Nice hike for out of town guests. You can also access it via the Mt Royal start and then cut over -- just know the start of the Mt Royal hike is more challenging. Especially beautiful in the fall with the aspens! I wrote more about it here: https://goo.gl/cgLgQP
Easy to find, easy hike (not sure why this is listed as moderate, I'm a novice hiker and I think an average person could do this in tennis shoes with no poles or gear very easily). Nice lake view at the end, and streams visible many places along the path. Great first trail if you're coming on vacation from lower elevations.
I backpack this trail every year with some friends. It takes between 2.5-3.5 hrs to get in. The first half mile and then then mile 2.5-3.5 can be rough while backpacking, but overall the hike is pleasant. The scenery and fishing at the top are awesome.
One of my top 5 hikes in Colorado. It's a great year round trail as it's pretty well traveled. The first 30 minutes follows along a river and is quite shady making it very comfortable in the summer. At the fork, you can pick up the Gore Range trail and head in either direction. If you take a right at the fork, there is a series of waterfalls about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs back. This area is not very shaded and can be quite hot but is well worth the trip.
My dog & I totally enjoyed this very easy hike this morning. I'm not understanding the comments below about the trail not being marked. It was very clearly marked and quite obvious. I recommend doing this trail in the morning while the sun filters through the trees - very pretty. Several babbling brooks for dogs to get drinks. Perfect trail for young children. Rumor has it that a bull moose has been spotted lately swimming across the lake.