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I consider this trail to be strenuous, and I typically only seek out strenous trail. 2nd time to Parika Lake on a day hike, and since I had my head lamp with decided to do the whole trail instead of walk the same trail. Past Parika Lake is some pretty heavy exposure to me. Your essentially hiking a narrow ridge with dramatic vertical dropoffs and the wind along those ridges is steady and huge. Glad I made it down safely because I didn't expect the trail to keep climbing like that. Like another hiker said two continental divide crossing past Parika Lake. Cake walk down hill after that. My legs were just noodles. I wouldn't want to hike it clockwise, because I feel going downhill,on those exposed areas would be shady. I rate it strenuous.

Go to 5th lake. Its well worth it. Trail kinda disappears but its pretty obvious still.

hiking
4 days ago

Many small falls. A easy hike.

Well. First off it was an accident that my wife and I went to lone pine lake, but we are glad we did. Even tho we did end up going through snow and it was chilly closer to the lake, we had fun. We saw a moose. And some amazing sights.

Anywhere in Rocky is a great place. Easy walk...Some giant elk, moose ran through just as we were leaving...huge..

nature trips
5 days ago

Great short hike for kids

Amazing views, beautiful lakes and low traffic after leaving the Adams Falls area. Difficult hike with many steps. But we’ll worth the trek!!

I only saw one trail ranger going down the gravel section in a golf cart. great views and really cold water!

hiking
7 days ago

It was quite hilly but the hike was nice and short and the views and waterfall was rewarding.

hiking
7 days ago

What wasn't damaged by the beetle kill mitigation project is now sadly burned due to the "Golf Course Fire" in late June early July 2018. It will hopefully be a great area to hike in less then 10 years.

Beautiful lake. Saw Moose , Elk and deer. Caught fish. Start early to plan plenty of time at lake and avoid afternoon rain. Can RMNP please cleanup landslide... would make for a spectacular hike if landslide was mitigated. It is 11 miles.

on Timber Lake Trail

10 days ago

Great trail. A good cardio workout with elevation gain. Good trail to start out on as I just get into hiking. Whoo Hoo!

walking
10 days ago

Our family of 15 includes 8 kids under 10. We loved this easy hike that included a nice waterfall 0.3 Miles in and a stream they waded in for 1/2 hour. We could’ve gone further but enjoyed the first stretch. It was perfect for our family.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike, even on a rainy day. Saw moose along the trail. It is a very steady uphill almost the entire way up but it make a nice return going down. There is a huge landslide around 2 miles in that required some scrambling around but otherwise trail is in excellent shape. We got 10.4 miles round trip.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy hike, go early and have trail to yourself and get to meadows beyond the Falls to see the wildlife.

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing trail! The elevation gain is no joke. Absolutely stunning.

This trail has yet to disappoint, in three times up this season there has always been a plethora of wildlife. As others have said just be mindful crossing the landslide area. I tried the alternate route once and it’s not really any better/easier and takes a bit longer. Also it is right about 5.2miles to the lake from the parking lot and if you go around you’ll end up covering 11-12mi.

A great hike with lots of changing scenery, lots of animals along the way.

My first trial ever and hike like this; i have to say it was beautiful and jumping/crossing the landslide was definitely an experience but it was well worth the long hike! I saw 3 bull Moose, Two female moose and a calf. I saw 2 huge Elk with nice set of antlers and a small deer! I highly recommend this trail!

We loved this hike for the waterfall stops along the way and the Moose sighting in the meadow not far from the trailhead!
The hike did take us all day but we still talk about it as a fave! Take mosquito repellant and you will be happier though.

The Falls were beautiful, easy hike up to the Falls. We then continued on for another mile or so, the meadows and river were really nice, with mountain views. We saw moose as well, so be on the lookout for them.

hiking
14 days ago

We picked this for our first RMNP hike as a way to get acclimatized to the 8500 ft elevation. It served its purpose. Relatively flat. Very popular hike. We saw a small crowd gathered watching 2 moose. There may be more wildlife if there were not as many people on the trail. The waterfall was nice. Refreshing to finally sit in the shade for lunch by the waterfall. Otherwise the path does not have much shade. Remember sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.

Great backpacking trail. Amazing views on the divide, and some of the best wildflowers I’ve ever seen (columbines, Indian paintbrush in vivid reds and pinks, elephants head, shooting stars, daisies, sunflowers, etc). We actually camped by a small lake before reaching Parika Lake, which I think was more in the trees and less in the wind. Saw a moose leaving Bowen Lake, and lost of moose prints wherever we went. We were a little misled on the mileage for each day (based on other sites’ descriptions), for example the last day is closer to 7 miles than the 4 we thought it would be, although it is almost all downhill. Going up to Bowen Lake does have some decent uphill, so be ready for that. Also the signage could have been better leaving Bowen Lake to return to the trailhead, as after meeting back up with the trail there were two forks without signs that we needed to consult maps to figure out which way to go. Overall a great hike that I highly recommend!

Hard is an understatement...we thought it was because we’re flat landers, but the rangers we ran into said they don’t even do it that much. We did 3 nights in backcountry, went off-trail but used this as our first day hike. Spectacular views make it worth it, including all the critters you’d imagine you’d run into. Epic.

hiking
16 days ago

We did this as the last hike of the day after we drove trail ridge road from Estes Park to grand lake. Actually not on trail ridge road but not too far off (15 min). It was a beautiful waterfall and was an excellent cap to great day seeing the Rockies. Definitely the highlight of the day. Easy trail with plenty of parking on Sunday night July 8th at 5pm. Definitely a rocky trail so boots or at least shoes would keep you comfortable hiking this one.

Dogs are not allowed on any trails in the park. There are some roads that turn to trail status that allow dogs but you have to check with the visitor center.

hiking
20 days ago

The section North from Shadow Mountain Dam to Grand Lake used to be our favorite hike while we are getting used to the altitude. Tried it on Saturday but turned back after 20-30 minutes. Badly maintained-lots of trees down across the trail and flies were abominable. Never had a fly problem on this trail before. Hope it is temporary. Very disappointed.

Definitely a tough hike, but great views along the way. Would recommend as a day hike for anyone wanting to test their limits!!

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