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Great hike with a variety of trails and many water features with the river, outlet from the dam, spillway and water fall. A real gem of an outing! Hike done on 5/12/18.

Wasn't able to do the hike. Got to the trailhead at 10am on a Monday in the beginning of May and there was no parking available. Looks like there was only room for a max of 10 cars, if that. The 2 mile road leading up to the trailhead was all marked no parking.

One for the books. Take a good human with you for a guaranteed good time. Not many people during the weekday. Water was really nice. Good snacks a must.

We wanted to try some off roading for the first time in Colorado and we are glad we went to Bunce. I drive a Tacoma with a ToyTec 3” lift on 33’s. We wanted to go during the week since we heard weekends can be crazy with people on ATV’s and quads. The trail was dry minus puddles and we only used 4 Low a couple times. The ride down 105 was rough going towards the lake area (which is closed to off roading). When I say rough, we made it just fine, didn’t need a spotter, but it was a lot of rocking back and forth on the rocks. I honestly could have done this trail in a stock height Tacoma with no problems. I was happy to get to put my Taco to good use! I would recommend this for anyone wanting to have some fun.

Oh we even saw a Moose! I upload pics. And I took a video on my GoPro of most the trail and will upload the link.

T-33 crash trail is still closed as of 5/13/18 but Ironclads was fun. The little bit of rain we've had made for a few mud puddles here and there. Good day of wheeling!
2000 4Runner, 3" lift on 33"s

Beautiful hike! Good variety of terrain. A large portion of the loop allows dogs off leash. The trail has good shade about 1/4 of the time, On a hot day, this one might be rough - wear sunscreen.

A great trail to start the season. a great view of longs peak. very dog friendly.

mountain biking
11 days ago

The ascent up Antelope was challenging but after a bit of climbing there's some fun flowing riding up top. All of the bikers and hikers I encountered were very respectful.

I also hiked the trail a few weeks prior to biking it and all of the bikers were respectful. I quickly recognized that the trail was primarily designed as a mountain biking trail, so I kept to the side whenever any bikes were coming... Common sense

hiking
12 days ago

This is an excellent hike to take your in shape flat-land visitors. The hike is moderate with only a few slightly steep areas to get the blood pumping. This hike offers plenty of shade and rewards with lots of wildflowers and amazing views.

Very pretty hike. Well maintained trail with lots of wild flowers. Good amount of parking spots

This trail has a lot of people on it. It is great for bikers and runners.

I hiked this trail with a 48lb vest... it was fairly easy. Probably a lot easier without the extra weight.... dogs are welcome on this trail!!

Great trail!! Pretty easy and dogs loved it!! Amazing views!! ❤️

Great hike, large portion of the hike allows for dogs to be off leash. Very pretty views of the lake as well. Make sure to plan extra time if you think you want to go to the lake, you have to climb up from the bottom of the dam to see the lake and its a bit of a hike!

Love this hike. Overall pretty easy with beautiful views. Plan some extra time to go to the lake and maybe take a lunch

Great trail for running.

4-15-18
No snow or ice. Half the trail is a dirt road but trail is very pretty and full of great views!
Do not have to pay to park.
Bathrooms at trailhead.
I’d rate this as moderate to difficult as there are some steep inclines. There’s a huge damn which is also really cool.

A favorite semi challenging trail.

Plane crash trail is closed as of last weekend. I don’t have much experience off-roading and thought Bunch school road was easy to moderate in my stock Tacoma TRD Off-road. Ironclads was challenging, and I was very glad to have a spotter with me. Very fun trail and definitely worth the drive from Denver.

Nice views on a hike pretty much anyone could do. Decent climb when you come off the fire road for a bit, eventually turns into a wide smooth path for the descent. Probably about half the hike is on wide, smooth dirt path, some of that is fire road. Good scenery and low traffic. Good amount of the trail is off leash for dogs. Tons of water features which adds a lot to the fire road parts.

Was really good minus people having their dogs off leash in non designated areas

hiking
28 days ago

Very moderate hike, fairly easy. No great views. The only plus was no bikers allowed. Took this to Nelson Loop and was about run down by bikers flying through. Predominant thought was meh, kind of boring.

Good view of the distant snow-strewn peaks and a reservoir. Wildflowers are starting to emerge now. Not a lot of scenery to look at unless you're at the very highest point of the trail, but besides that it was an easy trail with decent enough reward at the top. Very few people hiking on a Monday afternoon. Only passed two groups of people.

Once you get to the point on this trail where it turns into a road that heads back to the parking lot (clearly marked with a sign) and there's a building where the reservoir water flows out into a river, I'd also suggest heading up the 'Hummingbird Switchback Trail' that goes up to the Ralph Price Reservoir. It's short and you get a good view of the water, and can even follow a trail all the way around the lake if you want. From there you can take the road that goes around the reservoir a bit and also leads back to the parking lot.

Nice hike. Did this last September. Definitely on the easier side of Moderate. Nice and shady for most of the hike. The dam is awesome and a great place for lunch. Some nice views along the way as well.

Beautiful rugged hike. You start out the first half mile or so on a service road but it’s going along side the St Vrain creek, so the scenery is still beautiful. Also I’d say the last 1.5 miles of the loop are coming back down the service road, but again, still feels plenty secluded. We went on a Wednesday and hardly ran into anyone else and parking was not an issue. Once you take the trail (it’s on the left off the service road) it is pretty steadily inclining for a while. Gorgeous views of Longs Peak at the pinnacle. Would definitely do again!

Loved the scenery on Sleepy Lion Trail! Make sure to turn left onto the trail off the main road. I accidentally made a left turn into Hall Ranch and turned my 5 mile hike into over 10 miles, but a lovely mistake! I saw over 20 deer close-up and a huge mountain peak before returning to Sleepy Lion Trail. Also saw eagles, wildflowers, and a rabbit. Finally hit the dam and took Hummingbird Switchback Trail up to Ralph Price Reservoir. Absolutely beautiful around 430pm! Took the road back to the car and enjoyed walking by the river.

Quick morning hike with lots to look at. Trail was essentially dry on 4/7/18 which is always a plus.

hiking
1 month ago

Super muddy after yesterday's snow. Manageable with poles and extra time. Microspikes would have been helpful. Very few people out today, but the mule deer and hawks were active. And helicopters. Lots of helicopters toward Button Rock all day. Nice hike and looking forward to doing again when it dries up.

Got to the lake right at daybreak and sat there listening to the ice melt under the surface. Was an awesome experience!

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