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backpacking
3 days ago

I just got back from a backpack trip to Kroenke Lake August 12th. kroenke is no longer the pristine alpine lake it once was. it is over used and trampled with little fire wood. People are camping and building fire rings within a few feet of the lake. What is more distressing is that there is used toilet paper everywhere in the forested areas along the east and south sides of the Lake. When did the hiking/backpacking community decide its ok to just leave their toilet paper behind? Come On People! Its easy to pack out your toilet paper with your other trash, or burn it in your fire pit. If you love the outdoors enough to drive to a trailhead and hike somewhere, you should care enough not to degrade the environment and diminish the experience of others.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike!! A lot of the negative comments below can be overcome by good alpine practices. The peak is very obviously exposed, you can see this easily from 285. An early alpine start helps with sun too. We started at 5:30 and summited 2.5 hours later. The trail is wonderfully marked, just look for the next 2-3 cairns, not only the one ahead. The trail moves through a scree field, not sure what the references to “huge boulders” are. There are some but it is more scree than scramble. All in all, be ready for a beautiful and engaging hike. Definitely worth driving the Jeep road if you have the car.

This was my husband and my first 14er. Granted we have nothing to compare it to and the views were awesome at the top, but I don’t think we will ever do this one again. It is 95% straight rock scramble with a very poorly marked trail. It took us 9 hours to do 7 miles, and we are not slow hikers. It just takes that much concentration that by the end you are not only physically exhausted, but mentally exhausted. Good time, but beware it’s all rocks.

Be prepared to make three summits on this trip- shavanno, tabagueche, and then shag again. Bring plenty of snacks and water. No real good trail to the summit for Tab, but it’s easiest to just boulder straight up! My Apple Watch tracked this entire route at 14 miles from the parking lot.

Beautiful half day trail. The end is worth the effort.

Great hike! The middle third of this hike is really easy meadow walking which allows your legs time to recharge while you enjoy the basin views. The last 1/2 mile or so is all ridge line with a moderate amount of exposure and scrambling in some parts, which is really fun! Seemingly not as popular as Belford/oxford, so I had the summit to myself for a while on a Tuesday morning. Fair amount of dispersed camping possibilities in the area- plenty on the road to the trailhead, and some in the basin/gulch area near the stream!

This was a fantastic hike! We did this as a day hike and had lunch at the lake. Magnificent views. From the time you cross the stream and enter the Horn Fork basin until slightly before the turn off for the lake, the rate of climb is very manageable. The last bit before the turn off was steeper, but not all that long. I’m not sure that I would agree with the review below about most low clearance cars being able to make it to the trailhead, at least based on the condition of the road when we were there in July this year. We did make it using a garden variety small SUV, but I would have felt a lot better in something with more clearance and a stick, particularly coming down. That being said, there were a couple of low clearance passenger cars at the trailhead and one apparently disabled SUV being hauled off on a flatbed tow truck...

hiking
8 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.

This was a nice fourteener with some gorgeous views! It has some steep sections in the trees and then mellows out at treeline and doesn’t get steep again until you’re nearing the summit. There is a lot of loose dirt that made it a little slippery near the top coming down so be careful! Not many people hike this one which is nice. Me and my friend had the whole summit to ourselves and out of the 14 fourteeners, I’ve done, this one had some of the best views at the top! Also, this hike is about 11.5 miles round trip, not 8.6.

Quite difficult, but worth it when you get to the top. Bring warm clothes!

A beautiful roughly 10 mile hike that has a little bit of everything. Very steep sections but the view from the top of Hope Pass is worth it. It took us about 6 hours out and back. Make sure to bring poles and lots of water. Would do this again!!

hiking
13 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
14 days ago

Great Hike, good trails, lots and lots of switch backs. Once you summit Belford it is 1 mile over to Oxford. takes about 45min to an hour. Its down 700ft then up 700ft. The hike back is tough having to re-summit Belford but worth it.

Took the Pear Lake trail on the west side of the mountain. It is 2.2 miles west of the Missouri trail head. Your vehicle will need to cross a stream. My Subaru did fine but had to park it after that. The next stream crossing leads to a serious 4x4 road. We hiked the road 3 miles to the Missouri trail head. Beautiful views, no people, great hike!

This was such a gorgeous hike! These were my 12th and 13th fourteeners. The hike up Shavano was well defined and relatively easy. However, there was no well defined trail that lead over to Tabeguache but it was easy to see where you needed to go. There’s also a lot of loose rock on Tabeguache so be careful on that one. The hike up it was short but strenuous and the only way to return is back over Shavano which was hard. If you plan on doing Tabeguache, make sure the weather looks good and be prepared to summit a total of 3 times since you’ll hit Shavano twice. Tracker logged 10.6 miles and the elevation gain is over 5000 for both so plan on getting your workout on if you summit both!

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

backpacking
17 days ago

Nice a steady climb to the lake. It was little hard for me coming straight from Illinois to the mountains. But i would say this is a good one for Plenty of campsites along the lake. We camped on a Sunday night in July and there were 3 other campsites along the lake. Even with the other campers it was very quiet, and scenery was beautiful Seemed like there was good fishing too. I don't fish often, but I caught a couple. It got pretty chilly at night and in the morning, so bring some layers if staying overnight.

Nice hike with good fishing at the end. Went mid-July, so there were plenty of other campers around the lake, but my campsite was definitely peaceful and solitary. You can bank on having afternoon storms and rain, so bring an extra tarp to sit under and plenty of warm clothes.

We hiked this trail July 27, 2018. We started around 10:00 am. My honey had hip replacement surgery 2 years ago, and I’m no exercise queen. The hike was beautiful, well marked, and although up hill most of the time- it was SOOOO worth the views at the top of Hope Pass. The trailhead sign clearly states 5 miles to Hope Pass and it is true to that. Not sure where the app gets 8.6?
There’s a beautiful river with a great bridge to cross about 1.9 miles in. Plenty of picture opportunities along the way. Even wild strawberries - although they’re tiny- they’re delectably sweet. If my honey and I can do this—- ya all can!!! Hope is always worth the climb!

hiking
25 days ago

I took my mother who is visiting from the east coast on this hike as an intro/easier hike at altitude so she could acclimate. We started around 8:30am on a Sunday morning and there was no one around. For the duration of the hike, we only saw 4 people total, which is rare for this time of year and type of hike.

Specific directions and tips:
— If you don’t have a high-clearance vehicle, I would park at the base of the road and walk up the 0.9 miles to the sign reading “3 Elk Trail.” I have a Honda Accord and didn’t want to risk it.
— Nowhere on the hike will you find any signage saying “Harvard Lakes trail.”
— At the sign reading 3 Elk Trail, turn left and continue along the logging trail.
— You’ll cross the creek a few times and meander through the woods, before the trail intersects the Colorado Trail. This is about 1.7 miles from the 3 Elk Trail sign.
— Turn left (West) onto the Colorado Trail, and you’ll hit the first, smaller lake on your right. Continue along the trail and you’ll soon see the second, larger lake on your left.
— There’s an unofficial trail that loops the lake, with a few remnants of campsites.

There weren’t many wildflowers along the trail since the climate has been so dry. Still a wonderful, beautiful hike. I recommend getting an early start since it gets hot quite quickly.

We did this on July 5th. It was 2 of our friend’s first 14ers (one her first week living in CO). All 6 of us did fine. Minimal long breaks and a decent amount of short stop, go stop go breaks. All avid hikers, but the last mile is brutal. There is no trail lots of rock climbing. A helicopter landed down the trail above treelike while we were approaching the top...be cautious and leave early! A storm came in fast around noon, it stayed away but still! Beautiful hike and a great 14er to make 11 down!

I’m going tun

Excellent hike! Plan on good boots and poles as most of the trail is rocky.

Great hike. Relatively easy trail. Storms rolled in by the time we topped Shavano so didn't reach Tabeguache. The crossover to Tabeguache looked like a very rocky descent. Only realistic return is back over Shavano.

We did this trail on Saturday, July 7. It is now one of our favorites! We went all the way to the top (Hope Pass) which, going by the directional trail signs, appeared to be more like a 10 mile hike than what's listed here. This trail has a little bit of everything as far as scenery goes - dense aspen and pine forests, close proximity to gorgeous streams/rivers, alpine meadows, and breathtaking views at the top. It's pretty strenuous, but worth it!

We hiked to both lakes a few days ago and this hike was one of the best hikes we've ever been on. We were there on a weekday and saw only one group of people the entire day. We fished at both lakes, but didn't catch anything - there's definitely fish in there but they're very smart. The hike starts at 11,200 and the second lake is at 12,300 so be prepared to be short of breath. We live at less than 700 ft so we were sucking wind the entire time. The hike from Anderson to Petroleum lakes is more strenuous than the first section of the hike. But it's all very worth it!
The first part of the drive from the main road can be done without 4x4, but the last 3.5 miles from the campground to the trailhead pretty much requires 4x4 and decent clearance. That being said, it's an easy 4x4 trail, not too difficult for inexperienced offroaders.
Between the two lakes is a small meadow full of beautiful wildflowers. The lakes, flowers, and views were all so gorgeous. Would definitely recommend this hike.
P.S. - there's two ponds in between the lakes. Don't stop there, but continue up to the left to reach Petroleum lake.

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.

hiking
29 days ago

The moderate trail rating is very accurate. The majority of the trail is hiked in the woods. The trail opens up to bogs and meadows as you get close to the lake. We hiked in late July and the wildflowers were in full bloom. The lake is small but very scenic. Later in the day, on our way down, there were a good number of backpackers setting up camp around the lake. We hiked an additional 35 or 40 minutes past the lake towards Browns Pass. This portion of the trail was strenuous but afforded some really great views of the lake and meadows. The additional effort was worth the views.

We went up the 4wd road 3.2 to the towers and the road is very narrow and you need a truck or Jeep, it it pretty deep rollers and dips. We parked there and walked up the road close to 2 miles before you even get on the trail. It was not our favorite it’s very exposed no trees to start and it’s basically boulders the whole way. It raps around the valley and then you get up to summit and it’s all loose rocks and dirt. Not well maintained at all.
Not our most memorable and no wild flowers just stinky weeds.

Drove my lifted wrangler up the four wheel drive round as far as you could go (to the gate and giant cairn where the trail starts) nothing technical about the road but you definitely want a high clearance 4wd vehicle. Not my favorite 14er. The whole trail is just huge boulders the whole way up. The views are nice at the top. Wasn’t very hard compared to other ones I’ve done.

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