This hike along the St. Vrain Glacier Trail was originally planned to go all the way to Gibraltar Lake. However, the Spring runoff was still going pretty strong, so when it came time to cross the Middle St. Vrain Creek, which I?m sure is indeed a creek when the runoff is not in full swing, was too deep and moving too fast for my comfort zone; know your limits, live to hike another day. This hike is in classic glacier valley, it has a very gentle incline and the trail moves pretty fast.
It is a wide valley and the views are spectacular. The jagged cliffs along the north face of the trail are incredible and the rugged features of Elk Tooth Mountain are striking against the blue sky and still dotted with snow. This is a long hike, for me, even cutting the hike short it came in at 15 miles. The weather was perfect, and not a cloud in the sky. This would be a great two-day event. Checkout my GPS tracks here.