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J P
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Hiking

Fun trail - the first part is pretty steep but then it smooths out into a tough but nice trail with amazing views. Arrived at 8am on a Saturday and the upper parking lot was pretty much full but the lower lot had plenty of space. Crowded with people double parking by the time we were down at 11

Miranda Swift
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Texanna Coleman
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Hiking

Hiked 7/12. Saw lots of families on the hike today, so it’s good for all skill levels. It’s a very narrow, easy to follow path all the way to summit, but the hike got busy at times and was difficult to maintain distance from others. Biggest con: no parking lot and having to park on the side of Squaw Pass Road, which was really busy. Overall, great hike with amazing views that’s easily accessible from Denver.

Ariel Strickland
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Hiking

Very crowded. No social distancing. Most people were not wearing masks. very limited parking. A lot of trash and forgotten poopie bags. otherwise it's a beautiful hike.

Angie H
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HikingRockyScramble

This is an absolutely beautiful trail with great views the entire way. The first two miles there were a few Jeeps and ATVs (and some absolutely bananas camping spots) but nothing that was an issue, we always felt like we could hear and see them coming and had plenty of room to move out of their way. Last segment of the trail has a bit of a scramble at the end but nothing too crazy either. You are rewarded with a beautiful turquoise lake and some awesome level little spots to take a rest and eat! We clocked ~8 miles there and back for this trail. River crossings on July 12 2020 were all pretty manageable, didn’t need to remove our shoes and could get across on rocks/side trails for each one, but still a good idea to bring extra socks :)

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paul komyatte
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Hordes of people. Almost no one wearing face coverings and even fewer making any effort to distance.

Andrea Arguello-Abramson
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Hiking

I went around 7:30am and it wasn’t too crowded. The majority of the people were wearing masks but on the way down, I noticed the later crowd had less people with masks on. Probably shaded half the time. The very top of the mountain there are rocks you can climb.

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Kevin Oster
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The hike up to lower crystal lake is great but I wouldn’t recommend going to the upper lake. There’s a huge switchback that takes a long time to climb to get up to the upper lake and the trail itself isn’t great. Just stop at the lower and head back down.

Courtney Keene
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Hiking

Great trail with great views! Gets pretty crowded. Left at 9:30 and there were a ton of cars

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Lexi Vance
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Hiking

Hiked early for the sunrise which was stunning! There were 2 other groups hiking at this time. Great short hike with incredible views!

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Kelson White
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HikingRocky

Not a bad hike, however, it was very rocky. Only gripes I had was 1) Not many people wore face masks, the trail gets pretty narrow in places and 2) People don't pick up after their dogs.

Allison M.
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes - I like the variety of the landscape and you feel like you are much higher up than you are.

Carolyn Condreay
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Hiking

Beautiful. Lots of Jeep traffic after noon, started early and saw very few folks before then.

Keith Dorris
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HikingRocky

Hike was great and upper and lower Mohawk Lakes were amazing!!! Drove up the road as far as we dared (made it to Crystal Lake Road before the rocks got too big for my RAV4) and hit the trail at 6 a.m.; pretty much had the upper lake to ourselves (maybe 8 other hikers) along with a group of mountain goats. The hike back was quite crowded (for good reason). A challenging hike but well worth it!!!

Lauren Levenson
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HikingRocky

Nice steady incline with beautiful views at the top and fun rocks to climb to see some amazing mountains! Pretty high traffic on this trail. You have to park along the street for this trail, and the trail head comes off of the main road. Very nice trail.

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Denise G
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Hiking

I would recommend boots with ankle support. The elevation gain is indeed the entire way up, but the way back down is as easy as can be. Genuinely wish that we could rate the fellow persons on the trail like in that crappy episode of Black mirror. If you’re going to be outdoors, please brush up on your hiker etiquette. Clean up after yourself and don’t leave your trash on the trail or your dogs used poo bags. If you’re a runner don’t go plowing through people coming down the one person wide trail (whom also have the right way) And for the love of all that is holy — bring a face mask and be respectful of those around you.

V B
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Hiking

Awesome hike!! Very busy though.

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Josh Califf
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Ryan Passow
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Hiking

Beautiful and narrow with a waterfall and not very crowded but lots of bugs in July.

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Todd Sudduth
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Hiking

6 stars out of 5. But crowded and parking on dirt road shoulder is a challenge for our vehicle. One of the prettiest hikes you can go on.

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Christina Aguirre
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

My first 13er. :) Nice and challenging hike but doable. Got to the trailhead at 6 am and the lot was almost full. The first mile up to the split is the steepest for sure. I hiked Sniktau and there are some serious patches of scree and rocks along the trail, so definitely mind your footing and take poles. Views from the top were great!!

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Doug Seamands
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Hiking

Trail is still closed to OHV traffic

Philip Cox
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beautiful lake with a few waterfalls. took my dual sport but ended up just hiking it after the first rock climb.

Jay Massie
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OHV/Off Road Driving

OHV trail (CR803) is open to traffic as of 7/11. Drove up to the lower lake and parked with a few other vehicles. The trail is in good shape, narrow at top and will absolutely scrape some paint. Hiked almost to upper Crystal Lake. There's still some snow on the upper trail but did see a few folks make it through.

Karen Scrabeck
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HikingGreat!

A fantastic hike up to the upper lake with lots of wild flowers to enjoy along the way. There are still 3 short snow areas to cross after leaving lower lake but easy to maneuver with hiking boots. Parking lot was filling up this morning at 8:30 but majority of hikers were heading to Mohawk Lake. Only saw 5 folks on the way up to lower lake, 2 individuals above upper lake but on the return trip lower lake had at least 15 folks enjoying the shores. Again, a great hike!

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