hiking
5 hours ago

Great trail, park just opened today so not may people. Views were spectacular

hiking
12 hours ago

USGS Topo map layer is inaccurate and needs to be updated

Still snow packed and had to use a bit of an alternative route to get to sky pond, but it was an amazing hike.

hiking
snow
16 hours ago

Lovely. Done in early June, trail well maintained and only light traffic in the morning, moderate by afternoon. I went up to jewel in the suggested route and came back via fire trial and Bear Lake. This hike is just moderate, not difficult with an easy elevation gain (1800 ft with my variations). The lakes are beautiful and great for an ice cold plunge if you are into that sort of thing. Would recommend this hike highly.

hiking
16 hours ago

Wonderful 6 mile RT hike, not too busy, very dry, Longs Peak view, not a lot of parking though. 9/10 hikers don't realize that the uphill hiker has the Right of Way when hiking. Thunder storm rolled in, so be careful.

Great hike, got here at 8am on a Friday and not many people on the trail. Lots of chipmunks up at the summit that want food. I did not feed them, but they seem to be used to people feeding them. Overall great hike!

They are doing Permit Checks by the Beaver Meadow Visitors Center, before the actual entrance to the park as of 7:30 a.m. when I tried to get through. Reservations required, no same day reservations allowed. So I haven't hiked Sky Pond but I was trying to. Looks like it's not happening today. Be aware, no sneaking in before the park opens for a while it looks like

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Hiked 6/5. As everyone else has commented there is still a ton of snow and the trail is difficult to find in spots. Highly recommend GPS device that will last the whole day. It is quite easy to get lost. Used spikes on the way up but they are of limited use when the snow gets slushy. Hiking poles are a must. The first two miles of trail until the treeline is mostly snow. After the treeline (maybe two miles from trailhead?), there is no snow AT ALL until you reach the horse tethering area just below Flattop. There you cross one last easy snowfield to reach the Flattop Summit. Hallett's Peak is a quick hike from there. Much of the trail was covered with rocks so it is necessary to keep your eye on the cairns. Completed hike in about 6 hours.

Great hike! Some snowy spot after you hit the fork in the path to either loch or mills, but nothing you can’t handle with decent boots. The trail is easy to follow and the elevation gain isn’t bad at all! We did loch and mills today, not many people. I recommend taking the hike shuttle down to glacier gorge trailhead. Bonus- the falls are rushing hard right now!!

Made it to Glass Lake today but had to turn around when thunderstorm and hail started. Poles and shoes with traction needed as it’s a pretty vertical climb in the snow. Super beautiful hike!

Lot’s of snow in upper half.

Beautiful trail that is worth the $9 parking! We started a little higher on the trail so if you start where the directions take you there may not be a fee.

Great hike, definitely bring micro spikes for the top section which is steep and still very snowy. Decent elevation gain and a tough but good workout. The weather changed quickly on us right before we got to the top — thunder, lightning, snow, and rain forced us to turn around unfortunately. Even without quite making it to the top we logged 10.0 miles from the trailhead, it would have been about 11 total all the way to Sky Pond so I’d say the mileage listed on this hike is incorrect.

hiking
1 day ago

Good hike with breathtaking views at summit! I was worried that my 8 and 6 year old wouldn't manage it, but we pulled it off with lots of breaks.

mountain biking
closed
2 days ago

Great time to ride this road! Old Fall River Road is currently closed to cars. The road is in terrific shape, no ruts or washouts. You can ride to the Chapman Pass Trailhead but from there the road is impassable, covered in snow.

Loved the trail. We saw abundance of marmots in which they prefer not to social distance themselves. And we saw a long-tailed weasel. Spikes would be helpful. However the trail is doable without them.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

Intermittent snow after the Loch means that spikes were super helpful in places. Starting pre-dawn meant that we didn’t have much trouble with post-holing, so we were totally fine without flotation. The scramble up the waterfall was less than stable snow toward the bottom and totally dry at the top, so just be mindful of where you step at the base. The waterfall is definitely hollowing out the snow underneath. The lakes are all thawed, so they’re in perfect condition for early morning still water reflections! Seriously, this is one of the best day-hikes in the park.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice easy walking trail. Perfect for watching sunrise or after dinner in the summer time to avoid the heat. Good early morning spot for catching a moose!

Easy Hike, Bunch of Campgrounds and Aspen Forrest’s

The views!!!!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

6/4/2020 Epic hike. The first couple miles were so pleasant. After the Loch there was lots of snow in the trail and I felt like a newborn giraffe falling all over the place. My back didn't like that. But I only wore my beat up Nikes, so my fault. Glad I brought my sweater. Keep your eyes open to follow the muddy footprints on the snow to keep from losing the trail (I didn't download a map, also bad idea). The final incline up the snowy mountainside was intimidating. Saw some people running down completely fearless, while others took each step like it might be their last. Like other reviews have said, the final scramble is literally on your hands and knees, it's too steep. After Glass Lake I lost the trail and wound up climbing way into the boulders for an hour. Made it down eventually, Sky Pond was crawling with cute marmots and chipmunks, even saw a mink, I think? Awesome, exciting, exhausting trail, for me personally. Glad I got to do it before the timed entry reservation way of things started.

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