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Just as the last 2 reviews stated the first 1/2 mile was flat and uninteresting, but a welcome break returning. We hiked to the first lake and the trail was moderate and the falls and views at the lake were mesmerizing. We decided to continue to the second lake which was not a maintained trail and difficult to follow. There was some cairns to help but the trial is overgrown and parts were more rock climbing than hiking. The views on the hike were incredible and we met a mountain goat on the trail. The second lake was a disappointment, as it was most dry. It was 3.1 miles to the second lake with 1400 feet elevation gain. We lost the trial a couple times retuning but eventually found our way. Unless you want to views, skip the second lake this time of year. I am sure it is beautiful in the late spring or early summer.

on Mohawk Lakes Trail

1 day ago

Awesome but long

Read the "getting there" carefully. GO to the LEFT at the trailhead junction sign. First part on road is boring, but once it is a single track trail, the hike through the woods, to the waterfall and lake were awesome. I didn't realize there were multiple lakes, so I missed that, but I was mesmerized by the mountain goats. Three sets of mamas with their babies. They sure blend into the rocks if you don't know they are there. LOVED the goats...pics and more info here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/17/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-breckenridge/

Great hike! I got kinda lost the 1st time. I went past Rainbow Lake on Peak Trail & it was leading me 2 Breckenridge. Not a lot of signs 2 keep u on track. I ran into a runner & his dog & turned back. I found it the following week & hiked Mt. Victoria & then Royal. It took about 4 hours but I stopped 2 read so was a 5 hour trip..fun stuff!

Great trail. The first part was an old 4-wheel trail, so I was a little disappointed. But keep pushing on, and it's a fun hike through trees, over rocks, and just a bit challenging. We made it to the second lake, and my husband made it to the third. Didn't see any goats today, but there's always next time. Colors were beautiful today.

Great trail. Excellent views. Lakes are amazing. Lots of mountain goats!

What a great hike! Just right for all abilities.

hiking
4 days ago

It's a long one from the 2WD parking lot, but definitely worth it still. If you have 4WD, I suggest going up at least a little way.

Definitely make sure that you stop by Mayflower Lake bc it's off spruce creek trail but only by about 50 meters, so it's easily worth it.

Mohawk Lake is absolutely gorgeous--the water is a deep blue. Keep going tho and there are 4 more lakes above it. Above Mohawk is the first time you'll really feel like you're really out there. You hop above treeline right after Mohawk Lake. We went in the fall and the colors were tremendous.

We snowshoed and it was a lovely hike, as described.

This hike is amazing, the views are breath taking and it is well worth the effort to reach Upper Mohawk Lake. I saw multiple quora of mountain goats. There’s good shade and lots of nice rest spots along the way.
Using both the All Trails gps/record function and my phone’s tracker this hike clocked in at 8.3 miles NOT A 6 mile loop. Totally worth it but I’ve never had a route from All Trails clock in at such different stats. As others have said the lower half of the trail is well marked. However, after the intersection of Wheeler trail there are far fewer signs and you lose the blue diamond trail makers completely. Someone has marked parts of the trail with cairns. I would also rate the latter part of the hike as hard since most of your elevation gain, lose rock/soil and the lack of trail makers make it radically different than the lower part of the trail.
Sadly I have to echo an earlier review about the disgusting and disrespectful bagged piles of dog shit that are left ALL along the trail, bad enough people leave it, even worse people leave in nonbiodegradable bags. I have hiked all over the world and never seen anything like this... way NOT cool. Kind of ridiculous that it even needs to be said... PACK IN PACK OUT!!!

Started at 5a.m. on a Friday, was all alone until I got to the lower lake but no one was at any of the 5 lakes past the lower one which was nice (they were much bluer than the first lake). Last lake didn't have a defined trail to it. Cool mining history, trail is deceivingly flat in beginning. Parking lot was full when leaving around 10a.m. Unfortunately there were lots of dog poop bags, toilet paper, and white people.

This hike is amazing, the views are breath taking and it is well worth the effort to reach Upper Mohawk Lake. I saw multiple quora of mountain goats. There’s good shade and lots of nice rest spots along the way.
Using both the All Trails gps/record function and my phone’s tracker this hike clocked in at 8.3 miles NOT A 6 mile loop. Totally worth it but I’ve never had a route from All Trails clock in at such different stats. As others have said the lower half of the trail is well marked. However, after the intersection of Wheeler trail there are far fewer signs and you lose the blue diamond trail makers completely. Someone has marked parts of the trail with cairns. I would also rate the latter part of the hike as hard since most of your elevation gain, lose rock/soul and the lack of trail makers make it radically different than the lower part of the trail.
Sadly I have to echo an earlier review about the disgusting and disrespectful bagged piles of dog shit that are left ALL along the trail, bad enough people leave it, even worse people leave in nonbiodegradable bags. I have hiked all over the world and never seen anything like this... way NOT cool. Kind of ridiculous that it even needs to be said... PACK IN PACK OUT!!!

Fantastic trail! We took most of the way to do this one. Be sure to push all the way to the top! The views from the lake are amazing.

Awesome hike! Worth it to go all the way to the upper Mohawk lake. We had trouble finding the trail near the end but people on the trail were very helpful!

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike! I thought the main attraction would be the mining camp, but the views from the right hand trail summit were even more amazing. It’s a tiring but short climb to the summit from the mining camp. The fall colors are amazing right now and will only get better over the next week— definitely a great time of year to check it out.

Great hike with good views. A little confusing to find a trail, especially if going from the 2nd Ave. parking spot, which saves a half mile of bike path walking.

Used it to acclimate myself for doing a 14er two days later.

Since I’m from Wisconsin!

9 days ago

nice through the forest trail. not a hard trail at all. watch out for mountain bikes.

It is a beautiful hike but there are too many Jeeps on the trail. Colorado has plenty of single track trails. This trail is best left to Jeeps

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike with dog. Once at top,slight downhill to peak overlooking Frisco, CO. Amazing people along the way

Beautiful trail and even better view at the end!

walking
10 days ago

Cute little loop. As other have mentioned, it’s a nice stop&go walk with kids on the interpretive trail but the signage can get confusing. As long as you’re not in a rush and up for a little exploring, you can take a look down each trail offshoot... most have a neat learning board and mining artifact.

hiking
10 days ago

An overall great hike. The views are absolutely incredible all around. We started about 11AM and finished a little before 3PM, taking our time. Lots of big 4x4's on the trail but easy to navigate around.

A beautiful afternoon hike that was mostly empty after 4pm. Aspens in the initial valley are starting to change colors. Trail peters out a bit after the first lake—overgrown with bushes and very few cairns to assist. Keep pushing upward, and you’ll find the next lake. As others have said, the best parts are past the waterfall (which is quite small this time of year). As an aside, there are no bathrooms at this roadside parking style trailhead, but the parking for Quandary is at the bottom of the road with facilities.

hiking
12 days ago

Great easy trail, all the elevation is at the trailhead. Nice pines and watch for the chipmunks.

12 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views. Unfortunatelly we saw no moose but heard that it is very common to. Ended the hike by taking the gondola back which was a great entertainment for our 2,5 year old.

Easy walk to main mining camp - nice views.

This trail turned out so much better than what I expected. It is a difficult trail due to the altitude gain you make along the way, Make sure to pack a lot of water and snacks. I read a lot of the reviews before going and they were right the second half of this trail is not marked well, but it isn't too hard to find your way. I ran into several groups of people who had gotten lost along the way. This is a moderately trafficked trail it didn't feel too crowded. It was absolutely beautiful and I would high recommend going.

Great hike! Definitely worth going past the waterfall and on to the lake. Didn’t see any mountain goats so will have to come back and hike this trail again!

Great trail! Saw lots of mountain goats. But here’s a question for all the dog people.... what are you thinking when you put your dog Pooh in a non-bio degradable sack and leave it by the side of the road? I bet we saw dozen plastic dog poop bags on this trail. If you’re not going to pick it up don’t put the stuff in a non biodegradable bag.. other then that great trail?

This trail was as advertised! We took our dog and she had an absolute blast. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to take a dog along for the journey.

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