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Beautiful lake at the top of a short, steep hike! Great hammock spots!

hiking
8 hours ago

It was a beautiful hike and worth the uphill battle. It is very strenuous but was able to stop along the way. The views are breathtaking and if you decide to go up a little further you’ll get a surprise.

Nice hike with lots of people, I prefer wilder hikes with no handlebars or decks.
It was so crowded that was difficult to find a spot for taking pictures.

We did this trail on Saturday, July 7. It is now one of our favorites! We went all the way to the top (Hope Pass) which, going by the directional trail signs, appeared to be more like a 10 mile hike than what's listed here. This trail has a little bit of everything as far as scenery goes - dense aspen and pine forests, close proximity to gorgeous streams/rivers, alpine meadows, and breathtaking views at the top. It's pretty strenuous, but worth it!

The moose at the top in the lake to the left was a bonus!

This hike was phenomnal! So much beautiful scenery. The hike has quite the incline on the way up. But the views at the top are totally worth it! Make sure to get there EARLY! The parking lot was full by 830am. Besides the parking nightmare, it was perfect. Also, the trail is pretty shaded the whole way which helps!

Easy and fun hike, a good first hike of the trip for us midwesterners. The drive up was a little tricky in a small car due to the rocky road, but it was definitely still doable.

Absolutely stunning and worth the relatively strenuous hike up (coming from a FL girl). We started this hike around 6:30pm and the temp (in late July) was perfect!! Thanks for the awesomeness Mother Nature!

Awesome hike. Did feel the burning in the legs but well worth it. Trail was very well marked and easy to follow. My kiddos 7, 11,14 enjoyed it as well.

Beautiful Hike! Get there early (around 6:30a/7a) to beat the crowds. Steep, but totally worth it! Make sure to pack lots of water.

Good hike, coming from NH it was easy to adjust to. The trail is easy to follow and there were only a few other hikers. Awesome view of Dillon!

Did this hike with our 10 and 13 year old girls on a stop while biking 14 miles. It was very tough but everyone loved it and there were no complaints. Bring a lot of water. Getting there is very steep and rocky for the majority of the way.

Amazing hike! Best advice I can give is to wear shoes with ankle support. I'm pretty fit, but it's super rocky terrain and rolled my ankle on this trail. I wasn't wearing proper hiking shoes (just good pair of low-top running shoes). I would say this hike is more on the strenuous side just because of the sharp inclines and rockiness of the trail.
As you walk, you'll find little air vents with cool air coming out, take advantage of them!
You'll be tired when you get to the top, but make sure you go to Sprouting Rock! It's really close and beautiful.

This was one of my favorite trails I have done in Colorado. Amazing views, easy to find, and a great walk. I agree with the reviews below; keep taking the gravel road until you get to the Lake and once you’re one the trail and you get to the bathtub, keep following the trail that is no longer gravel so you can see the waterfall up close. Once we finished at the lake we drove further up to the dam. More small trails in the other side of the dam. I highly recommend!

What a hike! Totally worth it!

Nice hike with great views of Dillon. Great hike to get yourself acclimated when coming from somewhere like Texas. Easy enough hike, but it does intersect with a few others so make sure you know which trail you’re on.

Beautiful lake after passing waterfalls.several hikers saw bears. Was pretty crowded

Loved the views. The lake is gorgeous and the hike is easy. We took the gravel road up a little farther to the reservoir as well and saw a couple mountain goats

Fun trail, and the lake is breathtaking.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike with great views. My three legged dog really enjoyed the smaller lake before Windsor

Forget that it’s touristy, it’s not easy. There’s a reason that it’s popular. It’s a beautiful place. The trail is challenging and rocky in many parts. But it’s diverse enough with many shady places to stop and rest along the creek with little waterfalls and birds. The lake and the views on top are wonderful. Have lunch up there. And I got under the waterfalls partially at Sprouting Rock, just 100 feet up. Don’t get fully under, you’ll get clobbered! Loved the hike.

Nice trail and is easy to follow. It was a great 2 hour hike with breaks. The trail is quite narrow for most of the hike, so it may not be good for young children. There were hardly any other hikers so it was nice to have the trail pretty much to ourselves.

Great easy hike for an acclimation day. Easy groomed trail along the lake. Went on a Friday mid-morning and it wasn’t too busy.

Gorgeous hike once you finally reach the top. It's a steady climb up, up, up a mountain. The switchbacks at the end are a huge help. The views are g'inormous. I camped with my dog in two different spots along the trail and hung out in the backcountry and LOVED it. Poles helped, going up and down due to the steep incline in some places. I disagree with the reviewer who says this mellowed out after 2 miles. No, it doesn't; Hope Pass is 12,500 ft in elevation.

Don’t try to mountain bike this trail, there are too many people. There’s a decent trail that leads off behind campsite #12 and connects to the dirt roads. It was a beautiful and pretty easy ride and not many hikers.
Giving the lake trail 3 stars because while it’s gorgeous, it’s crowded and not for mountain biking which is what we went to do. Drive up from Gunnison via 730/Ohio Creek Road for a fantastic scenic drive, most of the road is dirt.

This was an amazing hike. It could be difficult for some people due to the terrain. It was so nice. Make sure to go early. We got there at 5:45 am and was the first to the lake. When we were walking down there was a ton of people walking up.

Awesome hike but heavily trafficked. Go in early spring or late fall! And hike further for a surprise!

the hike was nice and easy, good for the little ones. amazing view from start to finish

Great beginner hike! This was my first and now I’m hooked.

pleasant, easy home around the beautiful lake. was crowded when i was there, presumably would be of the weather is nice enough to be there.

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