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Awesome trail with great hikers. 0 trash found and overall well maintained. I brought and out of town relative here for an overnight. couldn't have asked for more. Camped at the lower lakes then hiked the upper before breaking down camp for the hike down. it's got fair traffic but overall does not take away from the experience. I will definitely do this again in day hike format.

hiking
4 hours ago

Really beautiful! I thought it was a tough hike up to the 2 lakes. Really worth the effort to get to upper Mohawk. We rushed to stay ahead of weather. Wish we had more time. Definitely go early...before 7.

It won't knock your socks off but pretty nonetheless!

Amazing hike!

hiking
17 hours ago

Lovely hike through the woods. We got to the trailhead at 8:30am (on a Monday), and there was only one other car in the parking lot. We only saw 8 other people on the trail the whole hike. The incline out is not overly steep, but is steady (there are only a few short plateaus the whole hike out). The elevation makes it a challenge. (The hike starts at 9,307' with a 1,987 gain to 11,564 at the peak.) There's a gorgeous and huge aspen grove the first mile or so. No mountain views -- the walk is in the forest the whole time -- but it was very shady and that lush woods is its own beauty. (No flowers -- might be too shady.) It wasn't buggy when we left, but there were a good amount of mosquitoes at the lower elevation by the time we left. We hiked for about 4 hours.

hiking
21 hours ago

Great family hike close to Breck. Not easy, not hard, just right for the the fam. It will test you in spots. Started at Spruce Creek trailhead. Round trip to lower Mohawk Lake with a lunch stop along the way took 6 hours. Had two youngsters in tow but they made it just fine. Really pretty views, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, mountain goats, you name it. Crowded but it’s like 5 minutes from Breckenridge so that’s part of the deal. Still worth it 100%. Just go early.

I did this trail to warm up for the Dead and Company shows in Boulder the following weekend. This trail had everything, low traffic (in the morning), a challenging climb, loads of flowers, and spectacular peaks towering over you. I climbed up the south ridge of the Crater Lake saddle to get up to a beautiful view of the next valley and then climbed on up to the continental divide. Hike exceeded my high expectations of hike in the Rockies.

hiking
1 day ago

This hike is always an amazing way to start the day. Right now the wild flowers are abundant and make the hike a lot more enjoyable with the additional color. Only completed the lower lake which was a little less than 7 miles round trip. First two miles are fairly easy and then the incline at Continental Falls gets your heart rate up. Took time and relaxed at the lake.

I would recommend starting as early as possible. We started around 730am and were able to get a good parking spot in the lot. Around 9am, we noticed the amount of people on the trail increased about 5x than when we started and when we got back to the lot, it was jam packed in all directions.

went 7/5 incredibly crowded with cars by mid day but still well worth it if you get there early

hiking
1 day ago

great hike. Did the first week of June 2018, last water mile had to walk around/through some snow wasn't bad just make sure to not lose the trail. very lightly trafficked. we started at 730am and were the first ones up and saw three groups on the way down. would deffinetly do again.

hiking
1 day ago

Wow what gorgeous views!!! But the Hard rating on this was definitely deserved, mostly due to the last 2 miles or so are steep and technical. Gorgeous wildflowers and views the entire time, some tree coverage for the first mile- mile and a half. Definitely start early for parking and avoiding the afternoon storms!

The most beautiful hike I've been on so far in Colorado!!

Enjoyed the hike. The wildflowers are out in full force. Not to be outdone by the flowers, at the first lake 3 good sized fish decided to feed right where we were standing and one was courteous enough to stop and pose for the camera (see pic)! And, so the fish and flowers weren't to get all the glory while walking back a Weidemeyer's Admiral butterfly landed on the trail and showed off for the camera as well (pic posted too). There were quite a few people on the trail and even at the uppermost lake - so bummer for that. But we had the third lake all to ourselves. We had never hiked up the rock path before - previously traveling up the path that follows more along the major waterflow between the 2nd and 3rd lakes. We decided will stick with our original path - much!!!! prettier!!!!!!

backpacking
1 day ago

Some people say this hike isn't strenuous. Maybe with just a day pack it's not. If you plan on backpacking in, it's very strenuous. The views from the upper lake are incredible. Apparently, CO has a statewide fire ban. If you plan on staying the night, bring a gas burner (jet boil or similar). There was very little mud along the trail and the temps were 70ish during the day and low 40's over night. The first 1 mile is mostly downhill. The last 4 miles are uphill.

We stayed at the lower 2 Crater Lakes and oh my goodness it was busy! The lower lakes are ~4mi and 1500’ gain according to my GPS. We hiked to the upper lakes the next morning, another 700’ gain and 0.7miles. We had our full packs so it was a workout. The hiking poles for the descent were a must. There was quite a bit of talus to navigate.

Crater lakes is beautiful, the wildflowers are at peak right now. The campsite was nice, I was just in awe of how crowded it was (yes on a July weekend, should I be so surprised?!) All campers were respectful and tried to minimize impact. Everyone was using bear canisters or bear bags but with as many people and dogs were there that night, I didn’t think a bear would be wandering through.

Have hiked in June with lots of snow and have hiked in July with lots of wildflowers. Both great experiences. I think a lot of people only hike up to the mining ruins, but if you keep hiking past that (to the left or to the right) the trail has amazing views. There are amazing views from the ruins as well, but continuing on is well worth it. The panoramic views from the top of the trail to the right are amazing. In July we only had one patch of snow to get across. Last year we went in June and couldn’t even get past all of the snow near the top, but still managed to get high enough to see marmots and continue on. Beautiful hike both years though. Definitely a favorite.

One of the most gorgeous hikes I have ever been on.

backpacking
1 day ago

Great hike but tricky. Mega incline technical footing. Trail starts at the parking area near the lake. Walk around the lake by the picnic tables and ascend from there. It does not start at the visitors center mentioned below. Start early as it rains in the afternoon

hiking
2 days ago

The hike up to the top was took many stops to catch our breath, but was not too difficult. The views were spectacular and well worth the trip!
There were a lot of people and many dogs. For a 2000ft climb, we were surprised to see so many children. Weather was clear and normal July temps. We were comfortable in boots, shorts and short sleeves. We took long sleeves for the top and welcomed them. Sunscreen, bug spray, lots of water and some snacks are recommended.

Believe the hype - on the gorgeous hike, the dirt road to get there, and the amount of people. It’s all true!

Be sure to bring a high clearance vehicle, hiking boots, and layers. The road up is slow and bumpy and gets super sketch when vehicles are parked along side it and you’re forced to drive on the little space that remains regardless of its condition.

The hiking trail has lots of water features and rock fields so you’ll need proper footwear. It also gets windy and cooler at the top so bring layers.

Be prepared for an incredible variety of views, wildflowers, and bears, oh my! We felt like we saw it all. The trail was friendly with lots of dogs and even more hikers. It took us about 2 hours up (including a slight diversion where the trail splits at the pass - going right will lead you down to Caribou lake but it is called Arapahoe Pass trail so we took that. We should have followed the sign for Caribou Pass and gone left, up to Dorothy Lake which we eventually figured out). We saw a family of ptarmigan at the pass. The views of the mountains will take your breath away! It was 1 hour, 40 minutes to get back down. Only about 10 minutes from the trailhead we spotted a black bear cub grazing up the mountain. One of my favorite hikes yet.

Loved this hike! It definitely is worth working your way up to little Blue lake, not for the lake (it's a puddle), but for the upper view of Devil's thumb and the view of Blue lake from above. We shared a huge Boulder with a angry Marmot, we took his sunning spot.

7/14. if you wanna do this, start early. I reached by 7.30 in the morning and the parking space was full and cars were already lined up along the road for atleast half a mile. so better reach early.

And the hike, OMG it's just amazing. lots and lots of wild flowers along the entire hike. so if you are interested in photography flowers, it's for you. The trail is well marked. The view does not disappoint you. The spot where tree line ends is just spectacular.

overall it took 3.5 hours uphill and just 2.5 hours downhill. be prepared to spend a good 7 hours on the trails and lake overall.

Above the tree line it is there are some loose rocks, so be careful. The lake is greenish blue adds to the amusement. Just walk past the lake for an amazing Mountain panoramic view.

hiking
2 days ago

It was a great hike steep at first still wild flowers along the trail saw bunnies humming birds and chip minis only 8.5 miles tracked just over 1800 feet of elevation!

I’m from Seattle so I know lake hikes and this is a good one! Make sure to apply bug spray and look out for MOOSE! We saw 3 bulls in the creek meadows off the sides of the trail. Columbine flowers are right before blue lake. Make sure to do the hike near sunset “the golden hour” to get the best experience. Tons of fluffy marmots too! Worth the 15 min parking wait!

The initial part of the joint trail that serves a number of hikes is gentle although the quality of the trail can hit the feet in places!
The turn to the Crater lakes begins the fun/hurt, the gradient at times was a challenge for a 66 years young person who lives at sea level but for the young and locals the trip to the first lakes is moderate. Then you look up and see people trying to climb what seems like a vertical trail to the lakes beyond. That climb also includes scrambling over two areas of boulders, again easier for the younger hikers - overall a good trip especially if you manage the final climb - a great sense of achievement.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail! Totally dry. Hiked on a Saturday. Parking lot was full by 7:45am. You are allowed to park along street so finding a spot isn’t an issue. If you enjoy a quiet trail, would recommend starting early as the trail was packed with people by the time we were coming down. Cars all over the place. Took about 4.5 hours round trip to Upper Mohawk lake including breaks for food and photos. We used hiking boots and poles — very helpful as last mile or so is steep and has lots of rocks. Lovely views and hike is very doable for all ages depending on athletic ability. Trail past Lower Mohawk lake is not well marked, so pay attention. Lovely way to spend a Saturday morning!

My boyfriend and I did this hike yesterday with more of an intention to mushroom and wildflower forage so we were off path a lot. At the very beginning on the left side of the path we went down foraging and stumbled upon a fresh deer kill. Please bring protection or be very aware that a large predator is close.

Wildflowers are amazing right now! Great hike in spite of hour or so of rain, sun broke out just in time. At first wasnt sure which path to take to get to upper lake because there are a few forks all at once... go with the "middle-ish" one that passes an abandoned camp stool, easy to follow after that.

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