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Beautiful hike!

Beautiful and a perfect distance. Amazing views

GORGEOUS. no one is after the glacier. great hike!

Good trail. Did this for my first backpacking trip and had a great time. Being from the Midwest, it took me some time to adjust to the altitude, which made the hike a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. The first 1.5 miles on the Salmon Lake trail is grueling, particularly after we had hiked close to 8 miles before (we did a portion of the Rock Creek trail in the morning). Found a few great campsites toward the top with views of distant peaks and closer ones. Great for the sunset and sunrise. We even had a moose walk through our campsite. The views at the top are breathtaking and well worth the hike.

There is a point about mile 5 where you are walking in a blown out area filled with dead and fallen trees. The trail remained very clear (had to climb over a few) but I would be wary of doing this section on a windy day for fear of falling trees.

In all, a great experience.

off road driving
6 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!

Such a beautiful and fun hike! So many water features on the way up and beautiful foliage. Love every mile!

What a beautiful hike! It is at the base of Mt. Evans 14er, so you get great views of the peaks around you as well as three lakes! At the top you get a great view down the valley; definitely worth the climb. We arrived at the trailhead around 7:30AM and got great parking, and only started seeing others towards the end heading back to our car. Definitely recommend this hike, it is one of my favorites in Colorado!

Great views in route and at summit. The trail presented is not accurate at 4wd road crossing. There are only wilderness signs on west side of road, no trail today. We took the 4wd road north to an established trail that goes west and merges to a summit trail. Another trail descends from simmit towards Alice. We explored that route and haf to tske with an unmarked and closed 4wd trail that goes east towards st marys and the illustrated trail. We eventually went off trail to go east and find the trail to st marys. The all trails presentation might be a snowshoe route or an older route before wilderness designation closed a trail.

off road driving
11 days ago

loch lamond lake! Nice trial! my first one..all ways easier on the way down..lol definitely a slow and bumpy trial! High clearance vehicle would help....Lake was gorgeous well worth the trip. 2014 Xterra stock BFGTK 02 TIRES

Beautiful terrain, very little foot traffic. I was the only one hiking this trail for the first couple hours this morning. I left St Mary’s trailhead at 7:15am and summited around 9:45. Beyond the St Mary’s trail it was tough to navigate the proper James Peak trail but there is a big dirt road that you can veer to the left and eventually find the smaller trail on the right for James Peak. Once on the trail, it was very well maintained and easy to navigate. I’ve lived in CO all my life and hiked lots of 14ers but I enjoyed this 13er the most!!! Beautiful and stunning views!!

hiking
12 days ago

This is my favorite hike in Colorado. I typically only see one or two people/groups after you’ve made it up to the upper Chicago lake. But everyone you run into along the way is always very friendly & respectful. Echo lake itself gets VERY congested but most people remain there & don’t venture off to the Chicago lakes.
I went up yesterday & while hiking around the lower Chicago lake I noticed an abandoned campsite. It had been totally thrashed by time & weather. Just some bits of tent, garbage and boots... It was very odd. I thought it was worth making an account here to mention it. Never seen anything like that before on this hike.

Awesome hike. It goes downhill at first, which stinks for the hike back, but the lakes, views and colors are amazing. We went up to the second lake which made the hike closer to 10 miles

hiking
19 days ago

Had a blast hiking up Navajo Peak! Left at 6am on Labor Day and only passed about 6 people until I got up to no name lake. From here the hike gets much tougher as you leave the trail and start scrambling up towards the airplane chute. Past this point I only saw one person and that wasn’t until I reached the top a couple hours later. All in all a really fun and challenging hike, and a great one for those wanting to avoid large weekend crowds.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Low traffic. Some campsites near the trailhead and along the Deer Creek stream. It's challenging, but not stair stepping the whole way. Trail running was difficult, though certain sections were great for it. If you're looking for an even bigger challenge, you can hike Rosalie Peak (13575 ft) from the saddle by heading west along the ridge. Adds another 1500+ vertical. It's steep, but not technically hard and it's a fantastic view from the top.

off road driving
20 days ago

Great trail, good for beginning off road drivers.

short easy trail for off roading. beautiful sites.

off road driving
22 days ago

This trail did not disappoint! The path to get there is pretty rocky but our '99 4Runner did it, no problem. I would not recommend this to any vehicle smaller than an suv (like a subaru crosstrek or anything).
Once you reach the lake, it's an incredible view with a couple paths to hike up.
I would definitely go again and would recommend 10/10 for a nice day trip.

This was my first experience backpacking and while the trail was challenging it was within reach for a 54-year-old first timer. Varied terrain, stream crossings, waterfalls, and gorgeous views. Spent the night by Salmon Lake, had a clear evening and the stars were amazing. We only passed and few hikers and felt like we had the mountain to ourselves. The forest service did an amazing job clearing down trees and as others have said, mosquitos were aggressive at sunset. What a great experience.

hiking
23 days ago

Love this hike, go to the second lake for stunning views. It’s not far past the first lake. Once you get out of the forest and past the private property the mountains are gorgeous. Parts of the trail are strenuous and you do have to climb towards the end of the hike when you’re a bit tired but on the whole a great experience. I was there on a weekday and only saw 6 others. The only downside is the mile on the gravel road on private property.

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail with moderate/ steady incline. Definitely try to get there early as the jeeps and other 4x4 vehicles start to take over the road. Great views and a very pretty lake at the top. Even a few wildflowers left today!

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail. Easy to navigate (in summer). The climb was grueling but we took lots of breaks. Only took 3 breaks going down, mostly due to blister issues. Saw two very large deer along the stream. Saw 4 other groups of people, but otherwise it’s empty. We only found a couple pieces of trash :)

The hike in was really just a 4x4 road, if you don't have a raised vehicle you will be walking along the road. I have a Subaru Crosstrek and it did not make it past the first rut. The lake was gorgeous but there were quite a few people up there but if you hike to the upper lakes it's well worth it, I was the only one up there. Lost a star because I don't enjoy hiking along with vehicles, not super secluded.

off road driving
26 days ago

Fun drive up a boulder strewn 2 track. Minus 1 star because its not exactly secluded. Lots of hikers and other drivers on a sunny August Saturday afternoon.

hiking
27 days ago

The hike: Great hiking once you get to the lake. We went up to Ohman lake and I highly recommend it. So much fun just exploring around

The drive: pretty bumpy road. The only tough spot is near the beginning and is quite the rut. Took me 3 tries to do it in my tacoma but after that it’s a pretty standard 4x4 road. Saw some people in a Ford Escape bottom out and almost didn’t make it. But! If you have the vehicle I recommend driving up there!

Pretty moderate hike. Start early to avoid crowds.

hiking
27 days ago

A good trail. Definitely lightly trafficked and I would say on the harder side. I was thankful for the app as the trail was sometimes hard to discern closer to the tree line. Once above the tree line, the views are amazing.

hiking
27 days ago

I thought it was such a great hike. Gorgeous throughout a great workout. Beautiful views. I’d recommend it to anyone.

backpacking
28 days ago

Challenging trail if carry a heavy backpack. Worth the effort. Make sure to go to the Upper Lake.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked James Peak this morning (8/26/2018) started around 6:30am from the St Mary’s glacier parking Lot. Had some 15ish mph winds in the face traversing through the upper glacier and onto the main trail, but it died down quickly. I managed to summit just before 9am and the wind was much kinder on the way down. Spent about 15-20 Mins at the summit, only a small group was there, but passed about a dozen more on their way up during my descent. I was back at my car at 10:50am. Round trip I hit 8.5 miles. It was a great hike with great views, you’ll see several lakes by the time you are done. I strongly recommend trekking poles and micro spikes for the glacier. I know some reviewers mentioned the lack of signage/hard to follow trail, which I somewhat agree with. I kept AllTrails’ map on for most of my hike which helped tremendously. Plenty of Cairns visible once you get to the switchbacks.

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