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Mesa Lakes Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mesa, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 396 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky Snow
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Getting There

Drive into the Mesa Lakes Lodge and turn left just before the cabins. Tarred one lane road takes you out behind the cabins to a parking area just beyond the trailhead.

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Doug S
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HikingRocky

This came up under my mountain bike filter. This is certainly NOT an easy mountain bike trail, lots of technical uphill and I ended up walking and carrying the bike a fair amount. Though I will admit coming back down was fun in spots. Pretty trail though, lots of wildflowers, clear waters at the lake. I’d recommend it, but next time I’ll hike. I was the only bike in this trail.

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Alyssa Prince
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Hiking

Did part of Mesa Lakes trail, went off towards Rim-View Trail and then back to Mesa Lakes and finished the loop

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Lisa Ruiz
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Brittany Woodward
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Little too muddy and snowy of a trail to hike today

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Nutamon S.
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Hiking

Easy hike. Dog friendly. Beautiful fall colors. Different terrains. Mesa lake and south Mesa lakes were gorgeous. Clear with blue/green hue. Lost lake was quiet. The water was pretty green when I was there (algae green), not as pretty as I was hoping for but the trail was fun. A little rocky toward the end.

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Jerrod Davis
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Hiking

Easy trails and easy to lose yourself in the beauty.

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Erica Leite
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Hiking

It’s a lovely stroll. Nothing strenuous. Lots of wild flowers & pretty views. Very quick! Was exactly what we expected it to be

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Justin Lauts
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Double J
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HikingSnow

Did Rim View trail because higher elevation trails were closed. Lots of snow. Trail was marked by tree signs for the first half, once I reached a large open space, I could not find any markings at all. Had to turn around.

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Julie Miller .
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Hiking

Pretty hike, but a like over rated. It's not really anything spectacular.

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Moose Adams
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Hiking

My wife and I took her sister and her three kids (8, 10 and 12) to do this trail in July of 2018. We ended up splitting the hike into two portions. We did the loop around Mesa Lake first then broke for lunch at the picnic area. After lunch we went back and did a small portion of the loop trail to get back to the intersection for the Lost Lake trail. The lake loop trail was very easy. The trail to lost lake involved a little more elevation gain to get to Lost Lake but was definitely worth it! We were the only ones on the hike and only two fisherman were at Lost Lake when we got there. It was a beautiful day with some clouds and a nice breeze to make the 70 degree temps feel even better. There were tons of wildflowers in bloom too that made the hike that much more enjoyable. Having done multiple hikes on the Mesa before we knew to load up on mosquito spray. It came in handy as there were a few spots along the hike where they were pretty thick. One note that might be important to others looking to do this hike. The directions that All Trails gives to the trailhead will put you on the trail but not where the map shows the trailhead. The All Trails starting point is a free parking area where the actual trailhead as shown on the map is inside the Mesa National Forest Mesa Lakes picnic and camping area which is a fee area ($6 self pay at the entrance).

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Amanda Hicks
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This is a really beautiful hike. I was up there just before sunrise and it's so quiet and peaceful, and as the sun rose I got to see and hear the forest come alive. I saw 2 bald eagles and some sort of water rodent (muskrat maybe ?). The trail is well maintained and used, even with snow on the ground it was easily seen, which is good because the signage is not good. I wondered around the park looking for a sign for awhile, I had read a previous post about the trailhead being near the cabins so I started there. In the winter part of the road is closed but there is a road at the cabins that leads to a picnic area, that's only sign (To picnic area) on the cabin side of the lake, the trail picks up there. There is another parking area past the bridge, to the left, at the end of the main park road with a sign for Glacier springs I believe, you can start the hike there as well, I think there were 2 signs on this side one for Glacier and one for Lost Lake.

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Elizabeth Marvin
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Hiking

Nice easy hike. Plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the scenery and even stop to fish. Be sure to bring bug spray! Overall a really nice find.

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Christie Hilliard
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INCREDIBLE. So peaceful and still and pure. Went a few days ago and we were the only people there. A beautiful, secluded magical place!

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gary ruozzi
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Hiking

The aspens were in full color. Awesome! This trail is easy around the first lake with a moderate climb to Lost Lake.

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Melissa Kleppinger
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This is such a beautiful hike, the scenery is amazing. The trails are easy to walk. The water is the most beautiful shades of blue and green. One of my favorite hikes.

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Dale Moores
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Hiking

Great way to spend time with the family. Easy hike with great scenery. Kids loved it.

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Debra Trowbridge
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Hiking

Asked directions to the trail head which is not clearly marked from the road. Needed to drive into the Mesa Lakes Lodge and turn left just before the cabins. Tarred one lane road takes you out behind the cabins to a parking area just beyond the trail head. Was a very nice easy hike around Mesa Lake. While there, I also did the Lost Lake trail. Not having been in CO to long, I had to watch my pace and breathing as climbed in altitude. But the trail was easy to follow and lots to look at along the way. Was a busy trail with a number of people and everyone was friendly. It was a great day!

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Shane McDonnell
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Very beautiful hike. Lost Lake is awesome. Took my 4 year old and he walked most of the way, so it was pretty easy.

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Cari Forsmann
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Walking

There are quite a few different trails in this area offshooting from the main trail. You have to pay $6 cash only for day use or just drive slightly further up the road to the Mesa Lakes Lodge and start from up there. Also be aware that the elevation is almost 10,000 feet so if you're acclimated to lower elevations you might find you're short of breath a little faster or get a headache. Beautiful leisurely walk.

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Robert Welcher
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Beautiful scenery and moderate work out depending on your pace.

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Dara Boe
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I did this hike early morning in late August with a friend and a few 4 legged furry friends. Great hike, awesome views and great weather. On the way up the Mesa we saw a small black bear cross the street (fun to see) otherwise we saw your typical chipmunks etc. I highly recommend this hike. Simple, pretty and fun.

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Lesly B
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Hannah Bohbot
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Kurt Vagle
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