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11 hours ago

Gorgeous hike all the way!!! Be prepared for unstable footing, lots of rocks but that doesn’t make it hard, just be-careful. Views all the way up it is a very open hike.

At mile 2 pay attention to the sign to turn right to follow the trail to Snow Lake. Once you hit the top You will go down to the lake, it is worth the half mile walk down to the lake.

Beautiful fall hike.

2 days ago

Very heavily trafficked, and slick in the lake basin, but over all very beautiful. Excellent trail maintenance and no snow yet.

Possibly my favorite short hike in Colorado. Please stay on the trail and out of the water so we can keep this trail open.

3 days ago

Hanging Lake was stunning today! Rather steep and rocky but definitely worth the views all the way up. I am not super fit or out of shape (somewhere in the middle) and I was able to do it without too much difficulty. Bring water and snacks!
Also, be sure to see Spouting Rock! It’s a quick trail right before you reach the top of Hanging Lake. It’s a gorgeous waterfall you won’t want to miss!

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I went at the beginning of October. There was little traffic and the weather was very cooperative. Lots of amazing views!

Absolutely beautiful drive with stunning views, especially at the top. I drove with my windows down and was disappointed in the smell from all the car fumes.Alot of traffic so go during the week and early.

The slope was very steep but the lake was amazing!

9 days ago

Beautiful -- this trail is gorgeous. Did this yesterday (10/6) and there was some light snow in the last mile. Slightly slippery and slushy in lots of places.


10 days ago

Scenery: 4.5
Views: 3
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 4
Shade: 4

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

10 days ago

Great place to go backpacking, plenty of campsites and plenty of trails to hike. Highly recommend climbing Mt. Wright after setting up camp or instead hiking further out to Wildcat lake and camping there.

11 days ago

Did this on 10/2. Absolutely fantastic hike! Not too steep compared to a lot of the other trails in the area. The Snow Lake hike is definitely some of the most “bang for your buck” out here.

Fall colors were lovey, and clouds danced over the water at the lake.

Great trail, gorgeous views. We went on a Monday morning in late September, arrived maybe 9:30 and had no trouble with parking and trail was not too crowded. It's very steep but not otherwise difficult. Took 50 minutes going up for two moderately- in-shape 50-something women, but I can see how when it's more crowded it will take longer, as you will have to keep stepping aside for people going up or down. Worth the effort!

13 days ago

absolutely stunning lake view and beautiful scenery!

Perfect hiking weather today and only encountered a few other hikers on the trail. We took south ridge on the way up to Horsetooth Rock and I would say it was a moderate hike. The summit is gorgeous with views in all directions. I would definitely do this hike again.

Too crowded, really neat, should be renamed to hanging pond

16 days ago

Did this hike 9/30, a Sunday. Plenty of parking at 11:30 am. The first couple miles are a gentle incline with pretty fall scenery. The last part to the lake is rock switchbacks that were not hard, just a little slippery from the rain. Parents with babies on their backs and lots of dogs on the trail. I’d rate this hike easy/moderate.

16 days ago

Did this on a Saturday with good weather and it was pretty busy. Rocky trail, but the view of the lake is worth it. We attempted to go to Gem Lake but it’s a quicker elevation gain so we turned around after an additional mile in. However the views at all points after Snow Lake towards Gem Lake are breathtaking. Would hike again.

16 days ago

A very misty morning hiked around 9:30 and saw 3 bear cubs.about 3/4 way up to top of trail. This trail is rated hard. The elevation and rocky trail makes it challenging but I wouldn’t say it was hard because you climb a little then it levels out . Definitely would do again on clear day and bring bear spray!

Rocky trail without any shade for most parts. The lake is beautiful. Bugs weren’t too bad, but there were some. Make sure to get a hat if it’s a sunny day and enjoy the hike!

Trail etiquette does not exist on this trail, bunches of white people.

Hiked all the way to the top of the rocks and the views were stunning!!! Highly recommend this hike. There was enough people to not feel isolated but not so many that you felt overcrowded.

17 days ago

Beautiful! Definitely busy, but the consistent views made waiting on others pretty tolerable. Plus, you’re basically just going uphill the entire way, not much flat, just up. It’s not as steep, it just keeps going. There were lots of dogs on the hike, including a good number of smaller ones. As not super fast hikers, we did it 4 hours, including lunch at the lake. Pro tip: bring a jacket or layers, it got cold at the lake and we didn’t stay as long as we’d planned because of that.

Not much distance and little bit difficult. Very rocky and need to make sure you have hiking boots. Hanging Lake is superb and worth a visit

18 days ago

Must do hike! We arrived early on a Friday morning in late Sept. & had no trouble with parking. It’s steep & our hiking poles made the hike up easier (didn’t use on the way down). Apple Watch, starting from parking lot logged 1.75 miles in 1 hour & 3 minutes. Clocked same time headed down, which includes more pauses for up-hill right away. Bring water & a small snack. The final section has railing with steep drop-offs, but very short distance & may only be a bit scary for those with a fear of heights.

Great hike with beautiful views.

19 days ago

Loved this hike! Note that the parking lot fills up quickly!! It was packed on Sunday when we went so we couldn’t go. Ranger told us to try back Monday or Tuesday! We ended up not getting back there till Thursday and it was packed but not full. Have patience circling for a spot!

The hike is great. Constantly going up, pretty views all around. Very rocky trail. The hardest part is right before you reach the lake! Gorgeous lake and sooo well worth the hike!!

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