hiking
muddy
15 hours ago

It was a great hike! Nice incline all the way up and beautiful views at the top. I would do it again.

hiking
muddy
16 hours ago

Easy little trail. Great views from up top. Super busy with people today (Sunday morning). The trailhead is just a pull off on the side of the road and it was a crazy amount of cars just parked along the side of the twisty road.

hiking
17 hours ago

This is a great trail with gentle elevation gain in and then gentle elevation gain on the way out. The trail is shaded and you can hear - but can’t see the creek. The views during the hike are fairly limited, but at the top it opens into this lovely bowl that is quite nice. Not too busy today, but we were on trail at 7am!

walking
1 day ago

Beautiful place to take a quick stroll while driving on the scenic byway. Surprisingly low foot traffic on the trail!

hiking
1 day ago

5/29/20: Beautiful hike! Not very many people on the trail. The gorgeous Aspen groves are just starting to put out their leaves. The wild flowers are just starting to burst forth. Great views at the top! Clear trails with no snow or ice.

Hiked on 5/23/2020. No snow and beautiful views at the top. Easy-Moderate terrain which I would do again.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

5/30. A little bit of packed snow here and there, didn’t need microspikes. Muddy in other areas from snowmelt; if you bring a dog, they will get dirty. Great views at the top!! A little windy today but nothing unbearable, And great sun!

hiking
rocky
snow
1 day ago

We went on 5/27 and it was a little rough. It was a pretty simple hike, once you can find parking. The road didn’t have huge holes, but it had a ton of medium sized rocks. Out Tacoma did great, but had it in 4L the entire time. The lake and Jeep roads are still completely covered in snow. Don’t get me wrong, this was still a great hike! Just go prepaid if you do this in the next couple of weeks

Parked at Echo Lake campground and hiked the road up about 2.5 miles. Hiked on the road as it was closed to motor vehicles. Clear all the way, very small patches of snow on the side of the road.

hiking
1 day ago

Such a good hike! Easy to access from Idaho springs. No need for 4wd. We arrived at 7:30am today 5/30/2020 and there were 5 other cars. Got down by 11:30 and it was packed. Sizable incline for the first mile and then rolling uphill. Absolutely gorgeous views. My watch clocked 8.5 miles but either way great distance!

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked on 5/30/20. Absolutely beautiful hike through aspen and pines up to a meadow right at tree line. Lots of bristlecone pines at the upper elevations. And some wildflowers are starting to bloom! It’s a gradual uphill hike from the TH, but not very strenuous. The trail is mostly dry with only a few small mud patches. We started early and while the TH was full when we came back, the trail didn’t feel crowded on our hike down. (I think a lot of people are just hanging out at the picknick area near the creek, not actually hiking.) I plan to come back in the fall to see all the aspens change color :)

hiking
1 day ago

Very nice hike and a good workout, too! The meadow at the end is nice and quiet, a lovely spot for a little picnic. I didn’t realize how pretty the trail was on the way up but coming down with the aspens leafing and flowers blooming it was a gorgeous walk through the woods. Would recommend and do again.

Hike almost entirely on road, which is in good condition and makes it easy to keep distance from other hikers. Excellent views. Not too steep but steady incline.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Little bit of snow but micro spikes not recommended. Fantastic views of Pike and RMNP from the top!

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Loved this trail! Moderate incline the whole way and absolutely gorgeous views at the top!!

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Great trail all around! I did this on a Friday around noon and there was plenty of parking and not too many people on the trail. It’s a little muddy in spots from melting snow, but nothing you can’t trek through in regular hiking boots. Views above tree line are incredible!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

5/29 - A few winter snow obstacles but nothing that requires any sort of traction. If they aren’t hard pack to walk over you’re dealing with a little mud but all in all a nice little summit for 360 views. Earlier in the week there was snow but it's since melted off the rest of the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike and pretty much completely empty! I would strongly recommend this hike!

Beautiful, easy half-day trip. About the same amount of up/downhill both ways. Scenic trail through the trees and creeks. Would recommend!

Snow shoes are a must! Pretty but we didn’t get far. Will come back in a month.

hiking
4 days ago

Completed the whole thing in chacos, a few spots with light snow on the trail but mostly cleared!

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked 5/26. Great conditions. Snow on most of trail. Was hard packed on the way up but mostly melted by the way we came down. Needed the micro-spikes going up. Coming down not so much except for some sections. Views were amazing on the too but quite windy too.

hiking
muddy
snow
5 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail. A little sloppy, but no problems. Good sized parking area, and great views. Pretty popular. Didn't see many going up, but ran into many folks on the decent.

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