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I am a big fan of this hike. However some do not like it because of the lack of trees due to a fire many years ago. I like the surreal landscape and the long views of Mount Evans and Pikes Peak. The Chair Rocks at the end are a great place to have lunch with awesome views and a unique surrounding. While a bit ling, there are no steep inclines on this hike. This hike also stays pretty quiet. We only saw two bikers the entire hike. Keep in mind that because of the lack of trees you are exposed throughout most of the hike so be prepared for whatever the weather.

16 days ago

This is not easy!!! This trail should be marked as moderate. With that being said, it was spectacular! Very well marked. We didn’t get to the lake because we reached 10,300 ft and looked down...the hike was too strenuous at that point to continue. Would love to do it again with more time and in better shape.

hiking
16 days ago

As of 10/28/2018, the trail is almost totally clear of snow, except for a very small patch nearing the end. At a slow pace, took me about 80 minutes to hike to the lake. Agree with Janis that there has been quite a bit of devastation, most notable in the first half of the trail. You will see many dead and fallen trees. This makes the view, especially to the south wide open. There is also a cutthrough to Piney Lake if you want to hit both trails in the same day (I had already done Piney). This was also suggested to me as a trailrun or bike route (trail itself in excellent condition).

Trail is currently snow covered. I suggest wearing boots and taking your time. Will be well worth it. Some of the best views in Colorado.

hiking
23 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes, but the beetles have devastated the pine trees so it has lost a lot of its beauty, but... baby pines are rising up! We couldn't make the final descent down to the lake today because there was too much snow and our hiking boots just didn't have the best traction.

Five stars for the hike. It's a beautiful lake with many aspens, and pretty short, so most anyone can walk around the entire thing and get the experience of a natural lake in an alpine setting.

However, negative four stars for the drive getting there. The last two miles is a dirt road with lots of ruts and small potholes. I saw large SUV's and trucks just cruising along, but anyone in a sedan and a fear of blowing a tire should be wary. Also, the road is so narrow at points that I was surprised that two cars could pass, esp. since the drop-off was very steep with no guardrail.

9/30/18: Beautiful and challenging for a backpack trek. Aspens are great all the way up to the lake. The trail is steep, but not too painful. The trail is very narrow in sections and one portion is cut into a hill and you feel as though you might slide off. Trees were great this weekend. If you’re going up to camp, please mind the 100’ from the lake expectation, even if you see an established camp. Also, to those with dogs: the first few miles are on a southern slope and it was hot. No water access until the lake.

Great fall foliage!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike with spectacular views and fall Aspen colors. We did the whole 11 mile loop including Gore Range and Surprise Lake Trails - took us 6 hours.

Wow! Heaven on earth. It’s such a beautiful expanse. Has a little bit of every terrain. Not too long and not to difficult. Perfect. Took about 2 hours to do loop. We stopped a lot to take pictures. You could easily run this loop.

Beautiful! Spectacular fall color

Beautiful, well marked trail. I hike this trail every season, it never ceases to impress me!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Lots of diverse scenery....aspen groves, pine forests, open meadows, lovey views across the valley. Aspens were just about perfect this weekend. It was mostly uphill the entire way & the trail could get quite narrow, which made it seem more difficult. Lakes at the top were not the most picturesque I’ve seen but a nice place to have lunch before heading down.

Really pretty. Crowded on Sat at the falls but not the longer trail. $7 day pass required.

hiking
1 month ago

Everyone complaining about to many people probably went during peak tourist time or a weekend. I went on a Thursday morning around 9 and I was the only one on the trail and in the springs. Short steep incline to start but once to the top its all flat. Short easy scramble to the springs. There's two ways you can go. One goes around and walks next to the river, the other goes straight to the spring.

Beautiful fall colors!!

Nice scenic lake. Easy trail. Hiked on 9/15/18. Aspens turning but not yet peak here at the lake (though is in nearby places). Warm week.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an incredible through-aspen-groves hike during the color change. The lakes as a final destination are a bit underwhelming in terms of a view, but we pretty much had the entire trail to ourselves, so the quiet made up for the scenery. Free-roaming cows were a highlight!

nice trail off the main trail leads you thru the back country to the fish hatchery,bring you some water and get a good hiking stick

2 months ago

Started at Kenosha Pass and hiked toward Long Gulch going out 3.5 miles and then back to the parking lot. The view at 3.5 miles is absolutely panoramic. A gorgeous day and peak color on the aspens. Beautiful views of Southpark. Love this segment of the trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Starts off narrow with no view but that changes. I enjoyed the trail. It was a good warm up for our loop. We ate lunch at the lakes. I would recommend it for anyone trying to avoid a crowd.

Falls are beautiful. Arrived early on a Tuesday in September and had the trail to myself. Squirrel trail follows a canal along red and white geological wonders. While the trails aren’t epic, the falls are worth the trip.

Overrated

hiking
2 months ago

What a great little hike! Easy to get to from Denver, leave early. Hike has moderate elevation gains and is never too difficult. I would suggest being on the trail no later than 8 am as it starts to get a little busy and the trail is very narrow. One additional note, keep to the right at the Gore Trail/Eaglesmere signpost.

hiking
2 months ago

My family had such a great time on this hike. The trailhead was difficult to find, but worth it. Dog-friendly too.

An easy but narrow trail encircling this scenic lake. Beaver-dammed pond at far end, always a treat to see. Plenty of parking at trail head and space was available on Labor Day at noon!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was awesome but I agree that it is not easy. It was desert with heavy sand and rocks to climb. Luckily there are painted markers on the ground because it is hard to keep on the trail. The end is so worth the hike because it is so beautiful. The lake was gorgeous and felt so good after such a hot desert hike. The Dino tracks were hard to see but so rewarding when you find them. take plenty of water and be cautious if you take a dog. There are a lot of cactus and the sand and rocks are hot.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike in 2016 with my sister who had a broken leg at the time. She made it all the way to Lost Lake with little difficulty, so it was not too hard. THE TRAIL MIGHT BE CONSIDERABLY DIFFERENT NOW. I remember that the trail was a little muddy, so just be mindful after a lot of rain. The mosquitoes were pretty bad along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

The view from this parking area/road is one of my favorites in all of Colorado! The trail is closed right now (fire risk according to the signs posted), but i wanted to write a post to encourage folks to take the drive up because that view alone is worth it!

beautiful views

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