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2 hours ago

What a great hike! I love goals at the end to strive for and that view does not disappoint, so push through folks! I read many reviews before I headed up and many had said the loose rock is kinda tough, I may have underestimated those comments and felt the rock proved difficult, especially on the way down, watch those ankles!

Easy to find, actually found it by accident. It’s really a dirt road leading up to an old mine. The mine was interesting and we actually took the Trail of Tears back towards the start. Good for families and dogs. The area around the hike is pretty wooded so the views are somewhat obstructed.

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!

hiking
2 days ago

Physically demanding, but certainly worth it. Great scenery and a nice view from the top. Definitely recommend an early start to beat the crowds and/or summer thunderstorms.

Got on the trail early, left about 4:45 and only saw a few people on the way up. Great trail, one of the easier 14ners but the view at the top is great. Saw lots of people on the way down but wasn’t to crowded. Nice hike for sure

hiking
2 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.

2 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

Left at 4:30ish. There were maybe two other groups going up at the same time. Got to the top around 7:45ish. By the time we got to the very last stretch, we looked back and saw hoards of people so definitely leave early. There was quite the crowd on the way down. I do not recommend bringing dogs unless they have booties. The rocks are pretty sharp at the top.

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome and tiring hike to the peak. My wife and I did this hike today with the luck of some awesome weather. It was a bit crowded toward the top, but like others have said, the trail is very, very well maintained. Almost to a fault. I enjoyed the peak mostly for the 360 views. It's hard to describe and even pictures do zero justice for how vast and awesome it truly is. If you start at the bottom lot, expect a pretty gnarly start to the trail. We were surprised by the sudden incline, which sort of beat us up a bit before we acclimated and fell into our rhythm. Much like other 14ers, always assume that it never ends. Near the top, you have to ascend three nearly straight up (at least from your vantage point) climbs before the 'final' trek to the summit. Seriously, it never ends. But when it does, amazeballs. Oh, and leave the little Pikas and goats alone. They deserve to be there as much as we do, and they're insanely adorable to look at on your way up. Luckily we ran into both. It does get pretty cold at the peak. Simple cloud coverage had us shivering, but it's still worth it. Go!

Hiked this last Wednesday. On the trail at 5:20am, the hike was enjoyable with cooler weather up to the flat. Summit at 7:30 (2:12 min) at a good pace. I climb every year and the early departure was a big plus , fewer people on the trail and cooler temps.
Hiked in shorts, t-shirt and hat with trail runners, One very light weight down jacket (used at the summit), a shell (not used), spare socks, battery backup, tiny blister kit and kleenex completed the pack. I carried 3L and used 2.25L of water, 2 snickers,a banana and protein bar.
Down in 1:40, jogging on the flats for a total trip of 3:52. I hiked with wife/daughter last year at a more leisurely pace and we were up/down in about 5:20 (added water and snacks)
In 10+ summits the trail is in the best shape I have ever seen it - thank the hardworking trail crew if you see them.

did this hike on Thursday 7/12. got started at 8:30 which was probably a little late. Hike measured at 7.1 miles from upper parking area. One of the most difficult hikes I've ever experienced. Weather turned nasty right at the summit and started raining and hailing so no home to enjoy any views. Definitely recommend a good wind breaker or even a good ole trash bag in the event of bad weather. My wife, 2 daughters and I had none of the above so we froze on our descent. Learned some harsh lessons on this trip but my first 14'er. Take plenty of water, some energy gels, hiking stick highly recommended, some clothing layers as it gets cold up high and a wind breaker. 6.5 hour round trip.

Easy hike through the woods with several interesting old abandoned mines to see and a handful of surprising vistas. Great mix of ease (I make a point of this as I am older and live a sedentary lifestyle near sea level), historically significant sites, and beautiful vistas.

Beautiful hike. Drive to trail was easy (many sedans in the parking area). The climb to the waterfall is fairly easy, lots of rocks in the path but that is to be expected in Colorado. After the waterfall there is a steep climb to the lake.

hiking
5 days ago

we loved it!! although all 3 of our watches had it between 8-9 miles (not 6). view is so worth it

We are glad we did this hike as there is a beautiful waterfall and lake as a reward. Saw a mountain goat by the edge of the falls. This seems to be more of a moderate-hard than a moderate-easy hike, but we are also from the Midwest.

rock climbing
5 days ago

They should call this dead tree fly trail. most of trail was reasonable as we were covered in flys the whole trail bothering us. scenes were tragic with tons of dead trees cut down, some blocking the trail. maybe after a good fire and 6 years and some maintenance this will be a good trail.

Great trail but it does take an effort to get to the lakes. Lots of climbs, rocks, roots and some loose gravel. The waterfalls are really beautiful and the wild flowers are nice. The round trip took us about 4 hours.

very awesome!

Really nice up and back. Easy from the trailhead on a sand road. Hike has it all. Roots in the trees, boulders, loose scree, flat runs and steep spots. We left the trailhead at 9a and got back at the truck 12:30p. Only went as far as the lake. Trail at the lake narrows and looked tougher than it probably was so we stopped and ate a snack and enjoyed the lake view. Had the trail mostly to ourselves on the way up, busier on the way down. All ages on the trail. We are flat landers in our late 50’s. No worries. Highly recommend this hike.

Amazing hike. Not too difficult, but takes some work to get all the way up there. Great vistas, nice payoff at the end. I'll be back.

Hiked past the waterfall to the first lake. It was well worth the effort. The waterfall was gorgeous and the lake pristine. It was a challenging hike, but our kids (6 & 8) did a great job. We hauled our 1 yr old in a back pack carrier.

Great All Around Colorado hiking adventure...has it all. Gradual incline, great scenic views, massive waterfalls, lakes, shade, water for the dog. Full distance in took about 2 hours...and back to the car (overall) a little less than 4 hours.

Short sweet n steep

hiking
7 days ago

I made the entire loop today with my mother and my dog. I would also suggest turning left first since that will allow you to go downhill at the most steep part of the trail. The initial incline is steep but it gets less intense after you go around the first corner. There is a beautiful view of Montgomery Reservoir on the left, mountains to the front and a valley below. I've seen deer in the valley on a prior hike. The thing I love most about this hike is the 360 view of the area if you go to the very top of the mountain. There are some very steep parts to this trail and the air is thin but it is worth the hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Decided to go on a Monday in July to avoid the traffic. There were still lots of people on the trail at 630 when we started. The earlier you start this trail the better! You get to enjoy more of the hike itself as opposed to large crowds of people all climbing together. Views at the top were absolutely fabulous.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike with the Family. Well worth the effort, especially if you continue up past the waterfall to the lakes.

hiking
8 days ago

We did this trail today as an "easy 14-er", and I think everybody else does it for the same reason. It is not about enjoying the hike, it is about making it to the top.
Arrived at 6:50, took us 3 hours to the top (we are from Ohio, and I am 60). The parking was 3/4 full (it is Monday). BTW, the distance from the lower parking to the trailhead is negligible, so there is no need to get out of one's way to make it to the upper parking, or to park creatively along the road.
The trail: the lower 1/3 goes through a pine forest, and is rather pleasant. The rest is mostly scrambling on a rock scree. There is nothing dangerous, or technically difficult, but it is steep when you go up, and is hard on your knees and toes on the way down, even in good hiking boots. Nevertheless, it is doable.
The view from the top is what one expects to see from the top of a mountain that is taller than most its neighbors (do not get me wrong, it is impressive). The scenery along the trail (upper part) is rather dull (no flowers, no trees.) Lots of people on the trail.

Well maintained trail, great hike.

Great hike. 4 hours with 2 dogs and not being in the best shape. Some areas a little rocky. Beautiful waterfall. Alpine lake about 20 min past waterfall and a bit steep incline.

We started At 6:05 today and summited in 3 hrs but only took 2:10 hrs coming down. It was our first 14er and every one had said this was the easiest. Coming back in August to hike a couple more.

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