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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.

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

49th 14er, easy class 1 with amazing views of collegiate peaks. No scrambling towards the summit. Very good maintained trail. Start early to beat the crowds! Took me 5 hours round trip, started at 6am back to the vehicle at 11am. Spent only 10-15 mins at the summit.

My first 14er. It felt pretty moderate to me, no section of the trail felt hard. Beautiful views from the summit and good colors on the aspens down low. 9-30-18

4 stars because it’s a Jeep road. However, it’s a fun hike and you can branch off to North Star. The cars started to come up at 11:20, just as I was finishing. Lovely views for sure

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.

Great hike with amazing views from the summit. It is a long hike with false summits. Just keep hiking until you can see 360 deg panorama view (also you can tell it’s the peak). Took 4 hrs up and 2 coming down(had poles which saves an hr coming down!!) poles also save time on climb also!! Once you get out of the forest , the views are great the whole way to the top ! There was snow on top of mt and it was windy and cold so take layers! I was surprised there was not a rock scramble to the peak. There is a good trail from the base to the peak which makes this 14’r easier from technical standpoint than most. It is a long hike but not very difficult . I left at 7 am and didn’t see but 1 person going up. Coming down I saw 20 plus! If you want solitude, go early!!
Fun 14’r- take plenty of water and good shoes as it is a long hike! My gps showed just shy of 10 miles but vertical is just short of 4500’ which is a full day

As part of an Outward Bound course, I carried a 65 pound pack over the top of Mt Elbert, as we did not return the route we ascended. That was 38 years ago. I plan to try it again as a day hike at age 65.

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.

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Beautiful hike the Aspens were great on the way up Rich Creek and on the way down Tumble Creek. As always the meadow is a stunning view.

We did this trail in early August with great weather. The trailhead is up the road about a half mile on the left and is easy to miss. There's a great variety of views a long the way, streams, valleys and a beautiful forest below the tree line. A lot of bouldering above the tree line, there's plenty of cairns but it's easy to lose the trail. Amazing but very difficult hike. It took us nearly as long to get down as it did to get up because of how steep it is. Poles highly recommended!

Awesome hike! Everything in below reviews is pretty spot on. Took someone visiting from Illinois not accustomed to the elevation and myself who is not the fittest or experienced hiker and we made it to the waterfall and back in 4 hours. We could have kept going, but we had a time crunch to get back to town. No bathrooms at the trailhead so make sure to go in Breck before you get to the trail.

first 14er!

I came from 5 feet above sea level - I live in New Orleans- to do my first 14er. I did 4 hikes in the 3 days before to acclimate. Seemed to work well. We maintained a planned pace with built in rest breaks. If you are looking at your altitude, the false summits aren’t really false. It is hard if you don’t hike at altitude regularly, but doable.

It was simply awesome. The comradery at the summit was really cool with about 20 people all just kind of hanging out. So glad we picked this hike.

We really enjoyed this hike today! Quite a workout for us with the elevation gain but was worth it. We did have a 4wd vehicle so we were able to get almost all the way to the trailhead. If not it would take a lot of the enjoyment out. We only saw two other couples all day. One couple was on their way down from the summit of Massive. Yes there is a trail to the summit that breaks off about halfway up and has a sign. Saw a few mountain goats and deer and the scenery at the 1st Lake is enjoyable.

This was by far the hardest hike I have done. Such a mental and physical challenge. I would bet more than half the people hiking up did not summit the day I was there. Do not take this lightly. I started at 7am and finished at roughly 5pm. Spent about 45mins-1hr at the summit taking in the hard earned views. The views and the accomplishment are enough to make it well worth the struggle. I did not taking hiking poles and was just fine. My Apple Watch did clock it in at longer than all trails states - ~11-12 miles for what that’s worth. I did not think the false summits were as bad as everyone said. Aspens were golden and gorgeous and the weather conditions were great. Don’t forget sunscreen, I have a burnt nose to prove it! Don’t under estimate this hike, seriously! Though it is ranked one of the easier 14ers as far as the class of the climb, climbing this much elevation this quickly is TOUGH!! But so so worth it if you can grit through it!

Did his yesterday. And phew! We got about 9.5 miles up and back. Prefect fall leaf peeping weather but lots of sun exposure so put sunscreen on a few times. We did it in about 5:45 but it was exhausting ! Pèrfect fall weather , emptied our camelbacks and wish we’d had a little more water so bring a bunch . Saw several people not equipped and with kids as small as 3 at treelike late in the day and they looked miserable. I would advise NOT bring smaller children too far up as they all were crying and miserable. Some having to try and carry kids (or asking strangers to carry their kids down?!) down on rough terrain. Make sure you have an older, tough kid for this if you go past tree line!

Great hike and worth the amazing view at the top! I started at 5am and it took me 6 hours to summit and 3 hours to come down - slower than the average person and I stopped a lot, especially on the way up. I had no storm threat today so wasn’t stressed to go fast. Coming down also took some time because it was very slick due to loose gravel on steep downhills, and the additional feel of legs turning to jello. Don’t let the “class 1, easy to follow, only 10 miles” fool you. Shorter trails = steeper. If you prefer less steep but longer routes are good for you, check the other “class 1” route to the top. I haven’t done that route but heard several good comments about the other route. this trail is well marked and no concern starting before dawn, assuming you have a flashlight. My two devices clocked in at 11 miles and 12 miles respectively. When actually on this route, I wouldn’t judge your time left based on miles left, but rather remaining elevation climb. As everyone already said, false summits are no joke and mess with your head.

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!!!

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.

A lovely day, weather was great when I hiked this on Sept 10, 2018. Trailhead was easy to find. It was a Monday in September so there were no crowds. Enough other hikers to make you feel safe, but no congestion at all.
There are spots near the top that are quite steep but totally doable and still Class 1. It was really windy at times, so wearing my rain jacket even though it was sunny worked out well.

The first false summit is ok, because you know it’s coming. The third false summit is fine, because you can see the top from there. That second false summit though...
Still, 5 stars, especially now, because all the leaves are changing colors.

Overall, wasn't that bad. No big rock scrambles, some steep portions. My group read that this was 15 miles up and down...we recorded somewhere around 11-12. started at the trailhead at 5am, above tree line by 6:30 for the sunrise, summit before 10am. It did have the false summits people talk about, but they're not really false if you're watching your altitude via an app, right? it was windy at times, but nothing more than what you'd expect at 12k+ feet with exposed terrain. Probably wouldn't try this if you can't walk up a few flights of stairs, or get winded walking your dog. Honestly, this was not that bad as long as you know what you're getting in to. highly recommended.

Beautiful Fall Day!

I’m not sure how much I can add that hasn’t already been reviewed...start early, lots of water and snacks, two false peaks, 2nd highest peak in the continental U.S., yada yada. This was an ambitious undertaking for me as it was my first 14er. I’m a southern boy accustomed to living life at less than 2000 ft above sea level. I came out a day early for a warm-up hike to acclimate to the altitude. The impact from altitude is real; I never experienced altitude sickness but being short of breath and elevated heart rate definitely impacted my hike. Pack appropriately...I did this hike in August and wish I had packed gloves and a winter beanie as it was upper 40’s above the tree line with 40 MPH winds. The first false summit is the toughest, so don’t be discouraged. Once you make the first false summit, you’ve knocked out the hardest part. This hike is brutal at times, but pace yourself nice and slow, take breaks as needed, and soak in this amazing gift from God. Be prepared for an emotional tsunami when you do summit. Take a few moments at the summit to enjoy your accomplishment.

My first 14’er! Albeit an easier 14’er, this hike was hard.... bring lots of water, and do not let the false summits fool you! Honestly, even coming back down was a challenge - what is steep walking up is also steep going down. Got to the trailhead at 5:30-5:45AM and summited about 10:30AM; there were about 30 people at the top. The views are absolutely stunning and ~2/3rds of the hike is completely exposed.

Amazing 14er!! Beautiful forest trail on the way up (it had me sweating that’s for sure), and gorgeous views once you’re past the timber line! I started pretty late, but I made it up in 2:46min and finished it in a little more than 5 hours! Highly recommended!

Great first fourteener. The trail up the first false summit was quite steep, but amazing views even halfway up the trail and the odd Pika here and there. Be sure to start as early as you can though, for the sake of both the weather and the crowd. We went on Saturday of Labor day weekend and it was *packed* - parking was hard to find.

Fun trail - great shade, soft pine forest for most of the way up. Had an 11 and 12 year-old with us on our first day at altitude, and they got pretty tired by Lower Mohawk, but still enjoyed it. Not very clearly marked once you get past the intersection with Wheeler Trail, so we ended up doing some more difficult climbing that may not be factored into the trail rating.

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