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15 hours ago

Great day hike! The scenery is spectacular. Would recommend getting an early start because we got the last parking spot in the lot at around 7:30am. We noticed that trail became increasingly crowded after noon, but then again, you can’t really expect anything different from hiking a popular trail on a Saturday in mid-July. We took our time, enjoying the tarns, waterfalls, and inexhaustible beautiful views from all angles. The trail was well maintained and pretty well marked. It’s great because you don’t have to go every single lake on the trail to enjoy the high alpine wilderness. Many people turned around after reaching Lower Mohawk. It is what you want it to be, so you really can’t go wrong with this hike!

19 hours ago

This review is probably most suited for "overnighters" on the trail--that's what we did.

What a hike :-) It get's five stars, but I also wanted to give a thorough review, so here goes!

This trail is labelled as moderate, and that is simply not true. It is at the low end of hard, but it is hard nonetheless. My hubby and I went on this trip with this in mind, and I'm so grateful for the walks, backpack struggles and everything else we did to prepare! I'd rate our hiking/backpacking skills at a 6/10--if that helps understand the review

We started at the top of the spruce creek trailhead (our car couldn't make it to the other one people spoke about in the comments). The walk between that and the Mayflower lake turn off was not AT ALL what we were expecting: a steady elevation raise and a very uneven (but clearly marked) trail. It was so beautiful and calm, and peaceful :-). It was also WAY longer than we were expecting. I think on the map it seems quite simple and quick. We stopped the first day at the Mayflower lake because we couldn't go any further, literally. We spent the night there.

It is also important to note that we were had backpacks on (about an extra 25-30lbs of weight). The other issue was the altitude. Even without the packs on the second day, I'd rate this trail at the high end of moderate because of the altitude issues you might experience. PLEASE BE AWARE: it would be best to get to Breckenridge, Frisco, or somewhere close a few days before to give your body time to acclimate if you are from a low-level state and want to spend the night up there. Don't drink the night before (if you can help it, lol) and drink LOTS of water. Since we are from Kansas City, we thought it better to come in on Sunday and get on the trail Wed. I think this helped tremendously!

After an overnight at Mayflower lake, we went up to the Lower Mohawk on a day hike the next day. We had no heavy backpacks on (the hubby had a small daypack) and it was of course better, but getting winded happens often, so it is smart to take as many breaks as possible.

The first thing you come across is the old log cabin. Please go in! It's a wonderful treasure of history, and it's also kinda creepy :-) After the log cabin begins what most people will agree is the hardest part of the trail. The elevation climb steepens, and the switchbacks are not clearly labelled (we started looking at the dirt for footprints and hoping to see people at certain parts). It's basically the 20-30 minutes before getting to the Lower Mohawk, and I'm glad we had our walking sticks or our knees would have died! It's quite rocky, and if you are prone to any type of vertigo or height issues, try to focus on where you are putting your feet and the road ahead of you.

Speaking of death more seriously, if you take the part of the switchbacks that lead you quite close to the edge of the waterfall, you will see a flag and flowers for a marked grave where someone fell and died. That alone convinced me that this trail is wrongly rated :-(.

We ate lunch at the Lower Mohawk, where the chipmunks, while cute, are quite aggressive, lol. I was pretty sure one was going to actually steal it from my hands!

The Lower Mohawk lake, and it's surrounding peaks, greenery, and rocks was more beautiful than any picture anyone will ever show you of it. I'd been researching the trail for so long (and saw all the familiar things when we ate lunch) that I was glad to have seen it in real life. The air is so soft and fresh, and the sky is so wide and open that you can REALLY see the sheer might of the mountains. They are so beautifully grand!

We did not go any further and we don't regret that. Lower Mohawk was enough for us on this trip.

I recommend everyone go on this trip if you are a backpacker or a hiker. As a hiker it made me work muscles I'd been getting in shape for months and as a backpacker, it gave me a realistic view of what was important, what was a waste to bring, and what it takes to walk with a pack on a trail that challenged us!


Easy and fun hike, a good first hike of the trip for us midwesterners. The drive up was a little tricky in a small car due to the rocky road, but it was definitely still doable.

Must take the trail to get next to the falls.

It was a great hike for our first day in Breckenridge. Beautiful views and loved hiking along the flowing creek!

2 days ago

The lakes are beautiful! We went up as far as the third lake, but the second lake is by far the prettiest. It is absolutely a moderate trail, but kids can totally hike it. On the second lake I found a small gold nugget! It was smaller than a grain of rice. It was very windy on the second lake, so bring warm clothes. On the hike down, I dropped a line in the water and caught my first two cutthroat trout! It was a very satisfying and enjoyable experience!

Was nice scenery trail
Started at 7:20am was perfect time to start and get front row parking in lot next to trailhead
Worth the hike to the falls and lower lake. Steep the last .5 mile to first lake.

One of my favorite trails! You get a lot of bang for your buck—some elevation gain to make it challenging but doable, wildflowers, waterfalls, and a lake. Go early to park!

NOTE: trail is closed July 23 and 24 for bridge maintenance.

4 days ago

This trail, while hard, was one of the most rewarding ones once you got to the top. I believe for backpackers this trail should be rated hard. The trail itself is pretty easily marked and stays really busy, so if you start to get lost, you’ll run into someone that can help you. I would recommend parking and hiking the road to the trail head (it saved some distance). However you will miss some of the smaller ponds by doing so. If you want to go to the upper lake hug the trail to the left and don’t cross the river once you get to the lower lake. Going the four upper lakes is beautiful if you stay on the trail you will miss most the waterfalls as well as the river. Overall a fantastic trail and would recommend to anyone up for the challenge!

4 days ago

Really beautiful! I thought it was a tough hike up to the 2 lakes. Really worth the effort to get to upper Mohawk. We rushed to stay ahead of weather. Wish we had more time. Definitely go early...before 7.

Close to town, short,, easy. Pretty little pond. New boardwalks just added in muddy areas. (July 2018)

Amazing hike!

This was one of my favorite trails I have done in Colorado. Amazing views, easy to find, and a great walk. I agree with the reviews below; keep taking the gravel road until you get to the Lake and once you’re one the trail and you get to the bathtub, keep following the trail that is no longer gravel so you can see the waterfall up close. Once we finished at the lake we drove further up to the dam. More small trails in the other side of the dam. I highly recommend!

5 days ago

We hiked this today, 7/16/18. We are still acclimating to the altitude, but we stopped numerous times on the way up and it wasn't too bad. Lots of shade along this trail for most of the way. Wildflowers are in full bloom right now. Pack plenty of water!

5 days ago

Great family hike close to Breck. Not easy, not hard, just right for the the fam. It will test you in spots. Started at Spruce Creek trailhead. Round trip to lower Mohawk Lake with a lunch stop along the way took 6 hours. Had two youngsters in tow but they made it just fine. Really pretty views, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, mountain goats, you name it. Crowded but it’s like 5 minutes from Breckenridge so that’s part of the deal. Still worth it 100%. Just go early.

Spectacular hike. We parked on a dirt road about half a mile from where the trail really starts. Very beautiful with lots of wildflowers and views of the valley below. The waterfall is tremendous and the lake at the top is serene.
I hiked to the far side of the lake and found a nice spot to camp for the night. It got down to about 40 so be prepared for cold nights at that elevation. If you are going to hike around the lake I'd recommend waterproof boots.
One of the best hikes I've done this year!

5 days ago

Very Awesome Views.

5 days ago

This hike is always an amazing way to start the day. Right now the wild flowers are abundant and make the hike a lot more enjoyable with the additional color. Only completed the lower lake which was a little less than 7 miles round trip. First two miles are fairly easy and then the incline at Continental Falls gets your heart rate up. Took time and relaxed at the lake.

I would recommend starting as early as possible. We started around 730am and were able to get a good parking spot in the lot. Around 9am, we noticed the amount of people on the trail increased about 5x than when we started and when we got back to the lot, it was jam packed in all directions.

Loved stopping along the trail to take breaks and enjoy skipping rocks in the stream. Wouldn’t say it’s a super hard trail, but coming back down definitely did a number on our feet because of all the rocks. Bring plenty of sunscreen though because I felt like only about 25-35% of it was shaded. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers, beautiful streams and water spots. Lots of birds to see. Also saw a moose about a minute into the hike. The trail ends when it intersects with another trail. Nothing too special at the end, but still a lot of great views throughout the hike.

Seeing the beavers was awesome. Easy trail.

Awesome. Easy walk with beautiful wildflowers

6 days ago

A new favorite. Heavy flow waterfalls July 15! It has it all- babbling brooks, streams, wildflowers, rocks, shade, tons of trees, great smells and yes it’s a little vertical. Just go slow if you need. Took me 2 hrs on way up.

6 days ago

The hike up to the top was took many stops to catch our breath, but was not too difficult. The views were spectacular and well worth the trip!
There were a lot of people and many dogs. For a 2000ft climb, we were surprised to see so many children. Weather was clear and normal July temps. We were comfortable in boots, shorts and short sleeves. We took long sleeves for the top and welcomed them. Sunscreen, bug spray, lots of water and some snacks are recommended.

Great mountain views. Waterfall views. Good for kids.

7 days ago

this was an amazing hike...take the road less traveled, we took the steep way to lake 2..totally worth it. lake 1 gets busy and a gnarly swampy and boulder path to lake 2, but worth it. we were only ones there. currenlty my favorite CO day hike

The trail on the map is pretty easy. But there is a much better one above the damn. Think the comments are a combination from both trails. Drive past the trail head on the map to the dam. The trail is on the right side of the dam lake. Lots of rocks to climbs but beautiful views.

7 days ago

Beautiful trail! Totally dry. Hiked on a Saturday. Parking lot was full by 7:45am. You are allowed to park along street so finding a spot isn’t an issue. If you enjoy a quiet trail, would recommend starting early as the trail was packed with people by the time we were coming down. Cars all over the place. Took about 4.5 hours round trip to Upper Mohawk lake including breaks for food and photos. We used hiking boots and poles — very helpful as last mile or so is steep and has lots of rocks. Lovely views and hike is very doable for all ages depending on athletic ability. Trail past Lower Mohawk lake is not well marked, so pay attention. Lovely way to spend a Saturday morning!

Loved the views. The lake is gorgeous and the hike is easy. We took the gravel road up a little farther to the reservoir as well and saw a couple mountain goats

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