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Great views, short hike at high altitude.
You can see there how water flows east or west.
I highly recomend it, as well as the way to it through Boreas Pass.

hiking
4 days ago

Hike was nice and easy. only 4 miles out and back if you park at the divide.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Very Awesome Views.

Beautiful hike all along the way. It is short, but expect to get a little winded during the mile long ascent. Very worthwhile. Even the drive to the trailhead alone is a worthwhile trip.

Five stars just because we saw a moose, actually two moose!!

Very nice hike! We went around 9am and it was cool at the start, but warmed up nicely. Lots of wildflowers and I also got video of hummingbirds and prairie dogs. The view from the fork in the trail of the mountains with some snow, and valley below was just beautiful!

walking
9 days ago

Very nice easy trail with some moderate climbs. When you get to the tower at the end of the main trail, to go up to the ridge you cross the meadow. Definitely worth the climb; spectacular views

Quite a surprise, fields of flowers, multiple brand new bridges, awesome views. Everywhere there was trickling water their was tons of flowers. We made it through all but the last 1/3 mile when a hail storm chased us out.

hiking
9 days ago

I made the entire loop today with my mother and my dog. I would also suggest turning left first since that will allow you to go downhill at the most steep part of the trail. The initial incline is steep but it gets less intense after you go around the first corner. There is a beautiful view of Montgomery Reservoir on the left, mountains to the front and a valley below. I've seen deer in the valley on a prior hike. The thing I love most about this hike is the 360 view of the area if you go to the very top of the mountain. There are some very steep parts to this trail and the air is thin but it is worth the hike.

hiking
9 days ago

This is an excellent little hike with great payoff. A few notes:
-there's plenty of parking at the Hoosier Pass summit, but if you're having trouble finding a spot, passenger cars can continue a tenth of a mile or so up the jeep road and park at one of the dispersed camping areas
-we completed this as a counterclockwise loop, which I would recommend. If you choose to do so, there's a steep trail directly to the right shortly after the Jeep road splits off to Crystal Lake. You'll see the single track up the hill. It's a steep incline at first, but becomes more manageable soon.
-returning via the Jeep road (continuing counterclockwise on the loop) is good on the knees because it's less of a grade
-there are plenty of options to continue the hike once you get to the top (some mine ruins, other trails, Crystal Lake, etc.)
Enjoy!

Fun little hike with my parents. Trail was well maintained jeep-type road on the way up, and single track on the way down. Be sure to go past the rock stacks to get to the single track just over the high point. Beautiful views of the surrounding peaks and the Dillon reservoir.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice easy morning walk to a set of lakes. Ideal first hike for us flat landers. Our group was age 59-24. Trail is a 4x4 road. Great for families. 8:30a- 11:30a round trip at a leisurely pace. Fished an hour. Nice views. Had the trail to ourselves on the way in. We’ll do this one again I’m sure.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike was simply the best hike we did all week. The view is STUNNING! A 360 degree view of gorgeous mountains as well as valley views of Leadville and Fairplay. Had the whole mountain to ourselves on a weekday, which was a nice reward for driving 11 miles down a bumpy gravel road in a rental car that didn’t handle the bumps well. Trail was not difficult to traverse for the most part. Well worth the effort.

hiking
18 days ago

This was a wonderful little hike for the whole family. We started out just before sunset and enjoyed stunning views all the way up. By the time we made it to the lake we decided to go ahead and hike up the trail to the ridge. This hike should be much shorter, but if you want some stunning views feel free to follow our trail up. It’s worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

We looped Horseshoe in with our hike of Mt. Sherman, Sheridan, and Peerless Mountain, and I'm glad we did. Good place to watch the line of ants summiting Sherman!

Finding the trail is very simple and had great views. The family (wife, MIL, 6mo old strapped to dad) loved it and felt it was a good hike to get acclimated to Colorado.

A couple things to note, as you walk up when the trail splits it has a natural curve to make you want to go left. This is actually walking the trail backwards and shouldn’t be an issue. Just plan for that when looking at the elevation. We found the trail easier this way as we took the steepest grade downhill.

The other thing is the trail (if walked backwards) goes from a well defined road to a less defined two lane atv looking trail that leads down to a small lake you can dip your feet in to.

Anyways would recommend this trail.

on Horseshoe Mountain

26 days ago

Beautiful views. Unfortunately didn’t get to drive to the end of the road, two snow drifts were blocking the road at the first bend. Will definitely return later in the year.

hiking
29 days ago

My recording only started from the top where we turned around, so double the distance to get total mileage. The hike was amazing. Short and quick, you can go up as far as you’d like. The further you go, the better the view of the mountain range that includes Quandary. Amazing panoramic views from up near top of the ridge. Definitely recommend it if looking for a shorter hike with great picture opportunities.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike. Started on the Jeep trail and returned via the summit to finish the loop. Downhill return very steep at times, especially the last 100 yards to the Jeep trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice easy, short hike. You could go much further up the Hoosier Ridge than we did if you wanted to. Park at Hoosier Pass and cross the highway heading east up what appears to be an old service road. It does wind up ending at some communication towers of some kind. Just after the first set of towers, we broke off the road and started going cross country up towards another type of relay tower that looks like a small billboard. Then we just kept walking until we had an unobstructed view to the west. The view is awesome for hiking such a short distance. In my opinion, this is best hiked in the morning thru afternoon for photo opps. You have Quandary, North Star, Lincoln, Bross and clear down to Mt. Sherman in full view, along with lots of other 13er's. The walking cross country above tree line is super nice and easy. Then just pick a route back down to the road and head back to the pass. Just avoid the low growing willow shrubs, as they are a pain to walk thru. So only a couple miles or so, but you could morph this into a much longer day hike. Beautiful up here!! After spending several days hiking on the west side of the pass, it was nice to hike up to this open space and have a look back. Looking for an easy one with an unreal view and don't have a lot of time, this is it!!

My wife and I just did this hike today, 6/8/18. I see several posts about the Crystal Lake loop which we decided to return on. Our hike started at Hoosier Pass like the others, and followed the old mine road all the way to what I think is a part of the Ling Mine on North Star Mountain's south slope. The Mine is just under 13,000' in elevation. The road is in immaculate shape for a high country road. You could drive up to the saddle that drops off the back side to Crystal lake easily with a 4 x 4. From that saddle, you continue on to the west and go thru the old gate there and bear right going up. This road will take you all the way to the mine. The views the whole way are unreal. 99% of this trail is above treeline, that's why. The view west is up the Middle Fork of the South Platte River. Mt. Bross, Lincoln, and Democrat can all be seen at the same time for a good portion of the hike. Along with lots of other 13 er's. Looking NE at some spots, you can see Grays and Torrey's also. On the way back we dropped down the steep pitch towards Crystal Lake. Then took the road from that trail jct. back to the pass where we parked. There are lots of old mine ruins along here, and down by the lake as well. The stretch from Crystal Lake back was still wet and snowy in lots of places. The road on the south side that we went up, had only one place to navigate thru a snow field. The rest was bone dry and easy walking. Nice hike and an easy 3 miles one way.

hiking
1 month ago

Start of trail was still blocked by a snow bank so had to hike up. Awesome views, didn't see a single person.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a nice hike. Definitely not difficult though. We continued up the mountain past the end of Bakers trail. Didn't see any wildlife and was mostly trees to look at. No major clearing or summit to stop at. But overall a nice medium to easy hike which was good because we were short on time.

14er views without the crowd!!

Walked the trail toward the false summit. We turned back before the ridge line that leads to the actual summit because we didn’t have floatation and the trail was covered by snow at a very steep section heading down the south slope. It was really fun hiking.

Great hike today. I used my snowshoes most of the way except for summiting the mountain. A few people only had sneakers and they postholed most of the way. Really slushy snow, with a 3-4 foot base in most areas. Great views at the top.

walking
8 months ago

Definitely not a "Hard Trail" we did it in reverse starting at Bakers Tank . Nice forest walk took about a little over two hours very enjoyable and a good 1st hike having just arrived acclimatising to the altitude Our GPS measured it as 5.8 mile round trip

9 months ago

Mainly in the forest, with lots of wildlife.

hiking
9 months ago

We took the advice from Tom Moore a few reviews ago. Agreed, hike really isn't a "hard" hike. We took the forest trail up through the woods all the way to Bakers Tank, then returned down Boreas Pass. The road isn't very exciting (and was a bit dusty when we went) but the views were spectacular! It took us much longer to get down because we were stopping to taking photos everywhere. If you get lucky and the aspens are changing, the road hike is quite stunning.

9 months ago

A little steep at first but a nice hike to the Baker Tank

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