Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

17 hours ago

Just did this trail today. Difficult getting above trendline given still deep snow but then trail opens up and is easily hiked to the top. Windy along ridges so dress in layers for wind chill temps. Beautiful 360 views. Well worth the time.

hiking
1 day ago

5/23 Couldn’t make it to the very end but the views are awesome. I will definitely be back in a month. With that being said there was a lot of trash along the hike, I collected as much as I could. After the first mile, on your left, there is a small clearing when you can see the river there is a ton of metallic confetti caught in the grasses. Spent an hour trying to get most of it. Help me out if you go on the trail and try and collect it so it doesn’t end up in our rivers or wildlife. Also plenty of people leaving there dog poop bags along the trail.

off road driving
2 days ago

Great 4x4 area with amazing views near Mt. Evans that is right off highway. Air down, pick up your trash, and be aware of those shooting who are not too aware of where they are shooting. :(

I've ran this 2 times with Front Range 4x4 during trail clean up days. There are some great camp sites up here and awesome views of Mt. Evans. Again please pick up your trash and casings.

off road driving
2 days ago

Great trail close to Denver to get out, run a lap in the rocks, and grab some dinner in Idaho Springs after. I've ran this one time and it was in a stock Frontier Pro 4x with AT tires. I scratched the lower front bumper below the fog light in one spot. Other than that I was fine on the trail. Please pick up your trash and thank Front Range 4x4 group for doing a volunteer cleanup on this trail 2 times per year.

Went in 3.3 mi on May 17 -- conditions good with some snow patches and postholing but easy enough. The creek crossing at ~2.7 mi in was challenging though.

Great place to hike without having to make a valiant climb to reach a summit. Undulates for most of the way, with occasional rough footing but nothing that a novice hiker would be unable to accomplish. The view was great despite the moderate elevation and hiking next to the creek gives a good “naturalistic” feel. Great Frisco hike, conveniently located.

hiking
12 days ago

Bring your yaktrax and poles to make your life easier during this time of the year. The lower section, for about 2 miles, has a nice pack and is pretty breezy. Once you get past the “1 mile to Lower Mohawk” sign, you will run into soft snow and deep post holes. I would definitely go early, when the snow is more stiff, if you plan on making it to Mohawk Lakes without snowshoes. Wasn’t able to make it past Lower Mohawk since I didn’t bring my snowshoes. It’s gonna be an awesome summer hike!! Looking forward to getting back on this trail.

off road driving
12 days ago

Fun trail, but as of this date (5/12/18) it becomes unpassible at about 3 - 3 1/2 miles in because of deep heavy snow. Had to turn around.

Enjoyable, yet early- sunken steps.

hiking
16 days ago

Trail was a little difficult to follow and there is s bunch of trash from people shooting their guns.

Went up 5/5/18, arrived around 1pm, the trail mostly dry with the occasional patches of snow at first. About 2 miles up you’ll see significantly more snow and might want to consider poles for stability, however we made it up just fine no yak traks or poles. Eventually the snow fall is too much and you’ll loose the trail, you can’t continue up to Gore Range. Easy to moderate hike, only two hours at most if you take your time and maybe detour a bit. Trail follows the river majority of the time, plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the views. Moderately trafficked, we only saw a hand full of people on the trail however the parking lot is small so it fills up fast. Great for all skill ranges and ages.

hiking
19 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! We were originally looking for something mellow so we choose this trail because it was rated on here as easy, and I gotta say it should definitely be rated harder in the winter. In early April the entire trail is still packed with feet of snow, making it very tough to walk. We put in a good 7 miles on this hike, going past the meadow to the mohawk lake trail towards the Continental Falls. There's an amazing cabin some ways up, and from here we walked through knee deep snow all the way up to the top. Had we known what we were getting into, we would've brought snowboard gear to ride down, so many solid tree runs just waiting to be hit. Perfect backcountry riding! Will definitely be back next season to shred this majesty

hiking
19 days ago

The weather was great today! We hiked the trail in hiking boots which was a mistake! Please bring snow shoes. The trial is covered with 2-3 feet of snow and it is just warm enough that you sink through. Still, we had a great time laughing as we fell through the snow! Can’t wait to do it again later in the summer.

Snow is deep about 2 miles up. Already some dry sun drenched campsites around 1.5 miles.

Breath- taking hike, and didn’t see a single other person. 4 wheel drive road is closed, adds a little under a mile each way to the hike. Snowshoes helpful, but not necessary. Pretty easy trail to follow, but helpful to have a gps/map to find the last lake, as the trail was unmarked.

Hiked from I-70 in mid April as the road to trailhead was not accessible even with a 4x4 due to mix of snow and Ice. But as Temps rise it should clear. Check with Ranger's office to get updated information on the road conditions. Amazing views from the trailhead to the peak. Recommend snowshoes and microspikes if hiking in winter conditions. Definitely worth giving a try.

Please read this before going, as none of these reviews fully prepared us! There is NO trail to follow. Only footprints if you are lucky. This hike is very dangerous. We were up to our waist in snow at some points, even when Denver was having an 80 degree day. We passed a bunch of hikers in shorts and T-shirt’s. Again, no one was prepared. The hike up to the trailhead was steep, but that’s not even the beginning. If you are lucky to make it to the first frozen over lake, the views are stunning. We went a little further but had to stop due to too many risks involved. There were several pairs of hikers that did the same, even a group of guys with snowshoes.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike! Good workout, cold up top though!! Needed gloves. Dog friendly.

off road driving
27 days ago

Stock 2018 Subaru Crosstrek:

Did this trail by accident on the way to Mt. Evans. I saw a spiderweb of trials on the gps and turned offroad.

Went up the first switchback and kept left up the Mt. Road. Got to where there is a destroyed shed directly below the trail and one next to the trail that's full of trash and bullet holes. To the left was sketchy metal door with the bars bent.

30 yards ahead we decided not to try our luck on the rocks so we parked by the shed and walked a bit to get some photos, but turned around to head back down since the sun was gonna set soon.

I need some better tires and maybe a life before really going at it. Only scraped one time on the way out near the end.

off road driving
27 days ago

Haha wow! It’s a good intermediate trail unless you miss the hairpin switchback at the first lookout point after the old mine shaft.

Continuing on the obvious trail straight ahead gets tough really quick! I made it about a quarter mile on 33s and 3” lift on my Tacoma and needed the rear locker twice. It’s fun, but probably the hardest trail I’ve done, and without a spotter and a winch I gave up after that!

The turn I should have taken was obvious on the way back down. +1 for downloading the map first!!

off road driving
1 month ago

Confirmed from Andrews experience. Went today and didn’t get very far after that first big switchback. Don’t get stuck, wait a few mor weeks!

cross country skiing
1 month ago

Really pretty trail with fresh powder in late April, but like much of experimental forest maps are not updated. Did what others have done and missed loop, just climbed up a steep road for 3.5 on skis, then came down.

off road driving
1 month ago

Headed up April 14th 2018 through Apex road, made it after the switchback and a little up the road there was a turn around followed by another snow cover unmaintained road. We headed up the snowy road for about .25-.5 miles. Got stuck in a snow drift and had to call AAA to come pull us out. 8 hours later we made it out. Tow truck had lots of trouble even with chains getting up to where we were. I m the dummy for not waiting.

Beautiful snow covered trail just don't venture off snow is about 3-4 feet deep. hiked it today in just normal hiking boots.

01APR18 Gate is closed and locked.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Quite the workout. Used spikes until a little over a mile in. Snowshoes a must after that. Trail not marked so you’re left following tracks. Beautiful though. Hiked over 3.5 miles. No lake to be seen, just rolling hills of deep snow. You’re practically at the foot of the divide at the end. Wonderfully peaceful. Look forward to hiking it in summer.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

I think moderate is an average of the terrain of this hike in snowshoes. Some parts are definitely strenuous but some parts are easy. If you're running tight on time or are feeling tired, don't bother going all the way to the lake, it's just a snow covered area, in summer I'm sure it's worth it but it was not worth it for me! People we met on the trail complained about the wind but I didn't think it was that bad.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my all time favorite hikes on the planet! Fields of wild flowers, a creek, forests, a good workout, quiet serenity, and the emerald green lake at the top. This hike always has just the right amount of other hikers- quiet and clean, but if you twisted an ankle or didn’t bring enough water, you’re not alone. This hike is heaven!

hiking
2 months ago

3.24.2018 Beautiful trail! Snow is pretty deep about half-way up the trail. Highly recommend both microspikes/yaktrax AND snow shoes. Hiked for about two hours with spikes but had to turn back because snow was about hip-deep towards the end.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Crushed fresh pow pow with my snowshoes on 3/23/18 up to the tree line where I turned around due to low visibility

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