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Really stunning views. I went around 6-9pm on weekday. I was literally the only person on the trail. But campers were around. The road leading up is half dirt and sketchy in places for low cars. My prius was fine tho. Drive slow. The creek is pretty dry until half way in. When you get to the huge open field, keep going, until you see the trail split at the end, and go left into the next meadow. You will have to cross a broken path over the water, so you will know. Just more stunning views in the 2nd meadow too. Absolutely lovely.

Most of the trail would qualify as easy, but the trails at the northeast make up for it in difficulty in and around the crash site. All and All a fun site with a wide range of difficulty.

Such beautiful views here!

Great hike to the falls, but even better if you keep going! Timberline Falls was raging with water from all the snow melt. It is a great place to stop and hangout. It takes about an hour to arrive at the falls. If you continue on the trail you will head up towards Buchanan Pass and St Vrain Glacier. You can go to many sky lakes as well. The trail was fairly easy, but very rocky. Incline and decline were very gradual. Trail runs by the river all the way up. A few flowery meadows along the way. I will definitely do this hike again.

really fun my 4runner went through with ease on main trail and one of the branch off roads is when the fun started cant wait to go back!

Quite a beautiful hike, with a little peak at the Rockies. You get a little bit of everything, including a beautiful meadow. My only complaints are the dams and electrical poles, which would momentarily contaminate my experience in nature. But this is Colorado and water is scarce, so I guess it's to be expected. Overall, would recommend!

I almost hate to write a review and expose this place. Great hike from start to stop. Love the fact they have an are to let you dig of the leash. Just a great hike all round. I want to extend it next time with one of the hiking trails that intersect.

This is a great trail trail that remains fairly flat throughout. There is a waterfall half way in which is really nice and a couple meadows you walk through with the mountains in the background. We went early in the day and saw few people. Good hike with dogs as well!

This trail is a lot of fun but a lot of rental traffic that have no trail courtesy for other riders.

Excellent hike. Plenty of parking and easy access to the trail. Views are spectacular! Bring your dog!

awsome trail! dog friendly. like a mile up the hike/walking, the trail splits and a trail is for off leash dogs. my dogs had a blast been off leash. great hike. one of my favorites of all time.

This is truly one of my favorites! Very dog friendly and love the water.

Went on a sunny day and got picture perfect views. The trail isn't too hard, but we had friends who aren't use to altitude and had to take a few breaks on some of the steeper portions. Amazing views, wish we would've brought a picnic for the lake. I would plan to add the .6 mile to wrap around part of the lake.

It was really easy going and clearly marked. Did it with a two year old who loved it!

9 days ago

Great trail for intermediate backpackers and hikers.

Once you get passed the firing range and into the valley, it's a beautiful trail. Unfortunately most of the Creeks are dried up and you will not come across moving water until about a mile in.

I would do this trail again in a heartbeat.
PS- Getting out of the valley is what makes this an intermediate trail;)

I definitely recommend getting off of the dirt road ( though you depart the river) and going up the lion trail. Pretty pines, rocks, and grassy meadows with lots of flowers.
Great views at the top before you defend down to the lake.
Well maintained as well.

River was full and cool. Friendly dogs and great flowers.

6/10/18 Arrived around 10:00am due to our planned hike not working out. We were still able to get parking. We hiked up along the river and came down the Sleepy Lion trail. The walk along the river was beautiful and a nice warm up before hitting the trail up to the peak elevation. Once you reach the gate at the top of the trail keep an eye out for the arrows to get you back on path. It was pretty hot out, but again we got a late start. I would recommend getting there early to avoid the heat. It was a good workout!

Beautiful. Take the first left up the hill on lions to get elevation and a workout. Go early to avoid the crowd. Great views!

Great trail to a beautiful, quiet reservoir. Trail only made better by the fact that dogs can be off leash, as long as you are off main road. Not many people on the trail & good weather.

Really enjoyed this trail and the opportunity to hike with the pup off leash in a designated area. Starts off on the dirt road way and then climb into the meadow to a great few of the reservoir down below. The trail had a good variety and some fun rocks to climb along the way. We will definitely be doing this hike again!

If you like rivers, then go! Note there is a long and curvy dirt road to get to the parking area. Also half the trail is a dirt road next to the river, but STILL COOL! And the gushing super high pressure river/dam opening is just incredible. Walking up the humming bird trail to see the reservoir is worth it.

The way in and the river is a broad, flat road, not a trail, and dogs need to be kept on leash, but the loop up into the mountains (Sleepy Lion Trail), is a great trail, and off leash

Great moderate yet diverse walk with kids and dogs. Will be back.

Beautiful hike! Try to start early to avoid heat and crowds.

Loved this hike! So pretty at the dam!

really liked this trail!! not super crowded and really pretty. great mix of sun and shade.

Easy hike with pretty views of the Ralph Price reservoir, dam and creek. Half of the hike is on a gravel road. FYI--you will need a special permit to fish in the reservoir. A Colorado fishing license is not enough.

We hiked this trail on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. The gate was closed so we parked at the side of the road. Very easy trail we hiked 3 miles in and back out. Beautiful pine forest with river always present. We stopped for a snack where the trail crossed the river. Great spot just us the breeze and the rushing river. As far as creatures, we found some pretty fresh black bear scat and some pretty fresh scratch marks on adjacent trees, some mule deer scat and a bunch of butterflies. Nice trail

25 days ago

Nice easy grade, good for dogs, in the trees so stays cool.

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