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Fantastic hike. The first half of the trail is easy going and the second half contains most of the vertical. Fantastic scenery all along the way. I stopped to fish at the top for an hour with no luck. The view on the way back down was incredible. Make sure your vehicle has good ground clearance as the road has plenty of holes and ditches along the way

backpacking
1 day ago

Excellent hike, steep in some areas. Well worth the journey especially if you find that you have the lake all to yourself; however I wouldn’t swim in it, there are leeches.... great fishing though, beautiful scenery, watch for cattle.

6 days ago

Did this yesterday. Excellent hike. A relatively easy 14er, but a moderate hike. Past peak wildflowers.

Did an overnight hike with my friend and I to camp in the basin, and return to the trailhead the following morning. This trail was VERY difficult to backpack do to the strenuous ascent to West Fork Pass, but the beauty of the Basin is well worth the effort. We spent a good amount of time seeking cover in the tent due to scattered showers and thunderstorms. July is definitely the best time to see wildflowers, butterflies and lots of different types of bees. We spotted a coyote, lots of deer and marmots. The lightning can be very formidable when camping in the basin so make sure to watch the weather before doing this hike!

hiking
7 days ago

Nice hike. Easy 14er, but a moderate hike. Past peak flowers, but nice views.

hiking
8 days ago

Stunning hike which I agree is moderate. The scenery constantly changes, wildflowers and microclimates, creeks, waterfalls and lakes. SO beautiful. The challenges for me were the altitude because we arrived in Telluride last night and hiking down a rocky trail. If you have knees or hips which cause you trouble, take your hiking sticks. Hiking downhill will be so much easier for you. By the time we sat down at Hope Lake I got my head back, dizziness went away and my heart settled down. Totally worth all of my effort, one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. My husband had no trouble with the altitude but was very glad he packed his hiking sticks for the rocky trail down.

hiking
11 days ago

Good exercise and beautiful views. Overgrown in some areas. We were looking forward to swimming in the lake but it was too shallow and muddy. More like a pond.

hiking
13 days ago

wonderful!

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike, beautiful views. Tons of wildflowers. The lake was really pretty and a welcome sight for the pups. If you have 4wd, follow the road up to the highest parking lot.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Made it to the upper parking lot in my Ford Escape but it was definitely a little sketchy at times. I would recommend driving a car that has a little more clearance than mine. I would rate this hike as an easy to moderate hike. One of the most scenic hikes I've ever done and the dogs handled it really well!

Well marked and the scenery is beautiful!

was a great hike! beautiful!

beautiful hike!!!

Did an overnight trip here. Very beautiful and a few places to camp away from the trail just below treeline. The views from the overlook are just incredible!

Avery nice hike. multiple great views of the fertile wine region along the Colorado River! not too difficult of a hike with some small inclines. well marked trail. worth doing because of the views from the Mesa. trail head is not well marked. it starts at mile marker 23. see pics.

hiking
1 month ago

The road to the trail head I’d suggest at least all wheel drive and recommend getting there early, it gets pretty packed and it’s nice to have the lake to yourself. The elevation spike is brisk, you climb 2000 feet in a hurry. Overall a great hike with stunning views.

Great hike with amazing views. My 7 & 9 year olds were able to enjoy it.

Good hike with great views, fishing was good, even though lake was very low.

Spectacular and special place, not for the novice hiker, high altitude, steep uphill to the top

Gorgeous views and gradual ascent. Hope Lake water levels were very low (June, 2018) but still worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great first 14er! Rolling hills and beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike. Well marked trail. Beautiful wildflowers. Long hike. Last mile short, steep, slippery switchbacks. Amazing view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked June 15. A few small patches of snow that will not ruin your day, a million fat, hilarious marmots that will absolutely make your day, and a sketchy drive up Cinnamon Pass that'll give you a right good jostling. We parked about 1/2 mile away from the trailhead in our CR-V.

If you're concerned about smoke from the 416 fire, I have asthma and while we could smell the smoke in the morning (6am), it didn't bother me enough to notice.

I wouldn't call this easy (I'd put Bierstadt and Quandary above this in terms of difficulty though), but it's got a little bit of everything. American Basin is truly stunning. If you do this one, you won't regret it.

Still snow on many if the switchback turns last weekend, definitely made the hike a little slower. Hope Lake was still frozen. Beautiful view of Trout Lake and the surrounding area.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful

Awesome views of Palisade & Mt.Garfield

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked Handies late March and left around 9:30. Still quite a bit of snow on the trails, so we lost the trail a few times, but it was easy get back on track. I hiked in trail running shoes and they got wet from mud and melted snow, but worked perfectly otherwise. Beautiful views. Good for beginners who have done some preparation for the altitude/incline.

Great morning hike

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Fairly moderate trail. Does get difficult at times. Stunning scenery all the way to the lake.

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