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hiking
2 days ago

This is a very easy, pleasurable hike. The incline is so gentle that you barely notice it. There are many little "Missouri Lakes" that are off trail. I used GPS and began with the first one directly West of the trail. I hit small 4 smaller lakes before finding the large main one and did not see another person. They were very peaceful and worth the effort in my opinion. But it will definitely add on time to your overall trek, so keep that in mind when planning your time to descend for storms. From what I can tell, there are 14 other small Misouri lakes outside of the main upper and lower Missouri Lakes. The trail was all clear with minimal mud in some spots. Lots of water flowing, so a filter works fine for this hike. Waterflowers abundant and marmots at play.

fishing
2 days ago

Beautiful hike, June 20-26th range. Moderate inclines at points but nothing too hard for a novice or moderate hiker. Fish bite almost anything at the lakes.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail really wasn’t worth the drive. The lakes and falls are pretty and the trail is well marked, but the trail was fairly crowded, and there were very few wildflowers (even in mid-July) .

It is a uphill hike all the way to the falls. Somewhat rocky but well worth it once you reach the top. The hike back down was extremely easy but the hike there takes a toll

I first hiked this trail with my hiking group. I was amazed at the diversity of the trail and beautiful waterfall at the end. I took my husband, kids and friends the following year. Slightly strenuous at the beginning then levels out. Be sure and eat lunch by the falls and enjoy the mist... it’s heavenly.

Beautiful views. Great hike!

Absolutely phenomenal adventure. I went in June 26-28, and it was chock full of wildflowers, and gorgeous snow patterns. With some small detours, I hiked to the summit of the pass to Treasure Trove lake with no snow crossings. I'm a landscape plein air painter, and made this video of the adventure, don't worry, it's short, and fun.
https://youtu.be/Wf6S0Q_VTUo

backpacking
8 days ago

Easy trail to follow. Easy enough with a heavy pack. Went out with my boyfriend on Friday (07/06/18) around 1pm. Found parking easy enough. Ran into 4 groups on the way down and one guy going up with his dog. Maybe 10 groups camping overnight, but it was easy to find a spot to camp near the upper lake. The views were incredible, one of my favorite backpacking trips. Took us a little more than 3 hours to hike up, we are from Kansas and had two days to acclimate to the elevation. We planned on doing the loop with Fancy Pass, but didn’t want to risk getting caught in a storm doing Fancy Pass, since we woke up late and explored the lakes until noon. We plan on doing this one again to finish the loop. If you’re deciding between this or Lake Constantine, pick this one. It’s way better. No campfires allowed in Holy Cross Wilderness, keep that in mind bc it does get cold near the lakes.

hiking
9 days ago

THE BEST. Completed on 7/4/18. This is an absolutely tremendous hike. Well marked and well taken care of trail. I did track closer to 8 miles than 7 however, no parts of this trail were overly exerting. At a nice steady pace and lunch at the lake, we completed in 4.5 hours. I would highly recommend bug spray for once you get to the lake. Views are jaw dropping. Wildflowers growing out the wazoo! This easily became a new favorite trail. Highly recommend 10/10.

One of my favorite hikes I have done! The trail up to the lakes is nice and shady. You are along the creek a good deal of the time so plenty of chances to take a dip. There are also some great canyon views down to the creek. There were wildflowers everywhere!! Lots of Columbines and Indian paintbrushes. The lakes are beautiful and despite a lot of people in the lot the trail didn't feel crowded.

We camped on Homestake Rd but wish we would have grabbed a spot closer to the trailhead on Missouri Lakes rd. There are some good ones!

Amazing hike!! Took the 3 and 4 year olds so it took a while but the views were amazing!!! Had to park about .3miles away from the trailhead. Long hike for the kids but they loved the lake!!

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing views around every corner. My 4 year old and 7 year old went with my wife and I and it took about 3 hours but worth it.

One of the most stunning hikes I've done in Colorado. They're were so many wild flowers! The lakes are gorgeous! I can't say enough good things!

hiking
11 days ago

Best way to celebrate July 4th — did this hike yesterday and it was spectacular. Not crowded despite the holiday. Wildflowers were blooming and lakes were sparkling!

on Snodgrass MTB Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Really great out and back trail with world-class wild flowers and pretty consistent views of Mt. Crested Butte. Shade in the Aspen trees was perfect in between stretches of meadow. Would definitely recommend.

Such an awesome hike! Backpacked in and camped near the main lake. Hiked around that night and came across another lake a little farther up, didn’t see a trail leading to it though! Beautiful scenery and not a hard hike, would definitely recommend

Pretty packed but a great trail with water along the way

hiking
14 days ago

One of the most breathtaking hikes! This is a MUST! Gorgeous views around every corner! You walk along the water, come across smaller lakes, meadows...you see it all! We went later in the day around 3:15p.m. and were able to make it down by 7:45p.m... with plenty of summer daylight to spare. Make sure to visit all three lakes! There is a small one... medium.. and larger lake. It felt as if we were the only people there, but you still are able to see a friendly face every so often along the trail. Incredible hike highly recommend this one!

Backpacked In stayed for 3 nights
Amazing views lakes everywhere!
Tough hike with a heavy pack, treking poles were a big help!

horseback riding
16 days ago

This was a great trail to ride horses and dogs, lots of water to play in. A little busy with mountain bikes going super fast but everyone was very good about stopping for our horses. The dirt road is tough and narrow to get to trail head, but there is plenty of places to turn a horse trailer around once there.

I love this trail! It’s one of the best trails I’ve hiked on in Colorado. My husband and I’ve hiked it twice, once when the Aspen were golden and with a dusting of snow on the ground. It’s got beautiful scenery, a variety of terrain, and a lovely waterfall at the end.

great hike, easy enough for girls age 10 and 12, beautiful !

Loved this trail. Moderate is the right description. Missed the turn off for the falls but the next mile and a half was great views. Hit the falls on the way back . Spectacular falls. Water is so pure.

backpacking
19 days ago

Beautiful views the entire way up! We got eaten alive by bugs though, so be sure to bring bug spray. I would highly recommend this hike.

This was a great hike! There is some snow on the way up to dollar lake but is passable.

Backpacker and stayed two nights. So secluded and quiet! Somewhat strenuous, but nothing too crazy. Can't wait to come back!

First mile and half is a pretty steep climb, gets a little easier after that. Good coverage from aspen trees. Big payoff at the end with the falls. Lots of fun log creek crossings. I hiked this in May 26th with my 8 year old son - falls were flowing good.

hiking
22 days ago

Went on a Saturday late morning. While there was an occasional group of people here or there, for a majority of the time we were alone. Beautiful lakes with views. It is. We were staying in Crested Butte, and it was a short drive. Well worth it and will for sure do it again.

Beautiful wildflowers, streams. Cool, mossy forest to start, coming out to open fields. Great way to spend 3 hours.

Beautiful hike, the waterfall is worth it! We enjoyed it so much we continued hiking the additional 3 miles to Brown’s Lake!

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