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hiking
10 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful lake and hike! make sure you go when the weather is clear so you can see the amazing views.

Absolutely stunning end view! A great place to have a little bite to eat and head back down!

Beautiful hike with small waterfalls along the way. Make sure to bundle up and wear spikes if you’ have them. The lake is picturesque. Pack a lunch and stay awhile...you’ll be glad you did!

Stunning views. It's rated moderate, and had it not been for the snow and ice, it might have been. Us noob hikers didn't anticipate the conditions well (it had snowed lightly a few days prior), and it was difficult. With that said, it was worth the effort and we were afforded a view that you wouldn't get during the summer. Would love to do it again sans snow.

Microspikes are pretty much necessary as of 10/13/18. Fun trail and beautiful lake!

hiking
5 days ago

This trail can get crowded on weekends, but if you're able to get up here on a weekday it's easily a 5/5 hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Did this hike on October 8, 2018. First snow of the winter. It was magical, nobody after the first two miles. saw moose! The mountains and meadows we're gorgeous with a couple inches of snow.

We were looking for a lake hike not far from our house and this looked like a good candidate. The Guanella pass road was still open so we took it, and then drove the Naylor Lake Road up to the upper parking lot, shaving about a mile off of the total distance of the trail. I'd highly recommend AWD or 4WD. We did it in our Jeep in 2WD but that road can get slick really quick. As we were driving through the Guanella pass road we realized that there was a light coating of snow at the top, and assumed that there would be a little snow up where we were headed, glad we packed warm. The hike was fairly easy, with a skim coat of ice on some of the areas where water came off the mountain and pooled in the low spots. We were glad that we had our trekking poles if only for a couple extra points of contact. About 2/3rds of the trail is above treeline and is exposed to the elements. The wind started to kick up fiercely as we made it to Silver Dollar lake and continued to Murray Reservoir. The views were obstructed somewhat from the low ceiling, but it was still worth the hike.

I'll have to come back sometime in the spring to check and see if there are any nice looking trout in those lakes!

This is one of my favorite trail to date. Ample amounts of parking at trailhead, and beautiful scenery throughout. Very long hike close to 18 miles long, but we'll worth it. Didn't make it up to the top of the summit, due to rainstorms moving in. Would recommend.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail with beautiful sight lines especially at the loch. Easy to the falls then moderate seems right, lots of rocks after the falls and 1200+ ft of gradual elevation. Didn't see any 5 yr olds in crocs lol. Go early as the nearby parking fills up fast and bring a second layer as it's noticeably cooler at the loch. .

Beautiful trail, the Aspens were bright gold. Some of the trail was heavily trafficked but it was never a problem. I am not a very seasoned hiker but I would not rate this trail as Hard. The first two miles are nice wide paths with a slight incline. The last mile to the Crater Lakes is steep, but not difficult.

Great hike with beautiful views. If you have to park in the lower lot, plan on walking an extra mile or so RT. We arrived around 8:30 on a Sunday morning and the lot and path were pretty empty on the way up—not so much on the way down. Lots of friendly dogs, too!

Made it to the trail pretty early, so there weren’t too many people. Beautiful lake! Continued on to Timberline Falls afterwards, but did not make it to Sky Pond unfortunately. I definitely recommend dressing in layers.

Nice hike accurately described. Great views once above tree line (about 2/3 of the trail, each way).

Great hike. Few other travelers this time of year mid week. Only problem we had was getting there. We have a compact front wheel drive and the last 30 min were on a dirt/ gravel road with quiet a few ruts. The hike and the lake were definitely worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike, I don’t consider it moderate. Once you get past the falls, there are less people. I arrived around 1:30 and passed a lot of people coming down so I can imagine it gets pretty busy in the morning. Not to mention parking being full, both at the top and at park and ride. The lake is beautiful. Dress in layers, definitely colder wind once you’re up there.

hiking
22 days ago

4.5 hours to complete with my girlfriend and dumb yellow. Its a steady uphill walk from the intersection with Rogers Pass trail. But beautiful weather and cold water to play in (if you want). Always great views in this area if you like alpine lakes and high altitude excursions.

22 days ago

Beautiful! Crowd thins significantly as you start up the switchback and the lake at the end is worth it. The train tunnel can be heard clearly for the first half of the hike but it’s peaceful at the lake and what you do hear is more like white noise. The leaves were at varying degrees of color but the drive out to the trail itself is breathtaking. There’s tons of parking and when I got to the lake at 2 on a Sunday, I had the lake almost entirely to myself. There’s also some great dispersed camping as you approach the lake!

Beautiful little trail, moderate until the little bit of scrambling at the end. The lakes are lovely. And it was not crowded at all, only saw one group of 4 backpackers and a couple the entire day.

hiking
22 days ago

This was my second time doing this hike and it was better than the first! Although the views leading up to the lakes are not amazing, once you get within a mile of the first lake, things really open up and make everything worth it. After the reservoir, the elevation gain really kicks in. The first mile of the trail is down hill so dont forget that you have a short hike back up to your car(up hill both ways!). The first Chicago lake has no defined trail but there are plenty of paths to get down there. The yellows, greens, and blues really make this lake stand out. The hike to the upper lake is all gain. There are a few spots of loose dirt which make it slow going but the climb is about 500ft in less than a mile to the top lake. Once you're up there, it all pays off. We had an amazing blue sky day with some gusts of wind rolling through to cool us off. Mount Evans sits behind the lake and offers amazing mountain views and a great place to relax. With the side routes to the lower lake and walking around, the total trip was roughly 11 miles but the trail itself is about 9 miles as it is listed here.

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23 days ago

Loved this hike! Must go to the 2nd lake! Sooo worth it!

Easy day hike to one of the most magical lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Get to the trail early to avoid parking hassle and tons of other hikers.

there were some good views. once I got to the lake, that was the best. the trail itself felt more like walking along a 4x4 road. very busy and parking was scarce by 0700. for a quick easy 4 mile hike it wasnt bad but I won't do it again. many better trails in Indian Peaks to go back to.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful fall hike . Fairly peaceful . Easy to follow trail. Second lake made a great spot for our hammocks . Didn’t see any wildlife though

Beautiful hike!

Awesome

Beautiful and a perfect distance. Amazing views

Hard hike, but the views are incredible. It was VERY cold up at the lake. Also saw a male moose on the way back down.

Fun hike. Very much worth it to continue up to sky pond

hiking
25 days ago

Sept 20th: Beautiful but definitely a crowded spot in RMNP. Lots of people and groups around by the afternoon. Great views as always; the leaves were a mixed bag. Some aspens were still green and some didn't have any leaves left. Seems like it's a odd year. Seeing all the elk by the road on the drive in was a highlight too.

I almost made it to Sky pond but was unprepared for the wind and couldn't quite tell where the trail went along Glass Lake. (it was super windy, maybe 45 degrees; I just had a sweatshirt and shorts on) Next time I will make it all the way to Sky but Loch is a great spot.

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