Explore the most popular lake 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.

Went today. It was beautiful and warm. Still lots of snow, but packed and a little icy. Not too much post holing if you stay in tracks. Not icy up top. I’d recommend yak tracks and a pole. Tons of goats!!!

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!!!!

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!

hiking
2 days ago

For the next month, I would suggest spikes, poles and pants. Don’t forget a coat and some sunscreen. It was chilly once you get out of the tree line. The last mile to the summit is a bear and snow covered. The views at the top are well worth it. Get on the trail early. Know the weather before hand because you are exposed after the first mile. Really fun hike! 1st 14er!! Whoop whoop!

hiking
2 days ago

The trail started just outside of our resort in Breckenridge. Great trail in mid-Spring with some snow and great views. Hopped the free bus back to Breck and the hotel. Looking forward to the next trip!

If you take the Ten Mile Peak trail towards town (just past Rainbow Lake), it will cut off a little time.

hiking
5 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!!!

backpacking
6 days ago

Took a little over two hours to hike up to the lakes. Lake is still mostly frozen over and lots of snow. There were plenty of dry spots to setup camp for the night though. Our camp got snowed on for about two hours during the day but then the sun came out strong. Great in and out trail for a one night backpack.

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.

beautiful

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!

hiking
12 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.

road to the trailhead was closed on May 12, 2018

A must do in Colorado

hiking
13 days ago

It’s a beautiful trail. We did not make it to the end because there was a lot of snow. Thigh high in places. The runoff was strong and the creek was flowing full force. Made for interesting and wet crossings. We will be back in September.

Great views, but a bit too snowy still too go much farther than 2.5 mile mark. We spent the better part of 90 min post holing. I'll definitely go back in a few weeks to complete this trip!

hiking
14 days ago

Start early if you don't like crowds. Beautiful. Rocky trail, so wear good shoes. We come every year; the scenery all the way up is worth the effort.

Great hike 734 vertical climb 1.2 Miles

hiking
15 days ago

got to trailhead a little after 6. summit by 10:30 in spikes & with plenty of stops. back at car by 1. packed snow all the way to summit. go early and stay on trail (even if it looks like snow has been packed by previous hikers) you will post hole until you want to cry #goats

hiking
15 days ago

Really fun, moderate trail. I went Frisco to Breck. It was a modest gain and definitely doable. As of today, the trail is 80% snow covered. The snow is packed pretty good through the center of the trail, so no snowshoes or yak tracks needed. I brought both with me and didn’t end up using them. You can definitely knock it out with a set of hiking sticks. You’re gonna post hole a couple dozen times, so expect your shoes to get wet. From TH to TH, just under 8 Miles. The snow is gonna slow you down a bit, so plan accordingly. Overall, it was a great hike!! Definitely will do again.

hiking
16 days ago

Did this on 06/25/17. It was my first Fourteener. So took around 4 hours to reach the top. View was amazing. Too icy on the top. Be careful while coming down.

This hike is just amazing. The views are so worth it. The trail itself is rocky and and steep in areas, but nothing our children ages 6, 9, and 13 couldn't handle. Worth the extra climb to Sprouting Rock. The only annoying thing was that even though the signage clearly says "no dogs" people had their dogs on the trail anyway.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not too crowded. I severely underestimated how “steep and rocky” this hike was. I read the signs, but my stubborn brain said “it’s only 1.2 miles”, and my stupid fat body was like “yeah you can do it, go on a hike, lose some weight.” Wow. All in all it was a great hike, nice shady trail, gorgeous view at the top. But I just realized how out of shape I am. But if a chubby guy like me can do it, you can too!

Es increíble. Vale la pena. Esperé mucho tiempo para poder hacer el recorrido.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Stunning beauty with all the snow-covered peaks!! Sunny skies and an occasional breeze. And the trail was about 99% covered in snow, except the very beginning.

We arrived shortly before 7am and a few spots remained in the parking lot. The gate at McCullough Gulch road remains closed and snow drifts block the road. Definitely bring spikes for traction. Snowshoes came in very handy in the afternoon for the last mile down, and we still post-holed in a few spots. Poles are very helpful, too, for balance in the soft snow.

The snow enhanced the beauty but made it more difficult (5 1/2 hrs to summit vs 3 1/2 in the summer). Allow for additional time to descend.

Still, totally worth it for us. Mountain goats, skiers, mountain beauty, snow covered peaks, and even those who parachuted off the mountain. Fantastic day!! Wouldn't trade.

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