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One of my favorites. I love this trail. Be prepared to dedicate the whole day, Because you will want to stop several times to peep the views.

This was a beautiful and nice hike. However, this trail is rated easy ,which it is, unless there is ice. Then I would rate it moderate/easy. Will be adding shoe cleats to my hike bag.

*you have to travel 2 miles north to get a $9 parking permit* (who ever put the buttons on it was color blinded, see picture)

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muddy
rocky
snow
1 day ago

Did this hike today. Probably because it was in mid January, we met very few hikers. It was snowy in places and heavy wind up top. Pretty decent hike but at times the trail routes might be tricky as there are few signs. I would say its above moderate to difficult hike.

Not as picturesque as some of the other hikes in the area, but still fun. Trail was visible today, and do-able without snowshoes or skis, but would recommend one or the other if you don’t want to post-hole on occasion. Trail can be a little dicey in the winter near some of the cliff edges. Ice on the lake is cool.

One of the most underrated trails I’ve ever done. Absolutely breathtaking. Not too strenuous, but difficult for us Indiana folk because of the whole breathing thing.

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snow
1 day ago

Great trail, amazing views! We used snowshoes to the lower lake but they weren’t necessary (1/21).

Definitely need snow shoes for the last bit. Got there super early and didn’t see anyone until I was almost down- tons of skiers. I went on a Sunday morning. Bring GPS as ski trails can be mistaken as actual trail.

Hiked today 1/21. 11 am parking lot only 1/3 full. Almost no wind the whole way. Sunny until Emerald lake, then started snowing. Had micro spikes, but could have made it without them. Trail compact but not icy yet. Was an amazing hike

hiking
2 days ago

1/21/19 Snowshoe hike up Waltrous Gulch. Trail fades after about 1.5 miles due to fresh snow. Keep your head up to the West slope, you are traveling in avalanche terrain.

Also a general comment, we hike at this TH quite bit and have helped several cars dig out and get out of the snow. If you have 2WD/all seasons, you’re going to get stuck. Pack a shovel and some chains. You need snow tires and AWD, even though it’s a short drive to the TH from I70, it’s deceiving.

Easy trail with a moderate climb to start. Nice views and moderately trafficked. Horses, mountain bikers and hikers.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked on 1/21, the trail is very snowy, and can be slippery at some steep slope (even with micro spikes), especially near the top. but the trail was absolute beautiful, quite, and it’s super fun to hike on! It took us a little more than 3 hours to complete, because we stopped a lot for taking photos. Lake on the top was half frozen; it’s gorgeous and totally worth the effort.

Super easy and quiet hike. Beautiful views despite the dead forestation and burned down trees. Went around 12pm on a Monday and I was the only one. Saw some deer. Pain in the butt drive to get here though. Cheesman Reservoir is gorgeous and I’d love to come back in the summer.

hiking
2 days ago

1-20-19 . Was super windy when we got there and barely stayed. Beautiful hike though and roads getting there were not too bad. Favorite Colorado hike

Fun hike with my teenagers. Packed down good but should have some fresh snow here real soon.

Road to trail is closed roughly 3 miles from trailhead.

Easy, snow packed trail. We did this with some friends and they did not use traction on the way up. (We had microspikes). We got here at 8am and had parking, but when we returned at 10am everything was full. The elevation gain was spread out pretty evenly, with the most steep sections at the last half mile.

Spiked and snowshoed today 1/20/19 and enjoyed lots of snow, ice and sunshine. I love seeing happy hikers with their children and dogs. Only disappoinment today was all the dog poop on the trail!

Snow shoe or ski in. Otherwise you post hole. Busier than I wanted it yesterday morning. Trail condition is great. Mostly established main trails.. Packed snow on trails until you start climbing the last steep 1000 feet then it’s deep snow country and would be difficult without a reliable flotation devise (snowshoe or ski) The first lake we run into was frozen. To ski or snow shoe? If you ski here you glide. You snowshoe? Hard work = great toned legs! :) either way this place is relatively close to DENVER and offers amazing views and tons of photo ops with other like minded humans. And its as cliche as the saying “it‘s worth it”! Happy trails!

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rocky
snow
2 days ago

backpacking
2 days ago

Trail was fairly easy to follow to the peak, although deep powder starting after the Dream Lake overlook made it very tough without snowshoes. Trail seemed to end once we cleared the treeline, so we had to more or less bushwack to the peak. Amazing views of the park though!

Completed this trail on 1/20/19 and the views did NOT disappoint. We used snowshoes the whole way which was great, def recommend them or at least spikes. The beginning was crowded, congested, and narrow. You are very close to the edge that plummets. Once we got past that section we separated from the crowds and it was really peaceful. Views were amazing. Pup had a great time too! Beautiful day! Took us about 3 hours with multiple stops along the way.

hiking
3 days ago

1.20.19: beautiful, we made it all the way without snowshoes just fine (did have spikes on our boots). It was PAINFULLY windy and cold both at Dream Lake and Emerald Lake (felt like North of the Wall on Game of Thrones) - highly recommend some kind of Buff Neckwear to pull over your face and either ski goggles or at least sunglasses for eye protection.

hiking
3 days ago

Snow packed but easily accessible! Easy walking trail.

I loved how peaceful the trail is, yet there still are little mini trails to fulfill that sense of adventure. Will do again!

Great snow, great trail! Snowshoed up to the lower lake this morning. Started at about 9:30, done by 1:30. Definitely need snowshoes as we were breaking trail in tons of powder up by the lake. Also, snow is great all the way from the trailhead, so best to wear your snowshoes or skins/skis to keep the snow pack as smooth as possible for others.

Did this one today and this is the second time I’ve done this trail, but first time with snow shoes. It’s one of my favorite trails, but it was sketchy using the snow shoes on the part where the trail is narrow with a little bit of exposure. I fell on my face getting my shoes caught up with one another and thought I was going to fly over the edge and roll away but I managed to save myself lol. Be careful near the beginning and then coming back with that! But it was awesome today. Super windy out by echo lake and then by the reservoir, but other than that, the trees kept the wind from freezing us the majority of the time.

Also both times I’ve done this in the summer and today, we got out to the trailhead by 7/730 am and that’s the best time to go to avoid the crowds.

Can’t get to the trail. It’s in private property, with big no trespassing signs with bullet holes in them all over. Yo even get near the trail you have to enter a restricted neighborhood.

And the roads are not maintained in the winter.

No dogs allowed! $800 fine for dogs. I’m sure it’s a nice trail but that is DEFINITELY something every dog owner needs to know before heading out

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

Great views of the front range just be careful of the bird droppings while looking at them.. I don't consider this a hiking trail though. This is a nice place for a stroll, run or walk with your dog. Paved sidewalks, work out stops, and nice park areas.

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