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This was a lovely hike on a sunny, brisk day. I normally don't enjoy hiking up roads, but there was a lot to see in the first 3/4 mile - climbers, dam, creek...The turnoff on the single track trail was lovely and different rock out croppings provided awesome views of the reservoir. Easy afternoon hike. For more details and photos. https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/03/19/road-trip-to-the-rockies-button-rock-preserve/

Hiked early in the morning. Decided to go out and back on Sleepy Lion trail instead of taking the loop back which would have just followed the road. We also took Professor's Ranch trail which takes you to the top of the Dam instead of going to the bottom where the water outflow is. You will see the sign as you wind down near the Dam. Great hike with views of Long's Peak and the Res.

Hiked with family of 4. Great loop and views.

If you can end up at the reservoir around dusk this hike is magic.

This was an excellent hike. Took my 15 year old along, and she really got into the views. Most of the hike was only borderline "moderate", but as you approach the top there are a few sections that approach vertical. Made for a terrific day hike, and gave my boyfriend the urge to do a lot more of that.

Fun trail. Felt like it should be rated a little more closely to easy than moderate, but the ice today (3/4) made it a little more challenging on the non groomed road parts. a great hike to take friends who might be from out of state (flatlanders) without overexerting them but showing them the beautiful side of Colorado.

17 days ago

March 3 hike was beautiful, but the last stretch towards Lower Mohawk Lake was a little too sketchy for me. Not much hard pack there. I regretfully had to turn around just after the cabin before the top, because there was nobody else around, didn’t seem very safe. Otherwise almost the entire trail and Spruce Creek Road are both super easy in boots without snowshoes. Highly recommend poles, got icy in parts especially on the way back in late afternoon.

Great scenery! Creek, dam, and mountain views. About 1-2" of snow covered the trail on our hike today. Some areas of ice and snow slush. I used spikes but my wife and friend did not. Very doable even at this time year. Will def be back during the warmer season.

Great hike with amazing views of the twin peaks. The sleepy lion trail is actually off leash dog friendly! the dogs had a wonderful time romping around in the mountains. quick hike with amazing views. will definitely do more often

1 month ago

My daughter and I loved this trail, it was well kept, beautiful scenery and somewhat of a challenge for us since we don't hike often. We will be back soon!

Good, fairly easy hike. Some pretty views, but the 1st half of the hike is along a dirt road.

Really I want to give this hike a 3.5. The views are great and it’s a manageable hike for all levels BUT you are on a dirt road for good portion of the hike which is not really my jam.

Great hike for the Family and dog. And the Dogs can be off the leash for a bit.!!

2 months ago

Wind was killer today. Trail was in great shape. A couple of icy patches in the shade otherwise all dry.

Incredible views from all directions. Trail was dry; no extra traction needed.

Great hike even though we started a little late in the afternoon. The area of the hike seemed very mild compared with the surrounding area, which was great on a January afternoon.

We saw moose! Unbelievably beautiful and memorable trail.

Great hike. Easy to follow trail up until it starts becoming steep going to the first lake. I did the climb following animal tracks. Really cold and windy but it's so beautiful and quiet at the top.

wonderful weather and still lots of green for December

First half of the trail, if you go clockwise, is amazing. Really pretty views and dogs are allowed off-leash. Really enjoyed it! The second half you are just walking on a frontage road along a creek with not much to look at. Still a great hike, though.

3 months ago

Great Hike. Light snow on the ground, plenty of Ivey patches where water runs over trail. Snowshoes needed above Wilderness Boundary

It was a gorgeous day today hiking in short sleeves in December. My dog loved the off-leash areas. It was steep in a few places, but hey, I am 60 and not as fast as I used to be. Great local hike for all abilities.

3 months ago

Really nice hike with the pups and saw folks with different abilities manage well. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. There was lots of traffic in the afternoon and the lot was full. This was a very well managed trail with lots of great views to offer. It's been unseasonably warm so there wasn't any snow or ice to worry about to get to the trail.

The views were soo amazing today, will definitely do this hike again!

Really nice trail that meanders along with a steam. Definitely an easy trail with very little elevation gain. Lots of places to stop along the stream for a little snack. Had to turn back before we saw the waterfall, though. Can start at peaceful valley campground or drive further up to dick campground.

3 months ago

Great hike - beautiful views and lakes
Sept 2017

This had everything we were looking for. Some rough terrain but mostly open hiking. Our dog loved it too! Amazing views❤️.

4 months ago

Definitely harder than expected. Our first “mountain” hike, and got pretty winded on the way up. Got to Lower Mohawk at 4pm and snowy clouds started to roll in and the sun started to set behind the peak, which meant slippery and cold conditions for the decent if we didn’t leave after the lower lake.
Next time we go we will be leaving earlier in the day and pace ourselves more to make it to the upper Lake! It was 6.8 miles to and from the lower Lake.
Definitely worth the hike for the views though!

4 months ago

With the altitude change the hike started to feel harder but well worth it. Amazing mountain views, lakes, and waterfalls. My pup loved it too! Breathtakingly beautiful!
(A lot of people hike this, we kept passing a lot of people)

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