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trail running
23 hours ago

Ascended Friday 10/20/17 around 12:30 pm. Considerable snow and ice (maxing out at calf depth) over the top half of the climb. Didn't wear microspikes on the way up (moving well and didn't want to stop), but put them on for the descent. Wind was fierce (maybe ~40 mph?) the higher you descended. Pretty cold - mid 20's - at the top. Up and down in 2 hours and 1 minute.

Climbed this last weekend. It was my first 14er! 3/4 yo it was covered in snow, you’ll definitely need some tracks. There were up to 40mph winds and a windchill around 20. Overall it was a great first 14er and I was prepared with warm clothes.

off road driving
1 day ago

badass area love it!

Just went on this hike today. We hiked to the lower lake which was about 8.5 miles round trip. Took us around 4 1/2 hours including stops to take in the scenery. It was a beautiful hike! It was snowing when we got there and was pretty cold the first mile or so. Lots of wind as well. Definitely need good hiking shoes with good grip. The last mile on the way back is tough, because it's all up hill. It did Warmed up as the morning went on, but the trail was slippery at times and muddy.

hiking
1 day ago

off road driving
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off road driving
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This trail would have been great if the wind wasn't so bad. My dog and I made it to the false peak before deciding to turn around - the wind was too strong and it was only about 10 degrees out and I worried my dog would get too cold. The views of Bierstadt and Evans were amazing, though. We came down and tried the trail to the Square Top Lakes but the snow was pretty iced over and I didn't have microspikes or crampons, so that was disappointing. I'll definitely come back when it's a bit warmer.

Probably one of the most beautiful sceneries I have ever seen. The first day we went there was a bit of a blizzard, but it still made for a pretty hike. At the lake and glacier the wind was pretty extreme so we only stayed up there for five minutes. The next day we went back on a clear day and although it was crowded it was well worth the trip! The most stunning views sitting at the lake and then when you climb up to the glacier the views will take your breath away. I absolutely 10/10 recommend this trail to anyone! The hike up is rocky but not hard, you just have to be careful of your footing.

Highly recommend! Very easy hike with great views!

This trail is nuts if you're not experienced. My husband and I came here a year ago in our honeymoon and hiked different trails all over Colorado throughout 6 days.
This was by far one of the toughest. We are from flat ole Texas and not used to climbing uphill so much. We did the hike again, after we moved here last week, for our anniversary. Still were only able to make it to the lower lakes! There is a rough bit right before the second lake that is basically a solid mile up a steep hill.
And while the lakes were gorgeous, there's fencing and cement walks when you get to them and that kind of takes away from it. We really enjoyed the forest last year in the snow though, definitelyrecommend going in the cold or else you'll be pouring sweat!

off road driving
1 day ago

This trail should really only be done if you have a 4x4 or jeep. We went in a newer pickup truck and survived but had to go extremely slow due to how rocky it was. Not sure how anyone can hike this trail as there is no where to park at the beginning or end. We were the only ones going up the trail. We had to park in the middle of the road and hope no one was coming up because there was no way our truck could make it up the rest. When we got to the lake it was a very beautiful site. Very worth it! However, they are doing construction by the lake so there is equipment and possible dangers for younger children.

Tough hike. Ok lake

hiking
2 days ago

Oct 20th --trail snow packed and icy...had to quit a short distance in. However saw 3 moose in the parking lot. Made the morning a little better. Will be back up there in July!!

off road driving
2 days ago