hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Tried MTB’ing this trail around sunset. Had to get back on the road at the Philip Rivers campground...ascends from about 9k to 10k altitude and very rocky uphill climb after the fishing hole.

Nice trail. $9.00 cash per car to use park. We tried to park along the county rd to access the trail from the starting point listed on the map at around 12:00pm, unfortunately a ranger drove by and nicely asked us to park at the aspen campsite (even though many other non-ticketed cars were parked along the county road—just unlucky I guess). We were able to find parking at the aspen campsite, luckily. Busy memorial weekend. The fishing hole was somewhat busy, but partner and I didn’t have a tough time finding a spot to set up. Fishing however was awful. We got one sucker.. we saw one person catch something but it was small. Not sure if they have stocked it yet, could have been just an off day. The counter-clockwise hike killed me. But I am so out of shape and this was my first hike of the year! Beautiful though. Not too many people on the trail. Some bikers and some climbers. Bathrooms were open. Will go back!

hiking
4 days ago

Excellent conditions today. Trail is good, soft in areas but overall, well maintained. This stretch due to the rocky sections limit bikers, so plus there. Wear your MASK!

fee
rocky
4 days ago

Good trail not a lot of people was nice. Pond had a the most people to be expected. Very pretty hike with my wife and kid

hiking
snow
5 days ago

Overall a pretty great hike! So may things to see and the views are amazing. I started at St. Mary's. Once you get past the first incline from st. Mary's it levels out quite a bit and then you start the actual clime to James peak. Make sure you look for cairns to stay on the trail.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
6 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Love this trail. All bathrooms and visitor center CLOSED at Golden Gate (thanks COVID-19). Ranger not selling annual pass, only day pass. (Bring cash!) Started around 3p on 5/17... literally saw one other hiking couple. Everyone seemed to be congregating at Dude’s pond. Hike is not “difficult” IMO, but there are a few uphill sections. Really nice 3mi hike through mostly forest. Last October we saw lots of snow and even the snowshoe hare! Today it was 99% dry and lovely.

backpacking
closed
flooded
icy
muddy
snow
10 days ago

ohv/off road driving
11 days ago

Trail was quite fun. Ran into snow drifts about 4 miles in that were not passable.

hiking
rocky
11 days ago

Snowshoe Hare Trail was a nice little afternoon jaunt. I would actually categorize this as a (Colorado) Easy hike. What little elevation change there was happened very gradually except for about a 1/10th of a mile stretch of uphill just after Dude's Fishing Hole (hiking the loop clockwise). My girlfriend, who has had ankle injuries in the past, commented that a couple sections did have loose rocks on the trail that kept her attention off the scenery and on the trail for foot placement, but I would guess that less than a third of this short trail was rocky. The trail was generally well maintained and free of snow (on 5-17-20). The trail was well marked with Showshoe Hare footprints on posts with helpful signs at intersections that included distance to next campground/trailhead. The parking lot at the trailhead was full, so we parked behind another car on the shoulder. Despite the shoulder being sturdy, apparently used often for parking, and plenty wide so as to be well out of traffic, the park rangers politely asked that the vehicles parked on the shoulder not do so with a slip of paper -not a ticket- under the wiper. I did notice a truck parked that did appear to have a ticket. There's a $9 day use fee. You will definitely want to remember cash to pay at the clearly marked fee box/post and clearly display your tag in your windshield. The weather was beautiful on this Sunday we hiked, but I was surprised that the trail itself was not busier. We passed probably somewhere between 10 and 20 people and 3 mountain bikers on the 3 mile loop. There were a couple couples at Dude's Fishing Hole fishing and some climbers on ropes up on Dude's Throne above the pond. All in all, a great, peaceful hike less than an hour from Denver.

hiking
fee
11 days ago

Snow gone - nice hike

hiking
icy
no shade
snow
11 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Super snowy/icy! Definitely slick on the way down, but the view at the top is worth it!

ohv/off road driving
snow
1 month ago

This trail was closed for OHV on 4-11-2020 when we went. Trucks were blocking the routes. It looked to still have some snow on it. We couldn't tell if it was closed due to COVID or conditions. Hopefully can update the rating once I get on it this summer.

AS OF 4/6 - DUE TO COVID-19 ACCESS TO ALL OF E PORTAL RD/COUNTY RD 16 (IMMEDIATELY OFF HWY 119) IS RESTRICTED TO GILPIN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. All trailheads off that road (including 9 others at East Portal) are closed to non-residents. I did not see the markings on the truck, but either Sheriff or Parks and Wildlife are monitoring access to the road.

AS OF 4/6 - DUE TO COVID-19 ACCESS TO ALL OF E PORTAL RD/COUNTY RD 16 (IMMEDIATELY OFF HWY 119) IS RESTRICTED TO GILPIN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. All trailheads off that road (including 9 others at East Portal) are closed to non-residents. I did not see the markings on the truck, but either Sheriff or Parks and Wildlife are monitoring access to the road.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Hiked part of this (got 3 miles in) on 4/3. Spikes were sufficient until about 2.5-2.75 in and after that I think snow shoes would have been needed for the last part of it. Post holing and walking up that incline was exhausting! We got extremely lucky with literally 0 wind and it was absolutely beautiful. We saw someone get saved by search and rescue about 1 mike in climbing up a part off to the right hand side- I hope they’re okay. There were 7 search and rescue people on the trail starting to trek up the steep incline and another 10 in the parking lot.

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

Fantastic trek in winter conditions. Microspikes were fine for St. Mary's Glacier and the tundra plain beyond, but once you hit the steeper inclines, snowshoes or skins were a must. Fairly windy but not too insane. What a fun experience.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Hiked this on Sunday, 4/25, and skied off the top. Snow was crusty and hard to ski, but still manageable. Hiking up, was able to avoid post holing until the last two miles. The final half mile could be done almost entirely on rocks.

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

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