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hiking
8 days ago

This was one of our back up "safe" hikes (away from avalanche danger) but it ended up being more fun and scenic than we expected. The views of RMNP from the peak were amazing!
Trail was maybe 25% mud and 75% hard packed snow/ice in the forest, and then deeper snow closer to the peak. Lots of footprints made the route very clear. Microspikes were not necessary today but we did use them on the way down just to make it easy. Snow got pretty slushy later in the day. Perfect spring weather and no wind!
3 hours up, 2 hours down

hiking
closed
1 month ago

I went up to this trail but unfortunately it’s closed during the winter so I did not get to drive it :( looking forward to it this summer though!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views but the scramble and lack of a clear trail made it difficult and slightly less enjoyable (obviously we knew this going in). Would try it again in better conditions though!

hiking
1 month ago

my favorite hike so far! it's easy and fun. the views from the top are amazing! All this talk about the hike being steep I don't get, gem lake hike is steep. this hike was definitely one of my favorite by far.

Very Nice Trail, it is a 4x4 trail so be careful of dirt bikes and other off road vehicles as you walk, it can be entertaining watching the lifted Jeeps working trail

hiking
2 months ago

Hiking mystery! When we pulled up to the parking area we were the only ones there. Since it was a new hike for us we checked the trailhead map on the post-board before starting which was a few paces from the road. We hiked a little over 2 miles and reached a good turn around point.

When we got back to the trailhead someone had draped across the post-board a severed elk leg! The bone was sticking out and it was not a clean cut, so we assume it was chewed off by an animal at some point. It didn’t appear to be too old and didn’t smell bad, but it wasn’t super fresh either because it was frozen. Our Great Pyrenees wanted the thing REALLY bad. He thought it smelt like an excellent snack and so he pouted the whole car ride home because we didn’t let him have it.

We knocked the leg off the sign so at least a ground animal like a fox or something could get to it. But we didn’t see anyone while hiking and can’t figure out why someone would put it there? We look around for the rest of the elk but didn’t see anything or any indications that elk were recently in the area.

on Olympus Knob

hiking
2 months ago

Our goal was to reach the false summit of Mt Olympus, and traverse down to east, attempting to locate the Greenco and Mt Olympus mines.  We found the remains of the Greenco, but the Mt Olympus mine eluded us. The trail-head is at the USFS sign on the easterly side of Hwy-34, in the Big Thompson River Canyon.  But from there to the top, the trail is sketchy.  Ascend the gully, as best you can, but as you hit the granite slabs, keep bearing to the left (easterly) for an approach to the false summit, what I call "Oly Knob".  The right side (westerly) of the "Knob" is steep, and difficult to climb. Once on the top of the false summit, you'll be treated to a wonderful view of Estes Park, and the surrounding summits.  Lake Estes will glisten in the foreground of your panoramic view. A couple of property issues regarding
private land.  The true summit of Mt Olympus is about 150' on private property, the ranch to the south.  You will need
to secure the owner's permission to reach the true summit. 
The false summit to the west is accessible from USFS land to the north.  Also Noel's Draw Rd is a private road.

Hike at your own risk! We were shot at...

The turnoff is small and difficult to spot. If you’re going West on 34 it’s better to pass it, loop back and get onto it going East because of the angle. There’s only room for about three cars total in the rudimentary “parking lot” area. Like the other reviewers said, we were the only car there. It did seem like a risky spot for a possible car burglary.

This hike is not well trafficked, so expect rough trail conditions with some overgrown spots. 15 mins into the hike we were at the end of the incline and about to come into a clearing when we heard rapid gunfire. The sound was so loud it bounced off the rocks and we couldn’t clearly identify where it was coming from.

Whether the person was shooting at a target or us was unclear, but we weren’t going to stick around to find out! My poor dog was panicked and our whole adventure was spoiled by some moron illegally shooting in a national forest.

There’s really no escape from the idiots of society!

hiking
3 months ago

The view at the top is great! Very quiet, not many people on the trail. Can get slick in some areas. Views were ok throughout. Top is your moneymaker

Had a great time on this trail. It is scattered with gorgeous rocks along the trail the entire way up the gulch. Quick hike with great incline to get the heart rate pumping. Don't know what the review below me's problem is...there is trash on every trail now. Carry a trash bag and help clean up instead of complaining. As far as "anti-climatic views" I found the 360 views at the top stunning, especially of the twin peaks. There are no bad days in the mountains...just bad attitudes. Important to note I cleaned up a window that was broken with tint at the trailhead parking lot...don't know if it was broken because someone locked their keys in or if people are breaking into vehicles. Make sure you don't leave valuables. Overall if you want a quick easy hike to get your heartrate going with beautiful front range views this will fit that bill.

hiking
4 months ago

Very anti-climactic view at top compared to other hikes in the area. Spend most of the hike in the shade.

Had to reduce my rating a lot. People have been on the trail shooting guns and leaving garbage. Illegal fire pits being put in right under low growth fur trees, with how dry the last several years have been, it was shocking to see this kind of activity.

Shame, it seems like we see more and more of this as the years drag on.

Seemed more dry and desolate than most of the trails I've been on. Didn't see any water anywhere which was actually nice at times because of how quiet it got. Great views at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

It seemed more like a small road and many dirt bikes. Decided not to take it!

off road driving
5 months ago

I drove Storm Mountain 128 and 153 with my girlfriend in her stock 17 Rubicon unlimited. It cleared all exposed rock obstacles. However, there is 1 section I did not chance on the end of the steep climb on 153. Only had 1 jeep and no winch. Other than that, it was a great time! I saw a couple other jeeps along the trail. The aspen are changing. I also saw several turkey with poults. Saw 1 yote on the trail. Good times, check this spot.

Pack a ton of water. When you think you’ve packed enough, throw in another bottle. Beautiful views from lookout. 100% worth the hike.

Fabulous hike!!

off road driving
5 months ago

+great view at the top
+pleasant trail
+saw a huge moose

-only one challenging spot at the beginning

-app is not accurate for trailhead, I had to ask locals. you'll come to a 3 way stop in an opening near the end of where the app wants you to go. the app wants you to go left, but go right. roughly a quarter mile down the road you'll see a house on the left side of the road with a red(if I recall correctly) door and a hard left turn by the house, take the left. I wrote these directions from memory from 2 months ago, but I'm pretty confident that's right.

hiking
6 months ago

Went rockhounding up on the peak looking for purpurite. No luck, but I did find some giant pieces of mica and some impressive black tourmalines in the rock on the way up to the trail. Most of the trail/road is lined with aspen groves. Went on an early fall hike up there today and it was beautiful. The view was hazy, but still great at the top. Since this is a fire road and not a foot trail, expect to share the path with motorcycles and jeeps.

off road driving
6 months ago

The trailhead is on private property and completely blocked off. The road up is an easy off-road trail. That’s what we recorded. Super bummed.

The summit trail was pretty tough, gravely rocks made it slippery. The incline is constant, with some good breaks through meadows.
The end view would be better in spring/early summer when the snow is still around in the distance.
Watch your dog’s paws-some might not be able to handle how rocky it is without boots.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this in September. Great short hike, dog loved it too. Starts out shaded, but can be hot at the top by mid day. Views at the top are great of the surrounding mountains and valley below. The trailhead parking area isn’t well marked, but follow the directions on here and it’ll take you straight there. Steep trail, good workout.

It was a steep climb and real leg burner but was beautiful. We were the only on the trail which was great!

on Crosier Mountain Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is average compared to all of the amazing options Colorado offers but I'm always looking for somewhere new. We clocked 10 miles from Drake fire station. The hike is continuous up thru pine with occasional breaks for views w trail topping out at a rock cropping w views of RMNP. Saw 6 bow hunters on the trail. Why they have to be on recreational hiking trails is beyond me but I found it unsettling. Won't repeat this one.

Really nice trail! it was eerily quiet because my dog and I, were the only ones one the trail. the entrance was really hard to find especially when you don't have internet. I eventually found it though. Great place to let your dog off leash once you're not near the road.

off road driving
7 months ago

I posted pics with turn directions, to find this Trail is a bit confusing. If they don’t post under this Trail, look at my profile and click “photos”

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! There were meadows and thick forests! Only downside was there was no water, only some dried stream beds. We took the crosier rainbow trailhead that is 8.0 miles from US 34; very steep and wonderfully challenging. Would say the rainbow trail is difficult rather than moderate.

Great afternoon hike, didn't get ticks and got a sweat up. The valley at the top is great for a picnic but pack light as the hike up can be hard. The dogs had a fun time!

So beautiful at the summit. So worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderfully peaceful and scenic hike. My friends and I saw not a sole on a beautiful day. Great views on top!

Amazing trail, great views and not very crowded. Currently there is a sign at the trailhead warning of a black bear siting that happened on July 18th, just a heads up. Also the directions are accurate, the trailhead starts up and over a berm to the right of the metal gate.

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