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As of 10/16 the gate was closed before the fee station which adds about 5 miles RT to any hike you plan to do. The road has some snow/ice but also has large dry stretches. Once you get near the Mitchell Lake TH you will be on snow the whole time. The trail is packed down for most of the way. I brought microspikes and snowshoes. Never put the spikes on, but snowshoes were very helpful once I got about 1/4 mile below Blue Lake. Was glad to have gaiters and waterproof boots. Beautiful hike.

Incredible experience! Dress warm and wear shoes for winter conditions. $11 FEE. This hike is full of captivating views of towering mountains and frozen lakes. 4.9/5!

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Moderate to easy hike, Blue lake is gorgeous! Snow and ice on much of the trail now. Cold and windy at top, but worth the work.

Solid hike, not too hard and great views.

fishing
5 days ago

Hello twins ;)

Deep snow about 1 mile from the summit, would recommend snow shoes or waterproof boots. Otherwise great views and beautiful trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Really gorgeous hike. The last mile up there is already a decent amount of snow and at the top, close to 6 inches. Definitely wear waterproof hiking boots.

hiking
10 days ago

We did this hike Sunday October 7. The trail is definitely longer than advertised— the whole hike I recorded via this trailhead from the parking lot to the lake was 10.1 miles total. The trail spreads the elevation gain out well and is marked clearly throughout. We got some snow at the top but trail was clear

Loved this hike! A light dusting of snow, still air, and a blanket of clouds resting below the summit with immaculate views of Longs and Meeker.

This was a great hike!
I tried to reach little blue lake but I could not find the trail for the life of me. After about 1mile of pushing on towards little blue lake I gave up, my dog was not happy with all the small boulders and snow causing us to fall a lot.
Otherwise I would do it again in the spring when everything is green

This hike was incredible! Did it on 10/6. Road going up is a little wild, but not too terrible. Lots of snow at the top, still enough that you can walk on top. But I didn’t have hiking boots and my feet got pretty wet. Stunning stunning views!! You park at the Fourth of July trailhead.

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked the whole road, though most people opted to off-road in vehicles. Pretty and scenic; the waterfall at the lake was beautiful. It started snowing while I was there and the fall colors looked beautiful with it.

Hiked 10/6. Started 9:15am, summit by 11:55am. Nice switchbacks thru the Alpine’s with gorgeous views of Longs Peak above the clouds.

Great hike. Started a little late in the day around 2:30p. Made it to the summit by a little after 4p, and back to the car by 6. Loved the views, and the quietness of the forest contrasted with the fierce wind at the summit.

hiking
12 days ago

We did this hike today. Got to trailhead at 630 and got to Black Lake by 1000 am!! The parking lot was empty and hardly anyone on the trails. By the time we returned, there was high traffic on the trails and the parking lot was full.

The views the entire time was gorgeous! You pass by Alberta falls, Loch Lake, and several more smaller water before you get to the lake. The hike itself is more moderate then difficult. We made it difficult for ourselves when we lost the trail and climbed the side of the waterfall to get to black lake. Upon getting there, we realiZed there was a trail that we missed that we could have taken to avoid climbing the waterfall. The lake itself was gorgeous, surrounded by Mountains. The last mile was the toughest but did not involve any rock scrambling, just more inclined steps. Overall it was a good hike, wished it was more difficult though.

off road driving
14 days ago

Not sure why this is rated moderate. It's pretty easy for any 4x4. Did pretty much all of it in 2 wheel. Only need a little bit of clearance for the rocks. Great views, and only saw one other person on a Wednesday afternoon. 4/5

hiking
16 days ago

**Started from the the Rock Creek Trailhead and did a total roundtrip of 8.5 miles** From beginning this side of the trail it was uninteresting and disappointing. It offered no view other than your typical dense pine forest. Honestly felt like you could have been anywhere. There there are so many more interesting trails than this one coming from this side. Not sure why people say this trail is ranked as "hard". It is not technical and a super gradual incline.

Beautiful

Awesome views, not too many people, great hike

dogs are only allowed on leash for the first 3.1 miles, before the trail cruises into Rocky Mountain Wilderness Area, where pets are not allowed at all. I was really looking forward to this hike, and thus, pretty annoyed when I arrived to the very clearly marked trailhead. the stream along the trail was completely dry in late Sept, not that surprising, but still disappointing. & there was little to no foliage along the trail that i COULD do with my pup, which I was looking forward to, but that's not the trail or AllTrails' fault that there weren't many aspens along the route. I wish I'd planned my day currently.

Super fun with great views and awesome switchbacks. Pretty comfortable as well.

off road driving
22 days ago

Loch Lomond is a classic that's easy to get to. The trail is very bumpy but is easy. Once at the top the views are fantastic. Not a lot of Aspens but the bushes turn yellow and it's still very nice to look at haha. If you'd like to see a video of the run I have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oGcy1MWOvY

Have fun out there!

Absolutely amazing hike. Not crowded at all so it's great for enjoying the nature of it all. There are a few places where it gets tough but the views from the top are totally worth it. 100% would recommend this if you want to get away from the crowds at some of the other places in the park!

Completed this hike on Saturday 9/22. This may be one of the most beautiful hikes I have done. Not too bad of an elevation gain but certainly not easy at some points. Luckily, it was the perfect blue sky day with a little wind at the top to cool us off when we reached to top. The views at the lake are incredible and we could have spent all day there if we did not have somewhere else to be. Take a walk around the entire lake to gain a different perspective of just how amazing it is.
The parking lot was oddly packed, as in full at this trail head and almost all the road parking taken for lost lake around 630am. A lot of people were backpacking on this trail and also splitting off to diamond lake. I think as long as the weather stays good and the road open, plan on either starting early or do something later in the day.

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!

Great hike!

Bills! Buffalo beaver :’)

hiking
25 days ago

Worth the long climb up for the 360 panoramic views. RMNP at its very best.
Recommend doing on a day without winds as your are very high up and exposed. Parking was fine though we hiked midweek.

Great trail with lots of shade. The higher section was not to crowded even for a Saturday, there was more people near the bottom on our way back, but that was because it was in the 12 o'clock hour. I would rate this trail as a moderate not difficult. We went counterclockwise, and the climbing sections were nice and steady, but not crazy steep.

Easily one of my top hikes, if not the #1 hike in Colorado. Set off to just do 4 miles to the Fourth of July Mine and just couldn't stop. It's incredible how many photos I took because every time you turned a corner it got more and more beautiful - especially with those aspens showing off right now! Once I got to Lake Dorothy it was nearly 5pm and I wished that I had more time to explore. I will 100% be back. WOW!

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