Explore the most popular lake trails in Grand Mesa 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.

I did this a little less then a month ago. I was alone the entire time and the trail had mud and snow but the solitude and the views made it more then worth it! Not to hard of a climb to get to a point where I was at a view where I counted 12 lakes!!!! I dont think I made it to the Crest but the snow got at least a foot deep and was hard to see the trail by this point. I was highly satisfied with the situation and stayed at my viewpoint for at least an hour and thought in silence about how great it was.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful this time of year with the color changes!! Can’t beat the views.

Great Hike! Went with my boyfriend & our puppy. We didn’t bring cash for parking so we had to walk and extra .5 miles to get to the trail. We went end of September as the leaves were changing and it was gorgeous!!

Incredible views!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome Views! A must do hike if you’re passing through the area. Did the out and back since the lower trail was closed. Views get better and better the further you go down on the ridge.

huge payoff. satisfying hike. stunning.

on Mesa Lakes Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Not marked well. Views are nice.

on Crag Crest Trail

hiking
2 months ago

The loop is closed. You can hike the upper loop 6.5 miles for a total of 13 miles. Great hike!

Great trail, moderately steep in a few parts but nothing too difficult. Good for new hikers and kids too!

Awesome run

Very nice easy hiking or biking. I only had time for first 3 miles. Mix of open meadows and forests lake & ponds.

Extremely easy walk.
Bring your bug spray and sunscreen.

Very easy walk.
Beautiful scenery.
Be ready for LOTS of bugs during the summer.

Great Trail! Aspens are just starting to turn yellow. Only saw probably 10 people. Virtually zero mosquitoes for us. Gorgeous views. Trail head was easy to access. Took us about 1h45m with stopping and having a snack at Lost Lake. Highly recommend

This makes for a lovely walk on snowshoes. You can rent them from the lodge, if they are open. It's super quiet in the winter, for the most part.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty hike, but a like over rated. It's not really anything spectacular.

beautiful trail. long, but not terribly difficult. I've hiked it several times, including the full loop. It's a popular hike, maybe the most popular on the Mesa. Got caught in a thunderstorm once up top, which wasn't entirely pleasant. Check the weather before you go! If you can, go in the fall - the aspens are lovely.

I have ridden their single track a few times. It has great views but is rock and slow going.

My kids 7-16 and I hiked this trail about 3 weeks ago. The trail was great but the mosquitoes almost carried us away!

quite fab

hiking
3 months ago

So stunning. What a treat. The bugs are only a problem if you slow down!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views of the wildflowers and lakes. I’d rate it as moderate. The bugs weren’t too bad today.

Awesome trail and not too busy...

Beautiful views!!! Should bring mosquito repellent.

Easy to follow trail to a beautiful destination.

Phenomenal discoveries around every bend.

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I took her sister and her three kids (8, 10 and 12) to do this trail in July of 2018. We ended up splitting the hike into two portions. We did the loop around Mesa Lake first then broke for lunch at the picnic area. After lunch we went back and did a small portion of the loop trail to get back to the intersection for the Lost Lake trail. The lake loop trail was very easy. The trail to lost lake involved a little more elevation gain to get to Lost Lake but was definitely worth it! We were the only ones on the hike and only two fisherman were at Lost Lake when we got there. It was a beautiful day with some clouds and a nice breeze to make the 70 degree temps feel even better. There were tons of wildflowers in bloom too that made the hike that much more enjoyable. Having done multiple hikes on the Mesa before we knew to load up on mosquito spray. It came in handy as there were a few spots along the hike where they were pretty thick.

One note that might be important to others looking to do this hike. The directions that All Trails gives to the trailhead will put you on the trail but not where the map shows the trailhead. The All Trails starting point is a free parking area where the actual trailhead as shown on the map is inside the Mesa National Forest Mesa Lakes picnic and camping area which is a fee area ($6 self pay at the entrance).

Beautiful, easy, (We hiked only 5 miles in from the trailhead), hike surrounded by trees, meadows, small ponds, and silence.

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