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hiking
1 day ago

Woman plumets to her death. Please be careful folks, she just tripped and lead to her demise!
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/colorado/articles/2018-08-13/woman-plummets-to-death-while-hiking-off-mount-royal-trail

hiking
3 days ago

Very cool hike! We did the day hike to Lower, Middle, Upper Blue Lakes and to the Sneffels pass. I recommend camping at the trailhead for an early start. The lower lake is beautiful (it's better than the other two) but pretty full of campers. The best view is from near the middle lake looking down on the lower lake. The path can be hard to find going from lower to middle. The trail from upper lake to the pass was narrow and steep and did get boring, so you could definitely skip this and you wouldn't be missing out. The hike is quite steep in beginning sections, so it gets real old on the way back down (we saw two people who appeared to have twisted ankles from sliding or falling in these sections... both of whom were hiking in tevas, so do with that what you will).

mountain biking
4 days ago

We are beginner bikers and this was a good trail ride for our first time here. We came late afternoon on a Sunday and there were just a handful of people walking the trail and only a few other bikers. Good number of up slopes to work ya out and downslopes for fun. Beautiful scenery and wildlife! Will definitely be back!

Wonderful views at the top and several different paths to get there. Right in the middle of a cute little town, too.

My sister-in-law and I hiked this trail late afternoon and it was great! I’m not in great shape, so it was challenging, but the view was well worth it. If you’re wearing “open” hiking shoes, like Keens or Chacos, be prepared to get some sand and dirt in your kicks. Also, since the trail is sandy, be ready for extra umph to get you up, and extra grip to get you down. I would 100% recommend hiking poles if you’re not fit or only slightly fit. Bring lots of water on a hot day!
We took the north loop up and south loop back.
Even in late August the wildflower foliage was very pretty. Not a boat load of blooms, but still good. In the end, the view from the top is gorgeous.
The hike down was super easy, but because of that rocks/sand don’t forget those good grip shoes.
Again, great hike!

Definitely not an easy hike but we did pretty well. The views are incredible and we went right as it was about to rain so at the peak of the trail we were surrounded by clouds and fogs rolling in over the mountains. According to our fitness tracker it was about 3.2 miles up one side of the loop, up the full north path, back out and down the other side of the loop.

A challenge going up, but worth the view at the top.

Beautiful hike.

Gorgeous views.

hiking
9 days ago

Just did it! The climb is pretty steep the entire way up. Trails are loose rock and dirt and will definitely get your heart thumping! Just take your time and enjoy the views. The top of the trail winds you along the edge to amazing views overlooking all of Dillon Reservoir. Truly worth the hike. On the way down, the trail will definitely take a toll on your knees. We (2-48 yr olds and 3 teens) slowly jogged down which seemed easier than walking. Nice short hike, done in under 2 hrs, but stay longer and enjoy the vista!

The shoreline of the lower lake alone is worth the effort.

backpacking
10 days ago

Great hike and beautiful views.

We did the hike late in the day (started around 17.30). It took us about 1.5 hours to go up and left us not enough time to make it all the way to the upper lake (going down last mile we had to use flashlights - its getting quite dark there in the trees in between two mountain ranges), but that feeling of being the last ones going up, resting in the quiet serenity of the lake and going down all alone was precious. The hike - smells, birds, wildberries. streams, gorgeous waterfall - everything is so good..

This hike was strenuous but definitely worth it. The views were amazing the entire hike!

hiking
12 days ago

Great Hike! Start early and go to the upper lakes! The view down to the lower lake is amazing!

Super steep, lots of loose rocks. This map stops short of the best views...you keep going downhill after you scope out the highway views and then scramble up a rock to get to the very top. Excellent views from there. Mix of shade and sun.

steep hike for the first 30/45 minutes but overall not a difficult hike, lower lake is absolutely gorgeous!

backpacking
13 days ago

Very few people encountered. Scenery isn't spectacular until you reach the upper basin...then WOW! It is a strenuous trail for heavy packs: very steep first 1/3, second 1/3 trail more moderate, last 1/3 very rocky and steep to the lakes. Nice campsites below the upper basin in the trees.

My best friend and I did this hike yesterday around 1:45 pm. We aren’t the best hikers but made it to the lakes around 4. The first few miles were pretty tough due to lots of rough uphill hiking. That lasted a pretty good chunk of the hike there. My legs and body did not hurt it was the breathing that got to us. Bring an inhaler or something if you have trouble breathing especially if you’re not from around here!! Altitude is real y’all. Bring tons and tons of water. You can honestly never have too much. The waterfalls, nature, and paths were so beautiful. When we finally made it we had a picnic and enjoyed the few for a few hours. Don’t get discouraged about the hike down! It only took us an hour and a half and it was a breeze!!! Enjoy this hike. It meant a lot to me :)

Gorgeous. Unfortunately the fire nearby hazed our views! We’ll do this again. Didn’t think it was terribly difficult. We went to the 2nd lake and came back. Start early because the masses love this trail too!

hiking
17 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. I plan on doing this again but would love to camp next time.

Nice little workout in a pretty setting without a ton of traffic. Great little saloon on the way back to Denver, too.

Nice little trail close to metro area. Trail is shaded and not too difficult. Wonderful views at top!

Great quick workout ! Views at the top are superb. Great for out of towners that aren’t used to hiking regularly or at higher elevations.

hiking
18 days ago

Wow! One of the top 5 best hikes we've ever done. We've spent the last two year living near and hiking Rocky Mountain National Park, but this hike to the 3 blue lakes blew us away. We aren't 14ers as much, but alpine lakes are our thing, and these were just gorgeous. Even if the lakes weren't blue, I think the wildflowers, views of the surround peaks, and the way the lakes are situated is just phenomenal. But, the lakes ARE turquoise so that just kills it!

The hike itself is challenging, but at no point dangerous to my mind (one boulder field where you could twist an ankle I suppose). It is a good amount of elevation change, especially if you aren't used to it, and it's a bit brutal the first couple miles without many flat section of the trail to catch your breath on. I'd highly advise making it up to the second and third lakes if you can, making it about 8.8 miles roundtrip I think - as the view of the first lake from higher up is great. My personal favorite was the second lake, as you can see the surrounding peaks as well. Being above treeline is always a treat, and seeing the pikas and marmots is so cool.

The drive to the trailhead was strenuous on our not 4wd not high clearance vehicle (a Ford 500), but we went slow, let the trucks pass us, and got there in the end.

backpacking
18 days ago

Beautiful Hike! One of our favorites in Colorado. If you are looking for solitude this def not the place.

Lower Blue Lake was beautiful. The hike to the second lake was the most challenging part of the day and the color wasn't as blue as lower Blue Lake.

backpacking
21 days ago

An awesome trail. Lots of wildflowers and beautiful scenery - one of my favorites! I highly recommend going up to see the upper lakes - the hike itself is beautiful and the view of the lower lake is stunning. If you go to the upper lakes, once you cross the stream follow the trail to the left (the one to the right is mostly used for campsite access). We pitched our tent on a hill across from the second lake and had the upper lakes area to ourselves for the night. Highly recommended!

Excellent trail, beautiful views. Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is the view overlooks the highway at the summit.

Easy, wide trail. I only gave it three stars because there aren't views of anything on the trail, and it was super busy. It is a nice easy trail through some woods and across a small marsh. I encountered multiple groups of camp kids and counselors on bikes-at least 4 different groups of 8-12 kids. Lots of other hikers too. Way to busy for me. I was there from 11 am-12 pm, so maybe it was just bad timing.

The directions from All Trails brought me to the secondary parking area that has only a few spots. Know that there is a main parking area a little further north on Hwy 73 with lots of spots.

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