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Nice gravel trail, just wish there was more shade.

Great day hike with incredible views at the top!

A very beautiful hike all the way through. Mostly up hill but not that tiring

Easy hike and so, so beautiful! Perfect for families, too.

This was honestly one of my favorite hikes. I can understand why it is rated as hard, as the trail has plently of uphill, downhill, you name it. but it's absolutely beautiful. You are in mostly forest and right now its very green with wildflowers along the way, as well as streams. I had the pleasure of seeing some wildlife on the day I went! The lake is remarkable with the sand around it, clear waters! Would do again. Yes, it is in RMNP so it is good to be reminded you will have to pay for parking. I went in the afternoon in the middle of the week wasn't busy for me.

So beautiful, nice moderate hike!

beautiful busy trail

This was a great little hike! my 10 yr old son was a little discouraged at what appeared to be a "never-ending" uphill trek. However, after several rest and water breaks we made it to the far side of the 2nd reservoir - took us just over 1.5 hrs. We set up our hammock and he admitted that it was well worth the hike! The downhill took us just over 40 minutes - that included a few stops to play on a few of the boulders. Definitely a thumbs up!

Great, well maintained trail with a beautiful, large lake with arkose sand beaches as a payout. I found this trail to be tame and very doable in a morning (8-12).

Not a hard trail to tackle but there’s zero cover around most of the res. It got hot quick today and breaks were necessary but again, no cover in that area. The creek by the trail was awesome and my dog loved it, and these areas are shaded as well. My first time on this trail and next time I would take the opposite way around in order to get the no cover area around the res out of the way. Also was pleased with access to bathrooms.

Great sidewalk, plenty of room for passing, facilities along the way, and a great view of the reservoir

Nice short hike to a beautiful little lake

Great hike close by! Nice steady incline to the reservoir. Some shade along the way. Beautiful lake views. Definitely ok for kids and pets/ just keep them out of the water and clean up!

Beautiful area but please remember that dogs and people are NOT allowed in the water ever and dogs must be leashed. Also it is not an area that allows shooting and currently there is a fire ban. There are multiple signs up about this but I guess people just don't notice them? CO Fish and Wildlife was up and enforcing the rules thankfully, I'm sure they issued several tickets based on what I saw today. Suggest getting there early as it gets crowded during the summer, or going in the off season. Fall is a pretty time to go up with less crowds. Nice place to go if you live nearby and want to squeeze in a short hike with pretty views without driving too far. I believe there are other trails branching off this one too but I have yet to explore them.

Super beautiful. Hike was way more intense then people have made it out to be though. Incline was a lot steeper than we expected.

What a beautiful hike! I took four grandchildren ages 4-10 to the end of the trail. They had a blast. It’s pretty much all a slow incline up and if you have any wanderers keep an eye on them for there are some steep drop offs. It’s four miles each way, unless again you have a wanderer like I did, and I know it had to be at least nine miles for him as we zigzagged up...him wandering to the edge and me pulling him over to he far side of the trail. Yes, it was the four year old. I wouldn’t recommend it for any child younger than four unless you are willing to carry or pack them up. Coming down take it slow, the gravel is loose and it’s easy to slip. A walking stick would be a nice addition to your gear. There were lots of people on the trail, but it never felt crowded.

Good easy to moderate hike mostly up the service road to the reservoir. Occasional views back over the eastern plains / monument area. The reservoir was nice and quiet on a Monday evening. Great weeknight evening hike to avoid crowds.

29 days ago

This was such a beautiful trail. We went yesterday 6/16 and had a great time. I do have to say almost 9 miles is difficult especially if you are just getting into it. It is a lot longer and more difficult than I expected it to be. The last stretch of incline before the lake can be brutal. But the view was sooooo worth it. I would absolutely recommend this just make sure you take your time and be careful on the slippery rocks if it rains like it did with us. I would ease on the side of caution if you aren’t experienced . This was only the second trail I have done since trying to get into hiking this summer and I could hardly walk last night. But I did it! It is possible and the view is totally worth it.

SUCH a gorgeous hike. The further you go, the more beautiful it gets. A little up hill to get to the reservoirs, but totally worth it. Lots of pretty spots. Can’t wait to go back.

Loved the hike and the views. Gorgeous reservoir but not as kid friendly as I was hoping for.

1 month ago

June 9: Great hike. Leave early to beat the parking lot crowd. Moderate but constant climb to the lake. Good workout!

More on the heavily trafficked side than moderately trafficked side. Make sure your dogs are leashed and kept far from the water (sign says 100 yards or fines up to $1000/1 year in jail)

Great early morning hike. Not many people and so serene.

1 month ago

I have my own kayak and kayaking is the only way to do it!! You can get away from the beach crowd and noise and go to east side. I’ve seen blue heron and other birds. It’s beautifully quiet.

Awesome views and great hike. Not too hard.

Really beautiful short hike. The incline up wasn’t too bad. We made it easily with a 7 year old a 10 year old and a dachshund. Started at about 8am and wasn’t too busy. Parking lot was full by the time we left though. The views were spectacular.

1 month ago

June 2: Please note before you head for this trail: parking at the trailhead is very limited (maybe 20 spots) and you’ll need to pay (or show a valid park pass) to get into Rocky Mtn NP. (The trailhead is next to the entrance station, which may be manned depending on time of day and time of year of your visit.) There is additional parking a little further inside the park, and an outhouse at the trailhead. That said, this is an awesome hike! A deceptively difficult yet gorgeous hike up and along a forested ridgeline of ponderosa, lodgepole, aspen and fir. Lots of views of the valley in the first mile as you climb. A couple stream crossings (with log bridges) and some lovely stream side views in the middle miles. The last mile has some steeper sections that are rocky (big steps up over small boulders), but it’s worth it. A couple little patches of packed old snow still there at the top but won’t hinder you at all in regular hiking footwear. The lake is stunning; medium-grained granite sand is great for lounging. Views all around, and an especially spectacular view of Longs Peak. Will definitely hike again, and plan to spend more time exploring and enjoying the lake! (I gave only four stars because this trail felt a little harder than I expected based on reviews and didn’t have a lot of mountain views in the middle, but it was definitely a fantastic hike!)

Very nice trail not too busy for an early morning Thursday hike. We wondered off the path and up a ridge to find some pretty neat boulders.

Very good hike to start into our Summer hiking mode!

1 month ago

Great hike and a little challenging. Some snow still present but was not an issue. The lake is amazing and is worth the hike!

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