Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in White River National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great loop trail with lake, waterfall and flora.

great hike today. managed to see 182 visitors today in the wilderness

Trail closed until June 20

Great hike

Great hike! Beautiful scenery throughout the journey. Took about 2 hours to get to the falls and an hour on the return. Some steep sections which definitely justify the moderate rating. Two creek crossings which soaked some shoes but well worth it.

I really loved this hike. It's moderate with tons of wildflowers and 360 views of the peaks. A little soggy in spots but no real issues. I recommend you not miss this one if you're in the area! Majesty!

1 day ago

Great trail; challenging start and finish. Memorial Day weekend, small pockets of snow still - nothing on the trail. Fun to see the creek, river, and falls with all that run off - made them super cold and running hard. Would hike this again, would start early, exposed areas in the sun get hot at mid day/

1 day ago

Amazing hike! It is a challenge for those who are not experienced hikers or for those who are not from the area and not used to the altitude. Best advice is to pace yourself and take breaks when needed. After all, hiking is about enjoying the climb to the top as well, not a race to finish first! It does get quite crowded as the day goes on, so the earlier you arrive the better. Good hiking shoes are also recommended.

off road driving
2 days ago

The scenery was very good and it’s always fun to be on the divide. The drive from Breckenridge was quick and the road is well maintained. Went up in in the Land Rover but could have made it with the Subaru. It was 90 degrees in Denver and a nice cool 65 degrees at the pass. If you’re looking for an off-road adventure this is not it, but if you want some spectacular views then do it. Will go again.

Worth the drive and parking issue. Trail in good condition for the amount of traffic. Kid friendly. Not really a moderate hike, but still a good pump. Beautiful lake and falls!!!!

2 days ago

One of my favorite Vail hikes. Went May 20 and the snow was gone, except for a few patches very easy to get around. The water was gushing because of the snow melt, so it was gorgeous to see the falls so active. The aspens are blooming and the green is coming through. Once the remaining greenery comes through, parts of the hike make you feel like you're in the Sound of Music. :)

Gorgeous!!!! Truly amazing! Take the extra time to go to the waterfalls and get there early! I found this hike to be more easy/moderate. But I also hike a lot.

Amazing hike and well worth the view. Make sure to go to spouting rock after the lake, it’s only a few minutes farther and has a nice waterfall!

3 days ago

Nice steady elevation gain. Beautiful scenery. I would definitely hike it again.

May 15, 2018. This is such a pretty trail, I look forward to doing the whole thing. There is a seasonal closure for elk and deer migration and reproduction from May 15 until June 20. Lets all give a shout out to the trail managers for respecting wildlife!

Note: This trail is CLOSED to all traffic 5/15-6/20/18 for wildlife preservation

6 days ago

Parking is a bit tight at the trailhead at the bottom of the trail. Google maps was trying to take me about 1/4 mile down the road where there is a little more parking but not a lot. The trail is well defined, smooth in some parts while rocky and steeper in others. There is one easy stream crossing. A few small snow patches were still along the way. They were small enough to go over or around without any problems. There are plenty of areas in the shade for rest stops.

7 days ago

seemed harder than moderate rating, but we're not experienced hikers. well worth the effort though.

great waterfalls, definitely go to spouting rock after the lake!!!

Steep hike but well worth the effort put in! The lake up top is stunning and peaceful. I would definitely take the extra few steps further up to see sprouting rock falls. Beautiful waterfall which you are able to walk behind. My friend and I were driving back from Moab, Utah to Denver and decided to stop and do this hike. Took us about 2.5 hours round trip. Wear good hiking shoes as you’ll be climbing over rock the majority of the time. Have fun!

Steep hike, lots of fun! Would do it again

One of my oldest friends and I did this hike last Monday (5/14). We drove all the way from Denver, leaving around 5 am and arriving at the trailhead at 8 am. It took us about two hours to complete the hike, and let me tell you, it was worth the drive!

With beautiful cascading waterfalls the entire way up to the lake, this is one of the most majestic hikes I have been on. It is pretty much straight uphill after you leave the pavement. And although it is a relatively short hike, the 1200 feet of elevation gain over 1.4 miles made me break a sweat.

The lake itself is magnificent. I wish we would have been there a few hours later when the sunlight could illuminate the brilliantly bright emerald rocks reflecting through the pool, but then the crowds would have been overwhelming.

I think we actually enjoyed Spouting Rock more than the lake itself, as you can go directly behind/beneath it with the three waterfalls cascading down upon you.

Overall this was a magnificent hike that I would love to revisit! As with all SUPER popular hikes in Colorado, it's important to start early if you want to avoid crowds and ensure a spot in the small parking lot below.


Wow - what an incredible hike! My only complaint would be that this trail gets very crowded, so if you’re in search of seclusion, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, it’s worth the hype! The hike up to the lake is steep but manageable and follows along a stream the whole way. The trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. Once up top, you’re rewarded with a truly unique view. The water cascading into the turquoise hued lake almost makes you forget about the stunning canyon view below. Make sure to continue the short distance past the lake to check out Spouting Rock, a larger waterfall that spouts directly from a cliff face. Even better, you can walk behind the falls to cool off and enjoy the view.

Amazing trail. Nice and steep with a lot of rocky terrain. The waterfalls and the lake were beautiful and well worth the hike. The trail is very well kept up with. I only had to carry out one piece of trash. Highly recommend this trail!!

Beautiful hike first thing in the morning, the trail gets really crowded after 8 AM. If you want a super amazing hike try and get there before sunrise. It’s a great work out first thing in the morning. You have about 1100 feet elevation gain in 1.3 miles. If you want to be one with nature, this is it. The beautiful sounds of the waterfalls throughout the entire hike and mother nature did not disappoint when she made this lake. It is absolutely stunning. Enjoy!

13 days ago

Great hike. Near the falls there is some snow to navigate through, which was the most difficult part of the hike. Our 6yo hiked with us as well.

14 days ago

Great hike, saw lots of Bighorn Sheep. The trail was mostly clear of snow, a little slippery in parts.

14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Make sure to wear sturdy shoes because the incline is covered in rocks going all the way up to Hanging Lake. Recommend lots of water too! Total hike time up to the lake was 40-45 mins on a moderate pace.

A must do in Colorado

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