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One of my fav spots in the park. Went last Wednesday 01-17-18 got away without snowshoes until about 3/4 way to Timberline falls then popped them on. Some spots seemed dangerous and deep in steep with snowshoes, but were fun because of that (especially a whole mountain of lovely huge icicles.) Walked the frozen Loch and made it to frozen Timberline Falls but did not attempt to climb up ice to Lake of Glass as others that tried before me told me it was too dangerous so I did not attempt. Beautiful in summer but still need to see winter version.

Beautiful, heavily snow packed trail! Highly recommend microspikes. You can definitely make it without trekking poles, but I'm really glad I had mine with me. Some areas were extremely narrow with waist high deep patches of snow on one side and drop offs on the other, so be careful.

Amazing views throughout, especially when you get to the top and are on the frozen lake! I'll definitely return for this hike in the summer time, but continue onto Sky Pond.

10 hours ago

Went yesterday. Not a lot of snow above treeline. Made it to the lake with just microspikes, but there was one pitch that was icy and one traverse over deep, unstable snow on a steep slope that made me wish I had an ice axe and crampons. Nothing too sketchy. Was able to detour around the ice by scrambling and push through the snow on the traverse, even if nervous.

Certainly windy in spots, but tolerable enough that I never felt the need to break out the windbreaker.

Lake itself was beautiful and frozen and creaking. Cold but not as windy as the ridge. I don't like wearing microspikes if I am on rocks and I also dislike taking them on and off, so I ended up slipping a few times. Definitely slick in spots!

Took me just over 4 hours from the car to the lake to the car. I tend to stop and take a lot of photos, though.

Beautiful day! Hiked 1/16/18. Some hard packed snow. Slipped once on the way back down. Great hike, beautiful views. I have a pair of micro-spikes, but didn't wear them, thus my slipping on the way down. Poles should be ok, or some kind of traction. Just take it easy.

A really beautiful, easier hike. Snow is pretty packed down but I would suggest wearing yaktrax- I don’t think snowshoes are necessarily needed. It would be really difficult to do in just hiking boots though because of all of the uphill.

2 days ago

The trail was in good shape with packed snow. I could have made it with just micro spikes although some people along the route said they wish they had snowshoes. After the junction for Glacier Gorge the trail has switch backs. The view is beautiful. The lake is also beautiful. I walked to the island in the middle to have lunch. Luckily the day was not windy but there were gusts even so. I would plan to get there by 3 pm at the latest because the sun goes behind the mountain.

3 days ago

The weather was windy & cold by the time we made it to Emerald Lake and not super crowded with snowshoers. There were some steep areas to get up and down with the shoes on, but we managed. The lake was frozen and super windy...we were there at 4pm and didn’t see anyone else on our way back to Bear Lake. Kinda nice being the last ones on the trail, went off trail to get some real snowshoeing done before hitting f the parking lot! Great time and a great weather day if you are prepared and bundled up!

3 days ago

So incredibly beautiful! It was very cold and windy and there was some elevation gain on the hike. Trail mostly snow packed but still fun and the destination was well worth it! Frozen lake, gorgeous scenery!

It was a pretty good workout for a 58 year old that wasn't in great shape. Getting next to a couple glaciers was neat and eating lunch on Continental Divide was something that not everyone has done. Now I have! After breaking above treeline, you think the top is getting close but it is another mile (approximately) and several rest stops away. Excellent views all around from the top! Forgot to mention that I hiked this trail at the end of August, 2017.

Mostly snow packed but fun if you go just off the trail..fresh powder and a real feel for snowshoeing when you do that.

3 days ago

Went yesterday and the trail was mostly snow packed. Easy trail, would love to see it without snow. Moved on to the other trails after this.

It was perfect weather and it was gorgeous! We used snowshoes in some of the uphill parts. Traction would be best, but you could do it in just hiking boots. The view was beautiful and tons of deep powder. It was windy and cold, but sunny and it stopped snowing. It’s a must see view!

4 days ago

Hiked 1/14/2018 - Started at 8:30am - Back at Car 1pm

Very beautiful hike. Snow is well packed for the beginning. Didn't use microspikes until about 1 or 2 miles from Chasm Lake (just for a short period).

Poles and Snowshoes would help. Deep snow walking from Boulder Field to Chasm Lake (parts up to 3-4ft). Steep final climb up to the lake. Either on a sheet of ice (with microspikes, not recommended though) or scrambling up rocks on all 4's (what I did up and down)

Very windy about the treeline. Make sure you have sunglasses and a good wind jacket

Honestly for winter would say this is more towards HARD over MODERATE.

Did this solo as a pretty fast hiker but also took a lot of photography breaks (my main reason for going there)

It was absolutely gorgeous. Went in early June, there was a little snow on the ground but the temperatures were great for hiking.
Could be a little tough for young or out-of-shape hikers, but other than that an excellent, beautiful hike.

Perfect Winter afternoon hike to kick off 2018! We were fortunate with conditions: blue skies and clear, cold but not bitter, snowy but not icy trail that was well compacted, enough parking at Bear Lake TH, and not many people past Bear Lake itself. We only required our winter boots and attire, no snowshoes or traction, even with carrying the 1 and 2 year olds. We ice skated on Bierstadt! :). Excellent day with friends!!!

4 days ago

Went up Jan. 14th. Easy short hike, steep in some spots. At Dream Lake EXTREMELY windy. Micro spikes and poles aren’t required but definitely help. Most people had snowshoes.

Only needed spikes, very little snow above tree line.

5 days ago

Well packed snow all the way to the lake today (1/14/18). Made it to the lake in yaks no problem but snowshoes were needed on the other side. Absolutely stunning walk across the frozen lake!

Great hike, although it had little elevation gain. I think it would be even better if there was more snow but it’s a light snow year. Overall, it was easy and very enjoyable - 5.2 miles round trip.

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5 days ago

Trail gate closed. Sign at trailhead said trail would close to vehicles Dec 1 but did not say when it would reopen. Looked like fun. Will return in the summer to try it.

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