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Beautiful hike. We first did the overlook of the first falls, which was just a stroll and would be perfect for a walk with children or those who want the views without the hike ;)
The second falls hike was a great workout and had a spot in the middle where we got some relief from the incline. It was technical and rocky at parts, and some parts had some snow/ice - spikes probably would have been helpful but we didn't use them.
Would have loved to continue on to Long Lake if we had started a little earlier in the day!

Hiked Sunday 10/14/18. Absolutely beautiful hike! It snowed the whole time! It does get windy and chilly at the top. Some of us did wear spikes and others didn’t, no one slipped! I would say it’s a moderate hike/nice workout if your an experienced hiker! Picture ops around every corner!

Really beautiful hike. It had snowed the night before and all the trees were heavy w powder, which was coming down in chunks as the sun came out. There is a rocky traverse near the upper falls, which other than some snow and ice falling off the sides, was fine and easy. No crampons needed. Gaiters are recommended but not necessary.

12 days ago

Hiked Hahn’s peak on Oct 8th. Lower trail clear. Upper trail 2-3inches snow. Making climb to top pretty easy. Conditions good. No view due to visibility. We liked the hike and look forward to doing it in the summer!

13 days ago

Didn’t hike the whole way. Just enjoyed walking to the little bridges that gave pretty views of creeks and mountains and you don’t have to walk far from the parking lot to get to them. It was a nice pit stop in between driving through snowy range scenic drive road.

14 days ago

Great fall hike! There’s not a lot of shade at the beginning so probably best on an overcast day. Beautiful views of the waterfall, the aspen grove is stunning right now, the mine was cool to see, and the river at the end is a nice surprise. I’ll do this hike again. The trailhead is unmarked but easy to find. Walk down from the upper lot and it will be on the right.

Great hike even in the steady rain. Trail head is tricky to find since you have to park at the mud creek trail head and walk back toward town along the road. You just have to look for the foot path. It’s a beautiful hike and worth it to enjoy the hot springs pools.

We hiked to the lake today amid clouds and a little rain. It was so beautiful. This is an awesome hike. Like others, I would rate this a "challenging moderate" rather than "hard". True, there is 2'500ft of climb, but it's spread over 6.5 miles so none of it is really steep, in my opinion. Also like others, I believe this hike is a full 13 miles. App says 11.7 but that distance is understated. Having said that, if you quit at the upper falls you'd be missing what I believe is the best part of the hike. Enjoy.

Great hike! My husband and I hiked up to the hot springs today. There were posts of rattlesnakes and mountain lions but this did not deter us from the hike. The trailhead is easy to find if you pay attention. Just head south outside the main entrance and follow the road to a post marked 44320. Turn left there and follow the signs. You cannot miss the entrance. It’s about 6 1/2 miles to 7 miles round-trip but worth it.

love this place

I'd rate the trail between moderate and hard, some parts pretty steep, others a little rocky, but definitely doable with a little experience. Both the upper and lower falls were nice, albeit pretty tame after seeing St. Francis falls in Glacier last month. Hiked about a mile above the 2nd falls: fantastic views and great color.

Nice trail with a moderate incline alongside a small brook. Hiked it and the Pioneer trail on the same trek. Wonderful color and great views. Lots of trail bikes careening down, so be prepared for a few fast dives into the brush.

Not sure if this was a biking or off-road limousine trail, but it wasn't that good for hiking. One trail sign from the parking lot and after a 1.5 mile hike up a gravel/dirt road, the only trails I saw strictly prohibited hiking: bikes only. The Creekside trail half-a-click back down the road is a much better option.

Great trail with mixed terrains. Both waterfalls are pretty low on water, and so are all the lakes by Steamboat. We went to the upper Falls, you can add miles to the hike by going to Longs Lake.
I would rate this upper moderate rather than “hard”.
Overall beautiful hike in fall colors!

$5 entrance fee per car.

Nice hike only went to lower falls , trail was paved all the way . Will try upper falls soon.

25 days ago

Pretty view of the canyon and the aspens. Beautiful colors. Starts off a little steep but the rear of the trail is not bad at all. Decent amount of shade. Went early and trail was pretty empty, but by 11 passed more and more hiking in. Went passed the barn and hike a trail behind up towards the hills behind it and back to the barn before heading out. About another mile around the barn. Total of 5.3 miles there and back.

27 days ago

Easy access to "trail" which was mostly dirt road. Pretty fall color the farther you hiked.

Wonderful Hike! The trail offers a variety of terrain. The path is well travelled, but the higher you hike the less people you see. There are many photo opportunities of Fall Colors, and some wildlife. If you are serious about heading to the second Falls and Lake wear hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Love, Love, Love This Hike!

Tough but soooooo worth it!!!

1 month ago

Great trail minus the horse poo... Lots of elk hunters out currently. Only saw 2 deer on the trail. Lake is gorgeous. Hike the entire loop if possible. I believe the AllTrails mileage is off though. Our gps tracker said 5 miles to the lake from the Gilpin trail.

This was a gorgeous hike! Just as many other people have said BRING WATER! Couldn’t believe how many people had little or no water and wore flip flops. Even if you only go to the first falls it’s best to be prepared. More of a moderate hike than hard. Good variety of terrain on trail.

Probably a beautiful hike, only putting 1 star because we were not able to do the hike as there were WARNING signs of recently sites Mountain Lions (mother and cubs) at the at the start of the trail, hence the walk trail was overgrown so we turned back! Just to note, the Lions were sighted 1 month ago here and then on 13th Sept at the start of the Mad Creek walk just beside this walk (which we also hiked but did not realise there may be mountain lions until after).
Beautiful hike but please note above and check the news!

We went clockwise and was good as the other way would have been much longer in the ascent. Loved this hike but my IPhone clocked 13 miles. It was gorgeous but a few more miles than I expected. Perfect time to hike it. I will go back and probably camp halfway next time. ❤️

Decent short hike. I think we were a week early for some really good fall foliage. Definitely recommend going on past the mine to where the trail ends at a creek. 4 stars for having to pay $5.

We hiked that trail today 9/13 it was an amazing hike, we went counterclockwise and did the entire Loop. Unfortunately we lost a Micro SD card on the trail - it is in a plastic case- if anybody finds it please message me. or call Brian 847-702-9240. Thank you

We took the short and easy paved path and had a lovely time and beautiful views! Quite a few people on a Sunday afternoon, but still enjoyable.

hiked on Labor Day 9/3/18 with my 16 year old son. Got a later start, arrived at trailhead at 9am. VERY crowded parking wise. But trail was not too crowded. Saw a few groups, all courteous and enjoying the hike. No tough creek crossings. No significant wildlife sightings on this day; however, my wife and I had hiked the Gilpin Lake trail two weeks before and ran into a bear about 45 minutes up from the trailhead. The bear was only about 10 yards from the trail.....never once looked up from his feeding frenzy on the vegetation. Lots of dogs as part of the groups, only about half were leashed, none were trouble. The hike is AWESOME. So glad we went counterclockwise, sure seems to be the easier way to get to the "saddle" south of Gilpin Lake. A GREAT hike, nice day, just a few sprinkles.

Beautiful, moderate to hard, you will not regret it!! My wife and I are 54, from the Midwest and fairly active. We’ve hiked Colorado, Washington, Arizona and California. We loved this hike to the upper falls! Great workout, not too technical, but plenty of opportunities to explore around the falls. Definitely in our list of Top 20 hikes. Hydrate before, during and after!!

1 month ago

The leaves are starting to turn on the way up. The water color of the lake is as blue as Maroon Bells! Beautiful turquoise! Chilly water temp. Will do the full circle next time.

Good hike with Ellen. Left house at 11 and back by 2:00 pm.

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