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hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! Definitely not too difficult... fairly trafficked on the weekend as of you approach the Lake. Lots of fun waterfalls and little features along the way.... If you’re doing this on a weekend definitely make it to the trail head by 7-7:15AM or you’ll be in a jam to find parking! We made it at 8 and parked about a half mile down!

Great first hike in estes. Amazing views at the top. Pretty easy to navigate the entire route. Saw a lot of dogs on the trail. Weird bugs at the top but none on the trail. Good spot if you want to get a quick hike in.

off road driving
3 days ago

Did this trail in a stock 18 tacoma off-road with no issues. Had been there a couple weeks back but had to turn back due to my friends 09 2wd jeep commander not being able to make the rut towards the beginning of the trail, but it looks like someone has filled in one side with some rocks since then. Overall a great trail, anyone with reasonable ground clearance and 4wd should be able to do it. Only gripe is it gets really busy on the weekends

off road driving
3 days ago

It was a nice, relatively easy drive with the family, I went up in a 4Runner with only a couple inches lift and never felt like I was close to scraping anything. Beautiful scenery. There were lots of people at the top, I counted 35 trucks up there on a Saturday around noon. I thnk calling this trail moderate is a bit much, it's slightly slightly more complicated than what I'd call easy.

off road driving
3 days ago

I loved this trail. It was a 5/10 difficulty. It basically has two “harder” obstacles at the very beginning but once you get past those it’s great.

The only reason it gets 4 stars is because it’s extremely crowded. There are hikers walking along the road and campers everywhere. If you’re looking to “get away” this isn’t the spot for you.

hiking
3 days ago

I went early so there weren't too many cars on the road up. Beautiful views!

hiking
4 days ago

A very scenic trail/road that follows a river most of the way up! It is a 4WD road so you may be passed by cars at times but don’t let stop you! If you drive it you miss all the beauty of the river and wildflowers (that are now in full bloom). Once to the first lake keep hiking to the top via a skinny path through the bushes to rise above the lake and see two more. This is a great place to take out of towners for epic views but you’ll need to breaks on the way up with the inclined road and steeper path to the top.

off road driving
5 days ago

The Destination: Wonderful place for a picnic and/or camping. Beautiful serene lake at altitude. Water is too cold for recreational swimming, but good for fishing. Also, a kayak or paddle board would make for great exploring around the lake rim and up to the waterfall. The lake area doesn't offer much shade. Bring sunscreen, or a cover of some sort (umbrella, lean-to, overland-awning). Remember UV exposure hits harder up here.

The Trail: The trail is more of an access road than trail. Moderately trafficked by SUVS, Trucks, and ATV's. Hikers may not enjoy being passed by off-road vehicles (be courteous 4WD'ers). Trail is suitable for novice drivers and unmodified SUVS/Trucks with 4WD and a little ground clearance. Tire placement will be essential for stock vehicles. I would recommend 9 to 10 inches of ground clearance.

Pros: Easy to access. Great picnic spot. Open areas to play. Good easy hiking up form the loch.
Cons: Easy access (maybe too easy for preservation), Novice trails attract newer less courteous (uneducated) off-roaders and even tourist in rentals.

hiking
5 days ago

Did this hike for the third time this year. Beautiful every time! Did this on a Monday morning, on the trail by 9, and only saw 6-7 other hikers. No wildlife, perfect weather. A bit hazy toward the West with the wildfires.

Ran this in my stock 4Runner with BFG KO2’s with no problem at all. Great trail lots of camping. Make sure to bring your fly rod.

off road driving
6 days ago

The second gate is now open for summer 2018. Great camping spots along this off road trail that leads right up to the beautiful lake.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this yesterday. They did a great job fixing this trail up, there's still signs along the trail of erosion from the flood, but the trail itself is in good condition. A fun mixture of up and down the entire way, and the homesteads/artifacts were awesome to explore! It's a good reminder to never take anything from these sights, but it was cool being able to look at the artifacts up close. Lots of sharp rusty metal and glass around the ruins, so watch your step, especially if you have kids. Also a LOT of poison ivy, so stay on trail and cover your legs!

A great training hike to get acclimated on in prep for the higher and longer trails.

This was a nice, moderate hike. We had to park a ways up the road because there were so many cars.
We saw plenty of people on the trail, but many were backpacking, so the parking situation made it seem worse than it really was. The first mile or so is shared with the trail to Arapaho Glacier and shortly after the split is a lovely waterfall. We hiked up the waterfall area near the lake as well, and I'm bummed because we didn't realize there were more lakes! We didn't explore as much as we should have.

hiking
8 days ago

Fairly easy, though rocky on the road, so just look down when you hike. All gates open. It was busy with campers. Hiked it from the 4x4 road which made the hike about 6 miles. wildflowers in abundance, might not last with all the dogs off leash, but beautiful. Go up to the 3 lakes above the lock the further up the better flowers. There is also a lions den up there, so be watchful, though with all the people, we never saw any. Get there early for calm waters and less crowds.

Does anyone know if the second gate is open yet so I can drive up to lake?

Views are excellent. Don’t stop at the lower diamond lake. Keep hiking and you will find middle diamond lake and upper diamond lake. Beautiful!

Incredible views. Trail was gorgeous, well marked.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked on a Saturday afternoon. It was very crowded with people and dogs. Beautiful wildflowers and a waterfall. We saw a moose. Narrow dirt road up to the trailhead with minimal parking.

hiking
10 days ago

I’ve been hiking the Estes area for 20 years. Don’t know how I missed this little gem of a hike! Kruger rock tops the ridge that forms the eastern wall of the Estes park. So, it affords a tremendous vista down to the valley and to all the peaks of RMNP to the west. It’s 2 miles up with easy footing on well-maintained trail. Starting through sloping, sparsely wooded meadows the trail crests the ridge and turns upward about halfway. The trail opens periodically to some vistas. There are a few short pitches that may demand a moderate push but no real difficulty. The rock formation at the top is a short scramble up but worth doing with care. From there you get the big payoff for such a short hike.

10 days ago

Great views . Easy trail , need good ground clearance. During the week is not as busy makes it more enjoyable.

off road driving
11 days ago

Good trail. Not hard especially with a lift. We took our lifted JK, XJ, and WK up today. Lake is beautiful with a waterfall at the back. Next time with more time we will hike to the other three lakes.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail, beautiful view at the top, not very crowded the day we went.

hiking
11 days ago

The homestead meadows and trails up there were a great surprise. Wasn't expecting too much from a trail that starts on the side of busy highway 36. I'll be back to explore more of the system.

hiking
11 days ago

Ok, so here’s the deal. Yes, you will definitely be passed by many 4x4 vehicles, but they are definitely courteous to the hikers using the road. The wildflowers are AMAZING right now. There’s a mountain stream that follows most of the route that creates a lushness that isn’t always experienced when hiking in CO. Once we got to the first lake, it was a bit busy with campers and people fishing. However, once we hiked up to the second tier of lakes, there was more peace. We ran into a couple guys who had hiked even further up and saw a cave that the stream came through as well as another set of lakes. We didn’t make it up that far, but look forward to doing it in the future!

Great views but it seems like every other time I do this hike I'm swarmed by bugs. they're only at the top- nowhere else!:-). if you like this hike you'd also like Old man Mountain near Estes Park. It's very short and very steep but a really fun rock scramble and has views almost as good as Lily Mountain.

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome trail with everything you could hope for in a hike. Waterfalls, mountain lakes and wildflowers were all stunning. Rough dirt road for about 5 miles to the trailhead. Good ground clearance in your vehicle recommended.

You can’t hike here right now due to an active fire most of the area is closed off except for maybe three trails
Deadhorse is open but not the best if you wanted a scenic trail

hiking
13 days ago

Nice trail, partly shaded and not a lot of traffic on a Tuesday morning. Climb all the way to the top the views are so worth it!

camping
13 days ago

Great hike! We camped at the base of the trail head by off Fourth Of July road right on the creek. We arrived at 5pm on a Saturday and had no trouble finding a spot right on the creek to set up camp- started early to beat the rain. Less than a mile in we’re absolutely beautiful wild flowers lining the trail and naturally occurring run off water falls from the mountain top. True to it’s word distance- uphill heading out but moderate and easy for any intermediate hiker. Passed multiple groups who had seen moose but we were alluded once again... Best part of the hike: running into a pair of Llamas!

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