Open. Dry. Multiple trees over the trail, but no real hindrance. Saw moose and deer. Went the extra mile to big pool. Highly recommend all.

snowshoeing
bugs
over grown
4 days ago

Way too many fallen trees on the trail. We had to climb over and under so many trees. But we did find a rocky cliff 3 miles in we scrambled up and saw amazing views from.

Great trail for a backpacking trip. I am from the Midwest and i decided to take my wife on her first backpacking trip and even her first trip out west. We did this loop in 4 days and 3 nights and started at the Green Mtn. Trailhead. The trail along with the campsites were all very easy to follow and every thing was marked. The scenery was beautiful and made for a great time. We made the trip a little longer by exploring a-lot of the connecting trails along the CDT loop trail. I recommend this trail for anybody that has the opportunity to get there. The trail and elevation make it difficult in spots but it not bad enough that it should keep you from giving it a try.

hiking
28 days ago

great trail..beautiful!! bit of potholes at the end.

snowshoeing
icy
snow
2 months ago

snowshoeing
icy
snow
2 months ago

Dog friendly for the most part. Bring your snowshoes in March!

snowshoeing
private property
snow
2 months ago

Great trail, even in a foot of snow or more it was beautiful. Great views of the lake also

nice day. wet snow

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail if you love a challenge. The hike itself was very hard but the view at the top made up for it. I would recommend at least a sweater or a jacket because it gets really windy once you pass the trees at the start. It’s very natural with a lot of animals including Elk, Marmots, Deer, and a Fox at the very beginning!

The snow on the trail was packed until the Big Meadows. We hiked with ice cleats. With the higher temperatures and softer snow, snow shoes would be recommend if traveling past the Big Meadows.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

We cross country skied this trail and it was beautiful with the snow covered trees. We made it about 3 miles in and the trail stopped so we never made it to lulu city because the snow was too deep. Although we weren’t able to make it all the way to lulu city, it was worth doing. So peaceful with very few people. Moose tracks on the side of the trail as well. Need snow shoes or XC skis for this trail.

We used snow shoes but you would probably be fine with just spikes. Got to trail at 9am and no other cars. Had Trail to ourselves until noon

walked on a dirt road... not very exciting... slow and steady climb

snowshoeing
snow
5 months ago

This was a beautiful and challenging snowshoe hike, though we only did a few miles of it. The one issue was that the trail was unmarked aside from where people carved their initials on trees, so we had a hard time finding the trail. We made it by downloading the map on AllTrails and watching our GPS location compared to it. Definitely download this map ahead of time so you can refer to it without service.

hiking
off trail
snow
5 months ago

hiking
snow
6 months ago

nice day for a nice snow hike. 4" at trail head, above knees at 3.5 mile mark.

Great hike. Several trees down, along the way, but easily maneuvered. It was snowing the entire hike, so visibility was low, but the trail was easy to follow.

Our favorite trail in Grand Lake! We hiked yesterday and it was a little icy in some spots but manageable with just hiking shoes.

I hiked this with my Boy Scout troop a couple years ago so forgive me, the details are kinda spotty. But none the less this is an amazing hike, it’s definitely not for beginners but was my 2nd backpacking trip. We did it 5 days/ 4 nights in late June, early July. Trails are mainly well kept but we didn’t come across many other hikers. On the 3rd day we trekked through some snow at about 11,000 feet up to 12,000 where we saw table rock and the continental divide. It is absolutely beautiful up there. There’s a lot of switch backs and elevation gain on this day so start early. Temps stayed in the 60-70 range in the day and no lower than 40 at night. I am thinking about going back and hiking this loop again! 6/10 difficulty for an intermediate to experienced hiker, depending on how many days you want to spend. Definitely recommend this loop!

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