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Wonderful hike! Beautiful wildflowers, creek and views!

It's a pretty straightforward 13er with spectacular views! A lot of incline at first but then its mellows out shortly before the summit.

Great 13er to try, especially when 14er training. I would not say this trail is easy as it’s a steady incline most of the way with a few straight away moments.

The vast majority of the hike is above timberline, so plan bathroom breaks accordingly. There is a great bathroom at the parking lot. Although, during this last visit it was a disaster zone.

Expect windy conditions no matter what day you choose. However, we benefited from a beautiful, sunny day.

The trail to the top and back is closer to 7 miles versus the 6 listed on all trails. The view at the top are spectacular and worth the trek.

Lovely, easy 13er with decent views. Completed back in June when there was still some snow on the route.

3 days ago

Very nice hike, mostly above treeline. Nice views but also very windy for about half the route. Not too busy on a Saturday (8/4/18) but parking lot was full.

Great hike to take visitors too because the views are epic and it’s only an hour from Denver! Wildflowers, big mountain view’s of Bierdstadt and Evans and a mountain lake that’s warm enough to hop in!

Nice, fairly easy trail with some great views, and the lakes are worth it. Got there a little before 8am on a weekday and pretty much had the trail to myself for the most part, a little busier on the way out. Tried to go a bit further on up towards Square Top Mountain, but the trail gets pretty faint after it breaks off so didn’t try too far. Would recommend!

Got to the parking lot at 8:30am and had no trouble finding parking. The trail was fairly empty, a lot more people coming in as we were heading back around 11am.

Highly recommend for a lake hike without a lot of people.

Great backpacking trip for those looking for a challenge and adventure!

Pack layers, it's chilly and windy at the top! The gradual incline and occasional flat parts made this a really good starter high elevation hike for me (new to CO from NE). It's more of a harsh mountain terrain and not so pretty like some other spots in Arapaho National Forest. Lots of friendly folks out on a Saturday!

Loved this trail! My husband and I got to the trail head about 730am and it was quite empty. The trail head is across the highway from the parking which was kind of scary, but at 730am there wasn’t much traffic. We started the hike through the trees and t was beautiful. Once we broke tree line it was AMAZING. It was quite windy, and we were not prepared for that but I guess that’s what happens with novice hikers

bring bug spray!!!

Very scenic! It’s a nice level of challenge for a shorter hike. You see several clear blue lakes along the way and there are a lot of wildflowers. There’s some rock scrambling towards the top. It gets cold, in early August I was comfortable wearing a hoodie with pants.

Great family hike.

9 days ago

I loved this hike! I did it today and it was my first time hiking at high elevation. It was absolutely gorgeous but also pretty hard. But that was due to the elevation that I’m not used to. Definitely worth it!

Dense forest most of the way up but the tree line appears pretty abruptly as you approach the lakes. Beautiful streams most of the way up as well. The views hiking up to Roger's pass were incredible! One of my favorite stretches of trail so far. If you have some extra time and are feeling adventurous try hiking up James's Peak to the south (Elv. ~13,300'). I'm writing this review over a month past the fact but I think it took me an additional 2.5 to 3 hours or so round trip from the pass. Trail was easy to follow with a brief scramble near the top (I think that's the term). So if you want to do James's peak I would suggest starting your hike before 7am. I think I left around 6:30AM and got back to the parking lot around 3:00 w/James peak. One of the best things about this location is the ample parking near the trailhead. You'll never really have to worry about that.

Great hike! Very Windy!! I had trouble holding my hiking poles at one section of the descent due to the wind. And I hike 14 er and 13er's on a regular basis. Other that it was amazing! Will definitely be hiking this trail again.

Took my 6 Year Old daughter yesterday for an after work hike. Spent about 3 hours exploring. Very easy hike for kids if they are used to getting out for longer periods of time. Tell them you're searching for gold and silver. Trail was pretty dead at about 3:45pm and will definitely do again.

14 days ago

Beautiful views about halfway up of lake in the valley and again at the top of a lake on the other side. Cool and windy at the top, so plan accordingly.

Gorgeous hike to hut. Family and dog friendly. Will go again for sure. Whole family raved about it

14 days ago

Monday morning hike. Hit the trail around 8am. Saw very few hikers on the way up. I thought the hike was a nice mix of steep grade and flat terrain that helped keep the pace going. Great views along the way. We had the summit to ourselves for About 10 mins. Passed several hikers on the way down that were heading up. For a 13’er I thought his was a nice hike that most should be able to do.

Fantastic. Best hike in the rockies

We completed this trail in early June. At this time there were portions of the trail that had knee deep snow which made it very challenging. The switch backs were also completely snow covered which was painful, however, completely worth it because the views really are stunning. Would love to do this trail again without the snow.

Great hike with views almost the entire time. Nice views back to the other surrounding peaks and along the stream when you break out past the hut. We made it to the summit and followed the trail markers to pile of boulders on the top. We could see the ski resort off in the distance but turned back since we were already pushing our luck with the storms. We started the hike at 11:30 and didn't get any rain or dark clouds. This is obviously pretty lucky for Colorado in July. We didn't see any columbines but we did see a moose!

this was my first 13er. found it easy. very windy but that was expected. I want to go back and continue on to the next peak

Well marked trail. Beautiful scenery. Take your time.

First hike since moving to Denver and it really was an excellent way to begin. The wild flowers were amazing and their were many spots to take in fantastic views. Fair hike with my wife and friend. Highly suggest for a day trip.

extremely beautiful and nothing like i’ve seen before. i loved the plentiful wildflowers. can be challenging at some points. we only made it to the first lake as it started to rain, but it was very pretty. i was surprised at how many people there were up near the parking lot for a Tuesday in the late morning. all in all, a very great experience and good exercise.

Agree it’s a longer hike then stated. Easy start at a “high point” from trail head off Guanella Pass road. Loved the wildflowers and beautiful high mountain lakes. You will walk through high brush (3’ ish) on a few narrow sections-some individuals may want to have shoulders/arms covered. Enjoyed a taste of “watermelon” snow. Hiked with pups and tween/teen kiddos made it to 13er of SquareTop and rewarded with beautiful above tree line views that went on for miles. Looked down on SilverLake trail. Trail to peaks has a few cairns, but mind your path and keep your wits to make it to the top. No technical spots to reach top. Went during the week no problems parking, but encountered a large group coming down as we were going in at late morning and several hikers on way out in late afternoon. Enjoy!

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