Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Breathtaking. Saw mountain goats and moose and all sorts of neat stuff!

6/21/18: So pretty! On the way up, the first half is an aspen forest with steeper incline, and the second half is an evergreen forest and levels out occasionally. It tops out around tree line. Lots of wildflowers especially in the aspens and near the top. Limited water; access only near the trailhead, a little stream on the way, and another near the top, so bring extra for dogs that get hot. The majority of the trail is partially shaded. Passed 5ish groups early PM weekday.

hiking
19 hours ago

Late start .... parked at 10:15 ish love being able to get parking on a late start this trail head is nice and big and everyone is hiking Bierstadt so... great day trail was in good shape a little marshy up above nothing to worry about. We diverted up to the upper lake and from there went up the shoot not to steep but definitely have to put some work in from there cruised up the ridge line excellent hike I recommend this for all

off road driving
23 hours ago

With only a couple ground clearance/articulation areas this trail is not overly difficult. Zero issues in a ‘95 YJ with only a 2” lift. We even ran across a Toyota RAV4 which should give you an idea that it isn’t very difficult.

Most of the trail is very rocky and bumpy which does make for a slow ride. The views are very good, especially near the top.

As of today, June 21st, 2018, the gate is still closed about 1/2 a mile or so from the top. We finished the trail by foot. There is one patch of snow remaining that isn’t too big or deep. After the melts I would assume that the remainder of the trail will open.

In conclusion, it’s a fairly uneventful trail with nice views and a beautiful lake finish. Perfect if you pack your fishing gear.

Not bad once you get going but tons of rocks and gravel to begin

This is a beautiful trail that provides many opportunities for good pictures. The last mile was a bit muddy, but nothing to bad at all.

hiking
1 day ago

Beware of the road leading up!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super, SUPER bumpy, which is funny for a while, but we ended up parking and walking quite a bit to even get to trailhead. Definitely need a car that can handle the road, or hope to hitchhike and catch a ride up.

Trail itself is moderate, we did both Gray's and Torrey's in about 6 hours. Start as early as you can, as it is heavily trafficked. We did Torrey's first, and I would recommend it, but have not done the other way so can't tell you if it is any better. Crossed a snow field with a pretty steep drop to the right, then got to the saddle. From there it is steep but pretty quick up to the summit. Then back down and up Gray's took us only about 45 minutes, we were moving pretty quickly as it was getting late in the day. The trip down from Gray's was very easy, lots of switchbacks.

One hiker with us was fairly unprepared, it was his first 14er, and he was able to complete Torrey's and decided against Gray's to avoid elevation sickness. I believe if you are well prepared, both are very easily doable for any level hiker.

Again, get there early and have a plan for the bummmppyyy road to trailhead!

it was a beautiful morning for this hike. if you just need a quick hike this is perfect.

hiking
1 day ago

Really beautiful, well-maintained trail! Quite close to town, though I couldn't hear the roads or even noise from the surrounding neighborhoods. Quick & easy; I stopped and hiked this in about 40 minutes on my way to the library!

Beautiful views and light traffic on a weekday. I could see how parking and the trail itself could easily become overcrowded on weekends. I would not advise doing the trail if it’s been wet - it’s a narrow path and traction could be an issue in the lower part of the trail. I did it in about 90 min w a few stops and absolutely will be back. Climb the rocky outcrop at the end of the trail, the view is worth it and there’s plenty of spots to climb up on (I saw more than one person w a dog up there!)

This is one of my favorite trails. We did half of the trail today with my family (2 tweens, 2 mid age, and 2 retirees). We saw the beautiful falls, creek, forest, and meadows. I did this two years ago with friends and made it to the further falls. That trip was about 8 miles out and back and took about 4-5 hours. Today we did 4 miles oab. All of us had an enjoyable time.

My wife and I hiked to Lower Mohawk. We started at 9:00 am, which was smart because it was quite crowded later even though it was mid-week. The first two miles are pretty easy mostly in the trees. Lots of roots and some views and not many wildflowers. Then the next 1-1/2 miles to the lake are great but definitely challenging. Lots of big rocks and boulders and lots of wildflowers and views. I am 72 and could do it but my legs got pretty tired by the end. Some parts of this section are difficult to follow the trail as it is rocky and not a path per se. On the whole, definitely worth it if you are in decent shape and can handle the altitude.

Super short trail, pretty much an incline up to the lake the whole way. Definitely worth it for visitors as it’s close to the city. I took out of town guests in Nov. it was just the perfect amount of chill, there was snow and ice in some parts of the trail but the photos were amazing and worth it. From the lake you can keep. Hiking up and the views only get better!

I loved this trail! It was beautiful the entire way. We parked in the lower parking lots, but there was parking in the upper parking lot when we got to the trailhead, on a Tuesday at about 11:00am. Lots of wildflowers this time of year. A little bit of slushy snow in parts but nothing to worry about. Just a really beautiful trail. The hike to the upper lake from the lower lake is very short, totally do it. The lake you see most of the hike must be the private lake. I’ll do this one again.

on Hells Hole Trail

2 days ago

Beautiful uphill trail with healthy aspens and wildflowers.

Awesome place! Incredible views with just a short hike away

We hiked this trail on 6/19/18. Go early as the trail is busy during the early afternoon. We have two kids 10 and 13, and it was a challenge for our 10 year old to finish the hike. The elevation for the final ascend is no joke, but the views are spectacular at the lower lake. As a family, we took plenty of breaks and the entire trip took us 4.5 hours.

Did this (6/18/18) the day after we arrived from south Florida. We started at Spruce Creek trailhead at 1500, but missed the trail marker and ended up hiking up the road to the Mohawk trailhead. It was ok though, because it saved us time. Our big aspiration was to make it to the waterfall, and then we turned back because it was getting late. We got back to the car by 2000. We had pretty solid headaches when we drove back to Breck, but it was a great hike. I'd do it again, just make sure you don't get off the trail. It's poorly marked, but it's navigable if you ask for directions.

It's worth noting we were stalked by a mountain goat after we ate sandwiches at the waterfall. The poor creature followed us for .5 miles. I guess he was seeking food. He wasted precious calories following us down the mountain, and I felt bad. If he was a bear or alligator, this post would not have happened and his belly would be full. Instead, he's a goat with an empty stomach :'(

Loved this hike as the views were breathtaking. Be mindful that you need to drive south of Idaho Spgs to mile marker 18 (18 miles) to reach the pullout on the side of the road to park. The directions state that the trailhead is 5 miles east of Echo Lake but we didn’t know where that was located until we drove by it.

hiking
2 days ago

Classic! Great views and easy enough hike. The only part that isn’t the easiest is the elevation can get ya a bit more tired than usual. This is where I take out of towners for a easier hike with beautiful views!

Amazing views on this uphill hike. Beautiful wild flowers right now. Like others have said the wind is intense so bring a sweatshirt but it is all worth it for the view! The only hard part is the uphill otherwise the trail is clean.

It was really beautiful! Several lakes and great mountain views. There are a few short slippery snowy passes that aren't fully melted but we didn't need to use any sort of spikes or poles or anything. Going in the afternoon in the rain may have been a little risky, but we dodged the crowds!

Amazing views--especially from the top. Few small areas of snow to cross--but done easily. First 1/2 mile intense, but levels out after that.

Amazing hike with spectacular views. Moderate incline to get above tree line. Once you reach the first view point there’s a section of steep switch backs. Worth it for the views! The weather alternated quickly between sunny and cold/foggy. Can definitely feel the elevation gain on this hike!
Wild flowers are out.

hiking
3 days ago

Love this trail. Creek and waterfall along the way with old deserted cabins, a little scramble to upper lake, but pristine water you can see fish clear swimming right by your ankles!

Pretty trail. Nice for families with younger children!

hiking
3 days ago

Great little hike. Started on the Jeep trail and returned via the summit to finish the loop. Downhill return very steep at times, especially the last 100 yards to the Jeep.

off road driving
3 days ago

I absolutely love the view up there. I would definitely go again, possibly camp there as well.
There is still still blocking the trail though so you won't be able to go all the way.

hiking
4 days ago

Fantastic hike, challenging enough to feel the payoff at the top. Stunning views and a few cool lookout points along the way. Super quick trip down, low traffic - highly recommend!

hiking
4 days ago

A little muddy at the top but otherwise great hike!

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