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We love this trail! Right now the wildflowers are blooming and it’s really pretty. Definitely park in the lower parking lot unless you have a 4 wheel drive. It can be a little chilly on top.

So nice! Beautiful meadows and wildflowers. We did have some difficulty at Panorama View with the trail markings, but it was quite a lovely hike.

did this hike last weekend and was surprised how really beautiful it was!! wildflowers for days and gorgeous views at every turn. The top (3rd) lake is the prettiest and not as many people. Took my Rav 4 up the 4WD road to the trail head....not too bad. :)

The most beautiful hike I've been on so far in Colorado!!

Lots of wildflowers and beautiful vistas- took off a star because of the bags o poop situation. Forever dragging my own dog away from them- pack it out or don't bring your dog!! It makes it gross for everybody! Would rate this hike easy-moderate- we didn't find it as challenging as some hikes in this area

One of the most gorgeous hikes I have ever been on.

beautiful trail, with some very satisfying high alpine and lake views after a short ascent. Only 4 stars because this trail was crowded with both people and dogs. There are no indications that dogs need to be on leash for this trail, but I got a lot of dirty looks from folks that were leashing their pups. I would do this hike again if I had out of town guests that weren't that acclimated, but wanted to see some nice vistas.

Loved this hike! It definitely is worth working your way up to little Blue lake, not for the lake (it's a puddle), but for the upper view of Devil's thumb and the view of Blue lake from above. We shared a huge Boulder with a angry Marmot, we took his sunning spot.

This place is amazing! 3 lakes, beautiful mountain views & a ton of wildflowers. Parked at the lower trailhead, so it does add a little less than a mile to your hike, which was no big deal. Got an early start, so hardly anyone on the trail when I started, the crowds started to come as I was heading back down. Not too long of a hike, I tracked it at 6.3 miles.

Great hike with beautiful panoramic views. Couple short uphills but not strenuous. Wildflowers are out.

Definitely a bucket list hike! Beautiful wildflowers. Make sure you bring your hiking poles. Very steep in some areas. Worst part of hike was roadbed from parking lot to trailhead.

Great trail and gorgeous scenery. Three awesome alpine lakes and some good photo ops. Trail very well maintained. Great for families too.

I’m from Seattle so I know lake hikes and this is a good one! Make sure to apply bug spray and look out for MOOSE! We saw 3 bulls in the creek meadows off the sides of the trail. Columbine flowers are right before blue lake. Make sure to do the hike near sunset “the golden hour” to get the best experience. Tons of fluffy marmots too! Worth the 15 min parking wait!

My new favorite. Photos don’t do it justice. The beauty of this trail just cannot be put into words. Gorgeous wildflowers right now- three lakes on the hike but also lots of little ponds. Wear bug spray. Last three quarters of a mile or so are mostly uphill. We went on a Friday around noon and there were 3-4 parking spots open at the trailhead. Also saw 5 moose and some marmots. Will definitely be back!

My boys and my dogs did this trail yesterday. It was so beautiful pretty easy hike. It was irratatting to see bags of dog poop left up there.. we packed out someone else's...if your not going to clean up after your dog then don't put it in a plastic bag and leave it! Be a responsible pet owners and clean it up and take it with you. I find the laziness frustrating. I have two dogs and if they poop we take it out with us. It is not that hard. I see this all the time on our hikes..grr

Really gorgeous trail! Easy-moderate rating from me except for the last little bit before the third lake. It seems straight up and I had to stop several times to catch my breath.

There isn’t a lot of parking at the lot or the trail head it’s self. We arrived right before 8 am on a Thursday and there were two spots left that filled before we finished getting our stuff out of the car.

Super dog friendly but after the first 1/2 mile or so it’s very exposed and there isn’t a ton of water until you get to the first lake. We were fine getting there early in the AM but I could imagine it being really hot in the afternoon.

Tons of wild flowers out now and lots of spots to stop for pictures and get some sweeping views.

Good hike even in the rain..

One off my new faves. How I ignored this hike for 49 years is beyond me. Lots of variety. The lake is drop dead beautiful. The perfect cirque!!

Other reviews give plenty of details.

Round trip to big lake is about 5 miles. Feels longer because of the altitude and rocks.

Main summary says RT is 3 hours. For me (69, good shape, regular hiker) 5 hours including stops (maybe 1 hour total) to big lake. Didn’t climb to Little Blue.

Also Brainard Lake entry fee now $11. Federal passes accepted. Oh yes, parking at trailhead limited. Best early or after 12-1 midweek. Otherwise add the extra mile (measured) each way from main Brainard lot. If that’s the case, make sure you take the trail or the now abandoned Brainard lake road (counterclockwise) to trailhead turnoff.


This park accepts national parks passes! The hike is moderate and rocky. The lake is so very blue and worth waiting around for a parking spot!

9 days ago

Nice loop trail out of Reverands campground. The vistas at Panorama Point allow a great view of many Colorado peaks.

Absolutely beautiful views cool and Isabella’s glacier has some amazing views. Take 11.00 in cash they do not take card. Parking is terrible ! Plan for that. Also mosquito and bug spray they are everywhere ! I ended up with tons of bites. Also pack a jacket as it showers often. Beautiful and scenic nonetheless.

Fun little hike without a lot of vertical gained. Lakes everywhere, wildflowers are really cool on the way up to Little Blue lake. Parking is horrible, had to wait for a spot at 3:30.

I loved this trail! Did this as a solo hike on a Monday. I parked in the first lot before the dirt road. I saw one small car driving on the road. The road is not rocky, but it has a lot of dips, especially in the beginning.

The hike is beautiful. You get to see three lakes, and sit up close to two of them. The wildflowers were gorgeous. The elevation gain is nicely spread out on the way up, although the hardest part is right before the last lake. Definitely would do again. Nice way to get used to hiking at high elevation.

Absolutely gorgeous! $11 fee

Loved this hike. The wildflowers at the river crossing smelled magnificent.

Next time I will bring bug spray......

As an out-of-towner and only casual hiker, this trail was a good fit. Challenging (I'm not used to the altitude), but really fun with incredible views of the lakes, mountains, and wildflowers. We didn't make it to the third lake, but the second lake is still really cool and above the tree line. Trail started getting busy and hot as we were leaving (around noon). After the hike, we ate at the Happy Cooker in Georgetown.

I enjoyed this hike. There are only a few steep inclines and nothing really until you are at least a mile in. If you don't get there early enough to park in the trailhead lot, add about 2 miles to the rt for being in the lower lot. Also in general limited parking, cars waiting to get in as we left. The trail is well maintained, but as others have said lots of mosquitos and rather large for ones I have ever had land on me. More bugs in general that I'm used to seeing here, but well worth the hike! $11 entry fee if you don't have the National Park Pass, which is not available to purchase here.

We got there as soon as the park opened so we managed to hike without much traffic. We hopped on at Panorama Point. There is a pretty good incline for a short distance depending on the direction you take the loop but aside from the trail was pretty easy. Mostly shaded and provides a really great view.

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