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Windy but beautiful. The trails are perfect for snowshoeing. It isn't for beginners.

backpacking
5 days ago

We hiked this as part of a three-day trip with Buchanan Pass in late August. it was awesome, but get an early start. Cliuds roll in and you will wouldn't want to he is there in the rain.

Don't let the lack of snow on the drive in fool you. We went up today 1/9/18. The first 1.6ish miles you can get away with microspikes, yax or even just boots honestly. But if you go up the actual crater lakes trail, it gets pretty deep & steep once it splits off from the Rogers Pass trail. We were confused because two people we passed said they made it to the lakes in just spikes/yax, but we never saw their tracks. The snowshoe tracks eventually went off trail and eventually just dead-ended at an overlook. So we cut our own trail and it may not have been the best route, but we eventually wound up at the southwest most lake and circled back to the land between the two lower ones. Sorry if anyone is scratching their heads when they follow our footsteps. But also, you're welcome for us breaking trail. ;) haha. Never saw any tracks near the lakes so I have no idea where those other people went. It was a beautiful view & pretty snow, but slow going and challenging for sure.

Lost keys on trail today - Nissan key. A bit snowy for just boots. Would’ve been better with snowshoes. If anyone finds them please give me a call. 7272496099

Excellent hike. BEAUTIFUL views at the lake. Well worth the elevation gain. In the snow, definitely falls into the hard category, but seems like a moderate hike in dry conditions. Lots of snow here today. Nothing fresh. Spikes were very helpful. Would highly recommend them. Lots of snowshoers, but didn’t find it necessary. One or two points where I would’ve preferred them, but overall don’t see them as necessary for the hike in current conditions. Lakes were totally frozen over. Walked across them. Would love to go back in the summer.

hiking
18 days ago

Great snowshoe hike and incredible views. Had the trail to ourselves despite bluebird skies and not so much wind. It is a doable hike for the snowshoe newbie but you will be tired after the 12+ mile out and back to the lake.

Took a group snowshoeing today! Cross country skiers have carved some pretty good tracks in the trail but snowshoes were still viable, especially about 2 miles in and beyond. Probably 15” of snow on the sides of the trail. Great hike for beginner winter hikers or those not looking for an intense hike. You can go as far as you want, and great views of the mtns and the backside of Eldora Ski Resort

Great trail but conditions are getting tough for hiking. A lot of ice patches in the early going, several water crossings, and deep snow after the end of the devil's thumb bypass loop. Water proof boots and yak trax are pretty much mandatory, and snowshoes will make life a LOT easier on the back half. Views are totally worth it but be prepared for a challenging hike to get them! Conditions are much more manageable on the front half so a viable alternative would be to take the bypass trail and then loop back on the loop (counter clockwise) to lost lake.

A little delayed in posting. Enjoyed this hike on a crisp September day. All other hikers clearly planned for the weather better than we did - there were very few hikers and most were on their way down as we went up. There were a few small patches of September snow, and it naturally got chillier as we climbed. Thankfully, the rain didn’t begin till we saw the lakes. Despite a chilly rain the entire descent, this was one of my favorite (maybe favorite) hikes. The sounds of the forest and babbling brook brought such a sense of calm that it was easy to forget the actual challenge of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Freakin' rad!
All the snow was packed down which made travel pretty quick. Slippery on the way down but fun. The lake itself was frozen enough to walk on. It's also huge. Super windy up there too but worth exploring a bit.

Just did this. There was snow but it was fun. Have done in summer too. Good times!

Just hiked this today. I am a novice, so this trail was very difficult, especially near the end. It was also somewhat windy, and on the hike back I thought I had gone down the wrong trail because two small trees had fallen across the path while I was at the top, and I didn’t remember stepping over them on the way up. It got icy in the final quarter mile or so, but man was it worth the time. Most of the snow has melted, but be careful going from one lake to the other at the top—you can get your boots wet sinking in the remaining snow if you’re not careful. I recommend this hike: the views are beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

A little windy and snowy but beautiful! We wore our yaktrax majority of the hike. We hiked up to Jasper Lake and only saw a few other hikers.

one of the best trails i’ve been on in NOCO. the scenic vistas are as amazing as RMNP and aside from 4 or 5 other hikers, i had it all to myself.

Very nice hike through woods with an occasional nice view and three lakes at the end. Currently very snowy throughout most of the hike, snow packed and icy in spots. We made it with just hiking boots but extra traction would have been nice. I would agree that most of the hike is on the moderate side except for the last half mile push to the top lake. Right now the trail leading up top lake (which is not the actual trail, just a few footprints that everyone else followed) is straight up and very snowy and slippery. It is worth the push and the views are spectacular. This trail can get very crowded during the summer but it was pretty quit on this snowy fall day. Great hike overall.

Huge parking lot. Pretty crowded early on, but once you get up near the lakes, it thins out. Beautiful views of the lakes. Also a very peaceful spot for contemplation.

Lots and lots of snow, but wouldn’t rate this trail as difficult. Moderate, at best. Great views at the top! Bundle up!

The trail was a good workout but I wouldn't rate it as hard/difficult as the site does. Although the distances traveled seem to be longer than the trail markers say, it's a beautiful hike through the forest and gorgeous views of the lakes at the top. Not too much snow right now, just a little tight as you're getting to the lower lakes. Definitely make your way toward the upper lake and take in the view of the two lower ones from above! (Hike done 10/19/17)

Loved this hike!! Saw 4 of the lakes the fourth was definitely the best, incredible views!! The trail was challenging in some areas because of the rocks but worth it!

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