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beautiful trail!

Took my 3 kids the trail was great, beautiful views around the lake. Dogs loved it! only bad thing was that there weren't any signs that said to pay for parking, when we reached back after our 6 miles we had a 20$ parking ticket in the window. I say the sheriffs there should be after the bad guys not after people parking in a large empty parking spot doing exercise. It was our first time there, not welcoming. regardless I enjoyed the hike and it's what it's all about!

Now I know why this trail is so popular. Did this trail on 10/25. Beautiful day. Some icy patches, but did not need spikes. I want to go back and see this place again in winter, spring, and summer.

off road driving
20 hours ago

very little snow to worry about. trail is clear.

Great trail. Amazing views. Can see Pikes Peak from the top of Chautauqua Mountain. Enjoyable Hike.

Open last weekend. Great trail.

Wouldn’t say is hard- solid moderate. Short. Trail crosses rock slide which is fantastic. Trail takes you to back of first flatiron, which cool, is bit of anticlimax...

easy trail, main path is wide

Hiked 9.22. Great for a first 14er but a bit to many people on my way up, especially at the summit. Took the east side of the mountain down to the lake and hooked up to the abyss trail to make a loop out off this (makes for a 10+ mile hike). Much more secluded just watch your step as you are hopping boulder to boulder on the way down the side of the mountain. One wrong move you'd go down pretty hard but that was the most fun part for me. Also easy to lose yourself in 6' tall and dense shrubbery. Had to just power through some sections to find the trail again on the abyss portion.

Snowshoed on 11/22. 8 mile dirt road to the trailhead was clear and I was able to slowly make it in a sedan but 4x4 would make it easier and quicker. Snow covered forest for the majority of the hike wad well packed and don't need snowshoes until you are about a mile or so out from the lake. I decided to make it up to the Continental divide trail but it was very slow going and frustrating to gain ground. can't recommend enough as the 360 view from the top had been one of my favorites. Push yourself that last mile up and you won't be disappointed. Even found some cell signal up there!

Did this hike on 12/8/2018 on a sunny day with packed snow on the ground. The hike is actually only .2 miles from the trailhead to the waterfall. Description on AllTrails is currently very inaccurate. There are a bunch of other loop trails to do that branch off from the trailhead of this hike, but the .2 mile trail to the Cornet Creek waterfall dead ends at the waterfall.

Would rate this waterfall in the winter as 10 stars if I could!!! When we visited, the waterfall was frozen and formed into an icicle-like volcano with the water still pouring into the top of the “volcano”. Very awesome and unique sight!

On the other hand, the short hike to get to the waterfall was pretty challenging with the snow on the ground! Used ice cleats for traction, but trail is very narrow (barely the width of one human foot) in some stretches and follows along a steep ledge most of the way. I was very scared during the first attempt to make it past the narrow, steep sections and gave up, but then found a branch to use for support and felt more comfortable. My husband is like a mountain goat and made it just fine without ice cleats or a trekking pole.

Nice hike, we took the stairs up and it was a good incline up. Great views from the top. Short hike!

Nice trail and not busy at all this time of year. Completed yesterday and the views at the top are well worth the short hike up. Icy in some areas but you don't really need spikes if you just tread carefully around the icy areas. I took them just in case but never used them.

I really enjoyed this hike, the views were wonderful

Hiked 12/8 but didn't have it in me to make it to the lake. Snow was untouched with no tracks at all once you get halfway up the Devil's Thumb Trail. Had to follow the tree line and assume the trail was under you. Fluffy snow that you sink in at least 6" with every step, poles did not help, snowshoes a must. No spectacular views until you get to the lake I assume. Very peaceful and quiet. Didn't see a single person from the Devil's thumb turnoff heading to the lake. Got a bit turned around in the beginning following others tracks and looking at the abandon Miner's Cabins.

Absolutely stunning hike. I hiked this alone and ran into only one couple the entire hike. I would recommend this over the West Maroon Pass Trail if you're looking for a hike in the Maroon Bells; the views are stunning and it is much less trafficked by people (perhaps because the trail head is in a more secluded location). Overall it was mildly challenging hike, due to the elevation gain, but otherwise the terrain is forgiving and the trail is well maintained. Gorgeous view from the top of the pass.

hiking
1 day ago

A really beautiful hike; my friends and I chose to hike into the base camp and stay there overnight so as to get a really early start, and beat the heat (and people). We started at about 6:30/7 am and were back down at the car by noon. The most time consuming aspect of the trail is the terrain- a lot of the hike is tallis field, and footing on the scree can be a bit slow-going. Also a good note to any hikers is that there is one VERY convincing false summit, which still got us even though we had read up on it. You have to cross a saddle before you get to the summit of Soapris. Loved the hike overall, so beautiful and was more challenging/enjoyable than some 14ers out there!

My friend and I did this hike on a Monday (10/29), and except for the road being closed to the upper parking lots, it was quite majestic!

I must admit that the 2-mile (4-mile round-trip) trek on a paved road absolutely sucked. The worst part about it was that the road to both parking lots was completely clear and could have been accessed by any vehicle. However, we didn't have to pay the $11 Brainard Recreation Area fee, so there's that.

But with it being a weekday and with the road closure, we encountered very few other hikers on the trail. This added to the beauty of trail, with only having to share it with a few other nature lovers. Be sure to follow the All Trail map very closely though, as we almost got lost heading up to the lake.

The lake itself was mostly covered in ice, with just a few openings showing where the water was. Initially it was quite pleasant at the top, so we stopped and had a nice little snack. But shortly thereafter the wind picked up and it turned quite chilly. So, we packed up, took a few pictures and headed out.

A lot of people have indicated in their reviews that it was close to 12 miles round-trip, but I clocked it at roughly 10 miles on my phone. Will definitively be returning to tackle the Isabelle Glacier when the road is no longer closed.

Super easy and beautiful!

We did this hike Saturday, 12/9/2018 in the morning. Got to the trailhead by 8:45 AM. We only did half the trail. Cold, but beautiful! We used microspikes .9 miles in but the snow got too deep at the turn off for Mount Flora. If you go, bring snowshoes! There were mostly people backcountry skiing-- the runs looked awesome. By the time we got back to the parking lot, there were no open spots.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike with several places with amazing views before getting to the summit. Last .2 miles can be a little tough if you have breathing problems at altitude, like me, but going slow is just fine since there is enough room to move out of the way for faster people.

You do need some sort of traction as you get deeper into the shady areas since there was a fair amount of snow.

Definitely would do this hike again since the views are incredible.

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Great beginner snowshoe trail! Wide, packed trail easy to snowshoe on. 4 stars because once we got to the clearing, we didn’t know where the trail kept on, so we ended up going our own (wrong) way to the right because that hill toward the left in the trees looked brutal. Still gorgeous nonetheless! Steady incline uphill on the way out. Drive to Henderson Mine, veer right down the dirt road (need AWD, 4x4) and the parking lot will be soon after on the left. There’s a Jones Pass Trailhead sign so you know you’re in the right place. Bring layers (gets windy!), water, and snack or whatever you need for altitude (you’re up at 12,000 feet!). 12.11.18.

Trail isn’t well marked and there’s a fair amount of scrambling, but for how close to the springs it is, it’s fun! Great view around sunset.

Pretty easy trail, enjoyable at the top. Would be beautiful during Aspen season!

Very hard, very worth it. Don’t bring your dog, it’s too much for them. The steps take about an hour, and then it’s a nice leisurely walk down the Barr trail. Beautiful!

Nice little stroll around the lake. Good for an easy way to get outside.

My favorite hike near the Springs! So beautiful at the top.

One of the best hikes in the Springs. Not easy, but really pretty.

It was pretty, a little overrated. There are prettier hikes of that distance and difficulty at Cheyenne Canon.

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