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Brittany Lowery reviewed Upper Cataract Lake Trail
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Trail was just ok. Lots of down trees so be prepared for lots of log hopping. We didn't see anyone on the way to upper Cataract Lake. we started the trail at 7:50. However, as per usual, coming down the trail we saw quite a few people. Still not the most crowded CO trail I've been on.

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Kelly W. reviewed Gore Lake
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Great hike. Incline was pretty gradual -- steep in parts, but the steep parts were short in length. The path was a mix of rocks and dirt. Beautiful lake and worth the walk around it!

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Ashley Jarvis reviewed Gore Lake
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Chris D reviewed Wheeler Lakes
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Too much of the Trail (2 miles)was along the highway.

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Antoine Vidal reviewed Gore Lake
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Emily Goyert reviewed Gore Lake
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Vanessa Suzanne reviewed Gore Lake
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This is a very long and steep trail. The large lake at the top is bright blue, maybe the bluest I’ve seen within 2 hours of Denver. There’s still some orange and bright yellow aspens along the trail. AllTrails said 12.5, I clocked 16 on my phone. If you have the time and energy it’s a great hike!

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Daniel Glowatz reviewed Upper Cataract Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!

10-10-20 I am a very inexperienced hiker so it kicked my butt with the inclines on the way up. However, I was so thankful that I pushed through because once you get back to the lakes it is so beautiful and the views are amazing. Seen about 8 people total on trail and for a Saturday that is great. Some people with tents camping back in there. Everyone was totally friendly and was an amazing experience. If you are out of shape and not an experience hiker it will be hard and challenging but you can do it. So worth it.

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Melissa Funes reviewed Gore Lake
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Really enjoyable trail. Arrived around 8 am on a Saturday to be pleasantly surprised with the few number of people there. Got a spot right next to the trail head. The trail is still full of Yellow Aspens despite their peak season being the last couple weeks. The lake itself was very peaceful and beautiful! Maybe six other groups there in total

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Walter Mannino reviewed Gore Lake
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Arrived at 7am with no one around. First portion is a nice push to start the hike. After 4 miles you hit the turnoff up to Gore lake. Once you hit the turnoff it’s brutal. Flattens a bit and then a final push to lake. Got to the lake around 9 and it was so peaceful. Did a loop around the lake and noticed a goat with 2 babies so be careful. I gave it a 4 because on the way back there were so many people which ruined the experience a bot.

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Adrian Terrell reviewed Gore Lake
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Gore Lake was absolutely beautiful and well worth the hike. The last two miles are rough and down played in other reviews! They are straight up and intense! Whatever you do, do not give up! The lake is amazing and so worth it! the hike down is great but hard on the knees!

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Andrea Wu reviewed Wheeler Lakes
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I came here on a Thursday morning around 7:45AM, and I was the only car in the parking lot. The beginning of the hike is close to the highway which isn't really ideal, but once it starts going into the trees and uphill, the hike becomes much better. The hike isn't too steep, and it's mostly shaded until the lakes. A good quick hike with a nice view at the top! Took me about 2.5 hours roundtrip.

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Kelly W. reviewed Upper Cataract Lake Trail
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Great trail with an easy incline most of the way up.

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Jared B reviewed Gore Lake
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Elizabeth K reviewed Wheeler Lakes
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Great hike to beautiful lakes. We flatlanders (OK and TX) not acclimatized to altitude rate difficulty at 4/10. Easier than Booth Falls the day before despite higher altitude. Great picnic spot at second lake on high point looking at lake on one side and beautiful vistas to the east on the other side. We were tempted to continue on the Gore Range Trail to link up with the North Tenmile trail as we had someone who could pick us up at the trailhead at the end of Frisco Main Street, but decided that time would not allow the approximately 9.5 more miles and another gradual 1000 foot climb, so we made it an out and back. 10/2/2020 only one small grove of yellow aspens visible farther up the mountain near the I-70 part of trail just after Copper exit. Otherwise no fall color left so don't go here any more this year to see that, but the trail passes through several large groves that I can imagine were spectacular just a short time ago-too bad we missed it.

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Leigh Holcombe reviewed Wheeler Lakes
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Well-marked trail with steady climb, but the views make it worth it. Excellent hike. Everything I’ve done on the Gore Range Trail has been beautiful. I parked on the exit ramp for Copper Mountain from I-70W. I was well away from the road, but I got a ticket anyway. $61 for Summit County.

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Taylor Tremaine reviewed Gore Lake
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Amazing climb. A lot of work with a backpack but worth it. Trail conditions are good but the temperature overnight is getting pretty chilly. The trees are still stunning right now. Glad we got up there before the next week or two!

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Emily Macias reviewed Gore Lake
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We backpacked 9/26-9/27, just like the reviewer below. When we arrived at the lake around 11:00am it was crazy windy, so we decided not to camp there. We camped at the creek by the graves. The lake itself is gorgeous, probably one of my favorites I’ve hiked to so far. The hike has a moderate grade up until the graves, when it gets steep.

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Morgan Bonner reviewed Gore Lake
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great hike! started at 11 am 9/28 and got back to the car at 6:30 pm. only saw about 10 people the whole hike. definitely steep towards the last mile or two but well worth it. climbed up past the lake for some even better views! water was super clear and turquoise. trail gets a little rocky in sections so watch your step. colors were still pretty yellow/orange/red.

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Tessa Rubinstein reviewed Gore Lake
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BackpackingGreat!

Backpacked 9/26-9/27. This is such a beautiful trail & just the perfect amount of challenging for a backpacking trip. A bit windy and chilly during the night up at the lake, but overall a wonderful trip! Highly recommend

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Mike Wellington reviewed Upper Cataract Lake Trail
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Did this trail on Monday, 9/28. Perfect day for a hike. 22 degrees at the trailhead with only one car in the lot (he was camping at surprise lake and we met him fishing at Upper Cataract Lake). 7:41 we were on trail and starting up the through the aspens. It was magical. Mile and a half or so of uphill with the golden trees. The woods change to evergreen for the rest of the way but still a very pretty walk. Surprise Lake is pretty with some nice Brooke Trout spotted swimming in the shallows. Many great camping sites there. Continued on to Upper Cataract. More woods with very gradual uphill until final decent to lake. Again, lots of camping spots with some nice trout in the far end of lake. We ate lunch and headed out by 10:30. Easy trail back to car. Saw no one on the way in and only two couples on the way out (it was a Monday but the trees were amazing). Moderate hike with no punishing uphill climb. Made it back to the car by 12:30 and felt like I could have done the hike again... and I may next year when the trees change again... Far better option than Lily pad pond and other tree hikes near Breck.

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Kat Papera reviewed Gore Lake
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One of my favorite hikes, to date! The Aspens are golden, glorious and thriving. The hike up until the turn to Gore lake is pretty moderate. Once you hit the turn marker it gets really steep. The views at Gore Lake are impeccable so it’s worth the hike up! I saw a lot of back packers so next time I’m definitely planning a camping trip!

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Jessica XYZ reviewed Gore Lake
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Wes Little reviewed Upper Cataract Lake Trail
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Cori Simmons reviewed Gore Lake
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Absolutely gorgeous hike. Id say the area was in peak foliage as we hiked up, on our way down the trail was covered in leafs and the trees were less vibrant. amazing experience. mellow trail until the gravesight then up hill from there. swam in the lake at the top - friggen cold!!

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Alexandra Winfrey reviewed Gore Lake
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Very gorgeous with the leaves changing.

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Brandie Hoagland reviewed Gore Lake
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Samantha Witter reviewed Gore Lake
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I am going to second what another reviewer said — this trail is a lot more challenging than most of the reviews let on. I clocked 14.5 miles on both Fitbit watch and AllTrails recorder. The last 1.7 miles is T O U G H. Dare I say grueling. The incline is so steep, also makes going down difficult due to the technicality needed. The lake was absolutely beautiful, less than 5 people there when we were. We got to the parking lot at 9:30 on a Monday and there were plenty of spots. The views along the trail were diverse, lots of fall colors changing.

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Jennie B. reviewed Gore Lake
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Definitely a workout and challenging. Leaves are changing and happy I went. Not my fav but, definitely recommend.

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