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Carolyn Vitale
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Saw the moose. Gave him/her plenty of space. Hiked early (by 730) to avoid parking issues. Trailhead is about 20 mi west of Idaho Spgs. Starts off with a climb then easier, ends with a climb. 7.5 miles total. Worth the work. It was a great day!

Brianne Steed
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Hiking

Got to base of road at 445 Saturday 7/12 and it was a zoo to even get to the trailhead. I’ve never seen so many people doing a 14er in my life! If a Tesla can make it up the road... your car can too! Road was super rough! Great easy to navigate trail.

Christina Sloan
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Hiking

Did someone loose their car key? It’s at the trailhead! Subaru key !

Kelly Adams
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful wildflowers!! I clocked in 8.5 miles on my watch so beware that it’s actually longer. I got there at around 7:15 on a Sunday and took one of the last main parking spots. Would recommend getting here before 8 so you aren’t parking on the road. This hike was definitely a challenge but by pacing and taking breaks, would classify it as a higher moderate. Lots of people on the trail but not a ridiculous amount. Bring a mask for passing people.

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Tamara Black
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Hiking

Great trail!! It definitely was a work out! I feel it today! We went on Saturday 7/11/20. Mostly shaded. We arrived around 8:15 NO parking in the lot, we parked on the side, when we finished around 2:15, there was lots of parking available. Come early to get a spot and beat the heat! Come later, seemed less crowded in the way down, lots of parking spots! I will say for the amount of cars in the lot, it didn’t feel over crowded on the trail. The lake was gorgeous!! Great spot to stop for lunch before the trip back down. Lose gravel made the trip down a bit anxiety inducing for me. But all was good! And the water flowing was gorgeous too. Small streams & rushing flows periodically

Greg Prowell
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! It is a hard uphill hike, but the views at the top and along the way are well worth it. Also saw a Moose with it's baby along the trail near the streams.I suggest getting there early as the parking lot and trail fills up.

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Kendall Huguley
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HikingBugsRocky

My daughter and I (she’s 24yo and I’m 55) did this hike yesterday on a Saturday. We heard that weekends were crazy but we didn’t get to the trail head until 1:50pm due to morning plans and we literally parked right by the trail head sign. So by the afternoon the parking opens up a good bit. The very upper area is only accessible by 4wd but the hike to that point is beautiful anyway so starting from the first parking area and trail head was perfect. The hike to the lower Mohawk lake took us right at two hours with lots of little stops. My watch tracked it at 3.29 miles to the lake. We lunched with our feet soaking in the crystal clear water by the lake with a spectacular view. Lots of wild flowers on the way and snow patches still scattered around. Several waterfall views possible. Due to our late start we didn’t make it to the other lakes but with more time it would have been easy time wise to get to the other lakes. The last mile is a bit steep but even being a little tentative about heights, I was ok. Trekking polls were helpful! The hike down took about half the time as going up. (2 hours up and a bit over one hour down) Total time spent with plenty of relaxing by the lake was about 4.5 hours. It was a little buggy as the afternoon progressed so I would advise taking bug spray. My biggest complaint is seeing trash left in the cabin near the top and people leaving fruit peel on the ground. I would only ask that people respect the beauty of nature for all to enjoy without trashing it. Read up on what it means to “Leave No Trace”. Otherwise a beautiful hike! I would not want to hike down from the lake in the rain so if it looks like thunderstorms, I would save this hike for another day.

hac ktastic
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Hiking

Just a terrible app. Map interface is chunky and unintuitive. Trailforks is vastly better.

Kelsey Prince
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Great trail. First 14er. It was very crowded. The lot was full at 5:30 am. 4WD and high clearance is a MUST. The road is rough and back to back cars all the way to the trailhead on the weekend (no turning around!). I recommend doing Grays first, then the saddle to Torreys. Grays is longer with several switchbacks. Torreys is a smaller distance but very steep. I used hiking poles almost the whole time, but many people were fine without.

Kelly Stewart
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Hiking

Started this hike around 0730 this morning and the 2wd parking lot was already full and cars lined down the road. On the way to the lakes didn’t see that many people, but on the way back felt like every couple steps were passing people. About half of the ppl had masks. We went to lower Mohawk lake, and being from a state with no elevation, it was hard for us, and we are in good shape. For most of the trail it is easy to follow but we also went the wrong way off the trail a few times and thankfully saw other people and made our way back on track. Would not do this hike on a weekend again bc of the amount of people. But really beautiful views , and to the first Mohawk lake and back to the car took us about 4.5 hours, with lots of stops included.

Casey McPherson
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Steady incline for the first 1.5-2mi then gets progressively steeper. Highly recommend bringing poles for the descent. A 4WD drive is a MUST, very bumpy and should drive with caution (made it with a 2017 Hyundai Tuscan). Arrived to the trail head at 5am and the lot was full on the weekend. Would highly recommend this hike (only if you have a car suitable for roughy and bumpy terrain).

Michaela Wilcox
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HikingBugs

Long mileage, but pretty easy to move quickly, especially if you start early and are able to hike/run as I did. Gradual inclines/declines with only a couple steeper ascents/descents. The lakes are beautiful but very, very buggy, so make sure you’re prepared. Minimal mud and trees blocking the trail.

Kevin L
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HikingRocky

Great weather and BEAUTIFUL scenery. Lots of people and dogs on the trail. Parking will be difficult if you don’t arrive early. But when we were about to leave around 2pm on a Saturday, the parking lot was mostly empty. So maybe it just depends on your luck. This is definitely not just a “moderate” hike. It’s a steep incline most of the way up. It is hard! Coming down was a little slippery because of loose gravel. The view from top is gorgeous. Lots of wild flowers today. Lake water is cold but great after a long hike. There were lots of streams and small waterfalls along the way

Wanitaya Newberry
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Fee

Plan to go there next week ,do we need fishing or hunting license to go there ?

bob snyder
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Hiking

It’s been 12 years since we bagged ML’s, and it never disappoints, waterfalls, crystal clear lake, snow in places peak wildflower season. However, the throngs of people were simply unbearable. Saw at least 20-30 groups of 10 people more, few especially the younger hikers wore masks even as phones were ringing with summit county amber line alert to wear them. We saw a group of 25 people no social distancing by the mine equipment and blocked the trail. The road had cars parked for a mile from the TH, many, many out of states plates so one sees why Colorado is the #1 destination now. Great hike never go on a weekend

Sierra Richter
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HikingBugs
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Carissa Marlo
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HikingMuddy

Get there early! We got there at 8am and still had to park by the ramp to get back onto I-70. It seems to be a bit touristy right now with all walks of life. Very pretty though ! Wild flowers, lake at the end and lots greenery.

Cheryl Johnston
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Great!MuddySnow

first of all - this is not near Idaho Springs - it's closer to Georgetown; second - it is an amazing hike! it had everything! gorgeous streams and falls, decent amount of incline, some lovely meadows, some sun some shade and the lake at the top was fantastic! we clocked 8 miles and our pups were good and tired after. highly recommend!!!

Jennifer Davia
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Hiking

hot and dusty trail. no real view

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Deanne Modaff
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Hiking

Such beautiful wildflowers! Super nice change of pace to the other harder 14ers.

Morgan Mahn
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RunningOff trailOver grown

Not very well marked and overgrown in parts. There are a few parts where the trail splits 3 ways and we made a wrong turn. I'd be curious to try again, but than again I'd rather do a marked trail and actually get where I was aiming to go.

David Hamer
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Hiking

Great trail but super busy on the weekend. Arrived late and parked almost 2 miles from the trail head. Hitched a ride back to the car at the end!

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Kelly Kress
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Wildflowers are out in full force. Trail signs are kinda everywhere so I would recommend downloading the map before you go! Also best to get there early as parking fills up quick! We were on the trail by 7:45 and were fine. Beautiful!

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