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trail locations for Colorado

Nice trail with some good hills to climb, pretty views but you're still very close to a neighborhood, so if you want a secluded hike surrounded entirely by nature this isn't it.

Really nice, pretty secluded trail, but I honestly found it a bit boring because there wasn't much change in elevation. a very easy hike, I would really call it a walk.

My husband and I hiked square top lakes at the end of September. It was definitely browning due to it being the end of the season, but there were very nice views and the trail is lightly trafficked. Good hike overall.

For a person coming from the Southwest, this hike was not hard, but it was not easy. The challenge was the steady steepness of the trail - the majority of the hike was an incline, so it made the descent nice going down, but still can take a toll on the knees! This trail will get you huffing and puffing, and get your heart pumping big time, but the views are heavenly and majestic. I went Sept time, and there was only one other person, so I felt I had the mountains all to myself!!!! Breathtaking views. Even small patches of snow in certain spots...good to put in your Cantine or camelback!

2 days ago

Overall lovely experience.

The hike starts just off of I-70, and starts trudging uphill immediately. This would be a nice uphill walk through the woods, but with the proximity to the highway for the first mile, the traffic noise makes you feel like you are hiking ON the highway.

Not too far in, though, the noisy cars give way to the relief of the babbling brook just as the trail begins to flatten out. The trail then makes it's way through shady trees, over streams and opens to beautiful views of the changing Aspen this time of year.

The track begins it's ascension once again, this time with less tree cover and more expansive views. The next time it flattens is the most worthwhile, as it gives way to a small, hypercolor lake of blues, greens and turquoise, a perfect place for contemplation...

Beautiful hike. Went up the St. Mary's glacier side. It starts steep and rocky all the way until you get up past the glacier. It was a little hard to follow the trail from there. Just look for the cairns that are stacked high. There is a gorgeous view of Evans, Bierstadt, Gray's, and Torrey's, and you can see all the way out to the flatlands. We had to stop about a quarter mile short of the peak due to weather, but will definitely come back to finish!

I would echo everyone's comments here, difficult but rewarding hike.

Great day hike! There was a beautiful *enchanted* feeling with the sun poking through the clouds, leaves turning and the water twisting through the trail. Hiking boots recommended as there is some tight spots and river crossings. Took us about and two hours including some stops to enjoy the river.

Definitely a lot better in the fall. Nice and shady and plenty of aspens. Gorgeous.

Beautiful hike! Last 120-ish yards were scrambling up rocks. Totally worth the view! We're from Ohio so the altitude kicked our butts - kept having to stop to catch our breath. What has been said before holds true - if you are afraid of heights, do not feel the need to get to the top. We also lost the trail a couple times going up but didn't have any trouble seeing the trail on the way down.

2 days ago

beautiful and quiet!

2 days ago

This trail is beautiful! Great views of the creek, meadows and neighboring mountain sides along the way to the waterfall. Easy from the start but moderate for the last half of the trail. Be prepared to get your feet wet as you cross the creek a couple of times. Dog friendly and she loved it! Will definitely be back!

Didn't have much time, so only went in about 2 miles to the river where there is a great view into the valley. Tall pines and aspens, with plenty of water stops. Easy to park off paved road. There are places to camp after about a mile, lots of firewood.

off road driving
2 days ago

this was my favorite hike so far...beautiful going up and once you get to the fire tower even more beautiful once up top!

beautiful hike went on a Saturday moring at 630am...if u get there pass 630am you're gona be waiting for a parking spot...im glad so many can only fit in the lot or this place would be to packed...great incline wasnt as hard as i thought it was gona be. if you make hanging lake you gota up up to the water falls its not much farther up..

2 days ago

Nice easy hike by the stream with good tree coverage. Beautiful falls and brave chipmunks, watch your toes.