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.

off road driving
1 day ago

Road is currently impassable without 4wd due to snow. Some clearance needed. Truck or SUV recommended. Short trail, great views!

A most wonderful hike, and a loop so no retracing. Magnificent view of the lake at the trailhead. Parking can be an issue on summer weekends. There are moose around, and they can be dangerous, but generally no problem other than the pleasure seeing them. The trail on the sunny side is wider and easier, but the darker and narrower other side is enchanting. Not difficult, but a few logs to cross over streams. Take water particularly in summer and keep dogs leashed because of moose.

This is our go to hike for visitors. It is easy enough for children and the views are exquisite.

awesome views

great views

Super packed, but the lake is incredible.

We hiked Saint Mary’s Glacier a few weeks ago. It’s a short, rocky climb, but the reward is breathtaking. The alpine lake, glacier and surrounding foliage is beautiful! We’re definitely making a return trip!

hiking
10 days ago

Hike offered deep woods trail and nice views of the Monarch Lake. Went very early in the morning but barely saw any birds or other wild animals. Great trail for exercise.

We were looking for a lake hike not far from our house and this looked like a good candidate. The Guanella pass road was still open so we took it, and then drove the Naylor Lake Road up to the upper parking lot, shaving about a mile off of the total distance of the trail. I'd highly recommend AWD or 4WD. We did it in our Jeep in 2WD but that road can get slick really quick. As we were driving through the Guanella pass road we realized that there was a light coating of snow at the top, and assumed that there would be a little snow up where we were headed, glad we packed warm. The hike was fairly easy, with a skim coat of ice on some of the areas where water came off the mountain and pooled in the low spots. We were glad that we had our trekking poles if only for a couple extra points of contact. About 2/3rds of the trail is above treeline and is exposed to the elements. The wind started to kick up fiercely as we made it to Silver Dollar lake and continued to Murray Reservoir. The views were obstructed somewhat from the low ceiling, but it was still worth the hike.

I'll have to come back sometime in the spring to check and see if there are any nice looking trout in those lakes!

off road driving
10 days ago

Nothing difficult about this trail, suitable for most 4wd vehicles with only a handful of areas that require ground clearance. It’s short and easy enough to be perfect for someone getting familiar with off-roading or just looking for something quick to explore. The views at the lake are very nice and worth the trip. Would make a great place to pitch a tent for a night or two but you would definitely have company.

Almost stock 1995 Jeep YJ
2” lift, 31” tires

hiking
11 days ago

My wife & I arrived from MD yesterday and had not fully acclimated to the +8000’ altitude change, but did not want to waste the good weather. This 4.2 mi loop was perfect. Great views and enough elevation change to make it fun without over taxing our sea level lungs.

We veered left at the lake and climbed a rather steep, moderately dangerous unmarked trail to the summit. Beautiful. Continuing clockwise down to the glacier was fine in trail running shoes. Total hike 3.5 hours.

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.

Very rocky and sometimes steep all uphill to reach the lake/glacier. A little tough, but doable, for a lowlander who hasn't acclimatized to the altitude yet. Beautiful vistas.

The upper lot is a little over a mile above main lot. Trailhead signs point to Spruce Creek and Wheeler trails. Made it to next lake above lower Mohawk then turned back due to weather, about 3mi into hike. Upper lake another 1mi. A strenuous beautiful hike. Easy to lose trail past lower lake—follow AllTrails map closely. Interestingly the Burro trail from base of Peak 9 finishes about half way between upper and lower lots.

Gorgeous hike! Has everything: wildflowers, wildlife (big horn sheep!), waterfalls, and alpine lakes. It’s a bit beat at the higher altitudes to that point you question if you’re still on the trail at the rockier spots nears the lakes, but I found it to be an ‘all paths lead home’ situation. Enjoy.

Lotsa tree roots in this hike through the woods but worth the side views of the creek.

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

Beautiful upper Mohawk lake . The sun rays reflected from the lake’s surface seemed like little sparkling stars . The trail itself is a tough one especially for those not accustomed to the elevation. We also parked at the bottom parking lot but we did not mind hiking through the woods . Also the effort is only worth it if you go all the way up to upper Mohawk lake . We took snack breaks at the lower lake and the two waterfalls to keep us going.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike. Surprisingly the glacier was still there in mid Sept.

Great hike with beautiful views. If you have to park in the lower lot, plan on walking an extra mile or so RT. We arrived around 8:30 on a Sunday morning and the lot and path were pretty empty on the way up—not so much on the way down. Lots of friendly dogs, too!

Got a late start and made it to the second lake 3.4 into it. Epic Mountain View’s, Beautiful Lake had a nice lunch and soaked it all in. Then hoofed it back. If you have 4x4 and are limited in time I would recommend driving further up and hiking the rest of the way to the final lake.

hiking
18 days ago

Not “easy” as it’s a rocky climb up. Steep but short. Pretty lake near the top. Glacier and views were pretty. FYI the permit station is by the porta potties, not at trailhead as parking signs say ($5 day permit).

This was a great trail - but - as others have indicated - a little bit of a journey getting to lower Mohawk Lake. The first part of Spruce Creek Trail is easy to follow with great blue diamond markers. Once you get to the rocky part of the trail - it’s a little more difficult. Several people we met along the way were confused as to where the trail actually was. That said, it was still a very fun hike, with good scenery along the way. Making it to upper Mohawk Lake was really cool - as it kinda comes out of nowhere. It allows for a great place to take a break, have some snacks and enjoy the view. The additional waterfalls and lakes along the way make for great rest points too. The fact you can hit the trail in about 15 minutes from Breck is a nice feature, also.

Went up to Cascade Falls and around Monarch Lake. Beautiful trail, especially if you love horse poop! I clean up after my dogs!! Dodged more horse poop than rocks but otherwise well worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

We enjoyed the hike to the glacier, but didn’t realize the pathway would be so very rocky! We knew it would be steep from the reviews but there were so many rocks and loose gravel that made it more difficult to go up. For some silly reason we didn’t wear appropriate shoes which made it that much more difficult. Next time we will make sure we do it right. There really isn’t much signage to direct you where to go, we started going off on a different trail but turned around when it “didn’t feel right”. Also, people...if you bring your dog - scoop the poop!! And take the darn baggie back to the parking lot or just take it with you - yeah it’s gross but I’m doubtful they send anyone to “clean up” this trail when it gets dark! There were several poop bags just chillin there all up the trail on our way up, and they were still there on the way down! You people are the reason they close trails to dogs. Keep it clean so we can all enjoy!!

Mod due to the incline but easy due to the distance. I moved from FL recently so having a place like this in my backyard is amazing!!! Never moving back!

Nice hike accurately described. Great views once above tree line (about 2/3 of the trail, each way).

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!

hiking
24 days ago

Dont be fooled this hike is HARD! However the views and scenery on this trail are just gorgeous! As many others here have already written this would be AMAZING as an over night.. possibly 2 nights if you can! There is just soo much beauty up there to bask in! If you are planning on trying this as a day hike then you need to start early! If you park on one trail head and come out at another there is an additional 2 miles of dirt road you will hike. The total mileage of the loop is 18-20 miles. As a day trip this took me a little over 10 hours.

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