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GORGEOUS. no one is after the glacier. great hike!

Great trail. It took my dogs and I about an hour and a half to complete from the campground. will definitely do it again. It's a plus that the aspens are changing right now!!

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail - well maintained and clearly marked. I got there at 6:50 on Tuesday and didn’t see a single other person the whole hike. Sunrise was technically at 6:45, but since the trail is in a valley I walked in shade almost the entire time. The aspens are beautiful right now! I took another hiker’s advice and went clockwise. It was nice to get the short, rocky uphill bursts out of the way at the beginning. There a really gorgeous spot where the trail opens to a panoramic view just before you get to the actual “Panorama Point.” Other than that there’s not many views, but the hike was still lovely.

hiking
6 days ago

nice day hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Enjoyed the views at Panorama Point. Also, there were some golden aspens which is why we went. Beautiful location and a good loop.
Some inclines may slow down the pace but overall a manageable hike (even for a four year old) in its entirety.
I recommend going clockwise so that you have dirt instead of big gravel when going downhill.

We were not ready for this trail however it was well worth it! The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful and easy trail with lots of golden aspens and pine trees. Panoramic Point has two lovely photo opportunities and a great view! Perfect for a quick hike when you don’t want to drive super far from Denver. Not much elevation gain and the trail is well marked. We did a late Saturday afternoon hike and found parking easily. Trail not overly crowded. We brought our Great Dane and it was a perfect amount of walking and tree cover for him.

hiking
8 days ago

Decent hike, nice views but not much of a creek during the summer. Fairly good inclines, brought a toddler and had to carry her a good amount.

Leaves are turning! Lots of families on the trail. Started at panorama point and went counter clockwise, best views at the start and finish.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike with my 9 year old dog on a Friday. I was surprised there wasn't a lot of traffic on the trail. The leaves are changing so it's a beautiful time of year to go. A couple uphills but a fairly easy hike. The trail is well marked with lots of areas where you have to decide where to turn.

hiking
9 days ago

Great views. Moderately difficult hike.

Great views in route and at summit. The trail presented is not accurate at 4wd road crossing. There are only wilderness signs on west side of road, no trail today. We took the 4wd road north to an established trail that goes west and merges to a summit trail. Another trail descends from simmit towards Alice. We explored that route and haf to tske with an unmarked and closed 4wd trail that goes east towards st marys and the illustrated trail. We eventually went off trail to go east and find the trail to st marys. The all trails presentation might be a snowshoe route or an older route before wilderness designation closed a trail.

hiking
11 days ago

The aspen a currently turning, still a few more weeks left to enjoy a h colors. The tall upper canopy are already golden, while lower groves are still green. The vistas, once reached are stunning.

Not a technically difficult hike, but anticipate intermittently steep climbs which may leave you winded.

Beautiful terrain, very little foot traffic. I was the only one hiking this trail for the first couple hours this morning. I left St Mary’s trailhead at 7:15am and summited around 9:45. Beyond the St Mary’s trail it was tough to navigate the proper James Peak trail but there is a big dirt road that you can veer to the left and eventually find the smaller trail on the right for James Peak. Once on the trail, it was very well maintained and easy to navigate. I’ve lived in CO all my life and hiked lots of 14ers but I enjoyed this 13er the most!!! Beautiful and stunning views!!

Hiked this trail on 9/12 from Panorama Point with a 4 month old puppy. We decided to go counter clockwise which meant some really challenging hiking down the mountain. We completed the hike in just under 1.5 hours. The leaves are turning and have about another week before they are completely gone. Pay close attention to the signs on trail as there are several offshoots Great little mid-week trail!

hiking
13 days ago

This trail is a very well marked and well kept trail. It has a wide variety of different landscapes to see along the way. And an amazing panoramic halfway through the hike. If you are looking for a nice couple hour hike this one is great.

I literally felt like I had reached a pot of gold at the end of the Moon and Gamble Gulch trail in Black Hawk, Colorado. Not because there was some fantastic view at the end of the trial, no ending climax here, instead the entire length of the trail was a wave of emotions fueled in part by anxiety, quick thinking, heavy breaking and most of all a ludicrous amount of profanity worthy of any fine pirate vessel; what was my pot of gold then? Getting out without a single scratch, dent, or broken part in what I undoubtedly thought would be the day I would roll off of a narrow one way road.
Would I do it again you ask? Does a Pirate drink rum?

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Did it for the first time this past weekend. Moon gulch definitely sketched me out where it's all leaning to the edge but I made it no problem in my xj. There are lots of offshoots to the main trail so this could have a lot of potential for camping and such. Only saw 2 FJ's on the trail. Not the most fun in my opinion but it's a nice area.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful day. We started out late to avoid crowd. Having done some trails in this state park, I was curious about this one, which turned out to be Coyote. The trail is rated difficult and we started out late, we were not ready to do this We proceeded just 1 mile. Beautiful trail. We intend to come back.

on Raccoon Trail

hiking
20 days ago

Began this hike from Panorama Point on Friday 8/31. Had my 70 yr old Mother in Law along with and the wife - we are both mid 30s, able-bodied, but from the plains so not used to much elevation. Panorama Point is at 9,300 feet, so the uphills are no joke if you don't know yourself up in the clouds. Overall, this is a very nicely maintained trail. We traveled counter-clockwise from PP, thus were downhill the first part of the trail and then uphill for the remainder. While the trail does snake through some interesting terrain and the trees are quite something to be amongst, the knock on this trail is that there aren't ample "overlook" spots or photo-worthy snaps other than PP and a spot about 100 yards from PP heading counterclockwise. That said - PP is breathtaking and worth the stop nonetheless. I think moderate is a fair rating on this trail - the downhills are quite simple but once you make the turn you'll get your work in. The flipside is that my mother in law, while in good shape for her age and lives in altitude, handled it quite well. $7 at the visitor center to park. Parking is a tad sparse. Go for it - its a nice trail and PP itself is a worthy stop and picture take. Total time elapsed from start to finish on trail alone was about an hour and a half.

off road driving
21 days ago

Excellent technical off roading. It's not crazy hard but at times you will absolutely need 4wd low, a short wheelbase and extra clearance and a narrow vehicle. I suspect full size trucks would have some real problems at times.
Started from the west side from Moon Gulch and headed east. First half is fairly easy and fun and then it suddenly gets some real attitude.
Some really fun rock crawling and a few places that either require a spotter or getting out and walking the trail to get a path. Lots of 4wd low and 1st going down rocky slopes.
Only reason I rate this a 4 is because there isn't a huge variety of scenery. It's pretty but it's all the same kind of pretty from beginning to end. For just technical off roading fun this trail is a hoot! Hard enough to make you feel like a hero, but not so hard that I ever worried about my Jeep.
99 TJ 33x12.5s, 3" lift, 4.56s and a Detroit rear differential.

off road driving
21 days ago

Scenic enough but not amazing. Off reading is easy, requiring 4wd (at times) and some stock compact truck or Jeep clearance (at times). Enjoyable and easy off road trail for anything that is stock rugged.
Just drove Moon Gulch. Before hitting Gamble Gulch we jumped over to Pickle Gulch.
99 TJ 33x12.5s, 3" lift, 4.56s with a Detroit rear differential.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful easy hike today. We took the loop counter clockwise and really the most difficult part is in the very beginning where you have about a half of a mile of calf burning incline (So it would have been easier to go clockwise on the loop). The rest of the hike was an easy stroll.. The aspen trees are already turning yellow and are gorgeous!

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike! Gorgeous views of several mountains.
If you start the hike at Panoramic View, you must have a day pass. Register at the Visitor’s Center - $7.
The hike itself is fairly easy and nicely shaded through the forest. My 5 year old and older pup did great. It was moderately trafficked on a Monday mid-day.
There are lots of aspens so this trail will continue to get more beautiful as the leaves turn.
Enjoy!

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked James Peak this morning (8/26/2018) started around 6:30am from the St Mary’s glacier parking Lot. Had some 15ish mph winds in the face traversing through the upper glacier and onto the main trail, but it died down quickly. I managed to summit just before 9am and the wind was much kinder on the way down. Spent about 15-20 Mins at the summit, only a small group was there, but passed about a dozen more on their way up during my descent. I was back at my car at 10:50am. Round trip I hit 8.5 miles. It was a great hike with great views, you’ll see several lakes by the time you are done. I strongly recommend trekking poles and micro spikes for the glacier. I know some reviewers mentioned the lack of signage/hard to follow trail, which I somewhat agree with. I kept AllTrails’ map on for most of my hike which helped tremendously. Plenty of Cairns visible once you get to the switchbacks.

hiking
29 days ago

Did it in May 2018. Beautiful scenic hike! Quick drive from Golden. Great view at the top and a ton of beautiful wildlife and views along the way!

hiking
1 month ago

A little confusing to get on the trail heading the right direction but an amazing hike once we got going. Beautiful little area and great wild life. We saw a moose chilling out near the path and lots of sweet little birds.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful and scenic trails I've hiked within an hour drive of Denver ~

Pretty easy, great views, a lovely little hike for anytime of day.

off road driving
1 month ago

It's not a very long trail and not very difficult. It's probably a good challenge for a stock 4x4. I have also done this trail in the winter. That's a little more fun the ice can lead to a challenge and some Carnegie if your not careful.

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