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Excellent hike, but probably should not have done this on day 1 after coming from flat, low altitude Indiana! highly recommended as it has everything I was looking for: beauty and variety with the end point above the tree line and a view of multiple alpine lakes.

Difficult trail at the last stretch before Devil’s Thumb. Took me about 4-4.5 hours. I stopped a lot for my dog to get water, but there were lots of streams, too. Easy to cross. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valley. I went 2 days ago so the wildfires had it pretty Smokey (I could smell smoke!) but it was safe. I wouldn’t say this was lightly trafficked - quite a few people on the trail.

Did this last week and its great!

My friends and I just did a 4 day backpacking trip, June 6th through the 9th. I absolutely loved this trail, being a Texan who has never hiked in any elevation or on trails with any substantial elevation gain this was a difficult trail for us. We averaged four miles a day but didn’t push ourselves too hard. First night was an pine ridge, we then hiked to finch lake where we stayed for two nights and day hiked to pear lake on the third day. The prepared camp sites at both pine ridge and finch lake were nice and clean. Pear lake was gorgeous, a lot more snow than I was expecting. It’s very well marked as well. I would definitely hike this trail again. It’s a great beginner multi day backpacking trail.

End of May - after 1.8 miles was too snowy to pass without snowshoes. Nice easy hike to a good view at that point though. Several downed trees still.

It was amazing to ski

8 months ago

I haven’t done the whole thing, but there are some beautiful views in miles 2 and 3 that make it a hike worth doing at least once.

Definitely moderate to hard, getting out to the meadow and up to the top in the last 2 miles was one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.

8 months ago

This is a great day hike!

Great this time of year with the leaves changing.

Really fun hike 1/2 way gets steep and the last 1/4 is steeper but very nice trail did not feel unsafe or anything. Took about 5:00hrs round trip or so at 2mph, poles would have been nice. Great views on the way up and up top.

We had an amazing hike today. Not a cloud in the sky. This is a difficult trail but not technical at all. You can take your time and it is well worth it. Beautiful views near continental divide.

Starting at Finch Lake trailhead the first .75 miles is a steady incline and evens out for the next .75, healthy rocky incline after that until you go back down to get to Finch Lake. The trail tricks you into thinking you have it easy after Finch, there are some big inclines between Finch and Pear. So don't be fooled. ;) There are a couple little ponds to check out on the way with lots of tree coverage the whole way.

Awesome !!

Awesome !!

This trail has everything...shade, Meadows, huge boulders, and a very difficult climb! Fantastic views at the top!

Monday, May 15, 2017

This is a nice ravine hike. The creek is dry at the bottom (must be underground) but about 2 miles up there is a nice creek. The sign says it opens for summer on 5/21. We went 5/13 and trail was somewhat overgrown with some rough creek crossings, but was still fun. Did not find a flat place to camp until 3+ miles in, stopped there. This is an unrelenting moderately steep hike.

rock climbing
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Probably one of my favorite places I've visited. Hot for hiking but there is access to water for pets. Beautiful place for climbing and the road there is calming. No pets were on leash, like most Colorado hikes, just a heads up. Highly recommend to anyone.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

bring snow shoes if you plan on hiking before mid July.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Beautiful and pretty walking trail! The path is nice for feet, at least the first third, distance-wise... bring dogs and water bottle! Click on the photo we just got up!

Friday, October 09, 2015

Hard steep trail to nowhere. Good workout but heavily trafficked bear trail.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Cloudy the day I went. Looks like it would be great on a sunny day.

Monday, January 31, 2011

This time we took the Finch Lake Trailhead in the Wild Basin Area. The road to the Basin Trailhead was closed for the last mile, but with Yaktraks it was an easy walk to the Finch TH. It took us about an hour to manage the steep climb to the first switchback. It was not bad, but we took the first few hundred feet with the yaktrax and then stopped to switch to the snowshoes. The trail was packed down, but off each side, the Leki's would sink a good foot in the soft snow. We hiked in for two hours and then turned back due to planned timeline. Great day for snowshoeing!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Returned to Allenspark trailhead and hiked past Finch lake. Found Boletus Edulis! Pear lake end basically at the base of two mountain tops with glacial runoff into the lake. As the trail opens up to the lake it is absolutely majestic!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Love this trail. We took the Allenspark trailhead. Trail is balanced which can get you further if you are with people who are beginners. Took lots of pics of wild mushrooms and berries. Going back again this weekend to forage for possible edibles. Heard that Pear lake has good fishing, but not Finch.

8 days ago

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