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snowshoeing
snow
4 days ago

DO NOT TRY TO TAKE GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE WITH MOUNTAIN BASE ROAD IT'S CLOSED! Did half this hike on 1/12/19. Snow packed trail approx 4-8 inches great for snow shoeing but can be done with yak tracks! Did the trail clockwise and there's a pretty decent incline about 1/3rd of the way in. Didn't make it to panaroma point due to starting really late but I would highly recommend and am planning to go back soon!

8 days ago

Can’t comment on the actual hike yet. Went on 1/13/18 and the gate was closed so the road to the trailhead was not accessible! Not sure if it is closed for the winter or just because of the recent snow.

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off road driving
14 days ago

2011 Xterra 1.5 Lift 33" Tires

Made it up all the way until the rocky steep incline obstical. I was able to get up the incline about half way before the ice kept us from moving forward. the bypass is so slick there is no way around it. I had to turn around but we still had fun. saw another Tahoe that turned around as well. I could of made it if I winched it up but since I came alone and was fully loaded with passengers I decided not to risk it.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful winter day. No need for spikes, just a couple of inches of snow in the shadows. Nice long stretches of up and down. Pretty quiet, most dogs on leash like they’re supposed to be.

Good trail but the end of the loop took us out on the road so must not be well marked. Some snow on the trail but didn't need additional traction.

Nice peaceful hike in the winter. You are in the trees a lot of the time but it is so pretty. Barely any snow left on 1/4/19, didn’t even need yaktrax! Didn’t see a single person on the trail on a Friday afternoon.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this Christmas Eve morning and had the trail to ourselves. There is trail erosion towards the west end of the loop near Panorama Point from overuse. But rest of trail is in good shape. The ranger told us he saw two moose on the trail earlier that morning. We didn’t but will come again. A lovely state park.

hiking
21 days ago

Unfortunately, not enough snow to warrant snowshoes but found trekking poles helpful with the rolling terrain. The trail is accessible by parking on the road and walking a short distance to the campground. The trail is very well marked and it was a pleasant surprise to find the restrooms open. Nice views at Dude's Fishing Hole.

hiking
28 days ago

Did Raccoon today from panorama point. Roads were all dry, no 4x4 needed. Not sure the other comment about access roads being closed - this time of year you have to enter from the West public road entrance anyways.
Trail was good. Some packed snow but mostly dry...Didn't need spikes and definitely don't need snowshoes.

Access road is closed as of 12/21

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Don't let the 8 mile distance deceive you, steep elevation gain and constant winds make this hike a challenging and fun winter hike. Definitely recommend micro spikes and crampons. Snowshoes aren't really necessary.

The trail basically has 4 parts: the lake, the glacier, the tundra, and the peak. Immediately you start to gain elevation as you hike up to St. Mary's Lake, but nothing too difficult. The first steep climb is up St. Mary's Glacier where you begin to notice the constant wind. This is where I went from just micro spikes to crampons with patches of ice along the climb. Though there's not much elevation climb, the trek across the wide open tundra is made challenging by the constant wind. I stayed comfortable and warm by leaving no exposed skin, however I still had to work hard as I was facing a constant headwind. I didn't it make it all the way up to the peak, stopping at a rocky outcrop before turning around. If I wasn't by myself and my phone hadn't died, I would've pressed onward. Definitely a doable winter summit hike, just be prepared!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 12/8

40-50mph sustained winds. Party of 3 with avalanche gear, rescue equip and all the layers. Glad we had it. We got about halfway through the long saddle before realizing we not only couldn’t visualize the destination by then, but also were getting some wicked frostbite on the covered areas of our faces. We made the right decision to turn back and do some rescue practice when...

Avalanche occurred on steep face of st Mary’s on our return. We spent some time on the NW side of the glacier practicing rescues and arrests. On our way down noticed a large rescue squad who mentioned an avalanche occurred minutes earlier. Visibility was 20-30ft so we didn’t believe them until we looked at the lake bed from a plateau....we knew the terrain and not to hike this area because of the risk, and boy are we glad.

Great place to practice, but even here you need to be aware. Forecast on avalanches were low-moderate risk, but the very strong winds this weekend created a cornice that when broken by a skier above, unleashed a sizable slide.

STAY TO THE RIGHT as you head up the glacial drainage, bring all the gear and make your decisions before it’s too late.

Without the wind destroying our little bit of exposed skin, it would have been a pleasant ~5 hour trek. It was a great shortened summit to the top of St. Mary’s and the two mountains on each side of the glacier. Difficult but not insane. Crampons, snowshoes, pole and maybe and axe recommended. 10-30” in most places.

Not for tourists visitors, but also not only for seasoned veterans. Somewhere in between with emphasis on basic mountain safety knowledge.

hiking
1 month ago

loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Very well-marked trail even with snow cover, limited tracks and windy conditions. Virtually no need for a map or snow shoes, wore typical ankle-high boots and insulated hiking pants. Averaged 2-6” of icy-topped snow. Hike was not difficult and not moderate: it’s very much a “state park” designated difficulty, over inflated and catered to tourists rather than experienced hikers. Would peg it at “easy,” for those who generally hike 7-10+ miles on their runs with 2k+ gains. Saw some moose tracks as well, road closed before campsites for access only adds 0.2 miles. No one else on trail, but we hiked at the beginning of a storm in very high winds. Took a little over an hour with no breaks.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail starts out at an easy 450 foot slow descent. About 1.6 miles into it, the trail starts to ascend back up about 500-550 feet. Overall, the trail was easy to hike with our family including my son on my back and the slight snow conditions from a week ago that is now compacted into some icy spots. Recommend wearing hiking boots that can grip the snow/ice. Has a couple of great views along with it! The total trail length according to my Garmin watch was about 2.8-2.9 miles. Unfortunately we did not spot any big wild life, only squirrels.

2 months ago

Great hike, not super challenging. The trail was covered in snow 75% of the time, I wore my hiking shoes and did just fine not too slippery. Beautiful view, I throughly enjoyed it!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice hike in the fresh snow. The tracks from the previous reviewer were already almost completely covered, but navigation wasn't too difficult. One of the bindings on my snowshoes broke, so it made for an interesting time, but I managed to semi-repair. I also saw some moose tracks. This trail definitely doesn't deserve the hard designation. I'd put it at moderate.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Loved this trail, perfect for snowshoeing, especially in the fresh beautiful snow. I’d guess there was 6-7” of snow throughout the trail. Less under tree cover. We did the whole 3.1 mile loop in about 2 hours. The road was closed at Aspen Meadows road before the camp so it added a bit to the hike, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Felt like a moderate hike for my girlfriend and I, and my 10 year old dog. One person had previously tracked it out in the snow already which made it easier to find from the trailhead & route, the trail map in Pro version was also helpful for finding the trailhead. Otherwise, for an adventure seeker, I’m sure it’s not that hard to find. The tree canopy also probably helps provide some way-finding if you’re not sure which way to go. My girlfriend opted to leave her snowshoes in the car and said she didn’t miss them. She just had on waterproof winter knee-high boots. I wore snow shoes and ankle boots, forgot my gators, darn, but was also just fine. Thanks to my wool socks. Love it when there’s enough snow to finally wear my snow shoes, this is a place I will have to come back to! And we didn’t see another single sole on a snowy Veterans Day Sunday!

nature trips
2 months ago

Great views. Lovely wildflowers. Plenty of spots to stop for rest on the steeper parts. We were at Panorama Point for sunset (driving up) earlier this week and heard a mountain lion snarling!
Keep your dogs on a leash for sure! Also, if you’re going to bag the dog poo, take the bag with you! Leaving the bagged poo defeats the purpose of cleaning up after your pet!

2 months ago

Amazing! I agree to go clockwise like everyone else said. It was a pretty steep incline, but after that it was not bad at all. The views were absolutely stunning.

2 months ago

Good for a local front range trail.. some hard packed snow near panorama.

on Raccoon Trail

2 months ago

Gorgeous trail with a variety of different scenery along the way. Breathtaking landscapes, easy to follow, some decent hills to hike.

It had some nice views. We went at the end of October and it was pretty cold so bring jackets. Some snow was off the trail but not on the trail. Not very difficult hike.

2 months ago

Hiked 10/29/18. This is probably one of the most beautiful trails I’ve done. But it is definitely hard! I would say this is probably one of the last good days to do the trail. There was 2+ ft of snow in some areas, winds were 30+ mph at the top, and after the glacier, it isn’t well traveled enough to follow a trail easily especially with snow on the ground.. - if you plan on doing this in the near future, *definitely* pack gaiters, spikes, and a GPS/AllTrails Pro. Oh and $5 cash or check to pay for parking.

off road driving
2 months ago

Taco, 2.5” Lift, 33s

Fairly narrow in spots with a few semi-difficult features, most of which have an alternative route. A stock truck/SUV would be capable enough for the majority of the trail. In terms of narrowness, it’s not narrow enough to pull in the mirrors but it’s narrow enough to add some light scratches. Wouldn’t bring a big truck in there. First 3 miles-ish are pretty slow moving, but it opens up just as you encounter a nice view.

Connects to a network of trails accessed from Apex Rd. Note: there is one small section of the trail that has been blocked off. When you encounter it, use the AllTrails map to take the shortest path around (pretty intuitive).

Not the most challenging or scenic trail, but it’s a good trail with relatively quick access from the front range. I would rate this trail as moderate, considering the alternative routes for most features.

hiking
2 months ago

If you’re looking for a peaceful hike through a forest with some stunning views of peaks but don’t want to give up a lazy Saturday, this hike is perfect. Not too far from Denver and a good workout!

hiking
2 months ago

I agree with going clockwise so then you get the panoramic stopping point to have a snack close to the end.

off road driving
2 months ago

Both my stock 96 Cherokee and stock 00 explorer did this trail without any issues. who set the rating for this trail?

Beautiful !

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