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The 2K feet of gain was pretty gradual and easy on this hike. I agree that the better view is before you start descending to the lake than at the lake itself. Fun easy jaunt, took about 3 hours with a 15 min break at the lake!

Fun with great views and solitude on a weekday afternoon. Cool mining cave on the way up, too!

hiking
10 days ago

The road to the trailhead is very rough, you definitely need high clearance and 4WD to get all the way. There were no cars parked at the trail head. Cars could probably make it a bit past the Mt Massive trailhead, to within about 1 mile of the trailhead, where there are some campsites to park at. But depending on your vehicle, it may be safest to not try.

The hike itself offered beautiful views of many surrounding mountains and was generally easy to follow. It is very steep at times, and you definitely want to be fully acclimated before attempting. Before you reach the first lake, the trail forks, and could be easy to miss. To the right is a path up to a waterfall, and to the left is the lake(s). The AllTrails map doesn't include hiking up to the second lake, though there's definitely a faint trail going there and it's not a bad quick addition if you still have the energy at the top. We only saw one other set of hikers the whole time we were on the trail.

hiking
10 days ago

The perfect acclimation hike. The hike itself is at high elevation, but generally flat the whole way so you can become comfortable moving around at high elevation. We loved all he different historic sites from the boom town up there. You could step off the trail and wander through old wooden house frames and find metal cans, rings from barrels, bricks, etc. We also did the little side loop towards the end around mile 5. The way out was nice, but the way back was essentially non-existent. You could either walk out to the end of the rail line there and then turn back, or just be ready for a bit of bushwhacking.

hiking
15 days ago

Without an ATV or FWD better park at the Mt Massive trailhead. From there the hike along the dirt road to the trailhead is over one hour. Halfway up the trail, it gets extremely confusing where the trail supposedly goes. There are no clear signs. I spent over 2 hours hours up there circling around trying to find my way and never made it to any lakes(s), turning back in frustration as it was getting later and later and hiked the 3 hours plus back to the car.
Re. lady with her toddlers below, I am positive you must have been at another lake. The 'trail' gets pretty steep in areas climbing over boulders while you're holding onto tree limbs.

hiking
16 days ago

the trail was pretty easy the whole way. beautiful view from the top of the tunnel. went around 12 and saw maybe 10 people the whole time. definitely recommend giving this hike a go

Great hike with beautiful wildflowers, a good balance of open space and trees, and a decent sized lake at the end of the trail. Only saw about 5 different parties of people on the whole excursion. Started the hike around 9AM and took our time getting to the lake, arrived around 11:30AM. We ate lunch by the lake where there are TONS of mosquitos, but we did have bug spray with us and left almost unscathed. When we hiked up out of the valley where the lake is located we got back to the massive open space where the 14ers surround you from almost all sides. The second we stepped foot in that high meadow we heard rumbles of thunder. Needless to say we knew we had to leave quickly and get to the other side of the trail asap. It was a little scary as the thunder got louder and louder. It rained a bit, but not a heavy amount, on our decent to the parking lot.

Note of caution: Definitely start your hike earlier than you think, especially in summer. We were at the open space before 1PM and we could hear rumbles of thunder. Definitely a hike we'll never forget.

Lakes, wildflowers, marmots and stunning views. Awesome hike!

Outstanding payoff for a relatively short hike. Make sure you continue on the trail past the first, smaller lake.

hiking
24 days ago

Drove here for a day trip from Denver, worth the extra drive to avoid a crowded trail. Wildflowers galore! Wildly beautiful views. The trek down to the actual lake wasn't worth it for the view, but provided extra mileage/another big climb back up from the lake. Bug spray a necessity at the lake! Recommend bringing a snack & taking about 4 hours for the trek.

24 days ago

Steep but fun. A great short venture.

Awesome hike. About 8-9 miles round trip- different GPS apps measured differently. Forest. Wildflowers. Awesome views. Lake in beautiful mountain forest setting. Highly recommend for those who are experienced hikers on a moderate trail. Switchbacks make elevation change easier.

hiking
27 days ago

Easy trail, great views, somewhat crowded. Stop at the tunnel and eat lunch. maybe fish Hangerman Lake. More noise than expected from the pass road.

Incredibly steep but short hike with rewarding views at the top. Gorgeous lake, and despite the busy trail we still found ourselves alone at the top for most of the morning on Saturday.

Beautiful lake at the top of a short, steep hike! Great hammock spots!

Trail was awesome, one of the best we’ve hiked in Colorado! Well maintained, long switch backs....and the flowers were outstanding.

This is one of the prettiest bikes that I have done in Colorado. It is a long drive back in and it a 1 lane road when you get back closer to trailhead. I would recommend a 4wd once you past the first trailhead parking for Mt. Massive. Our GPS reading showed that it was 6 miles not 5.4. Well worth the drive.

Fun trail that takes about 4 hours for an average hiker. If you’re here for the lake views, you can stop at the Interlaken buildings. The second half of the trail is largely out of view of the lake. Elevation is relatively steady with only brief climbs and falls. Can be pretty busy on a nice day. If google maps tries to take via Lost Gulch Drive, ignore it, most of that road is privately owned. Continue on the highway and turn off near the dam.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with great views. My three legged dog really enjoyed the smaller lake before Windsor

Fantastic vistas

hiking
1 month ago

THE BEST. Completed on 7/4/18. This is an absolutely tremendous hike. Well marked and well taken care of trail. I did track closer to 8 miles than 7 however, no parts of this trail were overly exerting. At a nice steady pace and lunch at the lake, we completed in 4.5 hours. I would highly recommend bug spray for once you get to the lake. Views are jaw dropping. Wildflowers growing out the wazoo! This easily became a new favorite trail. Highly recommend 10/10.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Short, steep, and peaceful. Please remember you entered a Wilderness Area keep your dogs on a leash, don't pick wild flowers, and if a fire ban is in place don't light a fire no matter how small.

Amazing hike!! Took the 3 and 4 year olds so it took a while but the views were amazing!!! Had to park about .3miles away from the trailhead. Long hike for the kids but they loved the lake!!

One of the most stunning hikes I've done in Colorado. They're were so many wild flowers! The lakes are gorgeous! I can't say enough good things!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Very easy to follow, even for newer/less-experienced hikers. Our dogs had a BLAST! Very few other people, which was GREAT. The drive all the way up to the trail head is 'fun, - be prepared for 15-20 minutes of dirt road to get there. We took our time and had an enjoyable 3.5-hour full-loop hike. It's beautiful!

Definitely not moderate, but hard! I loved how short it was for a change in mileage but it was VERY steep. So beautiful and worth it of course

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpacked and stayed two nights at Windsor. Pretty short, but the incline makes it very hard with 35 lbs on my back. Not sure I would call it moderate. There are two lakes and the scenery makes the difficult climb worth it. Would be a great day hike. We had a marmot at our site and he destroyed my cork hiking poles the second night, so beware! Otherwise, a perfect weekend.

You get a piece of all the lovely things about Colorado within this trail. Overall the hike was very easy with nicely defined trails and trail markers. You get to experience a little bit of the high altitude without killing yourself (if you come from out-of-state). The view from the tunnel is absolutely gorgeous! You can see the small lake with traces of an old mining town! There are 3 or 4 information boards throughout the hike which delivers a welcomed history lesson of the area you are hiking. I would definitely hike again! 4/5 stars because I wish the hike itself was a little longer.

Easy trail. The elevation gain is at the beginning of the trail and goes gradual and a little push up to the tunnel entrance.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Not a lot of traffic. Hike is at high elevation but not a ton of incline, so perfect for friends from out of town.

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