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Took the family (9 yo and 13 yo + dog) on this hike and went to the intersection with the 931 trail. A few peek-a-boo views on the way up were nice. Stopped at Table Rock for lunch which was great. Then continued on to the trail intersection, which wasn't quite worth the effort. I'd say if you aren't going all the way to the top Table Rock is the right turnaround.
Not sure I would do this hike again however. I think it should probably be rated Moderate rather than Easy. It was uphill and often steep the whole way in.
The trail head is a little less than pleasant too. Construction trailer and portable potty didn't inspire our wilderness intentions. Minor detail overall, but we noticed.
Crosier Mtn. via Garden Gate Trailhead. This is an excellent route, 2 miles of steep ascent through thick woods then across Piper meadows and continues through a couple valley/ridges to Crosier Summit. 5.1 miles up, 2600' ascent, through some of the most beautiful backcountry you'll experience. I've run, hiked and snowshoed this route and have done the Glen Haven to Garden gate [Drake] route and it's both beautiful and serene. The vistas on the way up are amazing and Crosier summit provides an awesome view of RMNP.
To avoid the Retreat-Resident only parking issue, use this USFS alternative: http://goo.gl/Yd3VC
If you are going to bike the trail enter the trail on the west side NOT at the 2 mile entrance from drake. The climb on mountian bike is too difficult to ride IMPOSSIBLE. From the summit the trail going backdown to the 2 mile from drake is expert level coming down... This is a great trail if you start from either entrance on the westside of the trail, not at the 2 mile from drake. Coming in on the west side is a hard climb going up, with some points that you have to walk, Coming down is fast and difficult lots of fun.. Elk and Deer everywhere...
This is a great hike if you need to get out for the day! Great for dogs because of the many water crossings. Shade and sun is great too. Be cautious in the spring/early summer; snow can still be present past the boys camp. Can be muddy past boys camp but still passable.