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The road to the trailhead was a brutal hike, but we got lucky and hitched a ride part of the way from I70. We aren’t “newbies” by any means but we don’t get to hike often, so this was a rough trail for us. We made it about 13,000 feet before turning around, but even at this point the views are amazing. It was a great hike, and moderately busy for a Monday morning.

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hiking
23 hours ago

I drove my rental AWD about 0.8 miles up the dirt road, until it got steep and I saw a place to park off-road. Most AWD should be able to reach the third hairpin curve (goes left) counting the first at the mill. There's room for a few cars there, and some deep ruts after that. Being a road, the hiking is never really steep. As a 69-yr-old flatlander, I only reached the gate at 12,752 and returned, but the trail continues much higher up the significant mountain. Saw 1 other hiker, 5 bikers, and 6 vehicles on the road. Good views, but not super.

hiking
1 day ago

nice day hike.

trail running
1 day ago

Great little beginner-intermediate trail running or hiking. The views from the top are pretty good for being so close to the city and the red rock formations are really cool too. Definitely a busy-ish trail — I ran into about 20 people on a Monday afternoon. Overall a nice little hike for after work or if you’re trying to stay within an hour of Denver. Note that the park opens at 8am and closes at 7pm. Four stars from me because you have to pay $7 to get into the park.

Great day. Near empty lot at 5AM. Accompanied my wife on her first 14er to Grays. I continued on to T’s with a friend. Back in the condo with a drink by 1:00!! Beautiful hike.

The historical ruins are very cool! Took a visiting family member from out of state and it seemed like a good fit for her while still adjusting to the altitude. Pretty crowded with lots of familes and dogs. No amazing vistas, but some decent overlooks and views to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It's nice how all the little side trails connect so you can add or minus mileage as you like. Found the historical information and ruins to be the coolest part of the day.

This was a fun yet very challenging hike! It says moderate but the hilly roads you have to climb just to get to the trailhead and then to the reservoir make it difficult. The meadow along the creek is beautiful once you climb the switchbacks. It seems like the never ending hike but we pushed ourselves with the encouragement of other hikers making their way back! Because we hadn’t anticipated such a long hike we didn’t get to enjoy the reservoir that much and would much rather drive to enjoy it next time. It took us 2+ hours, so be prepared!

Definitely need awd vehicle! For my first 14er, this hike was great! Did both grays and Torrey’s, started around 7:30 and was down by 2:30. Hiked closer to 11 miles including the hike from the car to the trailhead.

Well paved paths make this more of a casual walk than anything. still cool scenery.

It’s a great hike - for sure moderate but... def prepare for the winds after the first mile or so - amazing views!

Started at 5:30 on a late summer Sunday and there were already 70-80 people on the trail. Parking lot was completely full - seems like it’s legal to car camp and possibly even camp on the trail, or nearby?

The road up there is insane: 3 miles of legitimate off roading; I almost destroyed my hatchback. At the road’s last mile is a particularly insane dip which only SUVs and trucks managed to clear. You will feel terrible about what this road will do to your car.

I did Gray and then Torrey and my Garmin said 9 miles, but you will have to hike more if you park far back. Took me 4.5 hours including 15 minutes resting at the top of Torrey.

By the time I headed down there were HUNDREDS of people on the trail. If you can do this one on a weekday I’d recommend it.

hiking
2 days ago

Enjoyed the views at Panorama Point. Also, there were some golden aspens which is why we went. Beautiful location and a good loop.
Some inclines may slow down the pace but overall a manageable hike (even for a four year old) in its entirety.
I recommend going clockwise so that you have dirt instead of big gravel when going downhill.

Lots of rocks, good incline, did not get all the way to the top. My dog was not feeling so good. Pretty views. I think it would be better early in the morning watch the sun come up. Will do again for sure.

Lots of variety.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful and easy trail with lots of golden aspens and pine trees. Panoramic Point has two lovely photo opportunities and a great view! Perfect for a quick hike when you don’t want to drive super far from Denver. Not much elevation gain and the trail is well marked. We did a late Saturday afternoon hike and found parking easily. Trail not overly crowded. We brought our Great Dane and it was a perfect amount of walking and tree cover for him.

hiking
3 days ago

Decent hike, nice views but not much of a creek during the summer. Fairly good inclines, brought a toddler and had to carry her a good amount.

off road driving
3 days ago

Basic dirt road up, but head a bit further to Utah Hill and hit some of the forest roads off of Apex for more fun.

Leaves are turning! Lots of families on the trail. Started at panorama point and went counter clockwise, best views at the start and finish.

Absolutely beautiful! Beautiful people, beautiful scenery and beautiful goats! Very awesome day!
It was chilly before the sun came out but was very nice once it did. Take your time and enjoy it!

hiking
3 days ago

Did this hike with my 9 year old dog on a Friday. I was surprised there wasn't a lot of traffic on the trail. The leaves are changing so it's a beautiful time of year to go. A couple uphills but a fairly easy hike. The trail is well marked with lots of areas where you have to decide where to turn.

What a view!

hiking
4 days ago

Great views. Moderately difficult hike.

This hike is amazing, the views are breath taking and it is well worth the effort to reach Upper Mohawk Lake. I saw multiple quora of mountain goats. There’s good shade and lots of nice rest spots along the way.
Using both the All Trails gps/record function and my phone’s tracker this hike clocked in at 8.3 miles NOT A 6 mile loop. Totally worth it but I’ve never had a route from All Trails clock in at such different stats. As others have said the lower half of the trail is well marked. However, after the intersection of Wheeler trail there are far fewer signs and you lose the blue diamond trail makers completely. Someone has marked parts of the trail with cairns. I would also rate the latter part of the hike as hard since most of your elevation gain, lose rock/soil and the lack of trail makers make it radically different than the lower part of the trail.
Sadly I have to echo an earlier review about the disgusting and disrespectful bagged piles of dog shit that are left ALL along the trail, bad enough people leave it, even worse people leave in nonbiodegradable bags. I have hiked all over the world and never seen anything like this... way NOT cool. Kind of ridiculous that it even needs to be said... PACK IN PACK OUT!!!

This hike is amazing, the views are breath taking and it is well worth the effort to reach Upper Mohawk Lake. I saw multiple quora of mountain goats. There’s good shade and lots of nice rest spots along the way.
Using both the All Trails gps/record function and my phone’s tracker this hike clocked in at 8.3 miles NOT A 6 mile loop. Totally worth it but I’ve never had a route from All Trails clock in at such different stats. As others have said the lower half of the trail is well marked. However, after the intersection of Wheeler trail there are far fewer signs and you lose the blue diamond trail makers completely. Someone has marked parts of the trail with cairns. I would also rate the latter part of the hike as hard since most of your elevation gain, lose rock/soul and the lack of trail makers make it radically different than the lower part of the trail.
Sadly I have to echo an earlier review about the disgusting and disrespectful bagged piles of dog shit that are left ALL along the trail, bad enough people leave it, even worse people leave in nonbiodegradable bags. I have hiked all over the world and never seen anything like this... way NOT cool. Kind of ridiculous that it even needs to be said... PACK IN PACK OUT!!!

An enchanted forest! Evergreens, lots of shade simply beautiful and good workout.

Fantastic trail! We took most of the way to do this one. Be sure to push all the way to the top! The views from the lake are amazing.

Great views in route and at summit. The trail presented is not accurate at 4wd road crossing. There are only wilderness signs on west side of road, no trail today. We took the 4wd road north to an established trail that goes west and merges to a summit trail. Another trail descends from simmit towards Alice. We explored that route and haf to tske with an unmarked and closed 4wd trail that goes east towards st marys and the illustrated trail. We eventually went off trail to go east and find the trail to st marys. The all trails presentation might be a snowshoe route or an older route before wilderness designation closed a trail.

hiking
5 days ago

This trail had a little bit of everything: forest, above treeline tundra, views, and wind. Since the trailhead comes off Berthoud Pass, it suppose it could get a little crowded. We went Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and saw 20-30 people. But it's a nice moderately challenging hike, and worth it!

hiking
6 days ago

The aspen a currently turning, still a few more weeks left to enjoy a h colors. The tall upper canopy are already golden, while lower groves are still green. The vistas, once reached are stunning.

Not a technically difficult hike, but anticipate intermittently steep climbs which may leave you winded.

Beautiful terrain, very little foot traffic. I was the only one hiking this trail for the first couple hours this morning. I left St Mary’s trailhead at 7:15am and summited around 9:45. Beyond the St Mary’s trail it was tough to navigate the proper James Peak trail but there is a big dirt road that you can veer to the left and eventually find the smaller trail on the right for James Peak. Once on the trail, it was very well maintained and easy to navigate. I’ve lived in CO all my life and hiked lots of 14ers but I enjoyed this 13er the most!!! Beautiful and stunning views!!

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