of the switchbacks. Less traveled but still easy to navigate the trail to balanced rock. Yaktrax were beneficial in ice and snow covered areas. 11/19/18

Lots of snow drifts! The cairns mentioned below were covered coming up the mountain, but visible on the way down. That being said, the crossing was a bit of a “choose your own adventure” situation: forget the trail and try to stay out of the drifts as you make your way towards the pass. Snowshoes would be helpful but bring a map, poles, microspikes and gaiters/snowpants at the minimum. Great views and lots of fun

hiking
1 day ago

Amazingly beautiful on a quiet Wednesday. The trail was icy in many spots, especially between Dream Lake and Emerald Lake. We had crampons that made the hike a lot easier!

Absolutely beautiful.

Great view, really easy loop.

Decent trail once you get there. Nov 19 and the road was closed to cars. About a mile hike to get to the trailhead.

Attempted to hike this trail, however about one mile into the trail where you will be doing a lot of rock climbing the trail was very slick/icy. Since I didn't have my micro spikes had to turn around. Highly recommend crampons or micro spikes due to most of the trail is tree covered and the ice/snow will be there for awhile.

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hiking
1 day ago

This trail was perfect for me coming from where I live (low elevation, not many hills). The views aren’t spectacular but its convenient to Highland Ridge and I enjoyed winding between the scrub and little snow drifts. It was a bit muddy in places. Should have packed a bag for my boots and another pair of shoes to keep the car clean.

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