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Great, easy hike off Guanella Pass road. Lots of parking. Gradual incline but nothing major- beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

9 degrees in the parking lot this morning when we headed out around 9:45AM. No wind in the trees. Looks like a good one to do in the summer too.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike yesterday. I went an extra mile so ended up walking 8 miles total. Beautifully peaceful and serene given a Saturday. Can’t beat the views. First couple miles are shaded but then full sun exposure. Not as many mtn bikers as on Seg. 3 of Colorado Trail, thankfully. Horseflies mildly annoying but again, worse on Seg. 3. Bet this is spectacular in Sept. I’ll return for the colors.

hiking
21 days ago

Parking lot to "top" -- 7.6 miles, 1,469' elevation gain (i.e. the miles / elevation on the trail description is wrong - whoever mapped the trail turned back early so don't rely on the AllTrails map).

Very pleasant hike on a Saturday in June. We saw two other people on the trail the entire time. The first 1+ mile is the most scenic, as it closely follows the stream and has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Most of the rest of the trail is in the trees, with some near a creek -- very peaceful, easy / moderate trail.

hiking
26 days ago

A popular place in the fall time to see the leaves changing. It's just as beautiful in the summer time with everything so lush & green & wildflowers blooming everywhere along the trail! Walking thru the aspen grove is magical!

Easy and pretty... evergreens,aspens,rivers, peak views. 6 month puppy loved it.

beautiful views , vault toilets still closed, people had thier dogs off leash, annoying, still beautiful.

We had a beautiful day. met wonderful people (hikers & bikers) & dog. want to try again only longer.

trail running
1 month ago

Did trail run from Kenosha pass to the high ridge line about 1 mi before Georgia Pass. Great views of the peaks above Breckenridge. This is an excellent stretch for trail running - low traffic on this Sunday and nice steady elevation gain up to Georgia Pass. A little snow on trail above 11k but nothing to slow you down much.

Big bad news: vault toilets at trailhead are CLOSED due to idiot yahoos throwing in their trash. So pack a few squares of TP, ladies, and a little bag to pack it out. Limited privacy first mile of trail.

Super easy for all ability levels. No gear needed, didn’t touch my snow shoes. Peaceful hike through the woods, not your huge vista finale.

Hard enough snow pack that snowshoes are not useful/necessary today. As always, strong winds unless you’re under tree cover.

Snowshoed this trail today. Beautiful, quiet and serene. Not many people on the trail. Great workout. I’ll hit it again.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike to see the changes colors of the aspen. The trail head gets very crowded so the earlier the better. We arrived around 8:30am on a Sunday and the place was already packed with cars using the side of the road for parking spots. Still, we didn't have too much trouble finding a place to park. The trail begins right off the road, make sure not to follow crowds into campground on the opposite side, you'll just have to turn around. The trail begins through beautiful pine forest but the best is yet to come. A couple miles in, the trail emerges from the woods and reveals an expansive view of the plains to the south and the mountain range farther to the west. Beautiful golden yellows and bright oranges paint the sides of mountains around you. You can keep going on as the trail descends, but once the trail enters the forest again, there are no more high points. The trails does meander its way down through a dense aspen growth but most of the leaves on these trees had already fallen, and you find yourself about the skeletons of trunks and branches with the occasional yellow leaf in its final days of grasping to the tree. We turned around here but the trail goes on for a long ways as this is part of the Colorado trail. We didn't go all the way to where the trail end is marked on the Alltrails map and the out and back took us about 5 hours.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful day for a beautiful hike Trail was not too difficult but you can stay on it and go quite a ways more than just 7 miles total I did 11 round trip

hiking
9 months ago

really easy hike due to not much elevation change. we did it Oct 1st to view the aspens and it didn't disappoint. went about a mile past the "end" of the hike because it was easy and beautiful. we got there at 8 and it was already kind of crowded. when we finished around 1130, we were blown away by how many people were there. parking lot jammed and cars lining the street for a half mile both ways.

hiking
9 months ago

You start to get stunning views about 2 miles in when you head out of the forest and start to descend. I went yesterday (Sept. 30) and a lot of the leaves have already fallen, but there are still a lot changing yellow and orange and some are even green still on hills further away. The snow-capped peaks and valley in the distance are beautiful especially when you hike down to the bottom of the mountain. I recommend starting early on the weekends. Not too many people around 8:30 am, but super busy on our way out around noon.

Absolutely breathtaking. Very easy hike and great view of the fall color's. Went last weekend but started right before sunrise before the crowd, good thing to because by the time we got back there was more than 100 people when there was only two cars when we started. Highly recommend to keep walking the trail till you get a gorgeous view of the Valley.

Beautiful aspens as well as views of the (starting to be) snow capped mountains. Easy, populated trail with many great places for views

hiking
9 months ago

This is an easy out and back trail, so you can make it as long as you want. Beautiful views of the Aspens changing colors (went on September 23rd). There are a couple clearings 1-2 miles in that make for stunning views. Great hike to take out-of-towners on as it has such great views and is an easy hike!

Stunning fall colors!

hiking
9 months ago

The trail was clear and dry and there were stunning views of the mountains. I would consider this an easy trail. I was there September 21st and the yellow was popping but some aspens were still green, so I bet in a week or two the rest will be yellow and the orange will be popping through

trail running
9 months ago

Best time to run is late September! The leaves are stunning!

off road driving
9 months ago

Fall color foliage was decent today.

We were looking for an easy hike where we could enjoy the fall colors and as a diversion during our drive along Guanella Pass. We were shooting to make it to the ridge, and I believe we did, but we didn't really know it because there wasn't any sort of vista. It was a good hike for what we were looking for today.

backpacking
9 months ago

Started hike on 9/18, still a bit early for the aspens on the trail but on the east side at dispersed camping grounds the Aspens were in full golden glory!

Hike today hoping for full Aspen colors but it still seems to be a bit early for this trail. There are most definitely pockets of Aspens in their full glory, but we are going to try again next weekend.

hiking
10 months ago

went for a short hike here only went about an hour and a half into the trail but loved it. Great view fairly secluded and very smooth path.

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite places for a comfy hike! Such a great view, and the wildflowers are beautiful in the spring.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful aspen forests and wild flowers (early August 2017). Great views of South Park and surrounding mountain ranges throughout. It's a bit of a reverse hike; uphill coming back. The 7 mile distance is a little misleading; this is part of the Colorado Trail, and goes on further. There are some nice campsites at about 3 miles.

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