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11 hours ago

Late start arriving (230pm) put me on high alert to get back in time to catch last shuttle bus out! I pledged to turn around 330pm no matter what. Moving at a good pace with trekking poles for me in scree field where I could see lake from distance. I look at my quick photos I snapped and marvel at “this is not even enhanced!”

Would allow for more time! I was able to hoof it back, take time to put my feet in the icy waters of the lake/river and catch the 440pm bus.

An afternoon perfectly spent!

Fun little hike. It’s been a while since I’ve been hiking last, so doing this one was a good boost!

An issue I have with the app:
It’d be nice to be able to hit the check-in even after you leave the area.

hiking
14 hours ago

Great hike for out of town guests. Not hard and great views!!

hiking
17 hours ago

Great hike but very tough with a 2yr old and 5yr old

Beautiful hike with plenty of waterfalls, wild flowers and streams all at a moderate grade. The lake itself is awesome, saw a moose and a wolverine there! Parking sucks, as usual, for a weekend.

My dad and I hiked this trail in one day (16 hours) from sun up to sun down. We are some novice hikers from IN, but eager for a physical challenge. After a first day of trial and error bringing a tent, and 2 large sleeping bags plus other necessities, we learned we’ll never see this whole trail with such luggage. Rested up the next day and took off at 5am on day #3 with one backpack that my dad carried, coming back to the car at 9:30pm. So worth it!! But quite dangerous if you’re not prepared to fill up on water every chance you get. Felt like I was hit by a truck after finishing, but couldn’t ask for better scenery and more of a challenge! God speed! #worthit

First backpacking trip in CO and it didn’t disappoint! Wildflowers, lakes, wildlife - this trail has it all! Next time I’d plan for 3-4 days for a less rushed pace to enjoy it more. Highly recommend!

Great for a hike with kids! Not too long nor difficult

Steady incline for most of the trail, with a couple of nice spots that you can sit and rest, so it's not overly strenuous, but could be if that's what you want. The view from the Continental Divide overlook is stunning. A great trail, even for those who are afraid of heights as the majority of the trail does not have steep drop-offs. We had volunteers on the trail today, 7/20/18 warning of rattlesnakes, and spoke with other hikers who had seen one, so one needs to be cautious. Can be done in under 2 hours.

Such a beautiful hike! It has everything; nice little workout, forest, meadows, wild flowers, mountain views, and plenty of water features. Well worth the drive ;-)

Very cool to see the tornado damage along the trail as well, there are signs pointing it out.

Hiked this trail March of 2017. Snow fell from the top of the mountain making it one of the most beautiful hikes I have done so far!! Highly recommend.

Amazing views at the top of a pretty easy trail. Climbed on a big rock at the top to be almost blown away by the wind, climbed off the rock and sat at the base of it and couldn’t feel the wind at all but still heard it howling. Gorgeous area

Easy and worth the trip.

Incredible views at the top!

Great trail. You can do it even if you’re from out of town if you’ve given yourself some time to adjust because it is at high elevation. There is some gain but it’s manageable because of the switchbacks. You get the beautiful views you’d get from climbing a 14er without the extreme effort. It’s cold at the top, refreshingly so, in July.

hiked this trail today. loved all the waterfalls. great hike. will do it again.

Pretty steep, narrow in parts. Nice view of the Continental Divide at the top. Seeing the remains of the Crags Hotel was very cool!

Super easy trail if you’re used to the elevation. Awesome views up top. Good hike for visitors to the area. Only about a 50 min drive from downtown Denver.

What a treat to see fields and fields of wildflowers on this hike, most definitely on the path to Middle Diamond Lake when you are next to a gorgeous stream! The trail to Middle Diamond Lake is well-established; there was some basic route-finding from there to Upper Diamond Lake but you can now follow this track.

Loved this trail. It does get fairly busy during the later morning/mid-day time. I got there around 9:30 am and there wasn't much parking spaces left and by the time we came back out there were people parked all up and down the side of the road as well. The hike was pretty easy and super super beautiful at the top. It only took a couple hours to go up and back, we spent a good amount of time hanging out at the top of the lookout.

The road up to the trail head is pretty rough! Its all dirt and there's a lot of wash out so it gets very bumpy. The road is pretty steep and has a lot of blind corners. I had quite a few rude people come flying down on while I was going up and it was a little scary, especially since I drive a large truck and cant easily pull off on the side of the road. Don't be one of those people that tries to go flying in and out of there.

Dont stop when you reach the lake, the best park of this hike was exploring up behind the lake!

Did it for sunrise, awesome. Try to time it to arrive up top before sunrise as the colors start showing about 20 min before official sunrise time.

Great view at end, but very rock, uneven trail for 90% of the hike..

Nice short hike with good views. Went on a Monday around noon. Some people on the trail, but not a lot. Lots of places to park for free. Took just under an hour round-trip for my wife and I. It was 90 degrees and sunny and there’s basically no shade the entire time so bring sunscreen and a hat/sunglasses. Elevation isn’t too bad, but it gets a little tougher in the heat.

The wildflowers were stunning, especially between West Maroon Pass and Frigid Air Pass. Beautiful views everywhere you look. It’s a popular trail, but not nearly as crowded as I was led to believe. There are plenty of great campsites.

mountain biking
7 days ago

excellent to get back into riding after the winter months, take it easy and enjoy the view!

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked today 7/15, gorgeous cloudy day. Lots of wildflowers and water along the way. One of my top 10 favorite CO hikes for sure.

hiking
7 days ago

Well worth the hike. Once you have made it to Crater Lake, look for waterfalls way up on side of Mountain.

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