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fishing
19 hours ago

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

Hiked this on 7/21. Was very beautiful. Hiked up in the dark to get above lower Blue Lake for sunrise. It was amazing. Eventually got up to highest lake. Wildflowers not as profuse as wetter years but they were still great.

Other reviews capture this quintiessential Colorado hike. Majestic views, turquoise lake, rewarding hike.

This trail is gorggggg. We went during the week so didn’t have an issue with parking. I typically try not to repeat hikes since there are so many trails to be traveled in CO, but I’d totally do this again with visitors. It’s an easy hike and it’s beautiful the whole way to the lake. The lake itself was, as my visitor said, “the exact scene I wanted at the end of the trail.”

Great scenery. Easy route. Lots of people with lots of dogs. Very limited parking at trailhead, be prepared to start your hike from a remote parking lot.

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.

hiking
2 days ago

fun hike! we only made it as far as lower blue lake due to some issues with the altitude, but it was gorgeous nonetheless! the trail opens up to some beautiful meadows along the way and once you hit a space suitable for camping you have arrived at lower blue lake. would love to go back and make this a two day trip. the road out there is easy to maneuver and it definitely gets crowded pretty early. highly suggest this hike!

Absolutely stunning. Even though wild flowers had already peaked, this trail is breathtaking.

Can anyone tell me if you need a park pass for this trail? Will delete this after I possibly get a response :) thank you!!

We did this trail today. We loved it. Parked at String Lake parking lot and hiked to the trailhead. The Ferry may be a better option. Anyway we loved this hike. The last 2.7 miles past Cascade Canyon Fork is amazing with beautiful flowers everywhere! We saw a moose, 3 otters, and a very calm young bear. Getting to the lake is worth it. Beautiful!

so beautiful at the top. highly highly recommend. get there as early as possible for parking.

hiking
6 days ago

Couldn't have asked for a better hike today. The weather was beautiful, we had to park at the Brainard Lake Lot after getting there at 9am. It wasn't nearly as crowded as I had expected
Everyone we did come across was super nice and very quiet. If someone can tell me of a place that is this easy of a hike and even more beautiful please let me know. I'm not sure there is a place.

Strenuous but amazing hike with great panoramic views, especially at the top. First hour of switchbacks is the toughest part followed by a lovely walk through the Larch Valley. Take your time going up the final section and you’ll be rewarded with jaw dropping views at the top of the pass.

hiking
8 days ago

Very cool hike! We did the day hike to Lower, Middle, Upper Blue Lakes and to the Sneffels pass. I recommend camping at the trailhead for an early start. The lower lake is beautiful (it's better than the other two) but pretty full of campers. The best view is from near the middle lake looking down on the lower lake. The path can be hard to find going from lower to middle. The trail from upper lake to the pass was narrow and steep and did get boring, so you could definitely skip this and you wouldn't be missing out. The hike is quite steep in beginning sections, so it gets real old on the way back down (we saw two people who appeared to have twisted ankles from sliding or falling in these sections... both of whom were hiking in tevas, so do with that what you will).

Amazing reward for a hike that doesn’t take very long. Took about 2.5 hours to ascend at a brisk pace. 1.5 hours coming back. The views from the top are incredible.

on Lake Isabelle Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful BUT: The Lake is now drained. There's only little water left. no more waterfall, and compared to a month ago most of the wildflowers are now gone.
Still a nice walk/hike, would suggest going later in the day as it gets crowded in the morning.

shady, no mile markers, lots of pesky flies! lots of beautiful waterfall options. bring plenty of water, you'll need it.

Great little hike. Got there at 830 ish and had to park further away.

Beautiful stream and gorgeous lake

Did this hike with wife and kids (2 and 5), had hiking child carriers.

I’m honestly hesitant to give this a review because of how good it is. This is a hidden gem (from tourism) and perfect alternative to the emerald lake, dream lake, lily lake, etc. It’s also not only easy, but a great duration. I suggest an evening hike for the sunset at Lake Isabelle, absolutely incredible. Check weather though for any afternoon hikes, always.

hiking
11 days ago

Loved this hike. Saw three moose and then a black bear that came walking toward me on the trail. I just got off the trail and he wandered into the woods. I made it to the Lake in just over 3 hours, spent an hour up at the lake and 3 coming down with wildlife picture time. This hike is rated difficult, but I would rate it moderate because I live at altitude. I think a Difficult rating is accurate if you're coming from low altitude and not accustomed to frequent trail hikes. All in all, it was gorgeous and I recommend it!

Incredible hike, well worth the final push! The view of the valley is near unparalleled. Bring lots of water and be prepared for the attack of the black flies. Also, be prepared the smoke and haze will likely obscure some of your view in the late summer due to wildfires.

hiking
11 days ago

This trail was gorgeous but we went on a Wednesday and it was extremely busy. It was a pretty easy trail for an amazing view.

Absolutely stunning! We had to walk on a snow-covered ridge for about 20 minutes and I didn't have my hiking boots but regular trail shoes. The view above is breathtaking.

Ran with my two girls (11/9). We each carried a full hydro pack and brought a lifestraw along. We had plenty of fuel as well. The hike was amazing. We didn't hike to the top of the peak. We hiked to a lower one as I didn't feel safe enough with the last mile with my kids due to terrain.
The girls ran out of water at the peak and used the lifestraw on the way down. The waterfalls were amazing and so were the wildflowers! I would do this hike again in a heartbeat! It took us 5 hours to run/hike/enjoy this. I stopped and took a zillion photos and we spent about 20 minutes at the lake.

Beautiful hike.

hiking
13 days ago

We started on the Lake Solitude trail at 10. It’s quit an uphill the first part. Very beautiful scenery going up. Wildflowers were in full array
The trail was pretty crowded when we were heading down. We went at a moderate pace Went about a mile passed the 4.5 mile fork signage. It was 2.7 more from the sign to Lake Solitude. But my legs were shot from the uphills so we turned around then
Got back to the boat at 3:00.
The parking lot was jammed and there’s lots of construction

My daughters and I packed into the lakes, and saw only a few people. We had no bug issues and had only one other group at the lake. We caught a good number of natives in American Lake, on flies. We saw moose, elk, fox, and bald eagles, all around the lake.
Keep your dogs under control, not everyone loves your dog! Please don't camp right next to the trail, and clean up your trash.
I don't know why we have to even say these things.

hiking
13 days ago

Best hike in Colorado! Beautiful views and an easy hike without a lot of elevation gain

Gorgeous views.

Not hikers at all but my family of 6 did pretty well August 3. We got a little late start packing up our campsite so we got to Jenny lake at about 10 am and snagged one of the last parking spots. 1030 we were on the other side of Jenny lake starting up cascade canyon. The first half a mile up slope made me think we’d turn around at the end of the cascade canyon trail, but as the trail leveled off some and my youngest,(12 year old daughter) and I caught our breath hope returned of going farther. We were treated with a cow moose and calf keeping their eyes on a black bear munching on berries. Awesome! With that 20 minute or so break we made it to the fork in 2.5 hours. We decided to go on to lake solitude. Another 1.75 hours we arrived at lake solitude. Four of us including my daughter jumped into the water and discovered the lake was not fed by hot springs but glaciers that were still touching the lake. Stayed about 45 minutes. So glad we made the decision to go on. Got a little low on water on our 3 hour return to the boat (with a 20 minute bull moose stop) but dipped our bottles into the stream by a football bridge and risked some untreated water. No one sick yet four days later. Filter will be on my Christmas list! Got to the boat with 30 minutes to spare and were treated to another black bear eating berries right by the boat. About 8 hours round trip with a decent pace (where it was busier earlier in the day some avid hikers passed us and we passed others on a more leisurely pace). Id definitely recommend going the distance to lake solitude. Absolutely stunning views all the way up and what a treat when that lake with the rocky peninsula appears at the top.

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