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There is enough snow for snowshoes but they are really not necessary. This trail is much less trafficked than the nearby Chicago Lakes trail. it is relatively easy to find and follow the trail, you get some pretty views but nothing spectacular but you will have the trail mostly to yourself which is nice.

I did this hike with a friend over the weekend and people have created quite a few sets of tracks so its hard to find the actual trail to Chicago lake but there is enough snow for snowshoes but they certainly are not necessary. The views were beautiful but prepare for some wind that will make it feel a bit colder.

Beautiful hike. The parking would be more challenging if this hike was crowded. No crowds today. The snow is packed and the wind has blown it down to gravel in some sections. Once you get past the second gate you will need snowshoes. It is doable without snowshoes but prepare to post hole. Once you get to the clearing judt past the fence the trail seems to disappear. stay to your right and go up past the grove of trees. You will see the markers soon again. Follow tge markers to the lake.

3 days ago

Beautiful day to hike the trail. Hardest part of the trail beginning the ascent with the switchbacks until it all levels out. Had to turn back short of the turnaround due to the necessity of snow shoes to continue. Otherwise a great experience!

4 days ago

I snow-shoed this trail at the end of December. It was snowpacked until the last half mile. We took our snowshoes off and hike to the summit, which is just stunning! It was great to be in the trees for most of the way to break the wind. at the top it's exposed and windy, but worth the views. It's nice and steep for a good workout, but not long.

Awesome hike! The trail itself was packed snow, ice in just a couple of spots. We hiked with our mother in law and 2 dogs with Salomon hiking shoes...I would’ve liked to have some sort of traction for my mother in law but it was doable without! Verrrrry cold at the top. Will definitely do it again!

4 days ago

We did 4 miles RT of this trail today 1.13.18. Lots of snow - would recommend snowshoes or skis for any real distance on it. We turned around after the meadow area. Very pretty though!

Not too long but feels like a workout after. Great time!

Amazing views and feeling. We made the summit by 2:05pm 01-09-18 (start time 8:53am). Lucked out with beautiful blue skies. The terrifying brownish grey clouds scattered away as we ascended out of the willow area. I'm not the fastest so took about 9 hours total. Winter trek is 11+ miles (my GPS said 12) due to having to park at Silver Dollar Lake TH as Guenella Pass is closed from there. Walked down Guenella Pass in the dark on the way back to the car, but as long as I was of the actual trail before dark I was felling comfortable and our eyes adjusted to the dark. Micro-spikes were perfect, there was no need for snowshoes. I agree with the review before me do not look over that snow bank down to frozen lake too much as its sketchy and snow is slightly deep there.

7 days ago

Beautiful road, well maintained, stick to the inside if heights scare you. Nice views.

I tried to hike it two days ago and we were not able to due to the high winds. So yesterday we tried again and the weather was PERFECT. I was speechless when we got to the frozen lake. The views are spectacular. I recommend to keep climbing. We almost got to the top and it was unbelievable. Snowshoes were not needed but do bring them if you want to climb to the top. Parking was $7 cash only. It’s a little hard at the beggining because you walk incline for the fisrt mile and a half, but is totally worth it. Im so happy we tried going again, dont miss it!

Road to the trail is impassable for two wheel drive vehicles ~2 miles from the trailhead. Will try again in the spring!

9 days ago

Caught the sunrise here on New Years day! Very windy! Quick incline, was a little difficult at 6:45am. But worth the views. It was about 15 degrees when we were there and probably 45mph winds. I’d def recommend this spot. But trail was hard to find... snow was drifted over. Dress warm!

Went early on New Year’s Day! Quiet. Needed spikes until the top. Gorgeous 360 views of the mountains.

10 days ago

Did anyone find a stack of hiking poles? 3) 901-7580

Thank you!

Conditions where very windy and packed snow no need for snow shoes.

Started from the winter parking lot ~2 miles below the actual trail head (roads well plowed to this point). Round trip is about 11 miles over a mixture of packed snow, gravel, and patchy ice. Leave your snow shoes and crampons in the car, microspikes are more than sufficient. I hike pretty quickly and it took me ~7 hours (4 up, 3 down). No ave danger except at the final quarter mile up the ridge to the summit; there’s a sketch snow bank overhanging the eastern slope. Don’t get curious to peak over the edge and this is easily avoidable.

Went up in the truck to 4 wheel it and gaste was closed. Decided to hike a little ways and if you break off the trail to the left as soon as you start you can hike along the stream with several small falls. Almost everything was froze over but still pretty.

A great hike to let doggies run around. There was some snow but the road was easy to walk on. The climb to the lookout tower was steadily steep but not too exhausting. The lookout tower is awesome. You can rent it out and pretty much sleep under the stars.

11 days ago

Lots of snow coverage! Definitely recommend skis or snowshoes. I was following a couple other snowshoers and it turns out they were accidentally following some downhill ski tracks instead of the actual trail (by the time I checked my AllTrails map we were way higher up and off the trail- though still heading in the right direction). I didn't make it to the lake since we were on a steep slope in big drifts and I was slipping all over even with the snowshoes so I turned around... Anyway, it was beautiful and I would do it again!

This hike is awesome! Especially is the winter time if you are prepared for the conditions. Started hiking this morning at 9:45am and it was 20 degrees with a wind chill factor putting the temp around 5 degrees. Definitely come prepared for this hike, even though it is short and sweet. Multiple layers and a heavy jacket is a must. Beanies, gloves, goggles, etc.. you can never be too prepared.

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