bugs
13 hours ago

Just hiked up to Surprise lake. heavy bugs!!? Great hike, fish are biting! Spent the night all by ourselves at the lake HEL YEAH! Tried to go to Upper Cataract, after the trail split for Upper Cataract it was heavy snow. We turned around after 1.3 miles

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

The wildflowers are indeed popping on the trail! The first open areas are filled with Mule’s Ears, larkspur and a few lupine starting! Gorgeous! Wonderful walking through aspen and two stream crossings. We turned around a bit past the wooden log bench lookout. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail with beautiful views

hiking
off trail
1 day ago

Whoops. We ended up on acorn creek trail, not the loop which we were aiming for. Was still pretty but check your map before taking the branching point. The sign points in one direction towards the trail, but the “loop” trail is the other way! Still a lovely area, clear trail— no snow or mud today. Wildflowers coming out and the aspens are all blooming!

hiking
snow
2 days ago

The beginning of the trail is extremely lush. So much greenery to look at! As you head up the trail, you have a steady gain. The first 3 miles of the trail is clear of snow. The only obstacle are downed trees that you can climb over to get back on the path. The last 1/4 of the trip has quite a bit of post-holing. My group and I were unable to get to the lakes due to dense snow around 700ft from the lake. I would say the trail would be good to go with a couple weeks to a month of good melting! But absolutely beautiful with wildflowers starting to bloom and breathtaking views!!! A must do.

Nice strong (but easy incline) - not too many people out which was nice. Path is clear and safe. We crossed two streams before getting to the outlook. Can beat the views - for sure

backpacking
snow
3 days ago

Tried to backpack 2 weeks ago, and couldn’t even make it to Surprise Lake with how much snow there still was. Waist deep post holing until we made the decision to turn around. Would love to try again in a few more weeks!

hiking
3 days ago

Made it 3.75mi in until snow several feet high and not traversable without snow gear, so did not make it to the lake. Many many down trees across portions of the trail as well.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike and gorgeous views of the mountains. The two streams are easily passable.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice hike but not well sign posted. There are several forks in the trail that have no signage. Take a map or use All Trails digital map to guide. Cell signal was strong with Verizon.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful views, loved it.

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous trail! Perfect conditions and the wildflowers are popping! Enjoy!

hiking
3 days ago

This was a nice little hike for a Sunday morning. Took the dog on the trek. The water runoff was nice for the dog to refresh in. Views are beautiful. We went on 5/31 and the trail was dry and very accessible. I wouldn’t really rate this as moderate, but it gets the heart rate up.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

Most snow and mud gone.

muddy
5 days ago

Went up 1 mile today. Trail was in decent "Spring shape". Muddy but passable . . . stopped at that first meadow.

hiking
6 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!! The wildflowers are starting to bloom and it was just gorgeous. I will be coming back to continue up to the summit of the ptarmigan peak!

Snow is 98% gone...few small patches to walk over. Lots of downed trees to climb over/under. Some wildflowers starting to bloom. Nice early season hike today.

hiking
6 days ago

Absolutely beautiful, but wanted to warn others that I’ve lived in CO for a year and got altitude sickness for the first time after doing this hike. Be careful!

hiking
off trail
snow
6 days ago

I was very glad that my phone was charged and there was some service back there because I got off trail four times. There was some snow, enough to slow you down but not enough to need gear. Two of the four times I lost the trail was at the creek crossing. It’s a web of fallen trees and water back there. Between that and the snow, my shoes were soaked. Make sure to have a good shoe/sock combo to avoid blisters. Generally a decent hike, though no vistas to speak of.

Not quite ready. Tried to hike a week ago. Still lots of snow, barely made it to surprise lake. Love this hike otherwise, still rated 5 stars

hiking
blowdown
7 days ago

Was the most beautiful hike I’ve ever done! With a light dusting of snow the night before it was a winter hike without the winter temps. There were large puddles and downed trees to crawl over that added to the fun.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail is dry with a couple of streams to cross but manageable. Great views at the resting log. We kept going towards the peak about another mile and half and it is clear. Others who came down from the peak said snow but could still summit.

Great day hike. Packed snow about a mile from the falls. Slows you down a bit but doable in running shoes. Poles or spikes recommended for additional stability. Highly recommend!

Lots of fell trees. But as always, beautiful! We have to take a lot stops for our English Bulldog x Boxer to take breather breaks lol she is a SPAZ and gets winded Ends at a beautiful meadow/valley, with an amazing view of the Gore Range.

hiking
9 days ago

Trail is clear. Mostly single track. Gorgeous. Quarter mile from trailhead you’ll cross a neighborhood road, continue straight between two boulders on the trail. End of trail is a wooden bench overlooking Silverthorne. If you continue, you’re headed up another several miles to the peak.

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