hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
11 hours ago

Spruce creek trail is beautiful but hard work- still a lot of snow in the woods and needed spikes for most of it. The road is almost completely snow free but more popular and less charming. The section up to Mohawk lakes is steep and rocky but well work the effort; the lakes are stunning. Still plenty of snow up at the top too, some knee deep postholing along the way.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
16 hours ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
18 hours ago

really liked this trail, liked how it weaves through the woods, pretty easy and good distance, a little bit rocky in some parts but very pretty

I loved doing this trail with my friends and the dog! With the snow on the ground and the sun shining it made for such perfect weather in the shorts despite dipping into a lot of snow. Such amazing hike! Can't wait to do it again

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
snow
1 day ago

My first 14er, the trail really disappears after you get past the tree line and comes back when you reach the first false summit, which is not that bad when you’re going up because... well you walk up. Coming DOWN on the other hand is super hard to follow after you pass the false summit, which gave us a bit of a hard time. Other than that the hike was great! Everyone says micro spikes are a must but we managed without them. Good first 14er. Definitely a challenge (start early) but oh so worth it

hiking
icy
muddy
no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

This was the perfect 14er to warm up with for the season

Did this in July of 2019, and had a heavy snow year. So we only made it to first lake. Trail was beautiful, but very steep. It was kind of like Disney land of Colorado during the high season, so very crowded, but definitely still enjoyable. Cars tend to park tight down the side of the road from the trail head, which was also very crowded and busy. The hike gives you amazing views of the quandary peak and you reach the alpine tundra quickly.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Loved the views and this was a very pleasant fire type road through the forest that was easy for the kids to walk. My six and four-year-old had a blast jumping in and out of the snow piles and watching the melting snow form a river all the way down the side of the path. Also some great rock piles to climb on and multiple side trails we didn’t even explore yet. The only thing is it seems to be 2.8 miles one way, so closer to a 5 mile hike there and back.

This was a beautiful hike. Still a fair amount of snow on the ground in late May.

skiing
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Started ascent up east ridge around 6:45a. It was blowing about 30 mph - not ideal especially above the tree line. We boot packed the whole way - never used skins once. Got to the top around 10:30a. We dropped into Cristo Couloir around 11 (we hoped to be earlier). At the top, We had to scramble down to get to what was skiable (this was tricky in ski boots). Once we got to open snow in the couloir, the skiing was pretty solid. We skied individually and relayed conditions via radio. It was excellent spring skiing. At the bottom, We skied down a narrow drainage to the right (tight slalom turns required). We had to unclip there (unfortunately) and scrambled / bushwhacked down to the dam access road (not ideal in ski gear). We then walked about a mile down the dam access road toward the quandary trail head in ski boots. Eventually got a ride in a pickup truck to our car at the trailhead. Note: bring hiking boots/shoes for the approach and descent. Skins may not be necessary but crampons may be helpful.

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
snow
4 days ago

Wonderful hike!

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