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Got out today, 2/7, snowshoes are an absolute must. Even with them we sank knee deep in some spots. This was my first winter hike/snowshoeing experience. Had to stop about a mile from the top because the winds were just too much and I was running out of gas. Would absolutely hike again the views are stunning, bummed we couldn't reach the top.

1 day ago

This was my first real hike, let alone solo. I went on a 50ish degree Tuesday. I took the longer trail on the way up, and didn't see anyone until I got to the summit trail almost 3 hours later. There is a beautiful secluded meadow towards the end of that trail. It was hard to follow the trail on the summit, but it would become obvious fairly quickly if you wandered off the path. The extreme wind led to a scary moment at the summit itself, but I talked to someone who said it is usually not nearly that bad. Really, really enjoyed this hike!

1 day ago

I am not an experienced hiker but I loved the view at the top. No experience but since this was a February hike, here are things I didn't have that I would recommend.

1. Hiking shoes with attachable spikes. Even if it above freezing for the day, the canyon does not get much sun, and it is STEEP in many parts. Getting up is really hard when you keep slipping.
2. A pair of hiking sticks. Not just 1. That was a mistake.
3. Water. I actually brought plenty of water, but some people went without water and they wanted to borrow my water. That's fine, I don't mind helping fellow hikers but it is best to be prepared.

Unless you're an expert, the climb up takes more time than getting down. I highly recommend it. Amazing trail, HARD. But so worth it.

My favorite hike! Went about a week ago but had to turn back right before the upper lake because of the snow and lack of trail but gonna be going back for an Easter hike, hopefully I’ll be able to make it to summit lake! Very good trial if you like a challenge with views

1 day ago

Great trail. Steep hike. Ditch the poles,spikes and snow shoes.

The road to the trailhead is currently closed for construction. I would not recommend until it reopens as it will add miles of pavement hiking.

Still a winter wonderland and definitely worth a visit. Hiked on 3.18.18 in boots with a friend hiking in tennis shoes. Doable, but spikes/more tread would be helpful on the way down! The trail itself is hard to see in some places, but mostly just follow the packed snow. What a dream.

1 day ago

Breathtaking views from this busy trail. Went on March 18, 18 before the expected snow. crampons or spikes were a must, those without them were REALLY struggling. Didn't quite see the need to go as extensive as snow shoes, while many had them. my 5 y.o., wife and I did great with just the crampons, enjoying every mountain view along the way. Lots of deer, and elk not from from the trailhead as well.

amazing. where else are there bald eagles flying overhead all hike. beautiful.

(3/22/18) I hiked this trail today. Probably my favorite hike to date in RMNP. It was an absolute blast. Lots of snow the entire trail but it was packed. My wife and I only used spikes. Never needed the snowshoes we brought. After the Loch it does become quite a bit more challenging but definitely doable. The last obstacle was difficult today. Very slick and not much to grab but was able to do it using poles. Several other people in front and behind us stopped right before the obstacle. Would highly recommend at least spikes and poles. We saw several other people not using them but would be much more difficult. AWESOME TRAIL.

Beautiful hike! Ups and downs! Pretty snowy but it was packed down well. Some sections of small slippery areas on the path that are along a cliff so a little difficult at time but this trail was definitely worth it for the views!

Nice trail. Lots of trees and shrubs.

This was a very pretty trail to walk. It had very little elevation change, parallels the lake the whole time, and I only saw a few others on the trail. Very enjoyable!

trail running
2 days ago

Awesome section of the Clear Creek Train along the Wheat Ridge Greenway. Wide open spaces, narrow wooded lanes. A few bridges and pretty views of the creek. Paved and natural paths running along both sides of the creek through some woods merge onto one paved path as you come out to open space headed west. Lots to do and see!

2 days ago

Went last Saturday. The weather was perfect! No wind at the summit. Many other people were on the trail that day so by mid afternoon, a lot of the snow was sloshy. It was breath taking seeing the 360 view of snowy mountains

Hiked 3/14. Made it all the way up with boots and poles. Poles were a must or at least spikes as it's steep and slippery. The last mile I was sinking in the snow quite a bit so I actually put snowshoes on to get back down to the river bottom. Awesome winter hike!

One of my favorite hikes ❤️❤️

HIked on 3/17. SUPER crowded. No snow.

HIked on 3/17. Connected from Bierstad to Bear lake. Trail fairly well packed. Snowshoes/skis not required, but you can use (snow is deep enough). We used hiking boots/trail shoes. No microspikes required.

HIked on 3/17. Packed. No snowshoes required. HIking boots/trail shoes required. Not a very pretty trail, but links up with others which is a work around for a lack of parking at Bear Lake.

4 days ago

Great hike!

This trail is our go to bike trail because it is close enough to bike to from home and not too long for my kiddos. as others have stated it is not a full loop. More specifically: when you get towards the northeat side you leave Quincy Reservoir through a spinning metal gate. You 'can' put bikes through here by dismounting and rolling them through upright on the back tires. We have a trailer for the littles and we got it through but had to take them out and detatch it from the bike. then you have to ride/walk along Quincy Ave which is fairly steep to get back up to the parking area. I much prefer the out and back path due to this. Also note this is only open March-October. You also have to pay to park there or buy a season pass. I would recommend it for people nearby who can walk/ride in, or for fishing.

Absolutely amazing!!

Nice place to jog. Not too busy. Paved and natural trails with plenty different loops.

Amazing gorgeous outstanding-wild raspberries at the start of the trail.

This is a beautiful hiking trail! I would not recommend it for trail running however. It is a very rocky path about 75% of the way. Yay hiking/nay running.

5 days ago

The only reason it get 4 stars instead of 5 is because I couldn’t make it to the lake due to the snow conditions. Just to early in the season to expect to make it to Gore Lake. Regardless, this was a beautiful hike. I had to start cutting my own trail after about 2 miles, so be prepared with snowshoes if you plan to get very far. I can’t wait to be back in late summer to attempt getting to the lake again. The views across the valley are breathtaking. Very impressed with my first hike in CO.

Loved it! Stair steppers Heaven! Recommend counter clock rotation of the loop. If you go clock wise you may find that you might want to skip the summit cause you're too tired. The left side off loop is more difficult and longer. When you get close to summit, trail gets harder to distinguish. Look for pyramid rock stacks and few trail markers. Creek runs along the right side of loop, you can treat to drink. But no water on the left side of loop. Enjoy!

This was a lovely hike on a sunny, brisk day. I normally don't enjoy hiking up roads, but there was a lot to see in the first 3/4 mile - climbers, dam, creek...The turnoff on the single track trail was lovely and different rock out croppings provided awesome views of the reservoir. Easy afternoon hike. For more details and photos. https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/03/19/road-trip-to-the-rockies-button-rock-preserve/

Hiked on 3/17/18. No snowshoes needed. Bringing micro spikes of some kind is probably a good idea, there were definitely some icy spots but everyone in my group managed without any additional traction. The lake (we didn’t venture up to the top lake) was beautiful and even for a beautiful Saturday there were not many people on the trail. Excited to come back in the summer!

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