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This trail is about 16 miles, not sure how the description has 21. It contains a perfect amount of vertical ascent to make one suffer on the descent. There is enough scrambling and route finding to be challenging and keep you on your toes. Great destination run for experienced runners and mountaineering types. This route has class 3 and 4 scrambles. You should be skilled at rout-finding and mountain running. Finished in about 5:30 but I felt like I was moving pretty good with no stops. Others have finished in 4:15 (the big kids) or 15 hours if your VO2 is average. This is a pretty big day. Prepare accordingly. Oh yeah this route had 7,900 vertical ascent. Hope that helps. There could be slight variations depending on if you stay on the ridge or take the trail. The ridge is cooler. Take the free bus home or call a friend.

SO DIFFICULT. Took 3.5 hrs to get to Peak 1, starting at 5 am. Pretty much....wasn't prepared for the rest of this. Knew I wanted to do it, and was going to anyway. I have very little rock climbing experience. Peak 1-2 was about an hour traverse through a barley marked foot trail that proved to be fairly dangerous. Between 2-3 wasn't bad, but Peaks 3-4 took us 2 hours to get across. I was pretty tempted to call Life Rescue on this one because I was NOT prepared for all the climbing and scaling that took place. Lots of up and downs, rock slides, and sketchy AF areas where the trail was super questionable.
Once you get to Peak 4, it's smooth sailing till Peak 8. We made it down between peak 7 and 8 before my knees and hips were like "no". Kinda upset we didn't finish, but came down between 7 & 8 and ran into the Adventure park in Breck LMAO
After 11.5 hours of hiking, I'm disappointed I didn't accomplish this, but I'm super freaking proud for making it so far.
I'll try again in maybe a year or so lol but the views were TOTALLY worth it.
Good luck and pack lots of water and protein bars!

This hike had an amazing view of the lake. It was absolutely gorgeous! The hiking trail was very easy and flat for most of the time. However, it was really hard to find the trail. It was not marked and it was easy to get lost. We had to go through several roads and unmarked paths to find the trail. Even when we finished, it was difficult to get back to where we parked. We went through a biking trail and it took us a long time to get back. Overall, if you want to do this hike, use the map as your guide. This trail is very hard to navigate in the beginning and in the end. But when you’re going around the perimeter, the view is definitely worth it!

I’m not an experienced hiker so not sure how to rate... but very enjoyable... 2 hours ( for me) up to Gore Ridge Trail... then turned around ... I went slowly with plenty of rest stops .... beautiful views along the way... and wonderful smell of the lodge pole pines ... 1 hour 15 minutes down ... although parking lot at trailhead was just about full I really didn’t encounter many people ... the people I did see along the way just gave a friendly “Hi” and carried on ... I post a pic I took at the bottom... pretty much says it all ... steep initially but levels out ... don’t get discouraged! Some areas require navigating over tree roots and rocks but nothing too daunting .... after you get to the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area the trail becomes more interesting... passes in and out of meadows and trees ... very nice!

hiking
8 days ago

Just did it! The climb is pretty steep the entire way up. Trails are loose rock and dirt and will definitely get your heart thumping! Just take your time and enjoy the views. The top of the trail winds you along the edge to amazing views overlooking all of Dillon Reservoir. Truly worth the hike. On the way down, the trail will definitely take a toll on your knees. We (2-48 yr olds and 3 teens) slowly jogged down which seemed easier than walking. Nice short hike, done in under 2 hrs, but stay longer and enjoy the vista!

Lovely stroll for kids and great views. But can get crowded.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail was beautiful, well maintained and a relatively easy hike with kids. The lake at the end is a perfect spot to relax before looping back.

Begins with incline and becomes more gradual. Along creek for most of hike.

CHIPMUNKS AT THE LOOK OUT VIEW!! They will come up and eat right out of your hands, they are all around. Beautiful view on the trail as well, short and easy! Definitely recommend! Take some black bird seed the chipmunks love that stuff! Or any nuts!

Super steep, lots of loose rocks. This map stops short of the best views...you keep going downhill after you scope out the highway views and then scramble up a rock to get to the very top. Excellent views from there. Mix of shade and sun.

It was very crowded on a Saturday, so that is to be expected but the trail is pretty narrow. I had to keep wrangling my dog and atepping out of the way from people and other dogs. Also the chipmunks arent scared of people because they get fed so much but subsequently, they arent scared of the dog and will go right up to them and there were a couple times I was emotionally preparing myself for twenty people to watch my corgi carnage and cute little chipmunk. This didnt happen but if your dog is rodent obsessed this is not the trail for you. A dog in front of us barked non stop at them and they wouldnt flee so he just kept doing it. Also be prepared to be asked to take pictures of a lot of tourists. Great place for a hop out of the car and look at the views but I wouldnt hike again...

Absolutely stunning views!

hiking
15 days ago

The hike was lovely. Well-maintained trail. Lake at the end of the trail was gorgeous. I saw a moose up close! I went on a Tuesday evening and saw 5-6 other people. Out and back took me about 40 mins total. Worth it!

walking
15 days ago

Short little simple walk to a small pond. Very crowded, tons of dogs and kids at the top.

18 days ago

The trail wasn’t extremely clearly marked, there were a lot of paths that allowed you to make it your own. There were a few extremely narrow spots with a 10-15 foot drop. It was gorgeous, easy. A few people out fishing. I would do this again! Did it 18 weeks pregnant with no problems.

Extremely easy and short loop, lots of cute chipmunks. Did it 18 weeks pregnant.

Excellent trail, beautiful views. Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is the view overlooks the highway at the summit.

Awesome easy hike! My kids 2,4,6,8 loved feeding the chipmunks and requested we go back the next day. Grandparents loved the hike too! The views were amazing! Couple fun spots to stop for a picnic and my kids enjoyed the large shelter made of logs.

This trail doe not have a trail head marker or any signage. It is part of the Frisco bike path ( which is awesome in itself.). I highly recommend this for bikers. If you are expecting a nature rich hike, skip this and choose one of the neighboring trails.

hiking
24 days ago

Super easy, and GORGEOUS Views. I loved it. Not very many people there, had a great time just hanging with my dog by the lake. People paddleboard this, id love to try that too.

5 stars for beauty. Also 5 stars for being a monster slope, very formidable. If you start north, you’ll climb 4K feet in 5.3 miles, where you reach Peak 1. By the way, I recommend disregarding the start point on the AllTrails map (I couldn’t find an established trailhead with parking) and starting at a trailhead north of that point, where rainbow lake trail begins (near Pitkin street).

Super steep trail, and several downed trees- nothing a barrier tho. Had to deal with Forest fire smoke on the way up blowing in from southwest CO, but it all cleared within a couple hrs. I hiked to Peak 1, a 10.6 mile out and back. Took me 5 hours, and i consider myself fast. Again, this is a tuffy. Trail not too sketchy until you get to Peak 1, where there’s some scrambling involved. Fun challenges, no mistakes allowed.

Easy hike for a beautiful view. There’s not a lot of shade so bring a hat.

hiking
27 days ago

I would only rate this as "hard" due to the middle third of the trail, where it gets pretty damn steep. Definitely had me feeling my age! The views at the top were excellent, and the 30-40 MPH winds were a refreshing change of pace as we were sweating big time!

I would suggest you park at the end of 2nd Ave versus by the freeway. There is a shortcut leading up to the trail from that lot, so there is no need to walk along the bike path.

walking
28 days ago

A pleasant, easy hike. We went in July and there were wildflowers and beautiful groves of birches. Neither the lake nor views are spectacular compared to other vistas, but it is still lovely to access nature so quickly from downtown.

We trekked with kids. Trail isn’t stroller friendly the entire way. Had a few two person lifts up and down short rocky stretches. The lake is a great reward for kids.

The trail and lake are fairly exposed and I don’t know that I’d tackle this hike on a hot afternoon.

Very easy but great views!

Awesome little hike and very easy. Kiddos loved it.

I weigh 275lbs. I'm hovering around 40% body fat. I have had a stressful year and haven't worked out seriously for at least that long. I started walking/jogging again three weeks ago. I saw "Hard" - and even the reviews talking about how killer this path is - but I also saw it's less than two miles one way and maybe 1.5 after you get off the pavement. I said to myself:. "I used to ruck ten times that with an 80 pound pack in my Army days!"

I made it to the summit. I drug my fat body three steps at a time in some areas. I bet it was worth it, and I would have loved it had I not been sucking what tiny amount of oxygen was left at 10,000 feet. Apparently the ten year old kids whizzing by me didn't need it.

If you are a beginner or out of shape, you better have lots of time or lots of determination.

Great hike. 4/5. Would suffer again.

Loved stopping along the trail to take breaks and enjoy skipping rocks in the stream. Wouldn’t say it’s a super hard trail, but coming back down definitely did a number on our feet because of all the rocks. Bring plenty of sunscreen though because I felt like only about 25-35% of it was shaded. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers, beautiful streams and water spots. Lots of birds to see. Also saw a moose about a minute into the hike. The trail ends when it intersects with another trail. Nothing too special at the end, but still a lot of great views throughout the hike.

Very rocky and very exposed because of the logging. Went on an overcast Sunday so it wasn’t crowded, and it wasn’t too sunny. Definitely wouldn’t do this hike on a sunny day. Lots of cool rocks to look at throughout the trail. Nothing too special though. One nice view.

Seeing the beavers was awesome. Easy trail.

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