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We enjoyed Pawnee Buttes on a beautiful 50 degree Sunday in January. We left the parking lot and headed down to the the fork and took the right path onto Lips Bluff Trail, up and over enjoying the amazing views.
We rejoined the main trail and hiked to the both bluffs and back along the main trail back to the parking lot. Very unique landscape in the plains of NE Colorado. We hiked with our son and two dogs
And they all loved it. A great winter option for us that live in NOCO.

Great hike for a moderate trail. Really muddy today, a lot of mountain bikers turned back around and left.

trail running
9 hours ago

Had a great run. The area is beautiful and bigger than you think.

snowshoeing
snow
washed out
9 hours ago

Road was very snowy getting to the trail head. Our AWD Tiguan felt comfortable up til the last 1/4 mile. Snowshoed in, only saw another couple on the trail. Made it about 2mi (of the 4) before turning back. At this point we’d done 1000ft elevation gain and were beat and had lost track of the trail at that point and called it a day. Anxious to try in the summer as snowshoes were a serious workout.

Went up 1/16. That first portion was all mud and ice.
Immediately used yak trax. I wore the trax the entire time. Mostly powder packed, mostly not slippery but occasionally.

Had to be more careful than usual going down the final scramble from the top due to melt on rocks.
If you’ve done this trail before, you’ll be fine.

Went up 1/16. That first portion was all mud and ice.
Immediately used yak trax. I wore the trax the entire time. Mostly powder packed, mostly not slippery but occasionally.

Had to be more careful than usual going down the final scramble from the top due to melt on rocks.
If you’ve done this trail before, you’ll be fine.

Went up 1/16. That first portion was all mud and ice.
Immediately used yak trax. I wore the trax the entire time. Mostly powder packed, mostly not slippery but occasionally.

Had to be more careful than usual going down the final scramble from the top due to melt on rocks.
If you’ve done this trail before, you’ll be fine.

hiking
muddy
snow
10 hours ago

Wonderful trail. Not too crowded, saw about 7 groups of people, went Sunday afternoon 1/20. A little muddy/slushy at beginning but then mostly snow packed. Used yak tracks and they helped. Some parts very sunny and warm, but gets cold once down near the forest floor. Great views around mile 2.5! Will definitely be back in the summer.

Completed this trail on 1/20/19 and the views did NOT disappoint. We used snowshoes the whole way which was great, def recommend them or at least spikes. The beginning was crowded, congested, and narrow. You are very close to the edge that plummets. Once we got past that section we separated from the crowds and it was really peaceful. Views were amazing. Pup had a great time too! Beautiful day! Took us about 3 hours with multiple stops along the way.

This was a great trail run up Bitterbrush, but Nelson Loop was closed on this mild January day. It's extremely rocky for portions, especially after the 1st mile or so up to the fork with Antelope Trail, but is less rocky than other places like the Wapiti Trail in Heil Valley Ranch or some of the trails at Rabbit Mountain. There were a number of hikers and bikers but few trail runners. The views were great. I will try the other trails here in the future!

snowshoeing
11 hours ago

This is a great trail. Well marked with blue diamonds visible the entire route. We went counter clockwise which included a long climb in the 1st mile and a short steep climb in the last mile. Great views and friendly people along the route.

Fun hike. It was a little sloshy after noon. Microspikes are fairly necessary.

closed on 1/20/2019

hiking
12 hours ago

Was a beautiful day today, trail was getting slushy and muddy. I wore Spikes but my friend did not, all up to comfort level. Great views from most parts of the trail!

Went with Loveland Mtn. Club on January 19, 2019. Weather was sunny with temps in the 20s but strong winds and gusts in open areas. Not knowing trail conditions, we chose spikes at the trail head instead of snowshoes. Turns out as we got on the St. Vrain portion, snow was deeper due to drifting and snowshoes would have worked better overall. Trail mostly in the trees and affords a good workout with much up and down. Would do this again if could pick a day with less wind. We made it around the loop trekking through the snow in 4 hours.

hiking
14 hours ago

We’ve done this trail lots of times. It is closed for the season currently.

Loved this hike! Great variety. Definitely need spikes as there’s lots of snow, but no need for snowshoes. Loved the variety of the differing terrain, between mountains, through the forest, up and downs. Will definitely do this again soon!

on Lower Box Canyon Falls

14 hours ago

Very short but cool. Free in the winter and you can watch people ice climbing before/after visiting the falls.

hiking
15 hours ago

No too far with stock Range Rover.

hiking
15 hours ago

Snow packed but easily accessible! Easy walking trail.

We visited Dawson's Butte and completed the 5.0 mile trail loop on January 13th. What a beautiful hike and so much fun for snowshoeing! We will definitely be back during the spring and again in the fall.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
16 hours ago

Very pretty the mud is common with the season we are in. Just know that the north side of the trail is extremely rocky. The south side [which is closer to the university] is more smooth for if you have children, more pups, etc.

snowshoeing
snow
16 hours ago

There was a variety of people out with a variety of footwear. We wore our snowshoes, but saw people with and without spikes, trail-running, cross country skiing, and REI had a tour group for fat tire biking. The snow was mostly packed down with one icy spot. The hike was easy and I never felt a need to stop and catch my breath. Overall a pretty good trail.

hiking
16 hours ago

Great hike! Definitely some snow, but the views along the way and especially at the top are worth the work! Snow shoes are not necessary, but boots are a must this time of year.

I loved how peaceful the trail is, yet there still are little mini trails to fulfill that sense of adventure. Will do again!

Pretty slick and snowy, but well worth it.

hiking
17 hours ago

Nice Hike - Nice Views

hiking
17 hours ago

Nice Hike - Nice Views

hiking
snow
17 hours ago

Love this trail! When we want a quick and relaxing hike, we do this one. Dogs love it too.

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