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Awesome day! Didn’t make it to heart lake because deep, soft snow led to postholing. Perhaps if we got an earlier start the snow would’ve been a bit better.. Decided to call it a day and turn around. Packed snow for the majority of the trail - micro spikes came in handy! All around great hike - will be back.

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1 month ago

March 3 hike was beautiful, but the last stretch towards Lower Mohawk Lake was a little too sketchy for me. Not much hard pack there. I regretfully had to turn around just after the cabin before the top, because there was nobody else around, didn’t seem very safe. Otherwise almost the entire trail and Spruce Creek Road are both super easy in boots without snowshoes. Highly recommend poles, got icy in parts especially on the way back in late afternoon.

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2 months ago

Great hike. Trail around Mines little tough to find with snow but by near the saddle trail is wind blown and easy to find. Microspikes were very helpful going around Mines, brought snowshoes but didn't use.

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3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Colorado!!! It is rarely busy and offers a wide range of environments to trek through from forest, to boulder fields to tundra. In July the fields above tree line are covered in a wide variety of wild flowers, and there are giant patches of columbines.

The climb begins quickly. You'll accumulate a big chunck of elevation gain through the first 2 miles. The trail leads to an incredible view down the valley from a pretty exposed overlook. The next couple of miles are a more gradual uphill. It is a beautiful hike through boulder fields and forest with the sound of the stream ever present. The last third of the trip is the most grueling. It is a sustained climb to the lake.

In past years I have camped along the trail then tackled Square Top the next day.

Things to note - County Road 1038 is not well taken care of and has boulders that you will have to get over or around. There is almost always standing water a few inches thick somewhere on the road. I have seen a Prius make it to the trail head, but have been on trips where the driver of a Subaru didn't feel comfortable and parked two miles from the trial head. Be aware before you try and get there and don't be afraid to park before the road becomes brutal.

Also, the trail head isn't extremely well marked when you are heading up the road. I needed my GPS to make sure I was headed the right direction and find the trail. But, there is a very large boulder with a sign that guides you, it is just easier to see if you are looking back down the road toward the entrance from Geneva Road.

Bring bug spray or permethrin clothing. This trail is along a creek and bugs become unbearable without it. You may also want to make sure your hiking boots or shoes are waterproof. The trail has standing water sporadically and there aren't ways around the soupy parts. Lastly, once you get above tree line 7-foot-tall shrubs are grown right up along the trail and can feel like they are attacking you. Long sleeves offer a fair bit of protection.

We saw moose! Unbelievably beautiful and memorable trail.

Did this hike 2 weekends ago. Conditions were still very good. Most of the snow was encountered before the treeline in the first 1.25 miles. Leaving early when the temps are down can save you some postholing with firmer snow, otherwise you may struggle. Still, I wouldn't say snowshoes are necessary right now because once you gain the ridge there is little to no snow the remaining 2.25 miles.

Expect cold temps and strong winds for this portion, pretty standard for 12k feet on December. Views are incredible - see pictures.

Overall I loved this hike and feel it is often overlooked, like the Berthound Pass area in general. Highly recommend! Follow me on IG @seesienza for more colorado trail pictures.

Great hike. Easy to follow trail up until it starts becoming steep going to the first lake. I did the climb following animal tracks. Really cold and windy but it's so beautiful and quiet at the top.

4 months ago

It was spring at the start and snow pack at top. But I loved it

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4 months ago

So beautiful. When you think your not going to get there, that is when you are so close. Was a little erie as we spent 7 hours on this trail and did not see one human. Mountain playground all to ourselves. Went in middle of September when all the colors were beautiful below tree line. Lake see through blue, chilly but worth it.

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4 months ago

Great hike - beautiful views and lakes
Sept 2017

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4 months ago

Outstanding trail most of which is above the tree line. When I went in October, I only ran into 4 others (2 of which were through hikers). The solitude at that time and that elevation was just what I needed. Not too bad after reaching ridge. 360 views are a real treat!

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4 months ago

Accidentally went too far up Spruce Creek Road and missed the turn off to Crystal Creek Road. Cut back over on the Wheeler trail, which proved to be a gentler incline overall (for anyone looking for a less steep ascent). Made it about a half mile from lower crystal lake, at which point snow shoes were probably necessary (post-holing at least a couple of feet), and then promptly turned around when a bull moose entered the trail. The snow was too deep for bushwhacking around him, but views of the mountain ranges were pretty on the way back down. I know it’s tempting to allow your dogs off leash, but be careful out there with wildlife!

Great hike. I would recommend wearing snow shoes past the lake. Snow was somewhat compacted but some spots not so much and the snow was past my knees at some points

This is a beautiful hike! it was my first time backpacking with my husband, and we brought our dog. the scenery is beautiful and the hike is not too strenuous if you are in decent shape. I have chronic pain and back problems, so I wasn't sure how well I would do. but we kept pace with other active hikers just fine. The last mile is the most exhausting, as it is steeper than the rest, so pace yourself.
my only complaint is that many people had their dogs off leash. Some of them were behaved, but most of these off-leash dogs were getting up in my face or aggressive with my dog. I know your pup loves to run around, mine does too, but please keep your dogs leashed!

Overall, an excellent hike and several good camping spots.

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5 months ago

Definitely harder than expected. Our first “mountain” hike, and got pretty winded on the way up. Got to Lower Mohawk at 4pm and snowy clouds started to roll in and the sun started to set behind the peak, which meant slippery and cold conditions for the decent if we didn’t leave after the lower lake.
Next time we go we will be leaving earlier in the day and pace ourselves more to make it to the upper Lake! It was 6.8 miles to and from the lower Lake.
Definitely worth the hike for the views though!

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5 months ago

Beautiful hike to see the changes colors of the aspen. The trail head gets very crowded so the earlier the better. We arrived around 8:30am on a Sunday and the place was already packed with cars using the side of the road for parking spots. Still, we didn't have too much trouble finding a place to park. The trail begins right off the road, make sure not to follow crowds into campground on the opposite side, you'll just have to turn around. The trail begins through beautiful pine forest but the best is yet to come. A couple miles in, the trail emerges from the woods and reveals an expansive view of the plains to the south and the mountain range farther to the west. Beautiful golden yellows and bright oranges paint the sides of mountains around you. You can keep going on as the trail descends, but once the trail enters the forest again, there are no more high points. The trails does meander its way down through a dense aspen growth but most of the leaves on these trees had already fallen, and you find yourself about the skeletons of trunks and branches with the occasional yellow leaf in its final days of grasping to the tree. We turned around here but the trail goes on for a long ways as this is part of the Colorado trail. We didn't go all the way to where the trail end is marked on the Alltrails map and the out and back took us about 5 hours.

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5 months ago

With the altitude change the hike started to feel harder but well worth it. Amazing mountain views, lakes, and waterfalls. My pup loved it too! Breathtakingly beautiful!
(A lot of people hike this, we kept passing a lot of people)

Icy at this time of the year but manageable. Great time

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5 months ago

Super icey, but so worth it for the views. Trails hard to see with the snow and icey patches. But awesome once you get to the top! The logged cabin was so cool to look at and definitely a place to go again. Probably a lot easier with no snow. Loved it!

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5 months ago

Fantastic hike near Breck. A good amount of snow built up on the trail was easy to navigate until you get to the lower Mohawk lakes where it got pretty tricky and we turned around when it got too deep/post holing. Definitely will be coming back to get to the upper lakes as the views are incredible in all directions once you get up high. Will be back when it will be much easier to do without snow.

Completed on 10.22.17 so it was a snow hike. Didn’t use crampons, micro spikes, or snowshoes though. Snow was packed down. Very little ice and easy to avoid. View at the top is insane. Make you pass the first lake and climb up to that baby ridge so you make it to heart lake. Heart lake isn’t as pretty but that view looking down on Rogers lake is spectacular. Loved it!! Looks like it has lots of aspens so a good fall hike. And plenty of meadows for wildflowers :)

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6 months ago

Great in/out hike today. First, half of trail wasn't too bad, some mud and snow. Later half was covered in 3-5 inches of snow. Wish we had some spikes with us but nothing too bad. Didn't see anyone except a few hunters.

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6 months ago

Spruce Creek Trail was a bit icy in spots but completely manageable. The trail is snowy in between the lower and upper lakes. If you can handle the snow/ice the upper lake is a must. The mountain goats came out up top!

We did this hike in boots with no other gear and never fell once.

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6 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Weather was perfect. Very icy. Fell a couple of time. Well worth it though with the right equipment. Saw mountain goats. Bouldered some beside the waterfall. Agree with one reviewer - markings at the top are very hard to find. We were off the trail several times but had no problem getting back on it.

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6 months ago

beautiful day for a beautiful hike Trail was not too difficult but you can stay on it and go quite a ways more than just 7 miles total I did 11 round trip

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6 months ago

Great trail a little icy at the top but has wonderful views and I made a couple friends too!

The signage leaves a lot to be desired. Otherwise a nice hike

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6 months ago

We only made it to lake 5 on a beautiful day, the wind at the top was just whipping! There is a small cable climb about 3 minutes before lake 5...fun and challenging. The views were amazing and well worth the climb.

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6 months ago

Phenomenal hike. Completed 10/10/17, a sunny day after snowfall. I will give some PRACTICAL tips here: once you get to the trail head (on Google Maps, Spruce Creek Trailhead), I recommend driving up ahead to skip the first half of the trail. It's a very bumpy road, one I'd only do with a rental car or good 4x4 vehicle. Be very good about following fresh footprints in the snow. The first lower lake is great (and currently frozen), but the 2nd upper lake is absolutely other-worldly and has to be seen. Start this trail early so you have time. With the snow I saw on 10/10 I was able to do it fine with good hiking shoes and hiking sticks. Waterproof hiking boots were not necessary, but would have been helpful. Bring extra socks. And please have hiking sticks. There is so much ice and coming down is actually a bit treacherous. One false step can mean serious injury. Take your time. It's worth it, but come prepared. It takes some courage to go up given the recent ice and snow, but so worth it.

It was a great hike. Challenging elevation increase towards the end, but there is a beautiful waterfall that rewards you half way up. We had a close encounter with a moose family of three, including a calf. It was pretty scary, but we passed without incident. I'd suggest keeping your dogs on a leash, ours were not and our youngest pup encountered the moose before we did. It could've been a very bad situation, and we are lucky. Definitely learned a lesson.

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