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on Lake Haiyaha

1 day ago

Lovely hike. Lake is beautiful.
Be patient if it is busy- the number of people lessens after a mile.

1 day ago

Beautiful. Once you get above treeline this is one of the most beautiful places in CO.

Challenging trail over the passes, but the amazing scenery makes it well worth the effort!

Completed the loop in 3 days/2 nights Sep 4-6, hiking counter-clockwise. Camped at Snowmass Lake the 1st night (~9 miles) and just above the large waterfall in Fravert Basin the 2nd night (~7.5 miles). Total distance logged on my gps watch was 29.4 miles, so that left about 13 miles on the last day over Frigid Air & West Maroon Passes. A storm on day 2 forced us to hike over Trail Rider Pass in snow/sleet, which made the trail muddy and extremely slippery. A good set of hiking/trekking poles is highly recommended!

Absolutely amazing! My 1st solo hike - 26 pound pack to start. Went counter clockwise August 24-26 to make option to hike out 3rd day easier. Reflection of Snowmass lake in morning sun is breathtaking, do not miss! Found refreshing swimming hole and small falls about mile above big waterfall on 2nd day. Ended up hiking 14 miles 3rd day and exiting...love my new altra trail runners, no blisters and with lighter pack, was very doable and enjoyable. View after view will keep ya going. Would love to hike this again!!! Trail is well marked, met friendly trail runners and many helpful hikers and a resourceful ranger each day. Combine these with Alltrails app for navigation and a Spot devise for emergency rescue and you are good to go, safer than being in a city!

Great trail with many great views of cascading waterfalls down a small mountain stream with a spectacular finish at Ouzell Falls. Copeland Falls was also better than expected. Ouzel Falls offers as good of a view as there is in RMNP in my opinion. We took the extra time to hike to the top of Ouzel Falls and it was well worth it. Great views of the aspens changing colors and sounds of running water as the trail follows a mountain stream throughout the hike. Also came across a full grown moose on the return trek. The trail took us just under 3 hrs including a 30+ minute detour to the top of Ouzel Falls. Highly recommended and easy enough for the entire family to enjoy.

7 days ago

Saw a bull moose on this trail and wonderful views go in the fall !

Wow, literally breathtaking all the way around! The views were above all expectations. The trail says it’s 29 miles, however my gps tracked it at 31.2 miles. There is a major drought issue here in aspen so I kept about 3 liters of water at all times. Make sure to do the same if you find water take advantage! I didn’t see any bear however I did see tons of chipmunks, marmots, mule deer, mountain goat, and sheep. Such a brutal trail, however it was so worth it! No pain no gain! The entire loop took 4 days 3 nights and I did it counterclockwise. The first night I arrived late and only got about 2 miles in, then it was starting to get dark so you gotta set up camp just before sunset because the wind is a beast! Couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. The highs were in the upper 80’s, lows around the upper 40’s low 50’s. I would absolutely do this hike again, maybe try doing it clockwise next time.

Easy hike from Bear Lake. Amazing views along the way.

7 days ago

Beautiful hike. Well worth it!

8 days ago

Beautiful hike! The aspens are starting to change which made for good sight seeing and of course it’s rutting season, so lots of wildlife in the park. Crowded on the weekend but that’s always to be expected.

9 days ago

Beautiful drive from Lyons.
$25 NP entrance fee. Consider buying annual np pass if you will use any other np.

The river is gorgeous the entire way up.
Take the Copeland falls upper and lower loop as it’s inviting and parallels the main trail so adds no distance to route.
Total elevation gain is measured at 870 feet From 8500 at trailhead to 9300 at falls but printed map said 270 feet gain. Typo? In any case was a pleasurable ascent.
Took us exactly 3 hours total at leisurely pace.
Trail crosses the Cascades waterfalls and then Ouzel falls. To see the falls up close, take the unofficial trail to the left , just before the bridge where the sign says “ouzel falls”. It’s just a few hundred feet of exploring to see the falls from Best viewpoint.
Must get there early. By noon we had to wait 20 minutes for a spot to free up.

Take a picnic lunch, Tevas and a bathing suit and take the day to savor the swimming holes. But be smart where you swim so you don’t get swept away!

12 days ago

We did this hike today from Bear Lake. Lots of pedestrian traffic on the way up. The lake is beautiful. Had to climb over lots of rocks for an older couple, but worth it. Took the trail over to the MillsLake:/Loch trail and down to Alberta Falls. A great loop hike!

13 days ago

We did this hike on the way back from Emerald Lake, and it was a great add on. To do it on it's own would not be as good as Emerald Lake, which is along the shore of Dream Lake all the way and so is scenic for pretty much the entire hike. That said, I really liked Lake Haiyaha. It's different and I think even a little bit prettier than Emerald Lake. And if you do it on the way back from Emerald Lake it gives you a nice little 5 mile hike that is really fun and beautiful.

We did not hike the entire trail, but look forward to that in the future. We did a day hike to the log jam out and back which measured 15 miles on our GPS. The trail was beautiful and the valley is gorgeous. This would be the clockwise direction. The trail was pretty easy going most of the way. At the beginning you pass through some private property which is clearly marked, but there are cows present and occasionally on the trail. They were not a problem. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike and look forward to backpacking the entire loop next time. I did fish the creek and had a blast!

10/10 would hike again


Spectacular! Counterclockwise, four days. I hike with a pup that’s hit or miss with other dogs and was so happy to see most dogs were on leash on the loop.

Just go! And don’t stop until you get the views of the continental divide! Bring water, prepare for some good elevation & a bit of wind. But you’ll reach the top!

Excellent views and a great workout! we did the loop in a 3 days. Be warned the weather is very unpredictable. we got caught on Trail Rider Pass in a freak thunderstorm. Great fishing if you bring a rod.

Done this past weekend. Absolute blast. Beautiful scenery and awesome trail.

18 days ago

Completed end of July/beginning of August. Definitely a strenuous hike but so worth it. The views are incredible. I would recommend going counterclockwise to avoid the crowds.

20 days ago

It was a nice hike. Some of the trees and vegetation are beginning to change colors. I would rate it more on the easy side than moderate. Although the last .9 mile does become steeper and there are steps to climb. But that is the most difficult part of the hike. You get to see Copeland lower and upper falls on the way to Ouzel falls. So it's a nice treat to see all three falls. It cost $25 per vehicle to enter. I got there about 1 pm on Sunday and there was plenty of parking. There were a lot of cars parked in the road. So get there early or later for parking. I think the cost was $12 per pedestrian and adds 2 miles in each direction. From the trailhead to Ouzel falls is 2.7 miles.

22 days ago

Great trail. Definitely a bit of a struggle for someone who is a little out of shape like me, but it was well worth it. Beautiful trail with several places to see cascades.


This hike was fantastic. Excellent views, plenty of campsites, lots of wild life including moose, mountain goat, mule deer, and marmot. Beware all the passes were guarded by ferocious Pika. Don’t bother bringing fishing poles, all the lakes have no fish. I NEVER SAW ANY BELLS WTF??? I highly recommend this hike.

25 days ago

Did this just a year ago and it was the perfect hike to get used to the elevation. Great views at the top.

28 days ago

Great hike, shaded, follows creek, lots of water features with 40ft waterfall at end. You cannot see the falls from the trail. Go left before bridge to get close. Even a few wildflowers late in season. Trailhead parking half full @7am but full later. Glacial boulders, campsites. 6 miles roundtrip.

28 days ago

Great altitude acclimation hike. Arrived 11am; had to park in farthest lot which added 1 mile each way on hike. Falls were beautiful with head on view only if you take a left with mini scramble immediately before the bridge(recommend this route). Trail definitely not a hike for solitude but enjoyed conversing with others at base of falls.
Easy/moderate but only if in good condition. Plenty of shade on easily navigated trail

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