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Gorgeous winter hike. Tough with the extra mileage due to the road closure. Definitely bring snow shoes.

Beautiful views but you need to earn them. I hiked this trail in late February and definitely recommend snowshoes / spikes. The snow was fairly deep and we had to turn around eventually.

Great snow-shoeing trail!!

My favorite trail! So much beauty.

2 months ago

One of my favorite trails! I wish I had more time to explore. Will come back again for sure!!

Beautiful views!

I hiked it after a morning snow. The trail was snowy but packed down enough to hike with just my yak tracks and hiking poles. I tried to go down the other side of trail when I reached the turn around but snow was too deep unless you have snowshoes or x-skiis. The hike in the woods was nicer anyway. Good hike with a decent elevation gain. Pretty wooded area with snow capped trees.

We did almost 11 miles hike to Lake Isabelle from entrance. Road is closed leading to the trailhead. You will have to park at winter parking lot by the side of entrance booth. That adds almost 5-6 miles to the Long Lake Trailhead, depending on if you take the road or take side trails. I didn't have microspike, and had to be careful with icy conditions, was not too bad. But I would recommend getting Microspike. We started from Parking lot at 6:45 in the morning, and we were back by 1PM. Lake Isablle is mostly drained, frozen remains at the center. It was very windy and chilly so please prepare yourself for the weather. Saw Frozen Long Lake, Frozen Brainard Recreation area on our way up. Views are very gorgeous. We didn't find anyone going on the trail when were were going up, maybe because we were early. But saw few people ascending when we were descending.

on Lake Isabelle Trail

3 months ago

Especially gorgeous hike right now with all the snowfall. From the parking lot round trip my iPhone recorded an 11.5 mile trip. Make sure you bring plenty of warm gear and wear gaiters!

Freakin awesome once you get there.

Challenging incline for Floridians, but certainly worth it. Amazing views and the old mine was interesting to see.

Lots of powder and ice, but wife and I did it without need for traction. Amazing views.

Great walk but a bit icy up top and especially on the loop dirt road on the way down. Great views at top but note high winds and low temperatures topside. Saw many on the climb with inadequate clothing and shoes. Would recommend poles and grips but a really nice hike nevertheless. Next time would return via trail not roadway. Gps measured round trip from trailhead at 6.2 miles. As with other reviews top of trail not well marked with some tricky icy rock formations to negotiate especially on way back down

falls were partly iced over. very relaxing hike

It is one of the most beautiful, scenic hikes I’ve taken ( it would only improve if there were some above-tree line hiking. It didn’t hurt that the Aspen where in full golden-glory with just enough of a breeze to “flutter” the leaves. Simply stunning. This is not a hike you conquer; it is one you savor, like a slow-cooked stew, a well aged Scotch, or a crisp evening around a campfire or burn pit with good friends or loved ones.

The moderate hike rating is accurate if for no other reason than it is nearly 9 miles round trip. And even though I hiked the trail on a Saturday it was not very congested (not at all like RMNP). I recommend this hike, take your time, you will not be sorry.

So awesome. This was the first hike I did after moving to Colorado. Was perfectly suited for someone not used to the altitude and was absolutely gorgeous!

5 months ago

Gorgeous hike! FYI the road to the nearest parking lot is closed, so that adds about 4 miles on to the total distance. Parts of the trail were icy but we managed without any extra gear. Beautiful at the top!

5 months ago

Such a beautiful and easy hike! Loved every second of it. First time visiting Colorado and this hike is now my top I’ve done! Loved the snow on the ground and perfect weather!


Beautiful / not overly difficult, plenty of variation. Loved it!

My wife and I age 30 in good shape hiked this trail at a moderate pace to a boulder at the very top of the waterfall for a picnic lunch. We stopped in an open field to the left about 2 miles in that had a lake and a gorgeous view of mountain peaks. In all we stopped for a total of about 2 hours. We left at 9am and were back to the car at 3:50. Beware of horse poop and when you get to the middle of the waterfall, go through the woods to the right off the path to get to an upper path that takes you to the highest point of the waterfall on a bald boulder for a complete overlook. It doesn’t seem a lot of people know about that. We found it by chance. Absolutely worth everything. It was breathtaking!

Awesome! Very very icy but well worth it. Be sure to have the right equipment. We didn't but scenery was amazing. Waterfalls were gorgeous with the ice on them. Saw mountain goats at the top.

We didn't actually make it there because the road is closed to get to the trailhead. It's an extra 2 mile walk down the road if you want to get here now

Very icy on Sunday 15 October. Promised to be very nice hike but within 2 miles I fell four times. I forgot to bring traction devices. I'll try it again next time with them.

Trail conditions were as expected for mid October. Icy patches were scattered all throughout the trail. This will slow you down a tad, but the view from the upper Mohawk lake will not be easily forgotten. Incredible. Would absolutely do it again.

great hike! Aspen groves, rubber crossing, water fall at the end. no complaints.

Great views! Spruce creek trail was very icy on the way up, so we chose to take the road back down.

5 months ago

Vehicle used to access the trail:
Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
Timberland work boots & Nike running shoes
Child carrier:
ErgoBaby 360° backpack 25lb
$11 (no state park pass)
We have done this trail before in the summer. This time we took my mother-in-law out and started the trail at 8:30am.
The parking lot at the trailhead was almost empty when we arrived, previously we hadn't been able to get a spot because it's much busier in the summer.
The trail was covered in snow and very icy. It was a slow and steady hike, I believe the temperature was in the low 30's.
We cut the trail short and stuck to walk g around the lake but it was still beautiful!! roughly 2.5miles and took us just under 2hours to complete due to the tricky ice. Next time we will use spikes or poles to steady ourselves.
Even with the ice it was a great trail, little to no sun on the trail the whole time which added to the cold but for a first timer like my mother-in-law it was great. She really enjoyed it and the views of the lake were worth the cold!!!

5 months ago

Perfect for a quick day hike. Took us 2-3 hours including our picnic at the lake and a decent amount of stopping for gorgeous views and awesome pics. Definitely got winded here and there but we were not quite ready for the elevation!! Went in October and it was definitely slushy and icy on the shaded parts of the trail but so worth it for the views of the mountain peaks and Lake Isabelle.

5 months ago

About 80% of the trail was ice/slush/mud and my dog was filthy, but the view from the lake is SO worth it! Just be careful with the ice. The mountains were snowy and beautiful, and you could see them throughout most of the trail! And by the way, the Long Lake parking lot is where the trailhead is- it took me awhile to figure that out.

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