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Hard but short hike up! Totally worth it a

The view was worth the hike!

It was a little longer than a mile, honestly wasn’t worth it. It was beautiful, don’t get me wrong but it’s so small and the fact you can’t swim in it anymore makes it out for a little disappointing. Other than that the trail has 7 bridges you cross before you get to the end, was super rocky and the scenic views were gorgeous.

excellent hike. beautiful

backpacking
3 days ago

I just got back from a backpack trip to Kroenke Lake August 12th. kroenke is no longer the pristine alpine lake it once was. it is over used and trampled with little fire wood. People are camping and building fire rings within a few feet of the lake. What is more distressing is that there is used toilet paper everywhere in the forested areas along the east and south sides of the Lake. When did the hiking/backpacking community decide its ok to just leave their toilet paper behind? Come On People! Its easy to pack out your toilet paper with your other trash, or burn it in your fire pit. If you love the outdoors enough to drive to a trailhead and hike somewhere, you should care enough not to degrade the environment and diminish the experience of others.

Really awesome hike - short but steep and worth it. Saw a snake around 1 pm today. Definitely got lucky with parking!

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Arrived at the trailhead around 4:45PM on Friday. Easy climb With most traffic coming down as we were going up. Only another 6 people at the lake at the same time. Still pretty, but looking rough. Since I was there in 2013 the lake is not as clean with trash was floating on the surface and foam covering the water up to about 10’ from shore. Disappointed and don’t expect to be back.

Pretty. Parking not an issue before 7am on a Saturday, and a lot less people to contend with. I have to say one of the best things about this is that no dogs are allowed on the trail. So rare to hike a mile without seeing a single poop bag or someone's special exception running around off leash.

Hiking back down around 9 there was a steady flow of people making their way to the top and the rangers were only allowing one car in when another car would leave.

The lake is amazing......such an unexpected "tropical" wonder in the mountains!!! Parking was very tough and the trail was a bit crowded- but well worth it!!!

Great hike! The views were amazing! Totally worth the climb.

Such a fun trail - did this with my family a few years ago, even some of my cousins who were pretty young. Make sure you start early as thunderstorms are common in the afternoon. Awesome view from the top though and really great wildflowers if you go in summer! There was some snow at the top when I went and part of the trail is incredibly rocky so bring appropriate shoes.

hiking
6 days ago

Really beautiful hike. A nice short warm up for an easy 14’er. We finished at 10 am and the park rangers were already blocking off the parking lot. Lots of people and kids for a Friday, We started out around 7:30 a.m., but stopped a few times for pic’s and a snack. Glad we got this one checked off before the restrictions are enforced next year...

hiking
7 days ago

The Lake and Spouting Rock (don’t miss this) are some of the most beautiful rewards at the end of any Colorado hike we’ve done. Just beautiful. The hike itself is pretty short, but it is challenging. We started at 8am and it was crowded throughout. Total time was 1:45 with a generous break at the top. Be aware there is a sign that says they are going to reduce access starting in 2019.

hiking
8 days ago

Highly recommend! For a beginning homer, I did the trail in about 5-5.5 hours and that was with a few short stops along the way. (Couldn’t help myself, make sure you take in the beauty. It’s awe striking.) BEAUTIFUL views almost the entire time. Gets rocky, wear appropriate clothing!

I drove from denver but If my friends and family want to see it while in town Im going to do the train trip to enjoy the views. Drivn took 3 hrs with construction traffic while amtrak is 5 hrs, bring a bike rental with you to take a short bike ride to the trail head. Either way you get there, the view is absolutly worth it. This is a tourist trail, busy.

Fantastic hike!!! Never gets old. This is a must if you visit this area. However, there were A LOT of people mid-morning though. It was pretty upsetting to see people cutting the switchbacks, touching the water, and climbing in areas that DISTINCTLY said to not enter. Makes sense why they are going to restrict access next year.

hiking
10 days ago

It was a great hike.

Backpacked 5 miles into the trail. The first mile or so is burn scar, but after that is exquisite. I've never seen more beautiful scenery anywhere. Plenty of good campgrounds and water sources.

Challenging hike. Great workout and completely worth the view at the top.

Very easy and short hike to amazing views. Absolutely gorgeous! Waterfalls, river, tons of beautiful rocks, even a cave to go down into. Great places to have a picnic too! Favorite hike so far!

11 days ago

Worth the effort.

hiking
12 days ago

Such a dope area to explore, saw some jerrys wearing helmets going down into the ice caves but I guess better safe than sorry. Go early to avoid the white people.

Arrived from Tampa Florida at 1100 am in Denver and after getting settled in our hotel in silverthorne we wanted to stretch our legs a little while we acclimated in order to prepare for several days of hiking 14ers.

The drive to the trailhead was quite scenic and did not seem monotonous.

We arrived at the trail around 6pm and it required 45 minutes to get to the top. This trail is essentially accessible to anyone on 2 feet. We saw children as young as 3 and a woman in her early 80's.

The payoff at the top is well worth the hike.
We stayed 15 minutes at the top and required 30 minutes to descend.

Afterward we went to Glenwood Springs for Dinner then hit the Hot Springs to relax. after 9pm it is only $15.

Beautiful, I found this hike more difficult then moderate.

Gorgeous views the entire way! super easy to follow trail, but make sure you wear sturdy shoes and pack lots of water. We started around 3pm on a summer Tuesday and it was still pretty hot and there were a fair number of folks on the trail. I thought the most challenging part was the first 3/4 mile from the trail head as it's super rocky and all uphill. The last bit (with the railing) isn't too bad going up, but tough if you have bad knees and short legs on the descent! We were huffing and puffing, but made it to the top in a smidge under an hour.

Great hike!lots of wildflowers. awesome views at the top.

Pretty trail but very confusing. There are a lot of trails and we couldn’t find the actual cave till we ran into a park ranger and she told us where to go. We eventually found it not far from the start but would have never found it without the rangers help.

Beautiful waterfalls. Nice hike.

backpacking
16 days ago

Nice a steady climb to the lake. It was little hard for me coming straight from Illinois to the mountains. But i would say this is a good one for Plenty of campsites along the lake. We camped on a Sunday night in July and there were 3 other campsites along the lake. Even with the other campers it was very quiet, and scenery was beautiful Seemed like there was good fishing too. I don't fish often, but I caught a couple. It got pretty chilly at night and in the morning, so bring some layers if staying overnight.

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