hiking

forest

views

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

birding

dogs on leash

waterfall

Freakin awesome once you get there.

Beautiful! Went counterclockwise, I’m out of shape...

Great hike today. Good views. A little slick on the way down. But overall was great. A few more weeks and riding will be nice at eldora

Great hike! Mountain views, open meadows, waterfalls and a beautiful lake at the end! Trail was snowy and slushy at the top! Enjoyed our day.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a great hike with an excellent view and scenery around the lake. Definitely fine what I would think from March to November but starting to be more on the snowy end this time of the year in the end of October. Looking forward to going back and using one of the eight camping spots around the lake. Also a good hiking spot to stop at and do Devil's thumb possibly the next day.

Definitely moderate to hard, getting out to the meadow and up to the top in the last 2 miles was one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.

hiking
22 days ago

Really beautiful hike. It's a quick way up above treeline, and then a very long difficult hike from there. The first time I hiked this I did an overnight and camped at the 4th of July mine. People are not kidding, and take them seriously when they say this trail is far more difficult than its moderate rating. This area is prone to intense winds, and some spots of decently high exposure and steep drops. You're hiking atop a ridge. You're exposed to tons of wind, any weather that moves in(especially lighting) is extremely serious. If you hike the entire thing brings lots of food, water, and layers. There is no where along this route that you will be able to fill your water bottle.

Within the valley, Hesse Trail is socked-in by tall trees but Lost Lake is a great little reward for this short hike. I wouldn't recommend walking further up the valley via Devil's Thumb unless another cirque lake or ridge line is your destination.

So awesome. This was the first hike I did after moving to Colorado. Was perfectly suited for someone not used to the altitude and was absolutely gorgeous!

Great hike with a beautiful view at the top! We saw a proposal at the top - and it was so picturesque!! Some ice and loose rocks near the top when we did it yesterday , but definitely still very doable.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike! FYI the road to the nearest parking lot is closed, so that adds about 4 miles on to the total distance. Parts of the trail were icy but we managed without any extra gear. Beautiful at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful and easy hike! Loved every second of it. First time visiting Colorado and this hike is now my top I’ve done! Loved the snow on the ground and perfect weather!