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hiking
3 days ago

I hiked this trail in 1999. My goal was to hike the 5.75 miles from Big Creek Lake to the Seven Lakes. From there, I wanted to hike up over the Continental Divide and view what was on the other side.
The first portion of the trail from the lake to the waterfalls is well worn and busy. From the waterfalls up to the Seven Lakes the hike is steep with several switchbacks. Along the way is an overlook where you can observe the Big Creek lakes and the beaver ponds in the valley. Across the valley is Red Elephant Mountain. From the overlook, it is about an hour hike to the Seven Lakes.
At the Seven Lakes I rested for about a half-hour before I started up the final stretch to the ridge on the Continental Divide. There is no trail above the Seven Lakes. I did not know where to hike to reach the ridge. Suddenly, an Elk appeared on the ridge. He trotted along the top of the ridge and then disappeared between a couple of Spruce Trees. I decided that was where I needed to go. Blazing my own trail, I hiked through a marsh, across a small creek and scaled the slope to the Spruce Trees. I was not quite prepared for what I saw on the other side of the Divide. There before me was the rugged cathedral peaks of Mt. Zirkel. The panoramic view was amazing. The 12 miles round-trip hike took me about 7.0 hours. Be prepared for showers in the afternoon.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike, dog friendly, packed snow on the trail in the winter-snowshoes unnecessary.

good beginner snow shoe trail

snowshoeing
14 days ago

Gorgeous 4 mile loop for a snowshoe hike. We hiked it in the late afternoon around 2:00 And was able to finish before the sun came down. Unlike the other reviews-we found it very easy to follow. I found it well marked. Not many people on the trail which made it magical.

hiking
16 days ago

Need snow shoes to get to the very last part getting to 2nd falls, right after the 2nd bridge. Made it just fine with hiking boots till that point

hiking
snow
16 days ago

Winter hiking boots fit the bill. LOTS of compact snow on the trail. If you accidentally step off the trail, you can sink in thigh high. Loads of people walking their dogs, there’s a great off-leash section.
We didn’t have a ton of time before the sun was going down, but got two miles in and came back. Really nice.

hiking
muddy
snow
23 days ago

Very peaceful and relaxing trail to hike. I would recommend snow shoes if hiking at this time of the year because the snow is very highly piled up. My boyfriend fell at one point through the snow and it almost submerged his entire leg. :P
If you enjoy lots of snow and the forest then this will be a fun hike during this time of year ^__^

hiking
bridge out
26 days ago

snowshoeing
26 days ago

Snowshoed 1/19/19. Snowshoes are definitely needed. Absolutely stunning with all of the fresh snow but the trail was pretty much impossible to follow. Regardless, it was nice to hike around the general area. Even without being able to follow the actual trail, I would still recommend.

snowshoeing
27 days ago

This is a great trail. Well marked with blue diamonds visible the entire route. We went counter clockwise which included a long climb in the 1st mile and a short steep climb in the last mile. Great views and friendly people along the route.

We read an article that rated this as one of the top 12 winter hikes in Colorado, but it's closed until April. Boo.

https://303magazine.com/2017/12/11-winter-wonderland-hikes-in-colorado/

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Good obstacles but i would not call it hard. We backpacked in for a couple of nights and stayed near the shelf lakes to the East of North Gap Lake. Beautiful views, and some of the lakes had fish. I was using dry flies and it seemed they would take about anything I put on top. Will do this hike again one day even if only for the fishing!

Beautiful trail but signage was lacking towards the end of the trail so we never found the larger falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Packed trail, no traction or snowshoes necessary

horseback riding
1 month ago

actually went about 11.2 miles up to Scott's rock .set up camp 10 days . mirror lake is beautiful

Nice snowshoe and well marked coming starting counter clockwise.

hiking
2 months ago

Did a 10 mi. loop that included other lakes. Wild flowers in late July & spectacular views of other peaks could not be better.

Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and steep. Did this a couple weeks ago and used micro spikes because there was so much snow packed down it turned to ice in several places. Once you get about 2.5 miles in, the trail disappeared because of untouched snow but super beautiful views even there. Would have kept going if we’d brought snowshoes up

Attempted this trail 3 weeks ago and the snow was too much. Hip deep at points and the trail is covered. We made it to the top of the first rock scramble and turned back. Will complete this trail in the spring once the snow melts.

hiking
3 months ago

How fun to find this trail so close to town. Loved running to the upper fall and letting the crowd at the bottom thin out. Once back at the bottom I was able to bask in the beauty of the fall.

hiking
3 months ago

My experience was very much like the review of Anna Borg.

I hiked the trail on October 30, 2018. Didn't see anyone else out on the trail.

Incredible scenery and a great payoff at the end. The lower part of the trail was a little wet and muddy in a few spots, and the last mile or so was covered in snow and ice, but easily passable.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. GPS device recorded 12.5 miles. Most difficult part is the start to upper falls. After upper falls the grade is much gentler. Did yesterday, Oct 30. The last quarter mile has some snow on the trail which has become packed ice - very slippery; used the loose snow instead. 28 degrees and snowing steadily at the lake. Wildlife - saw porcupine and ptarmigan. Hiked constant pace w no breaks. 2:40 up, 2:20 down. Beautiful and fun hike. Moderate not hard. The description says ‘scramble’ but there is none.

hiking
3 months ago

Good workout going up to the upper falls. The trail is a little rough and rocky at times, but the views are stunning and well worth the effort. It started snowing at the upper falls, so we didn't continue on to the lake. Maybe next time.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike - about 50 minutes out and 40 minutes back. Definitely in the sun so avoid mid summer days. Even your flatlander friends can do this and feel accomplished!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this trail today, 10/27/18, from the slavonia trailhead and loved it! The scenery takes you through tons of aspens (which are still gorgeous bare, but the leaves are gone now), rocky landscapes, lots of river crossings, and WOW that scenery! The last mile up/down to the lake from the largest river crossing is currently icy snow pack mixed with some rocky/muddy terrain, which made our trip take a bit longer and took more energy. Clocked 9.28 miles and 2000+ elevation gain as a heads up as well.

Hiked this trail on Oct 25th and was sad to see the gate to the campground was closed. It added an extra mile to the hike, but it was still worth it. The lakes are on their way to being frozen but not quite there yet. Gap Lake was still okay.
There is snow on the ground but hard packed and easy to walk on. Dress warm, the winds pick up quickly and make for a cold walk if you’re not prepared.

We did this trail as part of a loop (we hiked up Medicine Bow trail to the summit and then took the Lakes Trail back down to the parking lot). It was a great hike, very scenic but unless you’re prepared for hiking in snow and strong, strong winds then I would recommend doing only the Lake Trails part of the trail up and down. Even the Lake Trail has some snow on it, but it’s hard packed and easy to walk on. Some icy sections but overall a walk in the park compared to the other loop section we did! Hiked on October 26th

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!

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