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Mitch Krauss reviewed James Peak Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Awesome spot, dynamite scenery! Other than the first pitch down from the parking area, the hike is pretty tame. Definitely want a vehicle with good ground clearance. Stock 4Runner had no problems driving in.

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Phi Tran reviewed Corona Lake
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Kaitlynn H reviewed Corona Lake
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Hiking

I did this about two months ago. It’s a gorgeous hike, and very peaceful and quiet. I’ve been up corona pass a couple times now to check out the area, so I would definitely recommend a 4x4 vehicle. I have a plain old Jeep Patriot, and it’s easy enough for me. The hike itself is very lovely. There were maybe only 3 other vehicles parked at the trailhead, so when I reached the lake, I was able to find a shady spot by the edge with no one else around. It’s a very nice relaxing hike. I’d suggest also going to King Lake farther up the 4x4 road. The high lonesome TH leads to King, Betty, and Bob lakes which I’ve also reviewed.

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Cydne Rader reviewed James Peak Lake Trail
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Fishing

The first part of the trail is pretty difficult, however i tore my acl 9 months before doing this and was still able to complete it relatively easy. Super beautiful and a peaceful hike, hiked over to Little Echo lake as well and caught some fish. Hard hike back up the mountain but worth it!

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chris marquez reviewed James Peak via Rogers Pass Trail
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BackpackingGreat!IcyOff trailRocky

Hot and like a mall of people near the tunnel start. Most people don't even make it really far, after heart lake and when we started wrapping the ridge to james peak there was not one soul, we summited late around 5 and had to hike down with headlamps. The wind was brutal on the ridge and hitting that vert heading up to james peak, once your near the peak it feels like the vert never ends..overall pretty easy, no scrambling. just staright vert and some burning legs. You lose the mall of people in the first mile lol

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RunningGreat!

The lower trail was not too crowded at 7:30am but by the return the crowds had increased quite a bit. The upper trail was not crowded. The smoke bad taking away from the views.

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Grace Shore reviewed Corona Lake
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Hiking

Cannot even get to trail head to due construction on Rollins / corona pass

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Kumar Chandrashekar reviewed James Peak via Rogers Pass Trail
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RunningGreat!

Great trail! There were quite a few cars at 7 but had enough parking spots. By noon when I got back the parking was overflowing. Start early before dawn. Was super windy at the ridge, but below treeline it was pretty calm.

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Hiking

Awesome hike. Can go just as far as you’re willing/able and still catch some great views. Saw tons of people packing in to camp, and tons of great spots for that, both below and above tree line.

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Cassie Padil reviewed James Peak via Rogers Pass Trail
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BackpackingGreat!

View ate just gorgeous!! It’s like a calendar picture

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Chris Burke reviewed James Peak via Rogers Pass Trail
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HikingGreat!
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Hiking

Gorgeous and challenging. If you want to do this as a day hike, be in shape and bring lots of snacks and water. Trail was in amazing shape top-to-bottom, although previous reviews are correct that it's not super clear where you're supposed to go on top of Rogers Pass. Just head to the left and you'll figure it out. No real scrambling, just lots of uphill slog to the peak. I'll never do this again.

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HikingGreat!

Perfect weather, barely any wind even on top and only little pockets of snow to contend with. Views obstructed a bit by smoke from California and Oregon, but the lakes and steams were idyllic. Quite a few folks on the trail for a Thursday, so don't expect privacy, but most of them call it quits by final push up to Rogers pass. ONE SMALL WARNING the path up James peak from the "James Peak South" traverse doesn't have a sign, just a cairn, and the trail up the peak is pretty faint, so keep your eyes open for the turn.

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Hiking

Gorgeous trail with perfect fall weather and little wind! We took our time on the way up from East Moffat Tunnel parking lot and it took about 4 hours up, 2.5 hours down, running the last few miles. I was happy to have tracks after last week's snow for two of the steeper sections going down. We only saw about four other people which was fantastic! Lots of fresh water sources on the way in as well. Highly recommend!

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Hiking

It’s worth noting that while the Clayton Lake trail itself is lightly trafficked, the trail to get to it is a veritable zoo. You need to turn right immediately before the handrail bridge where the trail splits towards Clayton. There is no sign and the trail is not obvious. I would also rate the last half mile of the Clayton trail as difficult, as it is very steep with lots of loose soil. It’s worth it though.

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Janelle Shane reviewed Clayton Lake and Rogers Pass Trail
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Hiking

The steep part sucks. There’s almost nobody on this trail - on a Labor Day weekend starting a 7am we saw only 2 other parties on the Clayton Lake section. But that’s because not long after the trail branches off from the main one (the branch is super hard to find), it gets increasingly and soon unreasonably steep. You will be thankful for every tiny notch of traction on your soles, and that the loose soil on the trail is at least dry. If it gets more badly eroded, or if just a few more logs fall on it, it’ll become super technical. For reference, it’s a notch steeper than the north trail to the upper crater lakes. Characteristically lush forest, views a bit less nice than crater lakes, but there are a lot fewer people.

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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

This review and accompanying recording are not only for Clayton Lake but also for the two Iceberg Lakes. We started on the South Boulder Creek trail from the Moffat tunnel but then about 2 miles from the trailhead we veered northwest onto the faint trail that leads to Clayton Lake. This trail becomes more defined the farther you go but it also becomes pretty steep and is mostly loose dirt. So it is difficult going up and even more difficult coming back down. Once we got to Clayton Lake we went off trail and bushwhacked and scrambled our way up continuing northwest to the largest of the two Iceberg Lakes. From there we went to the smaller Iceberg Lake and the bushwhacked and scrambled our way back down to Clayton Lake before rejoining the faint Clayton Lake trail that took us back to the South Boulder Creek trail and back to the car. This is a fun hike that not many people do. It has lots of very nice views but it does require a GPS, good navigation skills, and some scrambling to avoid steep terrain.

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Anthony Hagerty reviewed Corona Lake
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Off Road Driving

The drive up is very rough, make sure your vehicle has ample space between the bumpers and ground or you’ll bottom out a few times. Hike was definitely worth it though, easy hike to corona lake, then we summited Epworth. Great views, and we had the trail to ourselves at 11am. Only reason I’m not putting 5 stars is the road up.

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Hiking

Met a really sweet gal up at this lake who was hiking back down with 20 minutes left in the day. If you see this, my group and I wanted to make sure you made it down ok! Feel free to shoot me a message on Facebook or Instagram.

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HikingGreat!Over grown

My daughter and I hiked from East Portal to Clayton Lake and then camped up at Iceberg Lakes on 8/7/2020. We eventually got up on the divide and followed the CDT over to Berthoud Pass, via James Peak and the Fall River valley - 3 days / 2 nights hiking. Fantastic hike. The steep part getting up to Clayton Lake was challenging with full packs but doable. The trail that splits off of South Boulder Creek trail is easy to miss - look right as you are crossing the 1st bridge that goes over Clayton Creek. The trail there is nearly invisible (on purpose, I think) and covered over; it becomes easier to follow as you get higher, but it is not frequently used. Great valley and very quiet.

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Geoff Uhlemann reviewed James Peak via Rogers Pass Trail
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Hiking

Excellent! Not busy, many flowers and streams, saw two ptarmigan

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Scott Greenwood reviewed Corona Lake
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