Explore the most popular fishing 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.

Loved this trail. The drive in was gorgeous and the trail was pretty easy. My pup LOVED it, saw one moose today not too far up the trailhead. It rained for about half the hike but almost made it even better

Pretty views, short and steep with lots of pay offs.

hiking
1 day ago

Wide rocky trail with a lot of people. This hike is all about the beautiful reward with minimal effort. The journey up is only so-so.

Parking is weird, it’s all marked no parking but I parked along the road and was fine. Pretty easy hike, most of it is up a service type road, but the views are good and the lake is beautiful. Nice, relaxing walk.

Made it to Silver Dollar Lake. It gets windy up there. Some areas are still covered in snow. I made it without Yacktrak, but you should bring it if you do not have a good hiking shoes.

hiking
3 days ago

Loved this hike. We parked right near the mileage sign but be aware there are “no parking” signs all around so you could get towed. Honestly, the first mile or so is pretty boring and just uphill with no views. We also got there late (11am) and there was NO shade the entire hike so be mindful of that. After the first mile you get some great views and start passing some water and a river. Closer to the lake there were small amounts of snow but it’s all almost gone. Totally doable in hiking shoes- we even saw someone in chacos. This hike was easy-moderate overall and mainly moderate just because of the intense sun beating down on us. The lake is *gorgeous* right now with mix of green and snow on the mountains around. We will definitely be back!

This hike is not moderate, it's in the difficult side. Fun and pretty scenery the whole way. The sound of running water and little waterfalls to see. So many different kinds of flowers. Not too many people.

Amazing hike into a beautiful area of Colorado. This was not extremely strenuous and could be done by almost anyone. We hiked this in December and dealt with high winds and snow banks, but still found it easy. Loved the frozen lake at the end of the trail. Road to trailhead was manageable in 2WD SUV.

Fantastic views and beautiful lakes. Went on June 10th and encountered about 6 snowfields which were pretty solid to walk across. Warm days will definitely soften them up and make the trail muddy. Parking can be difficult because it is a popular trail. Last pitch to the upper lake can be a bit difficult because of the altitude but it is not a long pitch. Fished the upper lake but didn’t see anything.

hiking
4 days ago

The trail is really fun and fairly challenging. There are still a few areas after the first Mohawk lake with snow on the trail. The views are phenomenal. It's a really good time :)

Gorgeous views! Just one more thing to add to other great points in other reviews. Before the lower falls, Spruce Creek Trail ends and splits into Mayflower and mohawk lake trails. We ended up taking Mohawk and It the correct one. There are several places where the trail splits but in general they all end up at the same place so it’s not a big deal which one you take. Enjoy!

on Chinns Lake Trail

off road driving
4 days ago

9 June. Impassable snow 300' from lake. Circled back to Fall River Res. 2006 Chevy Silverado on 33s with three carseats in the backseat. Had a great trek on my first off-roading experience. Everyone had fun. Will try again 15 June.

hiking
4 days ago

Mostly rock at the start but a quick and easy hike with awesome payoff.

Only one word!! AMAZING! I loved all the trail! The view leaves you speechless.

Hiked this on Saturday 6/9 and although it was beautiful the crowds were too much. Do yourself a favor and park below the trailhead and walk up. Easy trail to find and beautiful views.

For a Kansas girl afraid of heights and falling this was a challenge but the view was so worth it! The lot I parked on required cash just an FYI and if you haven’t been there I suggest a day bag to take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the location.

hiking
6 days ago

A great quick hike to a lovely mountain lake that could serve as an opening for further exploration. The final few miles to the trailhead take you along a gravel road with some fairly serious bumps along the way, although I think most any vehicle can make it. Drive slowly, of course, no guardrail. The way to the lake begins along the same road and follows a popular spot for fishing: Urad lake. Keep an eye out for a turnoff on the right which is marked: Trail to Lake. The trail descends to the head of Urad lake, fed by a stream. This time of year with snow melting led to some marshy conditions a and a stream crossing. I would recommend crossing as close to the lake itself where the stream mouth widens and the depth decreases. The trail is a bit hazy to follow but keep making your way to the other side of the lake. I found myself having to cross another feeder stream coming from the north before finding the trail again on the northwest side of the lake. From here, the trail is obvious as it climbs steadily and rather steeply at times. There is a healthy amount of snow as you make your way and a very good amount at the top by the lake. All passable with boots but there were a few spots that I slipped into up to my knee at the top!

6/9/18: Went to escape a 95 degree day. Wasn’t sure where the true trailhead is, mileage sign or first mini lot? Trail is a gentle steady incline, good portion of it wide enough for off roading, made of packed dirt and rocks. A good portion has shade. Lots of water and occasional mud, and a few snowfields left near the lake with a little postholing, but doable in hiking boots. Not too many wildflowers. Huge area near the lake for hanging out and snacking; sadly there is some graffiti. All trails leading up to higher lakes still unpassable without snow shoes. Still a great hike, but I feel like it will be more beautiful in a few weeks.

Went out at about 8am yesterday. Great hike. Very dog friendly. Views are amazing and there are plenty of places to stop off and enjoy them. It was packed when I was leaving so I would suggest an early start. Parking lot at the top gets very tight and the road up is 4x4 recommended, and tight. Plenty of parking on the way up that just provides a little extra exercise.

There were a couple snowpacks still but a path was clearly made already and regular hiking shoes were plenty. Highly recommended hike with a great town just minutes away!

hiking
6 days ago

6/9/18 - park down at the base unless you’re game for a bumpy ride to the trailhead. Walking to the trailhead and back adds about 0.8 miles. Mud and slush at some places, but beautiful views.

Absolutely beautiful hike! Be sure to wear proper shoes as the snow and mud make for slippery conditions in some spots.

Did this today, was pretty fun! Took about an hour or so to get to lower Mohawk lake and another 20-30 minutes to get to the top. Decided to do some trail running down so it took maybe 45 minutes to an hour to get down.

Up till the last stretch the trail is quite dry. The last bit has some mud and snow but nothing bad. I had trail runners and long socks and it was perfect. Also didn't use a trekking pole, if you aren't comfortable with your balance or footing, or are out of shape, they can be useful but not necessary.

Overall I had a good time!

off road driving
7 days ago

Minimal issues with a stock 2018 Wrangler sport JL. Definitely a tight road considered easy-moderate. You can do about 2 miles off roading.. then the road was closed off about .5 Miles from the lake. Opens July 15.

June 9, 2018: amazing trail!! Still quite a few snow fields to cross- people in sneakers were slipping all over. Verrrrrry muddy where the snowmelt has created some little streams- our puppy had the time of her life in the snow and mud. Totally worth hiking past silver dollar lake up to the next one! Both lakes still have quite a bit of ice on them. If you have 4WD, go up past the first parking lot to save yourself .25 mile!

hiking
7 days ago

Fantastic views for mininal effort. The trail up was mostly rocks but not difficult. Great short hike with high payoff.

hiking
7 days ago

Perfect weather 6/9. No need for microspikes or anything, just a couple smaller patches of snow that get a bit slushy and muddy later in the day. We made it up to the higher 3rd lake and parked at the bottom of the dirt road, which made the hike about 5.5 miles in total. A beautiful morning excursion, gorgeous views. Bring a windbreaker!

Short and sweet. Good for kids. Nice payoff for minimal effort.

I'm from Illinois so we weren't looking for a hard hike with the altitude. this is perfect for out of Townes and if you don't want to spend all day hiking to see some views.
bring swim wear, at the top is a beautiful lake and so many people jumped in. wish we brought our swimsuits.

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