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DOG AND KID FRIENDLY! Hiked this over New Years December 2018 due to not making it to Sunlight Mountain in time for snowboards to run out! Mostly locals out walking dogs and running even tho the trail was totally snow packed. Nice for when you need a little stroll or something to do and dont want to venture too far outside the town. So many families and doggies. Makes me want to come back to GS with my doggo.

Beautifully scenic and easy. Many deep blue birds on the way. Get a close up look at the independence monument from its base. Highly recommended.

hiking
snow
19 hours ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! It was really snowy when I went, but the trails weren't too terrible with snowshoes. I would highly, highly, highly recommend this hike! It was one of the most stunning hikes. I brought my pup and she had a blast!

Did this in the evening 1/17. Trail is completely clear of snow— a little muddy in certain parts. This route is very rocky and has lots of big steps. I have bad knees so going downhill was rough. I’ve done this hike from the east ridge before and prefer that route (via goat trail). Less crowded on that route and not so rocky.

off road driving
snow
20 hours ago

I was there last weekend and it was easily drivable with a 4x4 Tacoma and bfg ko2’s. The first left looked completely unmaintained while the right turn (the actual trail) was just a bit slick.

hiking
closed
20 hours ago

The road was closed about a mile from the trail head but we expected that. It was such a great hike! Definitely dress warm for this time of year and bring good snow shoes. The water was beautiful through the ice and thick trees! I am so excited to see this place in the spring and summer!

walking
22 hours ago

Nice walking route but very muddy because of the snow. Beautiful views of the mountains. Great fenced in dog park near the route.

man what a workout but worth it. icy would suggest using spikes.

Beautiful winter hike great place to watch the sunrise amazing views all around. Word of thanks to the snowshoers who went up the previous day , made the hike much easier.

Amazing trail! Easy to follow and breathtaking views. Muddy and icy for some parts as expected so be sure to have proper hiking footwear. Enjoy!!!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Great trail close to Denver. Not very busy midweek during the day. Some good views of peaks, downtown and red rocks once you get on top.

on Mallory Cave

hiking
1 day ago

Pretty but super icy and muddy! 01/17/2019.

hiking
1 day ago

Great challenge for anyone. Scenic views. Well trafficked but not over crowded.

Great marked trail and Rainbow Lake is beautiful.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Not actually an official route trail. There’s also one point where a drainage runs across the trail and can be treacherous. And in part ended up walking on the golf course where I don’t think dogs are allowed but I had my dog. Still a fun walk

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Beautiful sunny day with snow capped mountains calls for a winter hike . I brought my four legged companion, new hiking boots, essential day pack, and a positive outlook to what was to come when I arrived in the parking lot. I went counterclockwise, and trekked up the icy , muddy mountain top first (realized that when I finished my loop route) please be careful as there’s a lot of black ice venturing upwards, especially in the shady parts of the trail when you curl around the mountain. It was very muddy throughout the beginning and near the end of the hike. Overall found some gorgeous gems, had a great workout for my physical body and a much needed adventure for my soul today . Out and back took 2 1/2hours . The last half hour was collecting rocks and sipping in the sights of downtown Denver whenever there was clearance through the forest . Ski poles are recommended even with waterproof winter hiking boots.

snowshoeing
snow
1 day ago

Jan 17, 2017
Temp: 20s

Conditions: mostly overcast with patches of blue sky, some light snowfall, wind in open areas.

Experience: Excellent for snowshoes, great snowpack and some very deep drifts. Parts of the worn trail had 4-6” fresh snow. Very deep snow off trail (as deep as my hiking pole). Nice hiking though the trees but no spectacular viewpoints. Zimmerman Lake had significant snow cover, and found some slushy ice under the snow, so use caution.

walking
1 day ago

This should be rated as an easy trail as it is either paved or a crushed rock base and the grades are gentle. This section of trail connects to other trail systems that can get you from the mountains to downtown Denver. Take a look at the maps and make your own suburban adventure.

This is a great, easy hike. Very beautiful!

It was snowing when I did this trail last week, but still completely doable. I didn't want to snowshoe or struggle to get to a trail head, but still wanted nice views. This hike checked all the boxes. I wore spikes, but you could easily do the trail without them. Even in the snow, I passed several other hikers. I imagine it's a very busy trail when the weather is better.

Great for hiking in the snow! absolutely beautiful. Trafficked but not heavily. I will be back soon.

dog-friendly Park! There are many different trails for just a casual walk or if you want to make it long distance! Would highly recommend.

For such a short hike, you get an incredible view of Golden at the top! I hiked on 1/15 and the trail was still quite muddy and icy. Spikes on your boots would help out alot but not necessary if you are cautious of where you step. But you definitely do need boots of some sort, runners won't cut it. Enjoy though!!

I did this about a week ago with my daughter in her Osprey pack and pulling my son in a single Chariot with the ski & waist pulk attachments. It was a tight squeeze getting the Chariot through the gate at the beginning, but the rest of the time our setup was great. The road is nice and wide so we were able to stop and let others pass without a problem. I wore microspikes and used hiking poles, which worked well on the snowpacked trail. My dog was in heaven and got to play with a handful of other dogs along the way.

I did this trail yesterday carrying my 9-month-old daughter in a pack. The trail was snow packed most of the way and my friend and I both wore microspikes and were very happy to have them. There was only one section of trail that was exposed and a bit muddy on the right side with hard ice on the left side. It was a beautiful bluebird morning with low temps, so not much melting happening yet.

hiking
2 days ago

Did this hike in mid November and it was amazing. We got hit by a decent amount of snow throughout the entire hike which just added to it. The silence walking on Dream Lake with nothing but the snow falling was stunning! Definitely rent spikes.

hiking
snow
2 days ago

This hike was so enjoyable, with hardly any huffing and puffing. Nothing but spectacular views from top to bottom. To top things, we only saw one other hiker. You can see everything from the top including the Indian peaks wilderness, and I am pretty sure even longs peak to the north. You could still see boulder also. This is a great beginner’s hike. It was breathtaking with all the snow called vistas!

Completed 1/15. Pretty snowpacked with ice in some spots. Needed spikes almost the entire way. Beautiful winter hike!!

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Snowshoed this trail in mid January. Really enjoyed the views of the mountains on the west side of the valley. The trail was easy to follow with a foot more snow on each side of the trail which was covered with several inches of trampled down snow.

walking
2 days ago

Nice couple mile loop. Walkway onto the lake. Lucky enough to see a Bald Eagle there today. However, people who walk their dogs there need to,be responsible owners and pick up their dog's mess..

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