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Amazing views! Moderate is a great description of this hike. First mile or so is the hardest, then it gets better. Coming down is breathtaking from the fall colors and views. Not a lot of traffic early morning. We started seeing more people around 10-12.

trail running
3 months ago

I would say this trail is between easy and moderate. Going into the trail it is all downhill so coming back is pretty much all uphill. Lots of shade, nice views. Also no crowds and I got there around 9:30 am! If you have a vehicle with some ground clearance (small SUV and larger) you should be fine getting up the road.

hiking
3 months ago

We arrived around 8am and there were still some spots in the lot. We beat the gates opening, so we only had to pay $5. Keep in mind, the drive to the lake/parking lot is very high up and narrow. It's not for the faint of heart.

We had been watching the weather, but it was an absolutely perfect blue sky, Colorado day. The fall foliage was absolutely stunning. There wasn't much wind at the top.

The hike to Mount Spalding wasn't too intense. It climbs in elevation quickly, but if you take your time, you shouldn't be impacted by the altitude. There was only one area where we had to lift our pups up, just because there wasn't a good way for them to scale the rocks.

When you finish with Mount Spalding, you go down in altitude, before beginning your hike up to Mount Evans. While at a high altitude, it didn't climb quickly as you scaled the side of the fourteener. Be prepared to make your way across rocks without a visible trail in some areas. The dogs did great and it was a good first fourteener for them.

Use All Trails to find the route down after Mount Evans. You'll definitely miss it, if you don't. It's very steep and pebbly. Our pups were not fond of it on their paws.

Overall, a great fourteener with beautiful views and some challenging areas.

This is a fun trail, the hot springs and river are awesome! At the time we visited there were parts of the hot springs too hot for us to comfortably step into and we have enjoyed springs up to 108. The river was low when we did this, but there were still fish you could see in it! Talking to locals, they let us know the temps can vary by season.

Now - AllTrails, please update your rating of this trail to at lease moderate if not difficult. There’s about 1/3 mile that’s as steep as Hanging Lake (near Glenwood Springs) and parts of the trail were washed out which required scrambling across two very loose sections with hands and feet. Not for those that aren’t sure footed!

ATTENTION. MY DOG GOT BIT BY A RATTLESNAKE ON THIS TRAIL. USE CAUTION WHILE HIKING THIS TRAIL.

Got to parking lot about 6:20AM. Only about 6 other cars were there. Temperature was 26 degrees F. Got to trail head at 6:30AM. I started out strong. Made it to 12000 elevation by 7:30 and 13000 feet by about 9AM. Then things became very difficult because of the altitude and my 70 year old legs. Also trail was hard to follow at the 13250 feet point. Finally headed back about 10AM with the peak in sight about 1/2 mile away but with about 750 feet more elevation to go.

Legs were very rubbery on way back. The trip down took as long as the trip up because of tired legs trying to negotiate the snow.and ice covered steps and rocks. Managed to fall a couple of times including a dip in the creek crossing on the way back.

The hike was much more difficult than I thought it would be. Finally 7 hours later at 1:30PM, made it back to car. I'm still glad I did this for as you may have heard, if something doesn't kill you it makes you stronger.

FYI, I'm a 70 year old male using wife's account.

Went yesterday & today. I camped at Lost Lake last night. About 2 miles in from where you park. Woke up this morning to about 22 degrees. And it had rained just a bit last night. Ran into a bunch of people on the trail as I was heading to set up camp who saw moose.

So I went clockwise. This was the right choice for me as the climb is more gradual (and I just got off a plane from Florida yesterday :)

Was gonna camp one more night (tonight) at Jasper Lake but....it was gonna be 20. And was only 5.3 miles to the car at that point. So I humped all 15 today w my 25lb pack.

And - I’m sitting at the noodle restaurant now haha. Yes, delicious.

hiking
3 months ago

Arrived about noon and it was busy but cleared quickly. Aspens gone at tailhead, beautiful at 1.2 miles in. Great hike up to 10,350 ft. Very courteous hikers, only one very nice mountain biker, 2 horses. However, the dog trash left on trail is disgraceful. Why put dog poop in a bag, only to leave on trail...and why not have a trash can there to encourage those who might dispose properly? I brought a dog, and I know what a hassle it can be, but if you are not going to carry it out--don't bag it up. Probably 100 bags, many decaying along trail. Surprised to see this in Colorado.

Great trail. Rocky at first then it eventually evens out more. Great views of the mountains. I only went about two miles, or so and turned around because we started late. No water sources that I came across. No snow. No bugs. Saw a few chipmunks. Great sunset views. Nice hike.

3 months ago

Great trail worth the long drive with spectacular views.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail system. It was hard for me but I am old, overweight and from Arkansas.

9/25 Dense forest with very steep ending and lots of scrambling to summit the cone. No real 360 View without climbing around the top. Marked well. 4 hour hike with 2L of water/person. Great views regardless.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely recommend continuing the hike beyond Maroon Lake for additional sights. It is a rocky trail with some steeper inclines, and, I will admit, at one point I did get turned around on the trail. The trail is more heavily trafficked once the shuttles start dropping people off at 8:00AM. Even though Crater Lake was dry when I went, the autumn colors were fantastic!

hiking
3 months ago

this hike is a 99% incline uphill 3+ miles so be prepared for that. also be prepared that 80% of the hike you are looking out to not step in horse poop. it's a horse trail and human trail so constantly looking on the ground. other than That! beautiful views and a gorgeous lake at the top. you will be tired coming down and sore the next day!

This is a very popular photography interest point. I had researched ahead of time, and new to arrive very early. I arrived at the park at a bit after 6:30AM on a Tuesday morning, and I'm pretty sure I was able to secure one of the last available parking spots. After 8:00AM, it is required that you take a shuttle. The walk to the lake is very easy, mostly paved, and was very crowded at sunrise with photographers, who left shortly thereafter. I went in autumn, so the colors were amazing against the backdrop of the mountains, though it was a dry year, so the lake was a bit dehydrated. I'll give this trail a higher rating only because of the views, but I highly recommend continuing the hike to Crater Lake after.

A nice little hike that serves up stunning views of the front range and Boulder. would highly recommend for people who have guests from our of town who want the stunning Vista shots.

mountain biking
3 months ago

I went her at the recommendation of my local bike shop and I had a great time. Was just by myself but decided to not look at the trail map and just go where I thought looked more interesting. Ended up staying and going up and down again and again for almost four hours. Next time I will have to bring my climbing shoes though as I found some nice bouldering spots just off the trails. Was fairly crowded and a fairly easy but pleasant downhill ride. The times I was going uphill wasn’t bad and I would say with some of the rocks and logs in the trail could be considered a medium.

hiking
3 months ago

Awsome extremely exhausting hike for someone not used to this altitude. We are from sea level. This trail kicked out butt, but is was well worth it. Beautiful views all the way up. Took 3 hrs to get to the lake. Just over 3000 elevation gain. Our most ever. Well worth it.

The walk to seven falls is very touristy. Parking has to be done off-site, with a shuttle taking you to the entrance gate and ticket booth at a cost of $14.50 per adult. They even offer a tram to take you the 0.8 miles from the entrance gate to the base of the falls, for an extra $2.00 fee. The walk to the falls is paved paths. Even the creek itself has had man-made modifications to it. It's a lot of stairs (224) going up to the top of the falls, with one very small landing area at the halfway point. A number of people stopped on the stairs to take breaks, which made traffic flow rather slow. The hike to inspiration point was far less commercialized and far less busy with a rather mild climb to the top. The view at the top of Inspiration Point, however, was great!

Roommate and I completed the trail in ~4.5 hrs, which we feel pretty good about considering how out of shape we are. No snow yet, but a lot of the trail is loose gravel/scree, and by the end I was wishing for my knee brace. It was extremely windy up on the ridge but calm at the summit. My little '07 Honda Fit made it all the way up to the trail head just fine -- can't say I'd recommend it, but if your only option is a low-clearance vehicle, it's doable.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked Plymouth Creek Trail to Plymouth Mountain Trail. We took the long side of the loop, and there were some great views of Red Rocks and Denver (Please note the views were definitely better here than at the scenic overlook at the very top). There were barely any other hikers on this trail, but plenty of mountain bikers. It was a bit frustrating how they would come flying around the corner out of no where without giving warning. The trail was so narrow it was hard to get out of the way as well. Something else I think is important to mention is that a decent portion of the trail is not shaded - it can get very hot. Plan on wearing sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Overall, I'd recommend this hike if you're looking for something close to Denver.

Okay first of all it seems to me that some of the other reviewers don’t exactly understand the point of this little trail area. Yes you can ride down the easy way and in my opinion it is still fun although very simple for anybody who has been mountain biking more than a couple times. The real reason for this trail (or at least the way I use it) is training for the uphill battle you have to go through during most mountain bike rides before getting to the good part... the downhill. If you use this place properly and essentially treat it as an exercise trail and ride up the obstacle instead of down it is a great workout and a good way to get some practice on the more challenging aspect of mountain biking. As some people have said it is rather noisy being close to the highway which is forgivable with it being a short drive from my house and also with the sun blazing it can get very warm. This area is blasted by the sun just about all day long.

3 months ago

Wanted to see some Aspens. There were none.

hiking
3 months ago

Somewhat difficult if not in shape or lowlander. Views were gorgeous south pines and aspens. 2 areas of scree to maneuver but just take your time and don't rush. Remember to start down before sun starts to set for light on the way down.

hiking
3 months ago

We actually went on Sunday! It was gorgeous hike. Fall is here finally, and the foliage was gorgeous!
Fall came a little early this year, so some leaves have fallen, but a beautiful sunny day!!
Good crowd of people out hiking, I would say busy. The trail is wide in most spots, and it doesn’t matter which end you start from, your going downhill and uphill!
Enjoy

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike!

super hard but definitely one to add to your "completed" list

3 months ago

Excellent drive with great trailheads. goes much farther 5han map indicates. Stay untill you see pennsylvania mine. amazing to see. you could spend a few days exploring this area.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views of peaks along the way and moraine lake and wilderness at the end

off road driving
3 months ago

It’s not all that easy people. Don’t know who rates these things. It was a BLAST! But not entirely easy. Many parts were a solid moderate. There were a ton of places to get off the marked path! The rocks were beautiful. Wish we would have been there last week when more of the aspens would have held their leaves but it was still beautiful.

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