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Laura Amelia reviewed Jasper Lake Trail
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I parked on Hessie Road, hiked to the trail and then went around the entire lake so we hiked like 14 miles total. It was a great work out and fun enough but Isabelle lake was a lot more interesting and breath taking throughout the hike.

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BackpackingGreat!

Gorgeous hike that passes tons of waterfalls and golden aspens. The view of Lone Eagle peak from Mirror Lake is just stunning. I backpacked in and camped one night at the lake. Temps were perfect, sunny and warm in the day and not too cold at night. Amazing hike all around.

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Moderate trail for sure. Going up all the way inclining but slowly and not too steep. Coming down all the way declining. We went to too many lake trails recently that we became so picky about the lake view. That is why I am giving only four starts: Lake water is super clear, but lake views are not as great as Isabelle Glacier Trail (Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado) & Lower, Middle, Upper Lake Trail (Ridgeway, Colorado) & Leigh Lake Trail (Kootenai National Forest, Montana), Avalanche Lake (Glacier’s National Park, Montana) Note 1: it is windy and cold up the mountain. Bring wind jacket and be prepared. Note 2: driving to the trailhead, the road is very bumpy. It is not a problem for bigger cars, but small cars will suffer. We started the trail around 8 am the parking lot is close to 50% full. By the time we came back to the parking lot around 12 noon, it is pretty full (you can still find parking spot though). Nice walk and just enough of an exercise for the day!

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Hiking

Beautiful trail that follows the creek up 7 miles and takes you through a beautiful meadow before bringing you to the lakes. We camped at Arapaho bay and walked to the trailhead from our campsite!

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Hiking

Highly recommended; absolutely worth the views. Was slightly difficult but completely doable. Lots of rocks, was pretty windy, and the trail is hard to distinguish if you decide to go up to the peak on the opposite side of the lake. Get there early! Got there around 7:30/8am and barely found a parking spot.

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BackpackingGreat!Off trailRocky

Great trail with beautiful views. Leaves are starting to turn! There’s a bunch of trees down on the trail between Mirror Lake and Crater Lake so that section was a little difficult to navigate but definitely worth it. On the hike back down we ran up on a moose that was walking the trail so keep an eye out for wildlife!

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Hiking

Great trail. Very long in one day. Call colors are beautiful. Many waterfalls along the hike. Monarch, mirror and crater lake are all gorgeous. Next time I think I’ll try to camp.

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HikingGreat!

Great all around trail, nice bit of difficulty but still moderate, views for days. Road up is just a tad sketchy, no problem for any decent ride. Go early, or late not mid morning and watch the wind :)

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April Morgan reviewed Jasper Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!

This trail was amazing! Went on a Saturday and it was surprisingly not busy. There is limited parking so definitely get there early. We got to the trail head by 6:30am and there were about 6 car spots left. The road is definitely bumpy to get to the trail head so make sure you have a proper car for that. The views at the top were unbelievable. There was only one group at the lake so we felt like we had it to ourselves. So beautiful!

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Backpacked this trail last Sunday. First half in is a pretty, easy forest walk generally following the water. We did run into a moose and it’s baby on the trail maybe 2-3 miles in. So, be mindful of your surroundings! We were able to cut off the trail and navigate around. Next half of the trail really starts opening to the beautiful mountain peaks and some cool waterfalls as the trail gets progressively more difficult. The last bit (maybe half mile) before mirror lake has suffered tons of down trees on the trail. Apparently, a derecho want thru the area with the last winter storm. I’d really recommend you have the map downloaded from this app to stay on trail. Mirror lake and crater lake are both insanely gorgeous. This was absolutely my favorite backpacking trip in Colorado. After 9/15, you don’t need a permit to backpack up there. You might want to get out early, though, as you’re still required to stay in a designated spot up at the lakes! Enjoy!

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Alex Michaelson reviewed Jasper Lake Trail
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Great trail! I would recommend downloading the map, as there are many areas that fork off with no trail markers. There are a ton of trees down, but the rangers are doing an amazing job taking care of it. We started at 7am and got back around 2:45 with a 30 min break at the top. Going up was easy and fun- it was on the way down that this distance began to wear on us. I would say this is a moderate trail, with a TON of distance! Make sure you follow left along mirror lake to get to crater lake. Totally worth it!

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Alex Michaelson reviewed Jasper Lake Trail
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Parks service has done a great job clearing the trees. Do it! Almost 19 miles for me but I did get a little lost

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HikingGreat!

Rangers cleared lots of the downed trees on Sep 20. They were also giving out tickets to those camping outside of designated sites- so make sure you camp responsibly! Smoke was not bad at all which made for beautiful views.

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BackpackingBlowdownGreat!Over grownWashed out

Got there at 1pm, got back to the trailhead at 7:30pm. The trail itself isn't difficult, there's these few steep areas but they eventually flatten out. The difficult part is the distance, I clocked 16 miles but my GPS also messed up on a few instances so it's more 16.5-17 miles. The trail is covered in dead trees like everyone else mentioned, and it's no joke. I lost count after 30. I'm a strong believer that if you're capable of climbing over the tree or walking through mud, do that rather than going around and further messing up the trail. But, I'll admit, I got a little annoyed and just started walking around them. Nonetheless, it's absolutely gorgeous. You're following the creek to crater lake and along that trail you'll find waterfalls with plenty of wildlife and views of the surrounding mountains. On the way back at Monarch Lake there was even a male and female moose grazing. I highly recommend trying this trail out. You don't need to overnight it, though I plan to.

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HikingGreat!

Plenty of spaces @ the TH on Thursday morning. From the TH to Dorothy I clocked 7.75mi on my watch. Few hikers and had the lake to myself and my 6lb yorkie. Great views all around.

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This hike was amazing. The views all the way were great.

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Went on a Wednesday (Sept 16). Started hike at trailhead at around 7am, got back at 745pm. Saw several people while hiking there and back (estimate probably 30 people at least), but had Mirror Lake and Crater Lake to ourselves when we got there (a group was leaving). Spent probably 30 minutes total at Mirror and Crater (not counting hike time from Mirror to Crater and back to Mirror. Views were a bit hazy due to the forest fires I believe. The hike itself had some tough areas in terms of uphill and trees blocking the way, but not nearly as difficult as a 13 or 14er. The length itself was definitely tougher. I would have wanted to start earlier but we woke up at 330am from Dillon and had to drove over 1.5 hrs to get here. Definitely recommend start hiking at 5am if you're not a seasoned hiker (we are not).

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HikingMuddySnow

Do this hike! :) We clocked in at over 19 miles with all the times we got a bit lost due to fallen timber and off-trailing to see better views, but SO WORTH IT. We had amazing weather, a nice little nap at Crater Lake, and overall a great hike. 10 out of 10 would do this again!

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