Fort Collins, CO
Adventurer | 245 pts
The views along the lower portion of the trail are good in the fall. My exploratory hike only took me to the pass itself, not on to Lookout Mountain, though I plan to hike that on 9.25 weather permitting. There is a lot of loose rock on sections of the trail and a great deal of steep grade. There had been on trail bike on the trail in a few days prior to my hike and lots of elk traffic before and after my ascent to the saddle where the trail intersects one leading to the Big Thompson (north fork) and another leading to signal mountain. Lots of places to get in trouble on a bike or on foot. Isolation was absolute and trail lightly traveled and unmaintained.
Revisited trail as of 9.25.2006. The weather was perfect save for a bit of haze over the prarie. A light skiff of snow on north side of trees and rocks, but a truly magnificent layer on the higher peaks to the west/south/north gave rise to a sudden and dramatic impact as one breaks out of the trees at about 10,400'!! I have topped out on several locations around northeastern Colorado, but I think this is one of the best views in the entire state. It changes my opinion of the trail to primo, if the reward is visible. (I take no blame if it is not, but am perfectly willing to accept credit if the views are there!!