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snowshoeing
4 days ago

Have done this hike a few times but never in winter. Snowshoes were critical, didn't use microspikes. Also we took a pretty big accidental detour both on the way in and out, so if you're hiking this in the next few days, follow your GPS and not our tracks.

We did 1.2mile, only two of us in whole trail, because deep snow. there is a big rock we did climb up, very nice view.

Not enough snow to truly snowshoe - trail was pretty packed the first part and got super fun and deep back by the actual reservoir. We need snow!!!

Absolutely gorgeous hike with the frozen lakes. Only saw a few people on a Saturday. The trail gets extremely hard to find the last mile. I lost it and ending up trekking through waist deep snow. Found the trail on the way back and it was much easier. I’d bring snowshoes. If you can stay on the trail, you probably won’t need them. But they’re very worth having. No crampons needed, minimal ice.

it was so pretty! Definitely would have been easier with snowshoes, I did really enjoy it. Not overly crowded, nice short hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked on 2/3/2018

Ive been wanting to do this hike for almost 4 years, since I moved to Colorado and first went to Mt Evans. Finally went there today and was a beautiful hike. I would say though unless you are a big winter hiker that you save this for Spring / Summer. A pretty difficult winter hike. I have never used poles or snowshoes (ill just walk through almost waist deep snow, I enjoy it) but both could help towards the end.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH SNOWSHOES UNLES THEY ARE NEEDED, EVERYONE THINKS JUST BECAUSE THERE IS SNOW YOU NEED THEM. MAKES YOUR HIKE A LOT MORE DIFFICULT USING UNNECESSARY GEAR!! WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO BE AT LEAST A FOOT OR 2 DEEP!

First 1/3 of the hike was a lot of up and downhill through the trees with some scenic views.

Middle 1/3 was a lot easier and pretty chill.

Final 1/3 had a lot of snow, wind and lost the trail a few times. I followed someones trails through 2 - 3ft deep snow at points and through trees. Probably not the actual trail but the only footprints out there. Very beautiful and scenic at the end. Cant wait to come back in Spring / Summer

Hiked to the lake today. Didn’t use or need spikes/snowshoes. Snow was definitely less packed towards in the last mile since most don’t make it. Average hike most the way but spectacular finish. Definitely want to do it again in the summer when I can spend more time at the end and climb the surrounding peaks.

Hiked on a Saturday in January. Trailhead begins at the very touristy Echo Lake. When we pulled up and saw all of the cars we were admittedly bummed, but 90% of the visitors were just there to see the lake. The actual trail was pretty quiet. No need for snowshoes, microspikes were fine. In fact, there's a rather narrow ridge within the first mile, and it looked difficult to navigate in snowshoes. A pretty hike and a great workout! We hope to continue past the reservoir to Chicago Lake next time!

hiking
1 month ago

Hike done 1/20, pre-snow. The initial part of the trail is quite rocky until you get down to the bottom of the valley, but do-able if you watch your footing. I didn’t go all the way due to time constraints, but good views up by the reservoir and a good place to stop for a snack break. Definitely keeping this hike in mind for future trips!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

There is enough snow for snowshoes but they are really not necessary. This trail is much less trafficked than the nearby Chicago Lakes trail. it is relatively easy to find and follow the trail, you get some pretty views but nothing spectacular but you will have the trail mostly to yourself which is nice.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike with a friend over the weekend and people have created quite a few sets of tracks so its hard to find the actual trail to Chicago lake but there is enough snow for snowshoes but they certainly are not necessary. The views were beautiful but prepare for some wind that will make it feel a bit colder.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail to go on. My boyfriend and I didn’t complete it because we ran out of time and didn’t want to hike along a road for a mile. I’d love to come here again another time and do the trail once more but in full.

12/12/17 hiked to the second lake with crampons. Great day and conditions were great on the trail. A few icy patches leading to lakes. Had the lakes all to myself! Sunny, 40 degrees, no wind, and in December . . . Grateful!!

2 months ago

Lovely little trail , very easy and flat . Too quick , it's one that you would like to walk for miles on . Through the forest and then unfortunately on the road for the last bit but again , it's quiet and the mountains in front of you the whole way down to the car park are awesome . Worth it even for the drive up there . Great trail for a quick dog walk .

This was the first hike I did when I moved to Colorado and it did not disappoint. Back in September, it was warm and the leaves were just beginning to change. Definitely worth going all the way up to Chicago Lake, it reminded me of the Maroon Bells in Aspen, but closer to Denver.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this for the 2nd time on 11/25/17. Be sure to bring winter gear/traction during this time of the year. I encountered a lot of snow (1-2 ft) trying to access upper Chicago lake. Both lakes were pretty much frozen over. Also, the wind was kicking that day but made for an epic show around the upper lake bowl (think dust storm but with snow). Although rated as a hard trail, it's not that bad for beginners who want to get out of their comfort zone and catch some great scenery.

2 months ago

Beautiful frozen lake. Breath taking sunset.

great day hike

This is a beautiful hike once you locate it. Note to future hikers: stay on Echo lake trail (start from the lodge) until the log fence ends then go left around the fence and take your immediate right. (There is a large log blocking the trail so hard to tell.) Don't go to your left up the wide steep, wide and icy hill. It dead ends at 1.77 miles. GPS will not catch from this map that you are off course until you have spent ample time. I wouldn't recommend sliding down the cliff to catch the trail although you are parallel to the trail below. I saw a lot of people including my group make this mistake. It adds time and may put a damper on you making it to the second lake. Also the trail does follow the road from the trail crossing to the reservoir. there is sign but could be packed with snow. Conditions were icy and windy. We used yack tracks most of the way both directions. The path is packed currently so we didn't need snowshoes. enjoy this hike there are lots of photo opportunities.

Didn't make it. There's quite a bit of snow and we couldn't find the trail

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