Mohawk Lakes Trail

MODERATE 594 reviews
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Mohawk Lakes Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2057 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

Take Spruce Creek Rd., just to the left of Goose Pasture Tarn and go as far as you can on this road.

16 days ago

We saw moose! Unbelievably beautiful and memorable trail.

1 month ago

Great hike. Easy to follow trail up until it starts becoming steep going to the first lake. I did the climb following animal tracks. Really cold and windy but it's so beautiful and quiet at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike - beautiful views and lakes
Sept 2017

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely harder than expected. Our first “mountain” hike, and got pretty winded on the way up. Got to Lower Mohawk at 4pm and snowy clouds started to roll in and the sun started to set behind the peak, which meant slippery and cold conditions for the decent if we didn’t leave after the lower lake.
Next time we go we will be leaving earlier in the day and pace ourselves more to make it to the upper Lake! It was 6.8 miles to and from the lower Lake.
Definitely worth the hike for the views though!

hiking
2 months ago

With the altitude change the hike started to feel harder but well worth it. Amazing mountain views, lakes, and waterfalls. My pup loved it too! Breathtakingly beautiful!
(A lot of people hike this, we kept passing a lot of people)

2 months ago

Icy at this time of the year but manageable. Great time

hiking
2 months ago

Super icey, but so worth it for the views. Trails hard to see with the snow and icey patches. But awesome once you get to the top! The logged cabin was so cool to look at and definitely a place to go again. Probably a lot easier with no snow. Loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike near Breck. A good amount of snow built up on the trail was easy to navigate until you get to the lower Mohawk lakes where it got pretty tricky and we turned around when it got too deep/post holing. Definitely will be coming back to get to the upper lakes as the views are incredible in all directions once you get up high. Will be back when it will be much easier to do without snow.

hiking
2 months ago

Spruce Creek Trail was a bit icy in spots but completely manageable. The trail is snowy in between the lower and upper lakes. If you can handle the snow/ice the upper lake is a must. The mountain goats came out up top!

We did this hike in boots with no other gear and never fell once.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Weather was perfect. Very icy. Fell a couple of time. Well worth it though with the right equipment. Saw mountain goats. Bouldered some beside the waterfall. Agree with one reviewer - markings at the top are very hard to find. We were off the trail several times but had no problem getting back on it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail a little icy at the top but has wonderful views and I made a couple friends too!

3 months ago

The signage leaves a lot to be desired. Otherwise a nice hike

hiking
3 months ago

We only made it to lake 5 on a beautiful day, the wind at the top was just whipping! There is a small cable climb about 3 minutes before lake 5...fun and challenging. The views were amazing and well worth the climb.

hiking
3 months ago

Phenomenal hike. Completed 10/10/17, a sunny day after snowfall. I will give some PRACTICAL tips here: once you get to the trail head (on Google Maps, Spruce Creek Trailhead), I recommend driving up ahead to skip the first half of the trail. It's a very bumpy road, one I'd only do with a rental car or good 4x4 vehicle. Be very good about following fresh footprints in the snow. The first lower lake is great (and currently frozen), but the 2nd upper lake is absolutely other-worldly and has to be seen. Start this trail early so you have time. With the snow I saw on 10/10 I was able to do it fine with good hiking shoes and hiking sticks. Waterproof hiking boots were not necessary, but would have been helpful. Bring extra socks. And please have hiking sticks. There is so much ice and coming down is actually a bit treacherous. One false step can mean serious injury. Take your time. It's worth it, but come prepared. It takes some courage to go up given the recent ice and snow, but so worth it.

It was a great hike. Challenging elevation increase towards the end, but there is a beautiful waterfall that rewards you half way up. We had a close encounter with a moose family of three, including a calf. It was pretty scary, but we passed without incident. I'd suggest keeping your dogs on a leash, ours were not and our youngest pup encountered the moose before we did. It could've been a very bad situation, and we are lucky. Definitely learned a lesson.

hiking
3 months ago

Bring some spikes, friends! (And your pup.)

3 months ago

Beautiful. Intense hiking in places, but many worthwhile payoffs.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. A little wet on the trail but not bad.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike! Particularly the waterfall that you reach near the top! You can venture in as far as you’re comfortable with, and then simply turn around to retreat.

camping
3 months ago

Such a beautiful and rewarding hike. There were a lot of people on a Saturday but you could hardly tell on the trail. Keep going up to try and see all the lakes if you can!! Many backpackers there camping.

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