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This time of year, the prairie dogs weren't out at all. Last time we literally saw hundreds. Easy hike and great views of Pikes Peak from mostly the west side north to south. At several points, you can see from Pikes Peak on the south to beyond Longs Peak to the north. Views to the east are mostly looking down at farmland toward Franktown. Visibility was great the whole time. Plan to take g-kids out there soon.

I gave this trail 5 stars because this place is beautiful. The trail is very easy but has some small obstacles. The trail runs along under canyons and a narrow river. Again, this place is magical. I will upload sone pictures.

One of the most beautiful places in the world. I spent a season building the Mt. Massive trail that fork from this one and consider this valley a second home. It can get kinda crazy with peak baggers on summer weekends but once you get past the summit fork you might as well be alone in the world. A wonderful place to clear your mind and enjoy the wilderness.

Beautiful short trail. Perfect sunny day. Snow was really packed making it icy in some places but not bad at all.

always a lovely hike!

Very nice hike. Some snow pack this time of year.

A good trail for a quick hike. Can get a bit crowded after lunch. The river water is clean and wind is minimal.

its a nice little trail with amazing views. its a super easy walk with minimal elivation change. its a great walk for someone who's just gotten to the altitude from sea level. only 0.6 miles long its great for the entire family. the only down side to the trail is winter conditions can make it hard to get to if you dont have 4x4 or snow tires.

2 months ago

Lots of wildlife and an easy trail.

Took about an hour total, stopping for many pictures along the way. The snow on the trail is packed down which makes for an easy hike. Not steep or strenuous at all! Beautiful views and many spots to capture them!

3 months ago

Great hike, even this time of year. Trails in some spots were snow packed and icy. Absolutely beautiful and hardly anyone here.

3 months ago

Fantastic hike when you are looking to get out during the winter months!

3 months ago

We snowshoed this trail on 11/25/17. The hike is pleasant and protected from wind most of the time and the lake at the top is beautiful, although windy.

The trail had some snow and snowshoes were welcome (especially downhill), but if it were more packed you could potentially just hike in with boots. We followed other people’s tracks most of the way, but had to do a little GPS navigating when their tracks ran out near the top. Once we found the trail it’s pretty clear where to hike because it’s more cleared than the rest of the forest.

Note that the Turquoise Lake road to the trailhead is not plowed, so depending on the amount of snow present or temperatures or vehicle type could affect whether you’re able to drive to the trailhead.


Hike along the lake and see an old resort, which is being preserved by the Forest Service and is from the 1800s. It took us 3 hours at a leisurely pace and there was 6 inches - 1 foot of snow. Trail is rated moderate, but my husband and I thought it was easy. Our dog loved it as well!

Great hike on a beautiful sunny slightly windy day. Trail had some snow in the shady parts along the first half of the hike along the first lake. Easily traversable. Awesome views of the lakes. The upper lake had whitecaps due to the wind. The InterLaken historic site is really cool. Totally recommend this hike!

This place was absolutely beautiful. Down in the canyon was a stream running through; doesn’t get much better than that.

beautiful views from this very short trail. Definitely worth stopping here

4 months ago

We took our two boys (4 and 5) and our 3 month old daughter in a front carrier. It was pretty windy at first, which was hard during the first part of the hike, but once we got down in the gulch it was much better. There were so many beautiful rock formations and the boys loved getting to see the river and throw rocks in the water. Not too hard for our boys. I had to carry the 4 year old for a while, but mostly because it was REALLY windy. Once we were out of the wind he walked the rest of the way

4 months ago

Went on 10/28/17. Trail was snow packed with a couple of inches the entire way but was easy to follow. A simple hike with a nice lake at the end. Take a water dog if you got one. Fall is best - no mud and no bugs.

Short, easy walk with beautiful views!

So pretty! The snow-capped peaks gleaming above Lake Dillon, the beautiful blue Colorado skies and bright sunlight make this trail a quintessential must-do!

Such a unique historic site. Nice easy route- great views and close to water.

Really great trail with a perfect alpine lake at the end. When you hit the steep incline you’re almost there.

Not a "hike", but a nice pretty stroll. Great fir pictures!!

6 months ago

A beautiful clear late summer day with good friends, gold Aspens dotting the surrounding mountainsides and the constant music of a running creek along the well defined path. A moderately demanding hike for 60 something's amateurs trying out their new hiking shoes! The pristine 30-40 acre lake at the end of the trail made it more than worthwhile! Round trip was 3 hrs and 30 mins with lots of stops for water and photos along the way!

I would rate this trail as moderate. Right amount of sun and shade. Pretty steep right before you get to the lake. There is a nice stream crossing. The trail is very wide in most places. The lake is very large and is worth the hike. The drive up to the trailhead was very scenic since you go past Turquoise Lake.

Little bit of everything in this trail - forests, meadows with lots of wildflowers (even in September), a couple rock scrambles, and nice lake at the end. We missed the side trail to the lower lake at first (the lake is well hidden) but then saw it once we climbed up a bit further.

A short walk

6 months ago

I'd rate this trail moderate, because of all the loose, rolling rock, the steep incline at the last half mile, and the creek crossings, which are deep during runoff season. Otherwise, this a peaceful forest hike and the lake at the end is beautiful.

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