- Distance: 8.73 RT miles
- Elevation Gain: 3,590ft
- Elevation Min/Max: 8,451 to 11,519 ft
- Trailhead Lat/Long: 39.650539º; N 106.320993º W
- Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
- Fee: None
This was one of those Fall Colorado days that defies imagination. A winter storm rolled through Summit County the night before the hike resulting in an amazing combination of snow covered ground and golden Aspen trees in the early morning.
Although the ground was snow covered, there was only 6 inches, at the most, of snow. It felt like winter hiking without the need for micro-spikes, let alone snowshoes or skins.
Blue-bird view of Mt. of the Holy Cross to the South.
Just a few hours later, virtually all of the snow had melted off.
A very popular hike, but understandably so. Drop everything, do this hike now!!