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Great Hike with views of hundreds of peaks and down 3 individual valleys, about 3 steep accents which was a bit tricky in the snow/ice, but generally a fairly basic walk. Be prepared for the altitude as that can make you short breathed easily.

Difficulty: Medium

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

A fun trail, the beginning truly is a straight incline. Ankle deep snow at the worst today (October 20), a bit slick coming down. We definitely fell for the false summit so consult your map to ensure you make it to the top.

10/19/18 Started at 11 back by 2 with plenty of rests. Snow on 90% of the trail. Microspikes and poles would’ve been helpful. Only saw a few people the whole way. Great views the whole hike. 1st mile is straight up but after that a bit easier and beautiful scenery.

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10 days ago

Beautiful views! Hardly anyone on the trail once you get up the first steep incline. Our dog loved it!

Awesome trip up! We are beginners and have only hiked the past two days and this was super challenging but well worth it. Views are incredible

A very nice hike, especially if the sun is out. If you go just past the bunker at the end there are some amazing views of the valleys below. Definitely agree, make sure you layer up even if it's sunny!! Gets some decent wind chill sometimes.

Hiked this two weekends ago - had no trouble finding parking at the pass at 7:00am on a Sunday morning, though it seemed like the lot was filling up fast. No facilities/water up here so come prepared.

This was a fairly intense hike - best interval training ever! It's heartbreaking to give up so much elevation in the final push up Grizzly, but the views over each side the entire way make the effort worth it. Absolutely would be great training for a 14-er - in fact, there was even more exposed/high-angle scrambling on the ascent than any 14-er I've done. The ascent is steep, but the footholds are solid (it's not all loose scree) and the trail is easy to find.

Took a little less than 4 hours - we picked up the pace on the final push because it started to snow a bit and we were a little underdressed. In retrospect we should have brought an additional warm layer and gloves for everyone...

In sum, I really liked this hike. Great training, great views, not too crowded. 4 stars because it really is a slog, and the weather can be unpredictable.

The views and the high elevation gain intervals will take your breathe away. They call it Grizzly peak for a reason..the last 50-100 meters to the top is a fun, yet moderately difficult scramble forcing you to be on all fours until the peak. Great hike for sights, workout and some fun scrambling!

First mile up is the hardest part. Get past that and the rest is easier but still challenging considering the strong winds pretty much the whole rest of the way to the peak. Use the wind rock shelters built, they give you a needed break. The views are honestly breath taking. Wear good shoes with good traction and a face mask for the wind wouldn’t hurt. Everyone in good shape should try this.

This hike is very intense, even if you’re in great shape! The first two thirds to the false summit is harder than the second third. The first 2/3 is almost completely an incline the entire way up. The false summit had this cool “Game of Thrones” rock seating to mark that you’re about 2/3 there. As everyone says, you’re not protected from the elements at all, so dress warm. The last leg is very rocky and the trail becomes a little less clear during that portion. Overall a really cool, intense hike but definitely not for the faint of heart. Dog friendly!

1 month ago

from the parking lot to the wind break, it's a calf workout. from there, it's easy. take water, sunscreen, at least 1 walking stick. dress in layers. wind is almost guaranteed. keep ears warm.

The view ( 360 ) is phenomenal at the summit.
Nice work out, because of the ups and downs; you would feel the pain on the return to trailhead. It was sunny, not much of wind today.
It looks like hikers use this trail to go to Torrey 14er peak to avoid the crowds on Torrey and grays peak trails.
Met nice people on the trail. There was shortcut at the beginning of the trail to avoid some of first up hill, I used it on my return to trailhead.

Most of this trail is walking up a steep incline, you’re basically walking up the side of the mountain with no switchbacks. Good views of the valley on either side and cool walking along ridges the whole way

Really good value for your time. As a result, It can get crowded. Going earlier/later in the day helps (Be weary of rainy summer afternoons). Once you get passed the initial incline/peak, traffic thins out as well.

Went yesterday late afternoon after the storms rolled through. Couple of coyotes followed the dog and I towards the top but kept distance. Windy, 100% exposed - be prepared or be miserable.

2 months ago

Really fun. There are some little rodents there that will be around you if you sit in the rocks at the top

2 months ago

Tough but worth it

This class 2 is a crazy tough hike, but soooo rewarding. Lots of ups and downs. A 700 foot ascent in the final third of a mile took us close to 40 minutes. Poles come in handy on the descent.

Grays and Torreys loom large, but look for Mt of the Holy Cross, Quandary, Democrat, Cameron, Bross and other 14ers.

You may save some time by turning right about two-thirds of the way up from the trailhead. A cairn marks the spot that takes you towards Cupid.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous views and a vigorous uphill climb. Traffic thins out at the first “summit,” which you’ll recognize by the little rock “shelters” visitors have built to protect from the wind. However, don’t stop there – the mountain keeps going! Shortly after the false summit, there’s a beautiful lake tucked away between the mountains. Bring a lift coat and gloves to protect yourself from the wind because it’s relentless. Views at the top are beautiful. We saw plenty of pika, marmots, and a woodchuck at the summit.

Overall, it’s a challenging and quick hike. Highly recommended. We arrived around 8:30 am on a Sunday and it wasn’t too crowded. Took about 3 hours round trip with several breaks on the way up.

The climb is steep but the views are worth it. Great short hike. I'm not in the greatest shape so I definitely found myself taking breaks to breathe. Be prepared for high winds!

The altitude kicked this Georgia girl’s butt; oh how worth it! Marked hard ,and it is, but the views... omg!!

Views are amazing!

Great day. Beautiful weather. Amazing views. Took us from 7:30 to 1:30 but that included photography and break for lunch

Challenging hike at the beginning. Someone noted that it was a good training for a 14er, I agree! You are completely exposed, so do not forget sunscreen. We were not able to make it to the last peak because it started hailing. It's hard to judge a hike when the weather impacts the experience so much. The views were spectacular, just be sure to plan for weather even if you aren't expecting it.

Absolutely stunning views. As everyone states, the first mile is straight up but totally worth it at the end. It was extremely windy up top so make sure you dress accordingly. I hiked with my dog and we got there at 6:15am- hardly anyone was on the trail. I know some people get annoyed with unleashed dogs so we wanted to start early to avoid that:). Got back to my car at 8:30.

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2 months ago

Gorgeous views, the hike up is not to be underestimated, and the wind today was crazy so make sure to pack a wind breaker, gloves and a hood just to be on the safe side.

Great hike. It would have been more enjoyable if there was less wind.

Challenging hike - different kind of hike as there lots of ups and downs (two diff summits) so you don’t have the relief of climbing to the top and knowing the hard part is over with! Beautiful views, climb to grizzly is steep so might be best to use poles. Not very crowded either. Took me 3.5 hours

Beautiful hike. Great trainer for a 14er. Definitely tough. But did I mention beautiful?!? It took me, the slow one in my pack with bad knees, 3 hours to the top of Grizzly and two hours back. And I took the shortcut that skips the first peak to catch a glimpse of some amazing wildflowers. To catch the shortcut, hang a right at the cairn about 1/2-2/3rds of the way up the first incline. It’s pretty easy to see and you can see where it cuts across to the low point before Cupid Peak. Lots of up and down!

Started at 6am and got back to find tourists and tour buses blocking cars in the parking lot. A little frustrating but not the biggest takeaway of the day. :)

This would be good training for a 14-er! The first 45 mins is straight uphill and difficult. Took many breaks going up. Super windy at the top. Bring Kleenex and mittens-it was pretty chilly once we got to the top. We went to the right and it was really pretty!

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