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Spectacular challenge with elevation gain , wildlife, views, clear water !!

backpacking
23 days ago

I'm not sure it gets more Colorado, than this trail. Aspen groves and pine forests, massive elevation gain potential, slightly sketchy traverse, and beautiful Alpine lakes with trout in them. One of my favorites for sure

hiking
23 days ago

Wrote a detailed blog post. You can read it here http://wp.me/p7ZycW-2l :)

Beautiful. Hiked this trail in the fall. The aspen trees were bright yellow, chill in the air. It was glorious.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful scenery, and I guess "moderate" is accurate, but they didn't give it that rating with 62 year old guys in mind. Consistent climb over rocky terrain and easy to miss the trail on the downhill leg. Trail marker at base of Rainbow Trail by my gps and my body was totally in accurate. From Gibson trail head, this is a 9-10 mile round trip.

hiking
28 days ago

The route shown on this app, is not the best route in my opinion. There is a route if you turn left (walking from the parking lot, to the trail on the app) following the Forest service signs, that is shorter and more scenic. I went up on the shorter route, and back on the longer route. The longer route has nothing to recommend it, again this is the route shown in the app, as it bypasses both of the impressive waterfalls I enjoyed on the way up, and the added mileage is almost entirely on an ATV track that is not particularly scenic.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, good fishing, lots of wildlife.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked Lilly Lake trail numerous times from June through Sept.
The lake itself is a great place with generally low traffic. Mount Lindsey attracts most of the attention and that trail leaves Lilly Lake trail about a mile in to the left.
The first part of the trail after leaving the trailhead parking drops into a gorgeous valley! After the split mentioned above, the trail ascends by traversing the slope without switchbacks for about a mile giving sweet views of the valley and Upper Huerfano River.
After about a mile there are spectacular camp sites at the edge of the slope looking into Blanca Basin and the rising peaks of Blanca and Ellingwood Point are in your face!
In June there are numerous snowmelt waterfalls to add an even wilder atmosphere.
Beyond this the trail turns to the slopes just below the lake making several switchbacks with a few more nice camp sites.
The lake itself is a beauty with, dare I reveal it, good size cutthroat trout in abundance.
An upper lake is situated about a half mile or so through fairly tough talus and boulder fields. There are fish there as well, as I understand it.

Great day, beautiful hike. Saw only 2 other hikers.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, but be prepared to put in some work. Did the hike on the 1st and it was pretty hot, so bring enough water for the return trip. Tons of mosquitos the entire way. Fitbit said it was more like 6 miles each way.

backpacking
1 month ago

Such a spectacular place! I suppose difficulty ratings are all dependent on your experience, fitness level and whether or not you're carrying a fully outfitted backpack for overnighting. We hiked up with gear in about 4.5 hours but stopped for photos frequently. This is a really long uphill grind. Mosquitos all along the way, we were saved by Repel Lemon Eucalyptus bug spray (non-Deet). Incredibly beautiful with waterfalls, streams, lake. Saw marmots and pika on the trail above the lake. Highly recommended but be prepared, we were pretty sore by the time we hiked out the next day!

Hidden gem!

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible views throughout keep you motivated up this great trail! Last bit up gets a bit difficult but worth every breath!