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Wow what a beast. Beautiful. Raw. Unforgiving. Warrior creators. Memory of a lifetime.

Hiked on September 7th. Got there at 6:15 and the parking lot was half full. Started at 6:30 with temperatures of 40 degrees. We didn't realize the parking lot was so far from the base. It took us 4 hours to hike up as we aren't used to the elevation (we're from Texas), and it was the hardest thing we've ever done. Finally getting up there we spent 45minutes up at the top eating sandwiches we made and drinking a celebratory beer. Only saw Marmots roaming around the top, but they were fun to watch. Definitely one for the books. Go early for good parking, be courteous of other hikers (a lot are friendly, just say hi) and pack a lunch!

well maintained trail. A little overcast with mist today but beautiful country! A good hike.

Really nice hike...saw a bunch of deer around sunset when we went...saw a few people on the way there and back but didn’t feel crowded at all.

hiking
10 hours ago

1st 14er so no comparison available. I had fun and the trail was well marked until the scramble at the end; fortunately there were enough people on the trail to get an idea of where the best path was.

This was an awesome trail. I underestimated this trail but it was well worth it. We went up a few weeks ago it was cold and foggy the way up but the top was gorgeous. I took up a 40 lbs pack to prepare for some hiking my wife and I are going to do in Peru in a month. This was a great test. I’m on the thicker side and was definitely feeling the weight going up. The boulders are harder going back down than coming up. The ash is not fun going up but much easier in the downslope. Went with a group of 6 and I was the slowest. The entire trip up and down with lunch and observation time at the top was like eight and a half hours. This trail can be done by almost anyone as we met younger kids (12ish in age) to older like mid-late 60’s going up. Just have to be ready to suck wind for a while. We were stopped by rangers and asked for our permits, so make sure you have them. Make sure you take poles. It would have been much harder coming down the rocks without those. Anyways an amazing trail.

on Myosotis Lake Trail

hiking
11 hours ago

Lovely trails with a variety of options.

Hubby dog and I hiked most of this today. We actually cut across the lower part of Aspen Trails loop. Still got in almost 5 miles. Was able to pick up 2 geocaches along the way. The air was pretty thick with smoke. Make sure to pack plenty of water for you and your pooches. Not really much fresh water this time of year. Did not see any large wildlife, only a few squirrels. Great hike!

A bit flat and monotonous with scenery mainly inside a forested part of the park. You pass by camp sites, and sometimes go up or down a slight hill.

Very nice hike. Agree with other reviews that the beginning is not marked. Luckily there was another hiker who told us where to go to find the start of the hike. More signage would have been beneficial.
Hiked up the Gorge trail and it was an ongoing climb. If you're in shape it's not bad at all. If you're not, this may get your blood pumping.

Gorgeous views along the way. The summit was beautiful: full 360 panoramic view: it was spectacular- not a cloud in the sky. The hike down running the carriage trail was nice.
Gorgeous day. We didn't see too many hikers which was nice. A handful at the summit at 11a and along the trail. This would be even more beautiful during the foliage season.

Easy and beautiful. Stairway to heaven I guess you could say.

hiking
13 hours ago

Very easy walk, nice views around the lake and plenty of good places for picnics etc. Not the kind of walk we’d do but my partner had hurt his ankle!

hiking
13 hours ago

September 23, 2018. 80F in Reno and 60F at the trailhead. 2:35, 10.1 miles, 2321 feet elevation gain. Lightly jogged most flat and downhill. Busy, but it was a clear blue sky Sunday. Three other folks who jogged it, another guy was hiking it with bare feet! So it’s moderate, but add in jogging or BARE FEET and it will be hard.

A very nice hike, especially if the sun is out. If you go just past the bunker at the end there are some amazing views of the valleys below. Definitely agree, make sure you layer up even if it's sunny!! Gets some decent wind chill sometimes.

14 hours ago

Awesome workout! All uphill plus the elevation will keep you working till the end.

hiking
14 hours ago

Mt. Bierstadt was the perfect fall hike! The scenery was beautiful, but it did get quite cold at the top so bring layers, gloves, and a hat. We arrived Sunday 9/23 at 7 am and had to park on the side of the road just outside of the parking lot. It took us 2 hours to summit and about 1.5 hours to descend. Would recommend this hike to anyone interested in climbing their first 14er.

It was my first 14’er so I have to give it 5 ⭐️’s! My bff and I started out on the hike at 8am and finished around 4pm on 9/14. We took our time, rested a lot, and stayed at the top for 30-45 mins. The day was perfect. Blue skies, good sun. You could see Pikes Peak and Long’s Peak along with many other 14’ers. The hike across the meadow was easy. The hike up and over scree and boulders was a challenge. Cairns were everywhere so it was hard to pick out a good path. Nevertheless, the views were gorgeous and we both were elated over our accomplishment.

hiking
15 hours ago

Awesome morning on this trail! We are still acclimating so it was a good place to start. We were watching a mule deer and her yearling walk through the edge of the marsh when a cow moose and her two calves came out of the woods behind us. They were about 20 feet away! We backed up cautiously and we watched one another for a bit then they turned and walked away. It was magnificent!! Totally did not expect that!

I'd say the best of the trails we were on today (9/19/18) only one short section, maybe 1/4 mile, would I consider hard. the rest moderate. the clearing at the top had the best view by far.

Me and my pup loved this like - 2 lakes you can stop at, the perfect views 360, steady incline after you pass the last lake but it is so worth it! It’s all exposed so make sure you start early. I was there at 7:15am on a Sunday and plenty of parking. Like others said, it has its own parking lot!

hiking
19 hours ago

Great day hike. Look down into the crater lake bowl, great views of diamond lake and can see for miles. Pretty easy to the PCT junction then a fun rock scramble( just be respectful if other people around as lots of loose rocks) capped off by a fairly easy 80-100ft rock climb up to the peak. The climb down is a bit more challenging though.

At the top there is room for up to three people at the same time maybe so enjoy the views take pictures and leave your name in the metal canister there if you wish. Overall a good workout but more than worth it!

Had bad luck with the weather on our hike yesterday. Thick fog, driving rain, and relentless wind. Our party of 12 split into a slow group and a fast group once we arrived at the Last Chance bathroom. This was a good point to add layers, have a snack and a rest. Once you pass the tree line, the boulders were a fun challenge. A little difficult to see the trail, but easy enough to see the trail guide pole even in the fog. Unfortunately, the wind and rain made the journey too cold to continue to the summit and we turned back just before the ash field. I’d say the decent in the boulder field was by far the most challenging. Wear gloves - using my hands was far more effective than my poles. I read on a previous post that the trail hike back feels longer than it does on the ascent and it absolutely does. Can’t wait to try this hike again, hopefully in better weather next summer!

For gear, I was grateful for my poles, warm wool hat, neck cover and gloves, though by the time we returned to the car, I don’t think a single article of clothing on me was dry...

hiking
19 hours ago

Lovely trail close to Denver. Great open valleys and a pretty lake at the top. Took me about 3 hours roundtrip and I am a moderate(ish) hiker. Left before sunrise and the trail was empty. Was the first to the top and had the entire lake to myself and my dog. Dog loved running around at the top by the lake. Solid workout but not too hard at all

hiking
19 hours ago

Very nice hike, good mix of elevation, scrambles and pathways.

We parked up at the reservoir road parking at around 9:45am, no other cars there; then followed the yellow trail scramble up to the reservoir, followed by the yellow/teal trail pretty much all the way around the first figure eight route shown on the map. Total around 7-7.5 miles, took around 3.5 hours, with some nice passes of the other lakes/reservoirs, but no waterfalls. Trails very easy to follow.

Lots of vibrant colored vegetation, and small wildlife, and we saw a discarded snake skin on the black rock mountain viewpoint rocks, and a large timber rattlesnake about half a mile from the main car park, so keep your eyes open!

hiking
21 hours ago

This was my “3rd” 14er (did Quandary twice) and I loved it! I am 38, in decent shape but from Kansas City, so not used to the altitude. I flew into to Denver 3 days prior and did a 5 mile hike to 12,000 ft the day before to help acclimate. We arrived at 6:45 am on Saturday, had to park on the road just a few steps from the parking lot. Two tour buses parked just before us and let 40+ people out, among all the other cars arriving at the same time. But the trail was quite wide so it didn’t feel crowded. We were able to keep our own pace most of the time and didn’t have to stop to let people pass or take turns with people coming down. My friend and I reached the summit in 3 hours, while enjoying lots of breaks and chats with people we met along the trail. We spent a good 45 minutes at the top with all the other people there - it was a very friendly crowd! I found most of the trail to be significantly easier and much more scenic than Quandary, and though there were a lot more cars than I saw at Quandary, it didn’t feel as crowded. There is a boulder scramble at the top that was fun and a definite change of pace. Good to use the whole body and mind after smoking my legs and lungs up to that point. I didn’t use my trekking poles very much up or down - it just wasn’t as steep to need them, but they took the edge off in a few areas. We thoroughly enjoyed this trail and would definitely do it again!

9/22 - Not a cloud in the sky, pretty windy but otherwise perfect conditions. Large, flat summit with amazing views! Easy for a 14er, just some pretty loose rock so be careful. The road to the trailhead can be a bit rough, but it’s far better than the Grays/Torrey’s Road. Would recommend highly as a first 14er or just a plain beautiful hike.

Great hike. Took my 10 year old son up today.

One of the absolutely most beautiful views I've gotten in the Bay Area. Going around 7-10 am you get to see a snake of fog slithering through the valley

Pretty busy at the bottom, but we’re able to get to the peak, and found a little goat path back down so we were able to make it a loop and get away from all the people.

If you are in any shape remotely resembling physical fitness, then you'll find this to be a piece of cake. My only criticism is that it was a little TOO easy, given the time it took me to get there.

But with that said, if you're not in the best shape but you still want to hike to a beautiful little alpine zone, this is your trail. I took Carriage Trail to Snapper Trail back down, and it seemed equally gradual. You'll never find as friendly a hike with such a good payoff at the top.

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