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    Joe Kriz saved Lakes of the Clouds

    29 days ago

    Joe Kriz saved Lonesome Lake Trail

    29 days ago

    Joe Kriz saved Willow Lakes Trail

    29 days ago

    Joe Kriz reviewed Gore Lake

    about 1 month ago

    Date: 9/22/18, 7:30am-1:30pm
    Conditions: Sunny, clear, temps 40-65F
    Parking:
    Adequate dirt, roadside parking at trailhead. More parking available up the hill. Watch for bicyclists coming down when leaving.
    Trail:
    While rated as hard, overall the trail is fairly moderate. There is a steep section at the start and a long climb to the lake, but the majority of the trail is a series of short climbs, downhills and flats. The trail carves through a variety of terrain, remaining mostly well-shaded throughout. Following Gore Creek, there are some small waterfalls and water access points along the route. Once you hit the marked graves of the Recen brothers, take a minute to fuel up and shed layers as the climb to the lake begins. The best views, aside from the lake, come from the open meadows on this final climb. Gore Lake itself is a breathtaking large green body at the feet of Snow Peak, Willow Peak, and Red Peak. There is a trail around the entire lake if you have energy remaining. As others have noted, this looks to be a great place to spend a few nights camping. I'll be back!
    PSA:
    Upon reaching the lake, I noticed an illegal campfire left burning and was forced to throw the large, smoldering logs into the water to put it out. Please abide by fire bans and Wilderness regulations posted at the trailhead.

    Joe Kriz completed Gore Lake

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Kriz saved Gibson Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Kriz saved Squaw Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved Forest Lakes Trail

    3 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved Chief Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved Missouri Lakes Trail

    3 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved Columbine Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Joe Kriz reviewed Independence Mountain Trail at Pence Park

    5 months ago

    I've hiked/run this trail a couple times now and it's quickly become one of my favorite after work hikes and places to catch a sunset.

    You're mostly in the woods the entire hike until the top, but the view is well worth it. Both times I had the view all to myself.

    If you're going to do the loop, I recommend going up the North route and coming down the South as the North is mostly loose dirt and fairly steep.

    Joe Kriz reviewed Molas Lake To Amimas River

    7 months ago

    The views from this trail are incredible! Hiked on 4/29/18 in mostly sunny weather with high winds. Was the only one on the trail for five hours. While Molas Lake itself was still frozen, the trail was 95% dry except for thick mud leading from the trailhead and patches of snow in shaded woody areas. The downhill views and Animas River are well worth the return climb.

    Joe Kriz completed Molas Lake To Animas River

    7 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved Bishop Castle

    7 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved Thomas Lakes Trail

    7 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved American Lakes Trail

    8 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved St. Mary's Falls Trail

    8 months ago

    Joe Kriz saved Eagle Lake Trail

    8 months ago

    Joe Kriz reviewed Lost Lake via Hessie Trail

    8 months ago

    Trail was snow packed, footing was good with microspikes. Probably could have gotten away with just boots, but the extra traction was nice on the uphill climb.

    Was an enjoyable hike; I’m sure it’s even better when the lake isn’t frozen.

    Parking is kind of sketchy, but no problem finding a spot.

    Joe Kriz completed Lost Lake via Hessie Trail

    8 months ago