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Had a great day hike. Very easy trail with little elevation changes and a spectacular waterfall at the end.

We would have given this trail 4-5 stars last summer. Nice ponds, numerous trails, dog friendly, and even saw a moose that forced us to go through The Maze. In fact, this is where my profile pic was taken. However, went today and at least the entire north along River Trail is completely logged and piles of debris are covering the trails. Not sure which trails are still good. I would stay to the east and take Warbler trail to the south of The Maze. I hope at least the east and south are good.

We went the last weekend in April, 2018. It was a sunny weekend and so the trail was pretty busy, but still well worth it. It’s a short hike on a National Park quality trail. The falls had lots of water and the rocks were fun to explore. Continue up the trail for stunning meadows!

Attempted this loop 5/19. Saw 7 moose and signs of bears. Went counterclockwise with the intent of camping near Bowen lake. Made it to Bowen lake trail junction and decided not to continue due to waist deep snow. Will be back later in the summer.

Great hike with a lot of diversity–you start our in a meadow with a river running through and then wind through the woods with scenic outlooks along the way. We spotted some moose, a marmot, a fresh bear track, (and droppings!) and lots of birds. The falls are impressive and there are some big rocks to sit on an rest before you head back. This trail took us 3 hours (1.5 to the falls and we sat for about 15 minutes).

7 days ago

Beautiful roaring waterfall! The trail was easy and short to get to the falls. Keep going up the trail for a beautiful meadow and stream with mountain views.

16 days ago

Awesome hike! Had some pretty views, took me about 4 hours to complete. I definitely took my time and enjoyed the nature aspects of the trail. I saw a group of moose which was really cool.

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1 month ago

We hiked this trail on 3/31/2018 in snowshoes. Snowshoes helped a ton as the whole trail was covered in deep snow. Beautiful tall trees, but they creaked a lot and make some spooky noises which made the hike seem pretty ominous for 2 lone hikers. Saw a female moose about a 1/4 mile in. Turned back after a couple miles. The trail had a good elevation gain and the snow made it tiring. Want to come back in the summer!

2 months ago

We went on this trail in the middle of March. Snow was up to our waists, rather cold, but definitely worth the view. If you go early in the season you definitely need to be fully prepared

Trudged through knee deep snow for the last half mile. Trail is great, but not for someone who isn’t fully committed.

2 months ago

Did this in late June 2017. Incredible hike and not particularly strenuous, but the altitude is no joke if you are not acclimated. We spent about 5 days in Steamboat Springs before attempting Ida on the way back to Denver, and I was still getting winded. Get to the trailhead early, to get a parking spot, and so that you can be back down below the treeline by early afternoon, as thunderstorms can pop up unexpectedly. We lost the trail for a bit in the switchbacks because it was a little muddy and snow covered, but once you are above the trees it's easy to follow until you get near the summit. There you will be scrambling over boulders for a while. There are cairns all over the place and its hard to tell where the real trail is, but just keep heading up. We were lucky enough to be there in peak wildflower season, it was very colorful. Watch your pack at the top because there are a few very brave marmots up there. Wear layers and bring a hat as it gets very windy above the trees. We moved at a pretty good clip, spent about 20 minutes at the top, jogged for short stints on the way down and completed it in just over 4 hours, logging 9.6 miles total. Most people will just park and look at the lake by the trailhead, a few will hike a ways into the trees, but we only encountered 3 or 4 other small groups above the trees. Amazing views all along this route!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail but be very careful going in winter.

This trail offers some great areas of the park. Some cool hiking above the tree line and we seen a ton of wild life. The trail is nice and easy to follow new scenery every day Great Hike!

3 months ago

Amazing views the entire hike

Completed the loop after reaching big meadow. Start early in the morning to avoid it getting dark at the end of the trail. Difficult terrain near the highest point of elevation.

4 months ago

A trail with an amazing view, but be warned - it is VERY exposed. The moderate rating does not reflect its difficulty during high winds. I climbed it during stupidly strong winds, and I would definitely advise against that. I hiked multiple 14ers that were easier than this trail.

That said, it is incredibly beautiful, and I only encountered 2 other groups of hikers.

4 months ago

Hiked July 1, 2017. By far one of the best we've experienced so far.

Nice hike, with beautiful views! Harder than is rated. Many moose were seen, even crossed the trail right in front of us with her calf.

Easy to find right off the lake, mostly up hill on the way out and can you believe it downhill on the way back.

Did about 5 miles total, moderately trafficked, and snoeshoes were fun but not totally needed due to the packed trail on 12/28.

Slightly boring actually, but beautiful views along the way.

Nice snow covered hike today. Snow was getting deep after Lulu City - time for snowshoes.

Nice easy hike. Can go a little further to East Meadow.

5 months ago

Stunning frozen falls. Quick and easy hike to the falls around the loop and down!! Will be back to see it in the summer!

6 months ago

Highly recommend!!! Views are great once you get above the tree line.

brief, but lightly challenging- especially with slush and icy patches, in casual athletic footwear. Beautiful, rewarding views!

I was really enjoying the hike, but there are no trail markers! I had to turn around half way because the trail was lost in the snow. I have never seen a trail without trailmarkers. I was very disappointed.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail!

Awesome trail with a very rewarding end and gorgeous views all along the way!

6 months ago

This was a great hike to do off season when hardly anyone was there. Interesting little falls.

This is a great trail for families or anyone looking for a relaxing stroll, with wonderful views of the Kawuneeche Valley and lots of wildlife.

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