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One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever finished!

Great trail! Well marked and not difficult. Had some great views on the back side of the hike.

Climbing around the rock is fun, the hike has its moments as well. Can get busy on days with nice weather.

Just barely made it before sun down, but got a beautiful view of the lake. I recommend leaving early and incorporating The Saddle Trail, which starts at the end of Lawn Lake, and goes up to a meadow almost directly below Mummy and Fairchild Mountain, as well as Hagues Peak.

Trail starts with hilly, open range, then passes through some nondescript forest into the more rockier, boulder areas surrounding Horsetooth Rock. The scramble to the top of the rock was fun, I highly recommend more than just looking at it! Didn't do the whole loop, saving it for another day.

Starts off a wide trail, not many people where on it. Goes from open area to heavily wooded. It's relatively easy at first then gets a slight incline on the way up to the Old Mill. Well marked trail. The outlook is pretty once you get the the peak. We saw 4 deer on the way up, also saw a mole rodent. There is a little bridge we crossed that was over a small brook.

Starts off a wide trail, not many people where on it. Goes from open area to heavily wooded. It's relatively easy at first then gets a slight incline on the way up to the Old Mill. Well marked trail. The outlook is pretty once you get the the peak. We saw 4 deer on the way up, also saw a mole rodent. There is a little bridge we crossed that was over a small brook.

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2 days ago

Yesterday I hiked this trail for the first time since before the flood. It's really beaten up, but still really beautiful. Technically, you have to have a permit to park near the trail head. I did though and I didn't get a ticket. If you go up about a mile there's a sharp turn in the trail and a trespassing sign. The trail actually continues behind that sign, and that's where you can find the waterfall. I highly recommend it, especially if you're a local. Lots of history up there. I only encountered two people up there, and dogs can be left off the leash. Be prepared though, because of the damage you have to climb in a few spots. Also, I found mountain lion tracks, so be aware of that. I will definitely hike this again.

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2 days ago

I would say it's moderate. Long and fun and great view of the city.

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We did the Thomas Lakes Trail hike for our 20th Anniversary celebration at the end of October. Clear skies and temperature in the 40's. The hike was a steep ascent up to the meadows, then it leveled out a little bit for about 1/2 a mile or so. Once again the ascent became steep, with a mix of dirt and lots of rocks on the trail and an abundance of trees. The ground had frozen overnight making the mud hard as cement. Thomas Lakes was breathtaking to say the least. There was no one on the trail but the 4 of us, except for a tent set up on the far side of the lake near the bottom of Mt. Sopris summit, so we had the scenery all to ourselves. Would do this trail again in warmer weather, so we can camp at Thomas Lakes overnight and summit on the next day. Well worth the strenuous ascent to catch a glimpse of this jewel!

Allotta neature!

great hike - lots of dogs- pretty easy with some good views.

snowshoeing
3 days ago

Super windy at Emerald but worth it! The hike from Dream Lake up to Emerald would recommend microspikes and poles, the rest of the hike was snow pack and beautiful. Got there early expecting a crowd, got back to trail head around 10:30 and the parking lot was barely half full.

Gorgeous hike, the view at the top is completely worth it.

loved it! the kids had fun stopping and playing by the creek. beautiful area.