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15 Jan 2017 - Easy morning hike/snowshoeing excursion. Get there early, even at this time of year. Due to snow, the road is closed about 1 mi before the trailhead. Got there at 07:50 and then got to the trailhead by 08:30. Since it had been a while since the last big snow, I barely needed snowshoes at all. Moose tracks near the end. Lost Lake was very serene, but the vistas were not spectacular. Got to the lake by 09:45. By the time the hike was over (10:45), the trail was a zoo and the road was totally parked up, so be sure to go early. [3.3/5]
Just finished this today. There are a few mild elevation gains (showshoe) at the beginning, and there is a roughly 1/2 mile incline leading up to Pawnee campsite after crossing over the road. This, as always, is a beautiful place to hike. Please don't park on the side of the road with no parking signs, we saw a half dozen cars with tickets on their windshields. The snowshoe trail definitely needed snowshoes, but the road could have probably been fine with a good pair of boots or microspikes/yaktraks.
The four stars for this review are for the trail and the location. Would have been five stars except for the directions given by the app from Loveland were TERRIBLE!!!!! If you're going to this trail from anywhere north of Boulder, DO NOT follow the directions that include Left Hand Canyon. Definitely go up HWY 119 from Boulder to the Peak to Peak highway. Much safer and easier drive.
Has anyone CAMPED off of this trail? It looks like once you walk past the continental divide pass, you get into an area where you can camp. Prior to that, the trail is in a "4 Lakes No Camp Zone". We're thinking of hiking to Pawnee Lake (across the continental divide pass and camping there and then hiking back the next day (we're from WI and I'm sure it will take us longer to hike). We'll be in Colorado (Fraser/Estes Park) for 3 or so days prior to the hike, so we should be pretty acclimated to the altitude.
Hiked on Jan 2, 2017. A nice winter trail, packed down so we just hiked in our boots. Lots of snowshoers and some cross country skiers. Definitely a popular trail, and it had nice views, especially once you get to the west side of the lake. It is mostly uphill to the lake, some gradual inclines, some flat areas, and then the last 0.2mi is uphill. That just means the hike back out is super easy. :) Our dog loved it too. Someone was even ice fishing on the lake - there was about 12in of ice on it.
This is the most beautiful hike I have ever completed. As others have mentioned, the parking lot fills and it adds exta to the hike. We hiked it from the Niwot parking lot and took the Niwot Cutoff Trail. This is an easy hike, but it is a little rockies than other trails I have hikes also rated as easy. I had a recent trip ankle sprain and carried too much photo gear, thus increasing the difficulty of the hike for me, personally, but still found it rewarding. This is a heavily traveled trail and one my dog enjoyed, with ample places to get a drink and cool off along the way. I absolutely want to do this again.
We did Audobon in the Fall 2 years ago and were successful.
Today (1/1/17) we started at the Gateway TH, and it was 3.1 miles just to get to the Audobon TH due to snow closures. So, we only did about an additional mile and had to turn back.
It's a great trail, we enjoyed it in the Fall and this time of year, the snowshoe trails are great too! Windy windy day!!!
We don't have snow shoes but didn't need them for this trail, the path is so compacted that walking with our extra grip things was fine. If you step off the trail then you'll be a foot deep in snow.
Very very windy in the clearings but a beautiful day and a great hike. We went to the first lake and then onto Brainard Lake, about 6-7miles or so.
The main parking is closed but the winter parking is open and it's not far to the trailhead.
Saw some moose on the way home too!!
This was an awesome hike! We are not hikers at all - but try to do a hike on our yearly visits to Colorado. The hike to the first lake was pretty easy and we ended up leaving my father in law there to fish while we went ahead to Blue Lake - it was much harder as we got to the top, but ended up finishing just fine and did some fishing up there too. Even saw three large moose cross the trail about 30 feet in front of us!
We went with our 9 year old daughters. Pretty windy in the clearings but perfect once in the trees. Took the snowshoe trail to Red Rock Lake and then back (less than 2 miles which is perfect for younger kids). Beautiful day and scenery - our girls loved seeing the frozen lake.