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Just did this trial at the end of September with amazing weather and views.
Keep an eye out to the left once you reach Andrews creek campground to stay on the trail. I lost the trail here for a bit but following the creek up was able to reach the trail again.
The trail was a bit more strenuous than I thought it would be once reaching the rock field. There’s plenty of cairns up to help mark the way but you could still easily wonder off trail if you’re not looking.
Once you come up over the tarn the view of the glacier and pond are absolutely amazing as well as looking back down into the valley. There was a very noticeable increase in wind as well right as you come over the tarn so be ready for another layer if needed.
Highly recommend this route for the more adventurous hikers out there!

The aspens are beautiful and we caught the meadow in beautiful late afternoon light. Not too many people on the trail, especially once we got to the loop. Not too difficult and a quick drive from Denver.

Did this and chief mountain together. Loved chief. Fire tower and views from squaw are great. Hate that there’s a firing range halfway up the road to the tower. Why ruin peaceful nature?

Great family hike with kids and dog. Trailhead a little hard to find just past Echo mountain ski area. Nice and easy. Fun scramble up the rocks at the top. Amazing 360 views especially of Evans and Bierstadt to the west. 50 minutes up. Hung out 10 minutes. Back down to Old Squaw Path then up the dirt road to Squaw’s peak at the fire tower — a must see — and back down to co-103 in just under 2.5 hours. All great except for firing range just off squaw road about halfway up. Way to ruin peaceful nature.

+Scenic

-I dont know if I managed to miss all the obstacles, but I would rate this trail easy

-i wouldn't go unless you are in an ATV, so many of them already. I was worried about hitting them as they flew around corner.

- there are better trails close by

We parked at the sign and hiked up instead of off-roading. Beautiful views, and I would love to continue on to the upper lakes next time!

This was a great hike. Definitely ignore the parking on Guanella Pass and drive all the way to the top parking lot. We got there at 9:00 on a Saturday and there were still spots left. The hike took about 2.5 hours down and back. By the time we left, the area was PACKED. Start early.

Nice, easy hike. Nice leaves but fairly boring otherwise.

OK, let me start by stating that my wife and I are in our 60’s. We accomplished the hike.

But this is not an “easy” hike for people our age....unless you do “a lot” of hiking. The elevation at the trailhead is around 10,500 feet!

It is a steady climb of 1.5 miles. The top has some fantastic views, but again, the altitude at the top is 11,700 feet!

If you come from anywhere near sea level, I would hesitate doing this until you get acclimated to the altitude.

But from a standpoint of views, it rates a 10!

The drive up there was beautiful with all the fall colors (September20th). Parking was no problem even at 9am.

Enjoy!

It was a nice little hike definitely easy with beautiful pine trees everywhere.

Incredible hike with the family. Consistent incline but not particularly difficult. The hike through the trees opens up to an incredible 360 degree view at the top.
Highly recommend this trail!

Close to the city. Short distance.

pretty quick hike but pretty steep. if you’re short on time, give it a go. i will say, this is a perfect rattlesnake habitat. tons of shrubs

great hike, good views. on a surface road for most of it, but the top is amazing.

amazing views of the flatlands and mountains. gorgeous hike for so close to Denver. loved the history!

climbed it 3x. love the elevation gain, great for training. it feels like it's straight up and you get a nice ridge line in the middle and wonderful views at the top.

Went Friday 9.14, arriving late morning. Traffic and parking was a zoo, first 20 minutes were the selfie-stick and flip flops crowd, but then it thinned out. Worth the crowds as Aspen at peak. Would rate this trail Easy+. Perhaps rated Moderate due to the 10,000’ elevation start, but very little gain.

hiking
7 days ago

Very popular trail and for good reason - the aspens steal the show. Not a hard trail. Great for all levels. Start early. The crowds take away the peacefulness of the mountains- that’s the downside - but we all want to enjoy.

hiking
7 days ago

Important- Bathrooms are closed due to high maintenance costs. Other than that- beautiful Aspen colors but pretty crowded!

Fun hike! between mile markers 18 & 19 off squaw pass road. Beautiful views at top!

hiking
7 days ago

Great foliage and great hike with kids. VERY CROWDED.

Amazing hike and just the right amount of distance to keep the rest of the day open for more adventures!
Got to the upper lot around 630am and there were about 4 other cars there from folks backpacking and also starting early. The first quarter of the drive from the lower to upper lots is the worst of the entire part but it is nothing compared to how bad Grays and Torreys road is. Just take it slow on the bad parts. Even though the lower lots were jammed up, there were a few spots at the top when we finished around 10am.
Great colors with the fall foliage change on the bushes as well as the trees. Silver Dollar Lake(middle lake) was amazing and Murray Lake was about 300ft of elevation gain from there. Dont skip the third lake! There is a rock formation on one side that can be hiked from the backside which will give you a great topside view of the landscape.
As most hiking at this time, start as early as you can! The next few weeks will be jam packed with folks looking at the changing trees. This trail would be incredible with a little snow on the ground.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful views for a not-so-difficult hike! It gets a little steep so I'd say be careful bringing visitors here if they're not acclimated to the altitude. Pair this with Squaw Mountain for about 7 miles.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful, somewhat easy trail that provides you with great mountain views. If you're up for a longer hike, connect this to Chief Mountain!

Beautiful, the Aspen's are peaking.

off road driving
7 days ago

Very easy trail, heavy foot traffic. A little bouncy, but good for any 4 wheel drive vehicle. We decided to hike to the upper lakes, and the views did not disappoint. This is a very good family outing!

The historical ruins are very cool! Took a visiting family member from out of state and it seemed like a good fit for her while still adjusting to the altitude. Pretty crowded with lots of familes and dogs. No amazing vistas, but some decent overlooks and views to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It's nice how all the little side trails connect so you can add or minus mileage as you like. Found the historical information and ruins to be the coolest part of the day.

Easy Hike, park on the side of the road. Hike has many exposed area and some shady areas. wear sunscreen. Summit is amazing. No bathrooms anywhere on this trail, plenty of nature

backpacking
8 days ago

Unique trip! My fiancé, dog, and I backpacked to the open space near the summit and camped there. We hiked through the night and arrived around 12 AM. Finished the remaining mile in the morning before heading back down. Definitely worth spending a few hours up top exploring all of the boulders. Bring water, the stream is only available for the first 2 miles or so.

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

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