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Idledale, Colorado Map

Fairly easy hike. Nicely shaded.

North to South is best way to attack it if going out and coming back. 70% of effort is first half. Nobody on this trail on a weekday.

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Notice that this trail is labeled as a lollipop. When you are on the trail, you take the lollipop counter-clockwise. The vista is near the end of the lollipop. The part that returns to the stem has been "closed for renovation"; they want you to return the way you came to make it an out-and-back. This makes the trail significantly longer.

Solid elevation gain, good and easy terrain on the trail, but there are better views in Colorado. If you're new to the area, you will love it. If you've lived here for a few years, it is just "good".

Nice hike. pretty views. lots of shade. LOTS of OFF LEASH dogs despite signs saying you need to keep your dogs on leash :( Would not label this as moderate though. I would call this more easy with a slight bit of moderate. Great trail for families. Get there earlier if you want to get parking.

Only issue is the number of people.

Lot of mountain bikers to dodge but lovely hike with great views at the end. Trail head fills up quick so get there early.

Lots of shade, boulders to climb, awesome creeks, nice views.

Saw maybe 7-8 mountain bikers on a Tuesday morning around 10. Tons of shade! Apparently Panoramic Point trail is getting shut down because it’s “not an official trail” or some stupid shit. I walked through the people covering it up because who cares, but something to be mindful of.

Good, shaded hike with a decent view at Panorama point. Hiked this with our dog on a Saturday morning. Started before 7 am and there was already a decent amount of bikers. On the way down, there were a huge amount of bikers. Not very enjoyable since we had to get off the trail every 30 secs to a minute. I would avoid on the weekend if you are looking for a peaceful hike.

This is a great trail within easy reach of the city. It is quite popular though, so consider arriving early!
The parking lot and trails are well-maintained and there are bathrooms at the trail head. There are also ruins of an early homestead right off the parking lot - very interesting!
Though the first portion of the trail follows below a road, the sound of the river on your other side drowns out most of the noise and you rarely actually see any vehicles. This is a good trail to take kiddos on and to feel like you've gotten far from the city while only being about 15 minutes outside Morrison.
After about the first mile and a half you even pass a castle (Dunafor Castle)! I'd recommend this trail to anyone.

While this area is nice, this hike is less than exciting. If you’re looking for an easy walk through the woods then go for it. No great views, no excitement. Very moderate, if you hike with any frequency this trail will be too easy for you.

Very fun hike! Great amount of tree coverage for large portions of the hike, so you really only get overheated by the incline of the trail and slight humidity. This was my first trail in Colorado some years back and the views were just as great the second time around. Not too difficult, but after the trail itself, be ready for a pretty steep trail to get to the top. You can also bypass some of the trek down if you 'keep going' on what looks to be a separate trail--it's not, just a slight shortcut. Very worth it, though. Quite a few mountain bikers, but all have been chill so far, so no worries there. Just bring water, have fun, and be safe!

Great place to walk on some easy trails, but also has some more hilly trails if you’re looking for something more adventurous.

great trail. heavily trafficked with mtn bikers so be careful. moderate due to length, otherwise fairly easy with a couple steep inclines

Great Moderate hike, however I recommend continuing on Bear Creek Trail into the mountain for great views and wildlife

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2 months ago

Good rolling trails, challenging ascents with decent that pay off. Come early as this gets crowded early.

Went 5 miles roundtrip from parking at Little Park (the lot the directions take you too). If you only do the trail along the creek (first 2 miles) it’s absolutely easy w/ kiddos and fishers. The moderate kicks in at about 2.1 when you start working uphill away from the creek and I would assume continues that level until 7.25 miles. The first two miles can be quite busy and does have a road nearby HOWEVER if you are able to go during a weekday (I went 2PM Tuesday June 5th) it’s honestly not bad at all and pretty serene being along the creek. The beginnings of wildflowers are popping up with a bunch of columbines about 2.25 miles in. Long story short: if you want the hike to be moderate/ a workout and not a lot of people, then prepare to go past the 2 mile mark into the woods and hills or go on a weekday.

The rating says moderate. It was VERY easy. Especially when you see little kids walking the trail. Definitely not moderate.

One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on... will definitely be back to do it again!

Not sure how this trail has a moderate rating. It’s flat. Like super duper flat. You will not be getting a workout unless you run or try going up one of the super steep mountain bike trails. I don’t recommend that by the way. And crowded. The creek is pretty but lots of bicycles and people and road noise. Not what I was looking for.

Definitely one of my favorite hikes that is within an hours drive of pretty much anywhere in the metro area. Can get busy by mid-morning or midday but if you're there by 8a you'll be fine. I'd say it's a moderate hike for the most part. Great view at the end of the Panorama switch-off.

Nice trail alongside the creek and flat for while, past the castle. Then some elevation and loop with lots of mountain bikers and thin trail at points. Had to step aside frequently, which is okay, but would be have been more enjoyable without that. Covered for good portion of the trail and then Panorama Point with some nice rocks to sit on and view of the mountains in the distance.

Not as busy on a weekday. Great flat trail and branches off into other hikes.

Easy, flat trail. It’s very busy. It is also between a quiet creek/river and a busy road. There is a lot of road noise, making the whole experience not very serene.

It was a bit tricky to find the actual trail using the app's directions, so I did quite a bit of meandering. Beautiful hike with lots of trail options. Seems easier than a lot of other moderate hikes.

Beautiful May day, perfect temperature for a short hike. Lots of family and kids. Plenty of parking spot from this side was available at 9:15am to 10:30am.

No snow, lots of mountain bikes to dodge. I would recommend going early there were no parking spots when we left at 11.

3 months ago

Dear mountain bikers, I have something to say to you, as well as to hikers who are concerned for their safety.

As I approached the steeper section of Bear Creek Trail, the trail sign said that bikers should yield to the hikers. Despite this, the bikers rushed down the very steep trail barely slowing down and cousing hikers to stop and move to the edges of the trail.

I felt uncomfortable, concerned for my safety, and angered by the irresponsibility of the bikers. I saw several pregnant women on the trail, people with very small kids, and elderly people.

What makes you, mountain bikers think that rushing through hikers in the great speed with bulky bikes on the rocky and narrow trail is acceptable?

I had to be hyper vigilant and jump to the side so many times that I lost the count. I am not hiking that section of the trail again.

I would suggest to park administration to make this trailer prohibited to hikers or to bikers. An accident is waiting to happen due to how bikers use this trail.

When I turned around and was going down the hill, one biker was approaching me and peddling uphill. They seemed very strained by the difficulty of it and lost control of their front wheel while passing me. I stepped to the margin of the trail but it was just few inches that prevented them from hitting me. This section of the trail was very narrow and steep and if they had hit me and lost their balance, one or both of us could have easily fallen down that hill.

Thank you for the two or three bikers out of more than 30 who actually slowed down adequately and were respectful and considerate.

I was hiking on Saturday morning which probably caused higher than usual traffic.

In addition, many bikers passed through hikers really fast on the level trail as well and made crowds of hikers move to the sides.

Well kept trail. Good for dogs and kids.

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