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hiking
13 hours ago

I absolutely loved this trail. Definitely do this hike FIRST. If you’re still up for it, do the Flat Iron Loop but dang, we did not expect such an uphill climb! Would highly recommend for immediate hikers looking for a challenge! The air is so thin but so awesome and the view can’t be beat.

hiking
13 hours 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.

hiking
13 hours ago

We hiked this trail straight off the plane (not the wisest move) from flatland on a sunny warm day, but thankfully there is a lot of shade along the trail. Every now and then we were unsure of which direction to go, so a little more signage would be good. But since the trail is well-traveled we were with the same groups of people most of the way up and down which was comforting when we were unsure. At least we were not alone if we took a wrong turn. Worth the work. Take plenty of water. Dusty and challenging.

excellent, challenging hike with amazing views. one of the best

off road driving
23 hours ago

+beautiful trails above the treeline
+more trails than what the app said
+beautiful lakes

-1 or 2 mildly challenging spots
-nearly all very rocky, but I imagine that comes with the altitude

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!

on Forest Lakes Trail

1 day ago

Loved this hike! Must go to the 2nd lake! Sooo worth it!

Loved it! Easy diverse terrain and beautiful views. Not crowded. Easy parking.

hiking
1 day ago

Be prepared for butt punishment on the way back up. WOW.

Okay, let's start from the beginning. As it says, it can be confusing, and I really thank Allison Meyers for her description of where to go. As you go on the dirt road, it will eventually come to a fork and you want to go UP the hill off to the left to get to the lot. Now my friend and I ended up parking below the lot, as we weren't so sure our car would like the slightly rocky and lumpy terrain. I saw a minivan get high centered right in front of my car! It is absolutely doable, but there are some spots that suck.

THE HIKE: Beautiful! Going down, you get shade and forest and meadows... it is single file hiking through forest or meadow, but it is so pretty. The homestead was great to see...there is an old stove or something and for some reason, a box spring mattress bottom. So confused how it got there!! But a good relic of the past. The rest of the way was pleasant and we almost stopped, however I recalled seeing that there was a river or water feature up ahead, so we soldiered on. The path has washed away and there are a few tricky areas. I had to slide on my butt on the way back... so steep!
The water area was gorgeous and as others have said, I heard the 2013 flood washed away the rest of the area. :( But the water was great to sit and take a breather.

STARTING BACK- we felt it was confusing to figure out how to get back to the path... thankfully, there was a wonderful woman who had put up blue flags (she told us it was her!) to let others know where to get back onto the main path was. If she wasn't there, we would've panicked just a bit. Thank you! Hopefully her tie bags stay on...it was helpful to know where to go to get back. You get disoriented with that many rocks and don't recall where you came from! Take note of where you came from!

THE HIKE BACK... this is the firepower. It is hard, IMO. Some sections are OK and others are butt burning up the hill, "I want to live here so I don't move again" type hills. Our dogs were getting tired. It really kicks it back up a notch from the homestead area back up towards the car. I felt so rewarded going back to the car, like we really worked hard! We had tired dogs and some had to get carried. LOL
This was tough to get back up the hills, especially in warm weather.

I'm toast. But that was a great hike for a late Sept day. There were enough people to feel comfortable that you weren't going to die in the woods alone, lol..but there were maybe 6 or 7 groups total...it isn't a Boulder Chatauqua type busy hike! I would do this again now that I know what we are getting into. :)

Great hike, a little crowded.

Hiked 9.22.18. Breathtaking panoramic vistas. Had the top of the mountain to myself while I ate lunch. Definitely a blood pumper on the steep switchbacks to get to the ridge line and a thigh burner on the way down. Be mindful of weather. While yesterday was clear and sunny, temps were high 40s or low 50s at top and wind was howling. Great trail for solitude.

there were some good views. once I got to the lake, that was the best. the trail itself felt more like walking along a 4x4 road. very busy and parking was scarce by 0700. for a quick easy 4 mile hike it wasnt bad but I won't do it again. many better trails in Indian Peaks to go back to.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful fall hike . Fairly peaceful . Easy to follow trail. Second lake made a great spot for our hammocks . Didn’t see any wildlife though

Beautiful hike!

Started hiking this around 1:30pm and the trail was almost all in the shade. Not the easiest hike but I’d do it again with some hiking poles.

Love this hike. It’s so close to town, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s not easy and definitely not the best for old dogs or little kids, but it’s fun to get a little more extreme with ledges and scrambles. **if you hike it in the winter, bring spikes! Without them the trail isn’t fun or safe.

This was a fabulous fall hike! Not a lot of color change in the trees but the willows in the alpine were a gorgeous orange and brown. It's not very strenuous but you still get a good work out in and decent elevation gain. Will be back!

Amazing hike with views of Boulder and, on a good day, Denver. It was difficult hike, but well worth it.

Beautiful and a perfect distance. Amazing views

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful, fairly easy trail.

Great hike!

hiking
3 days ago

This was my first 13er and I had the trail to myself on a weekday morning. It’s a steady climb with only a few rocky spots. Once you get around the side of Colorado Mines Peak, the wind really picks up. I had 25mph winds with a wind chill of 27 at 10AM. Some wonderful people built a couple of wind breaks at the top. Challenging with good valley views. I even saw it snowing around Bard Peak. On my way back, I climbed CMP too. 8 miles in 3h 45m.

Nice workout with awesome view!

Don't be fooled. This is an expert trail. Lot of. Boulder climbing and uneven surfaces. The pay off is incredible.

awesome trail. along ariver for most of it. great in winter too!

This was the first hike I’ve done in Colorado. Wanted to do something easier as I am trying to get used to the elevation. I personally loved the trail. Very shady, several places to stop and climb some rocks for some great views. We took it counterclockwise and went downhill most of the time which was nice. Well maintained and easy to find trail. The bottom is awesome as the trail goes right next to a little creek in which you can see some fish. Took us about 3 hours due to several stops and lunch. Traffic on the trail was not too bad. I’d recommend this trail.

Beautiful views but the entire time we were hiking we heard very loud gunshots from the adjoining private property which ruined any chance of a peaceful hike.

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