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This is a great short hike especially if you leave early in the morning work shaded on the Eastern slope.

Loved it, challenging (especially w/wind) but easy down!! Beautiful!!

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2 days ago

This was an absolutely amazing hike. The leaves are changing so beautifully which made it so much more magical! It’s labeled as difficult but I would say it’s a medium-hard hike. There are some steep parts but for the most part it’s just an uphill climb with a great reward at the end! Very clean trail, but very well trafficked. I recommend getting to the trail before 8 am (or even earlier). We arrived at 8:40 am and were really glad we came early because the hike back was pretty busy. Also, only park in designated parking spots because you WILL get a ticket if you’re parked on the side or the road. Overall, despite it being a busy trail, it’s probably one of my favorite hikes! Enjoy!

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2 days ago

Great hike, highly recommend

Hiked nearly to the lake, had to turn around due to time. The last portion of hike (past the tree with grave marker/cant miss it) is mostly uphill. Lots to see on this hike, variety of terrain, plenty of shade, beautiful views.

hiking
2 days ago

Have hiked this trail 3 times. Always a pleasure. I take my dog. He loves the lake. I try to hike during the week to avoid crowds.

Got to the trail head at sunrise and there were 6 cars in the lot. when I got back down the lot was full and cars waiting for spots. Nice and brisk at the start, needed a jacket, but once the sun started hitting the mountainside, little by little ended up in shorts and a tank top. Initial start is up hill but nothing real strenuous and then it levels out and is a very relaxing walk. Saw a bull moose in the first mile of the trail off in the willows. Nice fall smells and colors. Enjoy!

Beautiful hike. Not too strenuous once you get past the initial incline. Great fall colors, beautiful stream that the trail intersects with often. Recommended.

Beautiful fall colors!!

Nice scenic lake. Easy trail. Hiked on 9/15/18. Aspens turning but not yet peak here at the lake (though is in nearby places). Warm week.

We snowshoed and it was a lovely hike, as described.

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!!!

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4 days ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of photo ops. Went when aspens were turning colors. Nothing like it. Difficult trail, though. Take plenty of water.

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.

Hiked this trail on a Thursday. I saw only two people and that was on my return. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the gold leaf aspens on the side of the mountain were beautiful. The lake was great and trail around it is a single track trail that gives you great views of the lake. I thought this was a nice and easy trail. Bring a lunch and eat it on a rock by the lake.

Autumn colors are coming in and it looks beautiful. Excellent place for a backpacking trip without the crowds.

Hiked this morning 9/11/18
A good hike up, enjoyed the scenery and took pictures. I would consider this a moderate and not hard trail compared to some other ones. We had great weather this morning, cool and some sun at time. Water is really low, therefore the fall is very small.

Hiked 9/9/18. The leaves are turning colors and it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! The water is low so you are able to walk on top of the waterfall and take pics on the edge of the drop off! Good workout! We clocked 5.8miles which is longer than what All Trails has as the distance. Definitely a great summer and fall hike!

Very beautiful but WARNING! Very very very limited parking. And the vail police will give you an expensive ticket if you park ANYWHERE other than that small parking lot beside the trail... even if there is no sign saying not to... not that I am bitter or anything. But the trail itself is beautiful. A bit longer than you think though.

Nice hike to lower Boulder Lake. Park at trailhead and take Gorge Range trail at split. About 3.3 miles to lake. Some aspens which were turning on 9/8/18. Little wildlife seen this time - bow and black powder hunting seasons on. Nice view at lake. Left our packs here and came back later to camp. Hiked on towards upper lake: After 4 miles and cresting a boulder field, we realized we were at least another mile off so we turned back. But a nice hike. Trail obvious in many places though faint in some. Creek crossings, many down trees, some steep climbs. Nice quiet, rugged forest. Mostly along creek. Larger fish the higher you go.

This trail alone was worth the trip. It was a great scenic hike on a gorgeous blue sky 70° day. So much easier on the body walking over soft forest floor than climbing hard rock 14ers yesterday. We went in 4.6 miles from the lot, where we lost the trail in a swampy meadow and turned back, total 9.5 miles. Turns out, the official trail ends at the intersection of the Gore trail. This is a great off the freeway stop for families too.

Easy hike. Make sure when you see the secondary trail spurs you venture out, usually 20 yards. Great views from these advantage points.

hiking
11 days ago

Great easy trail, all the elevation is at the trailhead. Nice pines and watch for the chipmunks.

adventurous hike this afternoon - upset moose, hunters and a storm. Comparable in difficulty to Wheeler Lakes near Copper. Start at the trailhead to park, don't walk the road up!

hiking
14 days ago

What a great little hike! Easy to get to from Denver, leave early. Hike has moderate elevation gains and is never too difficult. I would suggest being on the trail no later than 8 am as it starts to get a little busy and the trail is very narrow. One additional note, keep to the right at the Gore Trail/Eaglesmere signpost.

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.

An easy but narrow trail encircling this scenic lake. Beaver-dammed pond at far end, always a treat to see. Plenty of parking at trail head and space was available on Labor Day at noon!

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Starts off flat, with very steep last 0.5 miles or so to get to the lake. The end was a bit too difficult for my parents, who are not experienced hikers/do not live at altitude. Rocky footing on the trail throughout that can be slick when wet. Your shoes will definitely get wet if you plan on walking around the lake.

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16 days ago

What a great trail and stunning scenery along the way! Perfect mix of beautiful meadows with creeks and shaded areas full of aspen trees. We made it to the falls in an hour (including number of stops for pictures). After the falls we continued towards the lake. The number of hikers was reduced drastically as the majority stop at the falls. Overall, one of the most scenic hikes we completed. Highly recommend!!

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