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Nice trail; nice views; long climbs. Last part was kinda weak, walked a long ways down a road.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! Pretty easy but bring a snack and water. Boots not totally necessary, but I’d wear some next time we do it... I wore running shoes (unplanned hike) and they did fine but it does get rocky at some points so the extra stability would have been nice. We clocked the hike in at 2.7 miles from maroon lake and we went past the lake so not sure where the miles were pulled from on here. Could have been our app too.

This is a great hike with beautiful views and a CLEAN hot spring at the end. Sorry, but this is easily doable in one day. My daughter is 27 and I'm 54 years old and we not only did it one day, but drove all the way back to Colorado Springs too. Do get there earlier in the day bc the parking lot fills up fast. Happy trails!

Love this hike

My wife and I went last weekend. It was beautiful at the top. It's a steep climb at a high elevation, but it's short, and the lake at the top is pretty. It was a bit muddy and marshy at the top from runoff, but the trail was almost completely snow-free.

Awesome trail, no snow at all. Took us 3 hours with a short lunch break at the lake.

Not too long. Amazing payoff with the high mountain lake. Went with my wife and two boys 9 and 11. Had to take a couple breaks on the steeper sections but they made it no problem. Went in mid June and had some good snow melt runoff and only a couple sections a little muddy. Still a couple snow banks to play with and snow around the lake. Awesome..

A bit rocky, but so amazing. So pretty. Anything about this trail is worthwhile, and totally awesome. Bridges covering mini waterfalls at every turn and a huge lake at the beginning and end. Recommend for everyone.

hiking
7 days ago

Took a 10 and a 12 year old; very cool hike, definitely some scrambling at the top, so have some good boots and watch your footing. I do agree that if you're afraid of heights that you should find a different trail. The 10 and 12 year old had no issue navigating the rocks.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Hot springs were wonderful! Too many people on the trail though.

7 days ago

Rocky, steep switchbacks and incline the whole way. Worth the effort bc the views are beautiful! Swing on the swing!

hiking
7 days ago

This is not an easy trail - don’t take kids or dogs. There are sections where you are walking the spine with sheer drop offs either side. If you have any fear of heights - don’t do it. There are sections where you are scaling rocks and going across the face. It was strenuous - one of our group quit. Yes the views across Aspen Golf Club were fantastic but no what your getting yourself into.

hiking
8 days ago

My wife and I decided to hike 2.5 miles up this trail, beginning at the Western TH (Linkin Lake side), which takes you up to the saddle above Independence Lake. For a day hike this was perfect -- LOTS of snow on the trail. We didn't need spikes, but the trail disappears in the snow for most of the route, and there was some surprise post-holing as we stepped gingerly across some of the snow fields. Pretty exhausting, but the views were well worth it! There is a (very) wet river crossing near the start, so bring some water shoes.

hiking
8 days ago

The six mile drive up Lincoln Creek Road can be a little dicey, but don't let it put you off -- it actually gets better toward the end. We have a Chevy Traverse (grocery-getter) and had no problem. The trail begins with a bit of a climb, but then levels out onto a valley meadow that follows Grizzly Creek all the way up to the lake. There are several river crossings, but none that need be wet (the first may seem wet, but if you follow the river up a bit you can hop across on the islands. The going gets tougher after the river crossing -- some snow, but didn't even need our micro-spikes. The farther you go, the steeper the climb -- that last half mile was tough. Throughout the hike you have beautiful views. My wife and I are 60, and we had no problems. One of our favorite hikes in the Aspen area.

Picturesque views. Technically it is an easy hike, but only if you are in a good shape and used to high elevation.

8 days ago

Take two cars and drop the one at the lower trail head for this four hour hike over beautiful tundra forest and the Rocky Mountains

scenic driving
9 days ago

Second best view in the state!

Came from the Aspen side and got an early start (7:30am). I highly recommend it as the campsites fill up quickly. The hike is pretty difficult, but manageable. The last push is the hardest and you just want to get there. We camped at #8 and though it's up the hill, you have a nice "balcony" there to look over the hot springs. I expected it to be crowded, but it wasn't that bad. Even got some alone time in the springs. We were there at the end of August, and it got pretty cold at night. 32 degrees. Stayed 2 nights then hiked up to Triangle Pass and into Crested Butte. Now, about that...

We left too late (10:30) and the hike to Triangle is very difficult, especially with 35 lbs on your back. Once over the pass, the trail is a long hike through scree. No one warned us, so I am doing it here. It was very scary. We had to ford many streams down the trail and it got too dark to do that, so we ended up having to camp another night. Be prepared and leave early.

Absolutely breathtaking

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! Last half mile had a lot of rocks that were difficult at times, but it was manageable.

walking
13 days ago

Embarrassing, but I was a little confused. I parked, crossed the bridge, and followed the trail over the bridge. Lots of fallen trees and it ended at the river across from the campground. I’m thinking you take a left once you cross the bridge. I did a rock scramble and ended up making it though. Very beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. One of the best hikes I've ever done in Colorado. I highly recommend it but arrive early! The shuttle to and from the visitor center gets busy later on in the morning/early afternoon. We arrived at the visitor center around 8am and it was fairly empty. The trail was a bit challenging in some spots due to big rocks. There is a lot of shade from the sun and the reward of arriving at the lake at the end of the hike is totally worth it.

Completed last year. Tons of fun, excellent hike!!

hiking
14 days ago

There are tons of trails that lead all over. Something like a microburst appears to have happened and covered a lot of the designated trail. We found our way. Great hike!

A great hike to take out of town visitors on. Just challenging enough with wonderful views.

hiking
16 days ago

There’s a review shortly down on the list by Amanda Sobkwicz that is just a flat out lie. No one has slipped and died on this hike. Why someone would make that up is beyond me and must have some serious issues they need to work out. It’s a great hike and one of the easier ones in the area. Enjoy it and don’t worry.

hiking
16 days ago

A wonderful easy and short hike through the woods. We saw a weasel near the lake

hiking
16 days ago

It’s basically a windy gravel road up a little mountain! It has LOTS of incredible views and even an observation deck and bench where you can stop for a bit. The trail is well kept and easy to navigate but i probably wouldn’t do this one again bc it was just a little too easy. Great for beginners though! And also great for dogs off leash!!

hiking
16 days ago

As of 6/1/18 the top is still snowpacked and the trail easily lost. Can’t wait for a few more weeks to try it again.

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