Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Colorado with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

A lot of fun but difficult with the snow. Shoe shoes are required

Good climb with camping at the base of the mountain.

One of my favourites! Broke climb into 2 days. First day started in afternoon, climbed over notch mountain and camped in the valley. Woke up early next morning and summited. I would do this hike again.

Great hike, slightly confusing near summit due to cairns were sometimes difficult to spot. I have hiked many 14ers and this trail seemed more strenuous than I had previously thought. All in all still a great hike

We started hiking this from the Platte River end and we made it 3 miles in the snow before we had to turn around. It was gorgeous and amazing and with the right gear I would do it again in the snow, but I wasn't prepared and this is what led to us turning back after 3 miles. I can't wait to go back there once the snow melts away so that I can finish what I started.

hiking
6 days ago

Great day out. Very few people, but trail was well packed. Boots and microspikes all the way to the lake, but snowshoes to cross the lake as the margins are pretty wet and soft.

Challenging hike with beautiful views! If you have a normal compact car, you’ll have to hike the Spruce Lakes Trail before getting to where the Mohawk Lakes Trail actually starts. From there, it’s a lot of climbing uphill with steep rocks, but so worth it. Definitely make sure you see the waterfall on your way up (there’s a sign for it). The lower lake was pretty easy to get to, but the trail is a little hard to see/follow for the upper lake. Saw quite a few people fishing at the upper lake when we got there. Loved it!

Directions were accurate to TH. Starts in the burn area but quickly drop int the woods along Goose Creek. Good trail conditions all the way to the historic buildings. Just as much up and down coming and going, good training trail. Links up with other trails in the wilderness.

Awesome trail. Wear good shoes as some areas are quite steep. Bring plenty of water. Takes approximately 8 hours.

Hiked this in one day on 01/05. The hike begins in Waterton Canyon, although scenic, the first 6.5mi are on a dirt service road. We saw big horned sheep duking it out in the canyon which was a really neat experience. The trail becomes more interesting and scenic after you pass the dam. In total we saw maybe 3 people aside from our group of 4 on the trail once we passed the dam. One of the hikers we came across warned us about a mountain lion that had been spotted on the ridge around mile 13, we saw a number of tracks in the snow on the trail itself. Be aware of your surroundings if hiking here alone.

great trail - went yesterday and still didn't need crampons or yak tracks

snowshoeing
12 days ago

Snowshoed on 1/1/19. Beautiful area and good amount of snow after a couple of miles. Not necessary in the first couple of miles.

Did this hike Jan.5 ,2019 pleasant hike for this time of year, easy beginning hike up until climbing the saddle which has some deep snow to deal with afterwards a nice view of the summit and a very easy hike starts to get more strenuous once you start rock hopping near the top well worth all the work beautiful views all the way

Really enjoyed this trail. Did the Mountain Loop at the top and finished a little bit over 17 miles for the round trip distance. This trail is no joke so make sure to bring enough water and food. Snow at the top is knee deep in places right now. The views are incredible. Would absolutely recommend!

hiking
14 days ago

The hike was like walking on a dirt road, it was pretty level and easy. Make sure you know where you are going because there are quite a few junctions. I used the AllTrails app just to make sure I didn't go around in circles. Some snow on the trails but nothing to write home about. The best part of the hike was scrambling up to the top of Mount Margaret.

Great views and snacks at the camp were great! I will do it again!

Beautiful hike! The road to Monarch Lake is closed for the season, so know you'll have about an extra mile each way. We saw a family of moose close to the trailhead, lots of animal prints around Monarch Lake so be aware. Snow was well packed for most of the trail, but once you reach the switchbacks after Monarch Lake you'll probably want snowshoes, as XC skiers don't go there. We only made it to Cascade Falls and the trip took about 6 hours RT. Anyone else trying it out in the winter - good luck!

Beautiful!

Beautiful and easy trail. We unexpectedly got up close and personal with some elk and turned around at 1.5 miles.

Completed on 1/1/19. Used snowshoes but the trail was packed down enough that you could get away with just microspikes. Parking lot is full of deep snow so parking is pretty limited at the moment.

Love this hike. "Easy" 14er, but great views.

Great trail for a half-full day adventure the view at the top is so worth the trek. It may be a tough little hike for small kids, out of shape adults or those tourists coming from sea level so plan accordingly. I will do this one once a year now that I know its there.

hiking
20 days ago

Wow. This is a cool trail. I cannot wait until late spring / summer when the river is flowing. Anyway - pretty easy walk. I made it almost to campgrounds before tuning back. Well marked. Terrain had patches of snow and exposed ground all the way. I did not need spikes since trail is well packed. Amazing views and just a good pace of walking. Lots of places to take in some cool scenery. Hardest part was last 1/4 mile returning to parking lot.

Great trail. No snowshoes needed yet. Easy to follow and nice views.

hiking
21 days ago

This is a great winter hike. The trail is well marked, is a mix of forest and sunshine, has several bridge crossings (all well maintained) and a small view of snow capped mountains toward the end of the hike (if you’re doing the loop counterclockwise). We brought our boot spikes but never needed them. It was very quiet on a cold Saturday, we never heard hunting activity and the trail has good uphill without being exhausting.

Great trail. Remember to bring cash for the entry fee.

The lower part of the trail is snow covered in shaded areas. The upper couple miles are pretty deep snow. I postholed to my knees in a few spots at the end of December.

I would avoid the Dragon Edge part of the upper loop until May. It has lots of exposure, was poorly marked, and was pretty icy. I regret not turning around on this loop. If you do Dragons Edge I would recommend starting it from the bottom at the first junction with this trail.

Terrific hike! Beautiful views...highly recommend!

off road driving
24 days ago

Awesome drive even in rain mixed with snow! Beautiful area.

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked Breck to Frisco in about 4-1/2 hrs. Easy to follow trail that was pretty well packed. Didn’t need snow shoes. Not a hard hike.

This trail is our favorite of all time - so dynamic. From lakes to a smooth ascent over the Divide to the High Lonesome trail and the incredible reward of King Lake, it truly is awe inspiring. We wandered around a bit and ended up closer to 20.0 miles but still completed before sundown. Be sure to bring lots of water and fuel as high lonesome trail is exposed and a long stretch of the hike.

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