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This instantly became my favorite local hike when I came over the hill & saw the view at the end.. fantastic, so many layers of mountains, so peaceful (I went at 6pm on a Sunday and I saw no one the entire time). The first mile is no joke though, very steep, otherwise easy.

Next time I'll make this an out-and-back rather than a loop by taking the left fork to the overlook & then turning around, that's where all the scenery is.

mountain biking
2 days ago

We are beginner bikers and this was a good trail ride for our first time here. We came late afternoon on a Sunday and there were just a handful of people walking the trail and only a few other bikers. Good number of up slopes to work ya out and downslopes for fun. Beautiful scenery and wildlife! Will definitely be back!

The hike was amazing and we were not bothered by nor saw the deceased horse. The sights were spectacular. Hike was not tough at all! A bit step at parts. Otherwise I would recommend for for children. We saw a few and they had no problems whatsoever.

Really pretty hike. Not too busy even for a Sunday. Nice a shady for the longer hike. Small view once you reach the top.

Went on a Thursday morning and the parking lot was empty. The west side (Oxen draw) was a beautiful, shady trail. Narrow at some points, and some getting over rocks that my 4 year old had no problem with. Raven's Roost was a much wider, sunnier path with excellent views. It got very steep at some points. The park definitely felt like a place with a high probability of seeing wildlife, and saw signs of bears. Didn't see the dead horse although the warning sign for it was still up.

Great trail with plenty of parking and restrooms. We did the loop counterclockwise and I would recommend that for the best effect of the views at the top. They took our breath away. Great hike!

Great hike today, Sunday. Got there right before 11:00am. Plenty of parking and a restroom. The reviews before mine are spot on! My GPS said 4.0 exactly round trip. Went up Oxen to Eagle View and then around to Ravens. The descent this way was a little rough on the knees and I wished I had worn my running shoes instead of hiking boots. Kids who are 9 and 12 loved it!

nice place

Got there around 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday - plenty of parking and pretty quiet.

The signage was a bit confusing at times, but we ended up taking oxen up to eagle view and continued the trail until it ran into ravens roost down.

The horse on oxen is still there and you only run into a short whiff of smell. The panorama at the top is very beautiful!

The incline and descents at the start/end of the hike can be steep and the trail is rocky in parts so I’d definitely recommend proper footwear.

We saw a deer, a snake, plenty of beautiful wildflowers, and butterflies.

Hiked this trail two days ago and had to take about a 2 mile detour due to trail closures. Still a good hike with decent views and not too many people.

The panorama view at the peak was amazing. For the short distance away from Denver it has the best view I’ve experienced. It’s a great length for a part day hike. This has to be one of my favorite hikes!

Great area with many routes and difficulties. Very scenic with plenty of shade.

Easy, wide trail. I only gave it three stars because there aren't views of anything on the trail, and it was super busy. It is a nice easy trail through some woods and across a small marsh. I encountered multiple groups of camp kids and counselors on bikes-at least 4 different groups of 8-12 kids. Lots of other hikers too. Way to busy for me. I was there from 11 am-12 pm, so maybe it was just bad timing.

The directions from All Trails brought me to the secondary parking area that has only a few spots. Know that there is a main parking area a little further north on Hwy 73 with lots of spots.

Moderately easy trail will several mounting/valley look out points. Group was hungover and we made it around the entire loop with minimal stops.

on Meyer Ranch Park Trail

25 days ago

Perfect for small kids. The aspen are stunning.

awesome hike allot of incline if you haven't been hiking in awhile it's definitely a workout, we did happen to find the secret path thanks to a previous picture posted once you see the angled arrow marker and downed tree look for small foot path to your left, it's a good half mile or so uphill from there but it all becomes worthwhile when you get to the top and get that gorgeous view. would definitely do it again.

Trail is close to Denver and right off 285 so it’s easy to get to. I was tired after a weekend hike so this was a perfect moderate hike. If you just do the trail as marked I would call this more an upper easy hike. If you take the “secret” trail to the top it’s moderate. Took me two loops of the Old Ski Loop trail to find the secret summit trail. It is NOT the first one you come to where to go up about 100 feet to a cluster of rocks with a partial view. I searched around there for a while. It’s above that on the marked trail (if you went left to right on the loop). I added a picture with markings. You won’t see the “no trespassing” sign someone else referenced until after you are already on the trail (and even then it’s off in the distance and you have to look for it). The trail to the summit is pretty well marked as someone has lined quite a bit of it with old tree branches. There are times you will question if you went the right way. Trust your gut...it’s a pretty intuitive trail. Don’t get fooled by the first false summit with good views. Keep going until you find the top and the geo markers and register. It’s probably less than .5 mile from the Old Ski Loop trail so it’s worth it. Someone should bring a new little notepad for the register and a new pen. Both are running low! Gorgeous views from the top and TONS of ladybugs. This will be a great trail for fall with the Aspens along it.

Pretty easy going trail, great for out of towners or a quick hike if you have other plans in the afternoon. We did this trail on the 4th of July and it wasn't too crowded. Also yes there is a dead horse but we thought it was interesting, so to us this trail will forever be known as the dead horse trail.

Nice simple trail. Good escape for cooler temperatures than Denver, but can be pretty warm too. Lots of trees trail and great for dogs.

Loved the hike. Easy enough for most people. Some sunny spots but a lot of in/out of trees. Pretty scenery towards the end and before the falls. Lots of mountain bikers hit this trail because of its so maintained by Parks services.

What a VIEW! Breathtaking. The hike was steep going up via Ravens but beautiful... and we sat and took in that view for a while.

This is a great getaway from Denver, this loop is nice and one should connect to the waterfall trailhead. Bikers were more in numbers than hikers.

Beautiful trail!! will add to my favorites.

Saw hummingbird s

Really pretty. Found the trail to the mountain. It was tricky - top of the ski loop on the left side. It’s kind of hard to find - just a little dirt path off into the trees with some branches across the beginning. It is above the trail that goes up to the rocks - that was where I went and circled back. So beautiful!!!!!!

Awesome trail before we finally gave in to the storm following us and turned around at the Pikes Peak overlook. Gorgeous views there and all the way up to it

We love it's close convenience to Denver. It's beautiful year round.

hiking
1 month ago

A friend and I started at 7am on Sunday. We stayed right on this trail and came down though the trees as the day warmed up. The horse was not stinky at all when we were right by it, but down wind/down trail about 5 steps....whoaaaaaNellie....holy stank!!!! Definitely still hold your breath as you pass it. Great hike otherwise :)

This was pretty but we couldn’t finish the loop because we ran out of water. No water source for the dogs. Made it to one of the breaks in trees to see a view. Will definitely go back to finish. When it’s not so hot! Dead horse doesn’t smell so bad anymore. Sad to see though.

We started at Songbird, which is a small trail along the road, and then crossed the highway to hike Hummingbird. It’s a steady incline switchback for about 1.5 miles to the top. Honestly, the views along the way up might be better than the view at the very top. Coming down Hummingbird is a steady decent the remaining .4 miles back down to the road and trailhead. There is no shade during the hike and well maintained covered restrooms back at the trailhead.

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