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.

This is a really beautiful hike. I was up there just before sunrise and it's so quiet and peaceful, and as the sun rose I got to see and hear the forest come alive. I saw 2 bald eagles and some sort of water rodent (muskrat maybe ?). The trail is well maintained and used, even with snow on the ground it was easily seen, which is good because the signage is not good. I wondered around the park looking for a sign for awhile, I had read a previous post about the trailhead being near the cabins so I started there. In the winter part of the road is closed but there is a road at the cabins that leads to a picnic area, that's only sign (To picnic area) on the cabin side of the lake, the trail picks up there. There is another parking area past the bridge, to the left, at the end of the main park road with a sign for Glacier springs I believe, you can start the hike there as well, I think there were 2 signs on this side one for Glacier and one for Lost Lake.

3 months ago

Magical! Best kept secret. The trail is easy, the nature incredible.

6 months ago

Pretty, but it shouldn't be rated as moderate. Very easy.

6 months ago

Nice easy hike. Plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the scenery and even stop to fish. Be sure to bring bug spray! Overall a really nice find.

Excellent hike.

Easy walking trail; but lots of mosquitoes this time of year. As long as we were in the sun they were tolerable. I suggest walking at a quick pace or light jog while in the shaded areas. They didn't seem to be impressed with bug spray. Other than that, it was a beautiful scenic walk! And skinny dipping in the Lost Lake was worth it!

Only went a couple miles in but it was a pretty hike!

Friday, October 28, 2016

INCREDIBLE. So peaceful and still and pure. Went a few days ago and we were the only people there. A beautiful, secluded magical place!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

missed fall colors by a couple weeks but still great

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The aspens were in full color. Awesome! This trail is easy around the first lake with a moderate climb to Lost Lake.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

easy hike to 2 beautiful lakes. trail was very dog friendly.

Monday, August 29, 2016

This is such a beautiful hike, the scenery is amazing. The trails are easy to walk. The water is the most beautiful shades of blue and green. One of my favorite hikes.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Great way to spend time with the family. Easy hike with great scenery. Kids loved it.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Asked directions to the trail head which is not clearly marked from the road. Needed to drive into the Mesa Lakes Lodge and turn left just before the cabins. Tarred one lane road takes you out behind the cabins to a parking area just beyond the trail head. Was a very nice easy hike around Mesa Lake. While there, I also did the Lost Lake trail. Not having been in CO to long, I had to watch my pace and breathing as climbed in altitude. But the trail was easy to follow and lots to look at along the way. Was a busy trail with a number of people and everyone was friendly. It was a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Very beautiful hike. Lost Lake is awesome. Took my 4 year old and he walked most of the way, so it was pretty easy.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

There are quite a few different trails in this area offshooting from the main trail. You have to pay $6 cash only for day use or just drive slightly further up the road to the Mesa Lakes Lodge and start from up there. Also be aware that the elevation is almost 10,000 feet so if you're acclimated to lower elevations you might find you're short of breath a little faster or get a headache. Beautiful leisurely walk.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Beautiful scenery and moderate work out depending on your pace.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I did this hike early morning in late August with a friend and a few 4 legged furry friends. Great hike, awesome views and great weather. On the way up the Mesa we saw a small black bear cross the street (fun to see) otherwise we saw your typical chipmunks etc. I highly recommend this hike. Simple, pretty and fun.

on Mesa Lakes Trail

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Great hike..you have to pay $6. fee to get in, unless you park outside of park.

Monday, September 10, 2012

This is a heart pumping trail whether you are on foot or on a horse. its a steady climb all the way to the top. The picture of the lake is called Blue Lake and its off of Indian point trail that meets up with Kannah creek trail at exactly 5 miles up the mountain. The lake is 2 mile further when you get to the indian point cutoff. Its a beautiful trail, but very rocky and not far enough in elevation to cool you down in the summer. great place to see all the fall colors.

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