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Angela D. on St. Mary's Glacier
Gorgeous day for this hike -- the skies were clear for the first time (we've done this hike about 3-4 times). The hike up to the lake/glacier doesn't require microspikes, but they are incredibly useful. Recommend sturdy hiking boots at minimum. Scaling the glacier definitely requires microspikes at minimum -- can also be completed with snowshoes or AT setup. James Peak summit would probably require snowshoes.
Great moderate trail. Great scenery went to the top and then had to rescue a jeep on it's top. Thank God for a ARB bumper and a warn winch on my jeep. and a Polaris RZR we had the jeep upright in no time.as for Yankee hill. Great views with good trails and great people.we will be back soon
Hiked 4/23/17. Great hike! Still a lot of snow, it got slushy in the afternoon. We did it without snowshoes, they could have been helpful in some spots but yaktrax did the job. The road to Guanella pass trailhead isn't quite plowed all the way so it added about 2.5 miles to the total mileage from where we were able to park. Hardly saw anyone the whole day!
Excellent beginner trail for those looking to test their desire driving off road in the mountains. The off road section is mostly hard packed with some small ruts, potholes, washouts, but very minor. Views are great and cliffs right next to road can take your breath away.