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INCREDIBLE. So peaceful and still and pure. Went a few days ago and we were the only people there. A beautiful, secluded magical place!

hiking
1 month ago

NOT 5.3 miles. This trail is posted as 1.3 miles at the trailhead. But a good, easy hike all the same. Beautiful canyon and interesting destination.

this is one of my top five hikes in the state

missed fall colors by a couple weeks but still great

hiking
2 months ago

The aspens were in full color. Awesome! This trail is easy around the first lake with a moderate climb to Lost Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

it was beautiful. good hike. got a blister. not for the faint hearted or new hiker.

hiking
2 months ago

gentle hike. popular with kids and school groups. otherwise nice canyon scenery. gets warm early.

hiking
2 months ago

easy hike to 2 beautiful lakes. trail was very dog friendly.

very nice hike with awesome scenery

This is such a beautiful hike, the scenery is amazing. The trails are easy to walk. The water is the most beautiful shades of blue and green. One of my favorite hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great way to spend time with the family. Easy hike with great scenery. Kids loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

Asked directions to the trail head which is not clearly marked from the road. Needed to drive into the Mesa Lakes Lodge and turn left just before the cabins. Tarred one lane road takes you out behind the cabins to a parking area just beyond the trail head. Was a very nice easy hike around Mesa Lake. While there, I also did the Lost Lake trail. Not having been in CO to long, I had to watch my pace and breathing as climbed in altitude. But the trail was easy to follow and lots to look at along the way. Was a busy trail with a number of people and everyone was friendly. It was a great day!

Very beautiful hike. Lost Lake is awesome. Took my 4 year old and he walked most of the way, so it was pretty easy.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is really fun. Lots of up and downhills so you don't get too tired at once. Does have some tricky technical areas, especially if you go up into the mine. Beautiful scenery! Not sure about the 5.3 miles though. The sign at the trailhead says 1.3 miles, that's 2.6 round trip and going off my step counter and the time it took me and a young kid, I don't see the 5 miles being accurate

walking
3 months ago

There are quite a few different trails in this area offshooting from the main trail. You have to pay $6 cash only for day use or just drive slightly further up the road to the Mesa Lakes Lodge and start from up there. Also be aware that the elevation is almost 10,000 feet so if you're acclimated to lower elevations you might find you're short of breath a little faster or get a headache. Beautiful leisurely walk.

hiking
3 months ago

Two trailheads, east & west, both are easy to find. Trail is well marked the entire way. The crest was pretty awesome of the first half of the trail. Next half ain't anything special, all the trees are marked or dying and heard a bunch of human noises from below. It's nice walking up above on the crest, than down around the lakes/meadows. Lots of birds and saw some deer, only one other person was on the trail this morning so it was very peaceful. It is definitely over 10.5 miles starting at the west trailhead to finish the full loop, check out my recording.

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, did the upper portion first, so had great morning views. Bugs were not bad and the temperature and breeze were perfect. I would rate the trail as moderate with a few steep-ish uphill portions. One stream crossing on the lower portion but not difficult.