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21 hours ago

Pretty cool trail.. highly recommend!

Trail was well covered with ice and snow. I went snowshoeing after the storm to work in a quick hike. I was really surprised for the amount of snow. Probably could have done the whole trail with spikes and you would be okay. Best been to get there really early to get the best work of the snowshoes

Fun trail! Packed with snow but beautiful nonetheless. For some areas having trekking poles would make it easier.

Awesome hike! Went up in November 2018, trail was pretty icy / snowy but could hike it in sneakers (did a lot of butt slides on the way down). The fire tower is well worth the hike and then the climb when you reach it.

Getting to the trail head was very very bumpy and slow moving in some spots.

Challenging hike with beautiful views! If you have a normal compact car, you’ll have to hike the Spruce Lakes Trail before getting to where the Mohawk Lakes Trail actually starts. From there, it’s a lot of climbing uphill with steep rocks, but so worth it. Definitely make sure you see the waterfall on your way up (there’s a sign for it). The lower lake was pretty easy to get to, but the trail is a little hard to see/follow for the upper lake. Saw quite a few people fishing at the upper lake when we got there. Loved it!

trail is snow covered but not icy! beautiful as can be!

on The Chutes Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Nice location.
Wonderful views.
Nice parking lot with bathroom
Would recommend

trail running
12 days ago

Challenging first 1.7 (according to Garmin watch) mile up through some ice and snow. Coming back down was gradual downhill and fun to run. Trail has some great views. We were there on a sunny winter Sunday and only came by a few other people.

We started at the Beaver Brook trail which is 3 miles downhill and back up the Chavez which was 2 miles uphill. We went 1/6/19 and there trail had some snow and ice in some areas. The trail is a mix of flat trail, rocks you need to hug or climb over and crossing streams. Just be mindful that the last 2 miles have quite an incline uphill and it’s not easy. I am looking forward to doing it again in summer as it is well shaded and I may be in better shape

Amazing trail you have to try. Little bit everything on this hike. It was bit sketchy in some areas because of snow and ice over some rocks, but overall it’s a great trail and will be back.

Returned to do the entire loop. Clocks in at 6.2 miles. Good workout, conquering the almost 1300 ft of elevation gain. Popular on the weekend, but few do the entire loop. Many sections of slippery ice/snow. I wouldn’t have felt comfortable without traction spikes, but saw some going without, although very slowly. The loop doesn’t exit where the parking/trailhead is, you need to turn right down snow-covered road to Gold Camp Rd, go up the hill to find trailhead parking. Long, challenging hike, but worth it as it is beautiful!

I grew up hiking this trail. Recent changes made you unable to park near the original trail head, but I think this is because there is a new trail head. I'm not 100% sure on this. When I was a kid, my favorite part of this trail was looking forward to finding the old energy station (or something) remnants at the top of the switchbacks. Overall the trail is pretty gentle, and you'll find raspberries at the top if you're lucky.

Beautiful hike that crossed over the creek several times. It was snowy/icy in several areas. Starts off downhill then the last mile and a half or so is uphill. Well maintained but could use better signage.

Nice hike with great views. First half can get snow/icy, so bring traction if you’re not “sure-footed”. Quiet during the week, popular hike on the weekend. Challenging up hill, but not hard. If you’re in decent shape, shouldn’t be a problem. Saw lots of deer. Beautiful view at the summit. Will do this trail again!

Great hike with multiple creek crossings. Went right at the start of the loop and it was 85% downhill and flat, easy. Probably more on the moderate end the other way. Recommend going in the summer to see the awesome creek. It was frozen during my hike but still was a gorgeous hike! Moderate hikers and dogs.

Went last week. Could not get all the way to the trailhead by car, parked .7 miles down the road. the Snow was good but the trail is hard to find after about 1.5 miles from the car, so we didn’t get very far past the trailhead. My trail finding skills might be novice, and I didn’t feel like getting lost in the winter. But, I look forward to trying again either this winter or in the summer!

Fun hike near Denver. With half the population of the front range. Parking can fill up early.

Beautiful views, varied terrain, busy with hikers and dogs, some tricky spots, several amazing rock stairs, very little snow or ice on the trail on the day we went...It definitely satisfies the need to get some peace in nature!

Frozen fall but still very cool

This was a pretty hike. Not well posted and we lost track of the trail a few times...which would likely be more difficult right after a snow. Easy access from the city.

I enjoy this trail, but always scared I’m going to get trampled by a mountain biker.

Hiked only part if this trail with my dog-going back to hike full trail! Beautiful views, moderate hike. Saw only two other hikers whole time so it was very quiet and peaceful.

Good trail and challenging. The actual nature part is very scenic and enjoyable some of the hike is a little more than moderate. Personally not enough signs to point you in the right direction to get your proper hike. Had fun fun and think would redo hike.

Completed 22 Dec 2018. Peaceful with beautiful, calm views of the forest, creek and occasional open views of the mountains. If you go the Beaver trail to Chavez route you will quickly find the back half challenging your lower body as you ascend drastically. My only notable fault is the constant slanted trail that really rubs on your ankles after the 3rd mile. It's nothing that a good bath can't take care of when you get home though. Recommended! Hike on :)

Perfect area to go on a run because of easy sidewalks. The views were amazing and I had a great time take pictures! Definitely going back

My brother and I have visited this trail twice. The first time we only made it to the first lake because of weather we had to turn back.

We returned on Sept 2018 to backpack the whole 14 mile trail. Taking our time to enjoy the beautiful views and as well as cooking and drinking coffee we camped 2 nights. This was an amazing trip that sparked a huge love for backpacking. With encounters with birds who became our friends ( even eating from our hands ) going inside creepy bear caves and also being woken up by a family of mountain goats. We posted an awesome video of our trip if you want to check it out. https://youtu.be/6wEVmrBTh1M

One of the best hikes in the Springs. Not easy, but really pretty.

long hike but well worth the veiw from the top did it in sept had nice weather

Beautiful and dynamic sights.

I went to hike this yesterday morning/early afternoon (12/7/2018) and the road we came in on was closed about 6 miles out. I did not try to loop around to the west nor did I head back east to go over and up and see if that pass was open. Beware.

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