Explore the most popular lake trails in Holy Cross Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful trail. Lots of vegetation so lots of bugs. Steep all the way as others have mentioned. Not very many camp sites. Good day hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked on 6.1.18 with intent to camp at lakes. Knew snow pack was still there but took a chance. Camping on snow is not for me so I hiked out. Probably a couple weeks before ground is dry and lakes thawed. Beautiful hike tho.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike, initially steep with no letup but not technically challenging. Bridge across river was out but multiple alternative routes are manageable and fun! After the bridge, trail is notably easier and winds through some great old lodge pole forest with some huge squirrels and mushrooms. Lake is a great reward and Mount Whitney views are impressive! We even got a huge white fish coming to check out our picnic! Some snow at the top but easily passable. Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

hiking
14 days ago

As of June 2 the trail still has quite a bit of snow. I’d recommend wearing water proof shoes and gators would be helpful as well as hiking poles. It’s a gorgeous hike but the snow and wet shoes made it difficult!

First time in the area. It’s an absolutely beautiful place. The road to the trailhead is a little bumpy, but a 2WD vehicle can make it... slow and steady. Roundtrip, the hike took us about 4.5 hours. As of June 2nd, the snow covered the last half mile or so of the trail, and because of that, it’s difficult to follow the actual trail and reach the lakes without stressing out a little... some people made it, and others had to turn around before actually reaching the lakes. By the time we got to the lakes, we were the only people there. It was quiet and definitely a special moment. I’ll definitely be returning in late June and/or July. If you’re planning to go before June 10th, bring waterproof shoes, extra socks, snacks, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Good luck!

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked this on 5/27/18, almost entire trail still covered in snow but managed to make it up to the lakes. Good moderate to hard incline the whole way. Did not have snowshoes and postholed quite a bit, but once one person blazed the trail, it was easier to follow. Waterproof shoes are a must this time of year. I suggest bringing spare socks. Lakes still mostly frozen and fish still hibernating, even in the little runoffs. Absolutely gorgeous views without any crowds. Can’t wait to go back when snow is gone.

Absolutely amazing scenery. Lake Charles is an amazing alpine lake surrounded by some pretty staggering peaks. The lake was pretty much frozen over, except at the shoreline. Breathtaking (and that's not just the cold).

BUT

There was comprehensive coverage of knee deep snow on the ground, starting about two miles below Lake Charles. This made an already hard-to-find trail nearly impossible to follow. So we were pretty much postholing for those two miles (and it took us about three hours each way). If you've got snowshoes, bring em (at least until things warm up). And bring your GPS. That was key.

hiking
21 days ago

Loved the views out and back. Didn’t quite get to the lake due to the snow on the trail near the top. The description is a bit off. It’s not Slide Lake Road on which you turn, it’s Wuritz Ditch Road. You can utilize a number of pull-offs to start your hike at any time.

We tried camping at Missouri Lake but was unable to make it due to deep snow and not great trail conditions. At a little under 2 miles decided to turn around. Another large group of backpackers also turned around soon after we did. Will definitely be making this trip again soon! The views we did see were absolutely stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

Per Forest Service recommendation, we ventured up the trail to see Beaver Lake to fly fish. While we know the area and expected snow pack, the trail gets covered and wet early, right after you see the Beaver Creek lifts, 8, 9, and 10. Lake is still frozen, so no fishing was to be had. Great trail though. Fun workout and awesome setting.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful place. The hike is moderate but gets harder in some areas. You can ride horses too.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of trees and not many open views.

hiking
1 month ago

I would love to do this hike after the snow melts but won’t be here, we tried this hike May 9th. We almost made it to beaver lake, almost. So much snow and my husband started postholing with almost every step

One of my favorite alpine lake in CO. Just beware the iron side trail... trail markers are not maintained and can be very difficult to follow. Bring your GPS!!!

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Great trail. Steep and pretty much clear of rocks making it ideal for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing! Four legged friends are welcome but on leash. Views are awesome as you progress and get higher. We went yesterday and if you go sometime soon you will be rewarded with fresh deep powder!

could not access the trail.. the road was about 8 miles of 4wd snow covered road. beautiful out there though !

Gorgeous hike! There was quite a bit of snow on the trail so make sure to wear waterproof shoes. Very few people were on the trail. Our five year old had no problem keeping up.
We parked at the Ford garage in Beaver Village, hiked through the Five Senses Trail in town up to the trailhead of Beaver Lake Trail.

backpacking
7 months ago

Gorgeous area. Savage peak just dawns over you, and the lakes are beautiful. I camped here, and if you plan to do the same, keep in mind that much of the year it can be somewhat swampy and if you don't get there early you're options for a dry camping spot are pretty limited.

One of the most beautiful vistas I’ve seen.

Wide trails, a bit icy at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful destination. Make a day of it though. The trek there is all uphill!

super fun

It is a hard trail. Some what challenging. Great views

Awesome!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike! A bit steep at the beginning but then mellows out a bit. The streams and lakes are incredibly beautiful! Be sure to take big spray. Highly recommend!!

hiking
9 months ago

We took this tail from Allie's trail to head back down. Beautiful trail but LOTS of horse poop on the trail which makes it hard to find places to walk since it's everywhere.

9 months ago

Ran into 2 hunters and 4 hikers the whole day. A good spot to actually enjoy nature. The hike has an incline the majority of the trail, it's a big gain in elevation.

All the good of Colorado. Even the drive, while a little rough is 5 star.

hiking
9 months ago

We've done this one a couple times and it's such a wonderful, reasonable hike if you're looking for a beautiful wooded lake at the end! The first portion is a wide horse trail, which is steep, but easy going.

Make sure to pack a lunch and work your way around the lake to bask on one of the big rocks at the edge of the lake!

backpacking
9 months ago

This was a challenging hike with a wonderful destination. It was challenging due to the rapid elevation gain, but otherwise, the trail was easy to follow. Once in the basin, we were treated with stunning views of the lakes and surrounding rock formations. The condition of the trail at the beginning of the hike and the Labor Day crowds are the only things that kept this from being rated with 5 stars.

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