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Great trail so close to Denver. Hiked a week ago and got into some snow near first lake. Can't wait to go back next summer or when I get some snow shoes!

trail running
10 days ago

Took me 3 hours 48 min. I ran ~4 miles and hiked the rest. Good views at beginning and end. Middle chunk gets a little bland.

12 days ago

Honestly, really incredible views. Tough elevation climb and there’s a bit of uphill near the end on the way back which was especially challenging. We went in late October on a warm clear day and it was beautiful, challenging, and very fun. Enjoyed doing the labyrinth/maze on the side of the trail too, about half way up :)

This trail freakin rocks! Awesome open areas and great trails! Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
21 days ago

Anyone else get a spooky, spiritual vibe on this trail? Very weird but beautiful. Maybe because it’s close to Halloween I don’t know but it was awesome!!

Bergen Peak has a beautiful view. This trail didn't have many scenic views and I hardly saw any fall colors but all in all it was still a nice trail and definitely a good workout. Also, a great place for trail running.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on October 8, 2018. First snow of the winter. It was magical, nobody after the first two miles. saw moose! The mountains and meadows we're gorgeous with a couple inches of snow.

This is one of my favorite trail to date. Ample amounts of parking at trailhead, and beautiful scenery throughout. Very long hike close to 18 miles long, but we'll worth it. Didn't make it up to the top of the summit, due to rainstorms moving in. Would recommend.

This is a well-maintained, nice trail that’s easily accessible from Denver. It’s currently starting to transition into fall colors. We went on a Saturday morning and were pleasantly surprised by how few people we saw, especially on the non-Bergen Peak Trail side of the loop. As others have said, the listing underestimated the length - my AllTrails app clocked us at 10.8 miles round trip from the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful and great place to see the leaves change. it has some hills that are steep in places.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my second time doing this hike and it was better than the first! Although the views leading up to the lakes are not amazing, once you get within a mile of the first lake, things really open up and make everything worth it. After the reservoir, the elevation gain really kicks in. The first mile of the trail is down hill so dont forget that you have a short hike back up to your car(up hill both ways!). The first Chicago lake has no defined trail but there are plenty of paths to get down there. The yellows, greens, and blues really make this lake stand out. The hike to the upper lake is all gain. There are a few spots of loose dirt which make it slow going but the climb is about 500ft in less than a mile to the top lake. Once you're up there, it all pays off. We had an amazing blue sky day with some gusts of wind rolling through to cool us off. Mount Evans sits behind the lake and offers amazing mountain views and a great place to relax. With the side routes to the lower lake and walking around, the total trip was roughly 11 miles but the trail itself is about 9 miles as it is listed here.

Beautiful hike!

Awesome

Beautiful and a perfect distance. Amazing views

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, fairly easy trail.

Really pleasant hike with several loops. Not too hard, not too easy!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Saturday September 15th. The colors are at or near Peak. Beautiful! The Aspens run just over 1 mile. Lots and lots of color... I've posted a few pictures.

When you reach your destination, enjoy the very old Bristlecone Pines.

hiking
1 month ago

went yesterday and the leaves are just about done falling off the aspens. Today will likely be the last day the hike will be good to see the aspens. low bush foliage is very pretty at the end in the bowl.

One of my favorites .... not sure why, it doesn’t have lots of vista views but it’s a good steady work out and yet flat and easy just when you need it. The many different types of foliage is pretty awesome esp when aspens are turning.

great fall hike with beautiful Aspen groves throughout much of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful hike! It is at the base of Mt. Evans 14er, so you get great views of the peaks around you as well as three lakes! At the top you get a great view down the valley; definitely worth the climb. We arrived at the trailhead around 7:30AM and got great parking, and only started seeing others towards the end heading back to our car. Definitely recommend this hike, it is one of my favorites in Colorado!

hiking
2 months ago

This is my favorite hike in Colorado. I typically only see one or two people/groups after you’ve made it up to the upper Chicago lake. But everyone you run into along the way is always very friendly & respectful. Echo lake itself gets VERY congested but most people remain there & don’t venture off to the Chicago lakes.
I went up yesterday & while hiking around the lower Chicago lake I noticed an abandoned campsite. It had been totally thrashed by time & weather. Just some bits of tent, garbage and boots... It was very odd. I thought it was worth making an account here to mention it. Never seen anything like that before on this hike.

Nice steady incline up. My kids 9 and 12 were not impressed. They thought it was boring with not t much to see since you were in the shade. The views at the top are beautiful but at that point my kids were done and wanted to head back

2 months ago

Not the most scenic vista's but I love the trees and flowers on this one. Not many people on this one. Probably my most hiked trail over the years.

backpacking
2 months ago

If you prepare (mentally +/or physically) for the difficulty of the mileage + elevation gain, this is an incredible route. I did this as an overnight solo backpacking trip (I’d estimate my pack to have been about 40lbs — I overpacked as a “just in case” for it being a solo trip) + it was one of my favorite trips to date.
I went up Beartracks Trail & down Beaver Meadows Trail, which made for a strenuous 5.5ish mile day up 2,500ft & an admittedly painful 6.5ish mile day back down 2,500ft. My feet hated me by the end, but it was 110% worth it! There weren’t a ton of people past the first/last 1.5-2 miles of the loop, which made for a very nice + reflective hike. If you can swing it, you HAVE to stop by Beartracks Lake. Honestly, this is what truly makes the trail + the mileage worth it. I spent the night here, and it was incredible. There were two other groups, but I didn’t feel crowded there in the slightest. We saw 4-5 moose along the shoreline, the view of the stars after sundown was breathtaking, and the lake itself is absolutely beautiful.
10/10, would recommend this route (when it opens again — it’s closed for hunting after Labor Day). Do it as an aggressive day hike, or take your time + stay a night or two. As long as you’re prepared for a hurting body, you’ll be fine. It’s worth it, without a doubt. You WON’T regret it.

Awesome hike. It goes downhill at first, which stinks for the hike back, but the lakes, views and colors are amazing. We went up to the second lake which made the hike closer to 10 miles

Awesome trail. There and back with a few side trails to diversify. They call the trail 'primitive' as there are some overgrown spots and steep trackside drop offs. We took the main trail out and hit Chave and Gaskill side trails on the way back. Clocked in about 21 miles and 8 miles at a brisk hike rate with a few snack stops.

on Beaver Brook Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Varied terrain and deep enough in the canyons to block the traffic noise and visual pollution.

hiking
2 months ago

Drove up from TX two days before this hike with my dog. Got to the trailhead midday on a Sunday and made it to the lake early evening. Had the lake to ourselves and had a wonderful night, a bit cold since you camp at over 11,000ft. Took our time in the morning and made it back to camp around 12. Saw 1 person the entire hike, but when we first got there Sunday afternoon the parking lot was packed. Weekdays are definitely the time to go!

The first day's elevation gain was intense but doable (even coming from sea level). Beautiful hike with a variety of views. The second day we pretty much descended the whole time so it was pretty easy. Awesome, laid back weekend hike with plenty of available water!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Low traffic. Some campsites near the trailhead and along the Deer Creek stream. It's challenging, but not stair stepping the whole way. Trail running was difficult, though certain sections were great for it. If you're looking for an even bigger challenge, you can hike Rosalie Peak (13575 ft) from the saddle by heading west along the ridge. Adds another 1500+ vertical. It's steep, but not technically hard and it's a fantastic view from the top.

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