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hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike. True to its name, we walked right past the falls, before realizing it was the destination.

Meadows, Aspens, cool rock formations. Not a bad hike, Its mostly down hill on the way there from the trailhead off of CR 74 so be ready to head back up on the return. Falls are becoming engulfed in ice so some cool icicles forming.

Its snowshoe season!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice short hike over packed snow. Watched a cow and calf moose wade the edge of the lake about 150 yds away while we ate some lunch.

The best in Colorado

off road driving
1 month ago

First half mile is the toughest, good scenery. Crystal Mountain Trail (at the end of Moody) is closed, but the Private Road back to Buckhorn gets you back without backtracking.

Awesome trail! Couple of inches of snow on the trail this morning! Time to start whipping out cross country skiis and snow shoes!

1 month ago

10-4-18 trail is blocked by a couple big trees that have fallen down. also right after the entrance somebody shot skeet and didnt bother to pick up at least 20 to 30 bright yellow shotgun shells. classy... :(

Beautiful hike!! It was long and got rough near the end, but the lake and cirque views are worth it!

Nice hike with a ton of side trails to explore if wanted.

It's been renamed the Granite Ridge Trail. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=36827

Closed to use in March 2017. Very easy hike. We miss it!

Molly Lake Trail was closed, so we went back to this one. Very nice and easy trail with some stream crossings.

Up to Cirque Meadows is very easy. The aspens are changed, making much of the path very colourful.
We were confused at first about the marked campsites which are farther up the trail past the meadow-the sites were nice, site 3 has a good view.
The rest of the way was tougher, and some places we lost the trail as it wound up the boulders.
The end views are breathtaking, and great photo opportunities. I plan on going again in June when the wildflowers are bloomed.

walking
2 months ago

A little crowed but a nice, easy walk or bike ride. The glacial till piled up out in the middle of the lake is pretty cool. Wish we could have taken our kayaks for a paddle but we hadn't brought them with us.

Beautiful scenery, very diverse (meadows, forest, open space above tree line with amazing views, stunning lake), trail well maintained. Would highly recommend and would do it again! One thing I would like to add is that the mileage seems a bit off. I measured about 8 miles out and back.

off road driving
2 months ago

it was fun until the road got to steep. I tried to do this in a can am 850 outlander but didn't make it to the end. ended up rolling the atv. it was still fun.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed a great hike with our dog today! Started the trail about 9:45am and didn’t see many others on our way up. It was super windy on the saddle so we didn’t commit to seeing the trail’s end point on the ridge but tucked into a rock cropping to snack and admire the views. Busier on our way down at noon - didn’t get to see any animals since there were many people, including some hunters, on the trail. Highly recommend this hike - it’s relatively steep on the way up but there’s great shade as you’re going thru the forest most of the way. Views for the last section are totally worth it!

on American Lakes Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked today and was impressed with the views...then we saw the moose on the trail. Incredible! Just hike up to Snow Lake...you won’t regret it. Maybe 15-20 people in the 10 miles we hiked.

hiking
2 months ago

Outstanding! Ideal for backpacking in to camp at the end of the trail before it gives way to trails to Thunder Pass and Snow Lake. Could hike to Thunder Pass one day and Snow Lake another, or crush them both in one day!

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning the whole way!

hiking
2 months ago

What a great hike! 6 Moose and some deer along the trail. Lots of wild flowers and enough of a distance and elevation gain for a good workout. The lakes at the top were amazing. Quite a few campers staying over night by the lakes. Trail is very rocky in several places, but easy to follow with so many different views from thick forest, open meadows to hill top scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice day hike with beautiful views. Since we are from the Midwest the elevation caught up to us a couple times but it was worth every second!

Beautiful trail but not we’ll sign posted. Wasn’t sure which gorgeous formation WAS Mt. Margaret!

Really enjoyed this trail. It was pretty easy going. We took our three dogs along and it wasn’t too difficult for them. They loved playing in the lake at the end. We did not hike up to snow lake or thunder pass. According to my Fitbit, the distance was closer to 8 Miles. Saw three moose on the way out of the parking lot. Would have been a great trail for backpacking.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail yesterday and it was absolutely stunning. The hike up to the Cirque is relatively flat and I think would be doable by most people. It is lined with aspens so would be really pretty if you catch them in turning season. The trail is very diverse-aspens, then pines, some meadows, lots of small lakes, streams, and some waterfalls, wildflowers, berries, mushrooms...it was nice and cool as well. Not crowded. The lakes surrounded by peaks and snow were beautiful blue. I think it was more like 11.4 miles, and I was shocked that it went by so easily, mostly cause a lot of it is mostly flat.

hiking
2 months ago

I consider this a get right hike. This hike has everything without being too physically demanding. It has good flat parts, good inclines, a beautiful halfway turnaround spot at the Cirque Meadows, a high alpine lake, aspens, rivers, wild flowers.

If you have been on some rough hikes this will be perfect difficulty to get you right. We started at 8:00, reached Emmaline by 10:10, and were done by 12:45. A dip in the lake was cold but surprisingly refreshing.

My new favorite hike! The first section starts off with a steady uphill, but it levels off with lots of switchbacks with views around every corner. We saw a bull moose resting under a tree and a baby moose snacking in the trees. We didn't see mama, but we know she was near. Michigan lake is absolutely stunning especially if you make the hike to Snow Lake. Snow Lake was pretty, but the view of Michigan Lake from there was breathtaking.

fishing
2 months ago

wonderful place. easy hike. watched the moose from on top of the hill play in the water.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails yet! It’s scenic but does have parts full of trees. Snow lake at the very top is gorgeous as well. Loved everything about this hike.

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