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10/19/18 Started at 11 back by 2 with plenty of rests. Snow on 90% of the trail. Microspikes and poles would’ve been helpful. Only saw a few people the whole way. Great views the whole hike. 1st mile is straight up but after that a bit easier and beautiful scenery.

Beautiful views from the top. Easy hike, 1.5 hours round trip with about 10 minutes the summit.

Spruce Creek trail is 100% covered in snow as of 10-15-18. if hiking above Mayflower lake then traction device recommended.
trail is beautiful in the snow. We saw moose at the little pond/Marsh area at junction of Spruce Creek and wheeler trail.
Lower Mohawk lake is gorgeous but the climb to get there is tough in the snow. A lot of sliding on the way back down.

Fabulous views as you go up, and it's definitely worth it to scramble up to the top. The trail had heavy traffic though, making it not as peaceful as I would have liked. With snow on the trail, the traffic really packed it in, making it fairly slick.

Arrived around 9:30am Saturday morning and parking wasn't more than 5 cars although once we got back to the car around 11:30 there was a line of cars and more people. There was snow most of the trail and icy towards the last portion of the trail, but was an awesome hike and fantastic views!

Beautiful views! Hardly anyone on the trail once you get up the first steep incline. Our dog loved it!

Awesome short hike with an amazing view! The view at the top is worth it. As of 10/12/18 there is a couple inches of snow and the top by the ridge is SO windy so be prepared.
Limited parking, we were the second car there at 9am and when we were back at 11am the whole side of the road was packed.

Did this hike yesterday in the middle of a snow shower, and it was really nice! Like others, we missed the turnoff for the falls, but found it after finding the sign on our way back down. Apparently, we hiked nearly 1/2 a mile past it. My phone was acting up, so I wasn't able to add a waypoint to the map.

That being said, this is a really nice hike. It would be great for out-of-towners, since the elevation gain is very managable. I don't know if it was the weather, or that it was Wednesday, but we ran into more bags of dog poop than people. Seriously folks, clean up after yourselves!

Awesome trip up! We are beginners and have only hiked the past two days and this was super challenging but well worth it. Views are incredible

It’s a great hike for families. With a moderate gain and only 1.5 miles long you get some great views.

Loved this trail! Get a little of everything, hike through the forest followed by hike up the mountain. Beautiful sceneries! Also, be prepared to feel like you are off the trail but I realized there are multiple paths up the mountain and multiple paths down, as long as you know the general direction you will make it

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Flat areas along with ascending trails throughout. Lots of mountain bikers. I really enjoyed it. Beautiful colors in the fall.

Pretty easy and amazing views, even on an overcast day at lower elevations. Would recommend to visitors to the area because of the huge reward for little effort.

hiking
13 days ago

The hike was about 3 hours start to finish. Great path up to the peak. It was foggy when I arrived but the sun peeked through and I got some great views of the golden aspens. Would definitely hike again.

Nice steep incline to start and great views! Not crazy packed and met nice people along the way! I’ll be back because it’s only 27minutes from where I live in Denver!

The upper lot is a little over a mile above main lot. Trailhead signs point to Spruce Creek and Wheeler trails. Made it to next lake above lower Mohawk then turned back due to weather, about 3mi into hike. Upper lake another 1mi. A strenuous beautiful hike. Easy to lose trail past lower lake—follow AllTrails map closely. Interestingly the Burro trail from base of Peak 9 finishes about half way between upper and lower lots.

Gorgeous hike! Has everything: wildflowers, wildlife (big horn sheep!), waterfalls, and alpine lakes. It’s a bit beat at the higher altitudes to that point you question if you’re still on the trail at the rockier spots nears the lakes, but I found it to be an ‘all paths lead home’ situation. Enjoy.

Lotsa tree roots in this hike through the woods but worth the side views of the creek.

hiking
16 days ago

Excellent 360 degree views!

Weather was great for hiking and not too many people on the trail (it was a weekday after all). Trail is pretty dusty and I can see this getting muddy after some rainfall. Really wasn't much too see as there are not any viewpoints and you're walking through dense forest. We missed the sign that points to the falls 100 yards away. It was kind of easy to miss as it doesn't really face the trail very well. There were at least two other groups that had missed it also and we were all looking for it. After finding the falls, it was disappointing to see the dismal trickle of water coming down the rocks. I'd hardly classify it as "falls". All in all, it was an ok hike.

Beautiful upper Mohawk lake . The sun rays reflected from the lake’s surface seemed like little sparkling stars . The trail itself is a tough one especially for those not accustomed to the elevation. We also parked at the bottom parking lot but we did not mind hiking through the woods . Also the effort is only worth it if you go all the way up to upper Mohawk lake . We took snack breaks at the lower lake and the two waterfalls to keep us going.

Easy hike cool that it’s close to red rocks can hear a little bit of music if something is going on there

Got a late start and made it to the second lake 3.4 into it. Epic Mountain View’s, Beautiful Lake had a nice lunch and soaked it all in. Then hoofed it back. If you have 4x4 and are limited in time I would recommend driving further up and hiking the rest of the way to the final lake.

This was a great trail - but - as others have indicated - a little bit of a journey getting to lower Mohawk Lake. The first part of Spruce Creek Trail is easy to follow with great blue diamond markers. Once you get to the rocky part of the trail - it’s a little more difficult. Several people we met along the way were confused as to where the trail actually was. That said, it was still a very fun hike, with good scenery along the way. Making it to upper Mohawk Lake was really cool - as it kinda comes out of nowhere. It allows for a great place to take a break, have some snacks and enjoy the view. The additional waterfalls and lakes along the way make for great rest points too. The fact you can hit the trail in about 15 minutes from Breck is a nice feature, also.

hiking
20 days ago

beautiful and great place to see the leaves change. it has some hills that are steep in places.

Parking lot was full, cars were parked in front of the trailhead, so we missed the trailhead. We ended up hiking up the road and taking a left onto the wheeler trail which led us to a beautiful meadow. We then took a right back onto their spruce creek trail. Once you start gaining elevation, the trail is not well defined. I’m not sure whether that is due to people cutting switchbacks or smaller trails leading to the points of interest IE the old cabins. I seriously considered turning around due to the lack of trail. We made it to lower Mohawk lake which was pretty. We then decided to turn back so we would have enough time to find our way. Also, even to lower Mohawk lake (and alternate route), I think the trail was more than 6 miles RT. The meadow off of wheeler was definitely the peak of the hike.

Beautiful hike! The colors were so pretty with a few aspens interspersed in the ponderosa. Keep your eyes out for the sign down to Maxwell falls off the trail - it can be easy to miss depending on which way you come up. You have to walk ~100m upstream to see the main falls. Also, please pick up your dog poop bags! We saw at least 6 bags at the trailside.

Lower Mohawk Lake - late start on Saturday the 22nd. It never ceases to amaze me how inaccurate the mileage is on All Trails. I went up Spruce Creek trail to Lower Mohawk and it was right at 3.4 to 3.5 miles. Sign at the start of the trail says 3.4 miles to Mohawk Lakes. The trail is nice and gradual until you get to the end of the 4WD road and the creek diverter. Then the trail is rocky, straight up, paths all over the place and felt like a 14neer at times. My elevation gain was about 1300ft. I started at 3pm and got to the lower lake at 4:40pm. I went back down the 4WD road because of the waning light and to see how rough the road was and measured about 3.2 miles. Definitely passable in most SUVs. The lake was pretty but not sure worth the overall effort. I'm glad I went late in the day because it was a zoo at the parking lot and road. Passed so many hikers coming down as I was going up. Not to be a Debbie Downer but I was unimpressed. Maybe the upper lakes make it worth the effort.

Did this and chief mountain together. Loved chief. Fire tower and views from squaw are great. Hate that there’s a firing range halfway up the road to the tower. Why ruin peaceful nature?

Great family hike with kids and dog. Trailhead a little hard to find just past Echo mountain ski area. Nice and easy. Fun scramble up the rocks at the top. Amazing 360 views especially of Evans and Bierstadt to the west. 50 minutes up. Hung out 10 minutes. Back down to Old Squaw Path then up the dirt road to Squaw’s peak at the fire tower — a must see — and back down to co-103 in just under 2.5 hours. All great except for firing range just off squaw road about halfway up. Way to ruin peaceful nature.

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