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This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.

hiking
1 day ago

If you want a wonderful easy-moderate day hike in relative solitude, do this, and go EARLY! I arrived at trailhead at 6:30am, and got back in my car around 12:30pm. Huge slowdown as you come back, though - very crowded with inexperienced hikers, and etiquette is very poor, causing lots of hangups.

Bring waterproof boots for mud and water. Moderate snow on the last 0.5 miles of trail, so I advise caution and walking sticks if you have them.

Amazing!

Easy trail with beautiful meadows at the beginning. Enjoyed the fast moving river going along side the trail when heading back to Cub Lake trailhead. Unfortunately much of the trail was running through a burned area. Enjoyed all the birds along the trail.

Super busy weekend foot traffic. Snow only at the very end of the trail.

Great hike with a lot of chances to stop and admire the falls and scenery. Get there early because the parking lot at the trailhead fills up fast. We pulled in at 7:45am and were one of the last 3 cars to be able to park at the trailhead.

hiking
1 day ago

We only went to Mills Lake since we had already hiked to Loch Lake. It was worth it...very beautiful! We ran into a little bit of snow. Snow cleats were not needed, but we used them since we had them with us for the downhill patches.

Great short hike, not as crowded as other RMNP trails. It is moderate/hard due to incline, but not technically difficult.

Gorgeous, gorgeous hike. Parking lot at trailhead full by 6:45am, no joke. Bring poles and microspikes if you plan to hike entire trail, snow pack still present last mile of trail as of June 24.

Beautiful journey with many opportunities to appreciate nature. Lots of wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful, moderate hike, with amazing views the entire hike. I'm relatively fit, but a novice hiker and would rate as moderately easy (good workout, but very quick). Completed the whole hike in 1hr 15 min. Arrived at 8:30 AM and had no issues finding parking. It was a peaceful hike up, but by the time I headed down, the trails and the parking lot were already packed. Do yourself a favor and get up early, it's worth it :)

Awesome little trail. Switchbacks in the beginning aren't too bad, lots of tree coverage at the top and around the lake. The lake is beautiful, it was like glass when I was there. I saw a lot of moose poop but no moose. The trail is easy to follow well marked and clear of snow. Beautiful.....except for the poop.