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poornima gopal
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Hiking

Go early! We went there for the 4th of July weekend, we were there at 8:45am, and we were stopped by forest Rangers near the Eldora middle school and were told to join a queue of cars to go all the away up to the 4th of July trail head. The wait in the queue was 2 hours. They were letting the queue move only when someone from the trailhead returns. You do have shuttle facility to get to the Hessi trailhead. So I'd recommend you guys to start earlier, to get to the trailhead before the crowd starts. Other than that, it was a beautiful trail work AMAZING waterfalls and views.

Ashley Rock
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Hiking

Parked at 6:15 am on 7/8 and we were the 1st car there. It's a really beautiful but strenuous hike. I've done several 14ers and I would say I felt more taxed after this hike than most of them! My 15 y.o. son reached the lake in 2 hours, but it took me 2.5 hrs with no breaks (30 min/mi). No bighorn sheep, but it was amazingly peaceful. The descent was also pretty tough. I got on one of the braided trails near the waterfall and it was a steep dirt drop. Totally sore, but definitely recommend. I went through 2L water on the ascent and that was before the sun was fully out.

Mark Emmons
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WalkingNo shade

Dry, dusty and mostly unshaded trail and landscape. “Lake” is unspectacular with many people having also found it. From the lake, there are some good mountain views, though. Crazy crazy rough road into trailhead. Why take this hike when there are SO many better within 10 miles?

Kim Smith
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. Can cross creek at the end and come back another way.

Amber A.
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Hiking

Seen moose off trail many times and have always given generous space or gotten off trail when possible but today was enjoying a nice breeze in the first clearing beyond the initial boardwalk and decided to look down at my phone for a moment, when I looked back up I was shocked I had not noticed the BEAR SLEEPING FEET AWAY FROM TRAIL. Slowly backed away to give it space to also enjoy the beautiful meadow which seems to be its new home and jumped back on peaks further down the trail.

Karen Scrabeck
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HikingGreat!

A fantastic hike up to the upper lake with lots of wild flowers to enjoy along the way. There are still 3 short snow areas to cross after leaving lower lake but easy to maneuver with hiking boots. Parking lot was filling up this morning at 8:30 but majority of hikers were heading to Mohawk Lake. Only saw 5 folks on the way up to lower lake, 2 individuals above upper lake but on the return trip lower lake had at least 15 folks enjoying the shores. Again, a great hike!

JD Manifold
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MuddyRocky

Beautiful hike. No wonder why it is so popular. The wildflowers are popping and with a nice variety. The lake does not appear to have fish, but the creek does. There is still snow on one portion of the lake's shore. The trail has quite the mix of terrain. The elevation change had me taking my time heading in. The dog poop bags were under control today; only saw about six. Sure would be nice to not see those, as it detracts from the beauty of the area.

Bri Melton
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HikingBugsGreat!RockySnow

More beautiful than I expected!! Not to hard, the last half mile had me catching my breath. I would suggest shoes with ankle support if you are not super comfortable on rocks.

Dion Lewis
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HikingRocky

Nice photo opportunities with friends great trail

Bruce Ballard
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Beautiful day for an exhilarating trip up and across the peaks at either side with my boys. Round trip was a little over 5 hours, including missing the trail detour on the way up the road and overshooting it by about .4 miles, trying an older trail with a lot of fallen trees to maneuver, snack before the rock fields and about a 20 min break for a sandwich at the peak. To call this climb rocky just does not do it justice, wow what a lot of rocks. Sure made the ascent and decent interesting with calculating every foot placement, certainly not able to aimless wander on this one. Breathtaking views from the top and many spots along the way. Saw a mountain goat and baby about half way down the mountain and two other folks hiking near the bottom, otherwise had the trail to ourselves. Quite a bit of dirt road walking but did not distract from the overall peacefulness of our hike. Great day out!

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Chris Robertson
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HikingGreat!Rocky

was expecting a tougher trail based on reviews, but hummed it pretty good going up. Finishing a 6er at the top might have been aggressive, but a summit send brought a fresh thumb scoot down. The views were great, plenty of fresh birds to swipe right on along the route. Made it in 3.5 hours round-trip so decided the Halfmoon Halfpipe was in order and showed Massive what a Massive banger really looks like.

Holly Booker
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

The hike itself is rated well. It's not super challenging but there is some climbing. The only downside to this hike is the ridiculous amount of dog poop (not bagged, just sitting on the side of the trail) and the dog poop in plastic bags. The views at both lakes are beautiful and worth the hike up! 2 very small snow patches towards the end of the hike. Easy to cross. No microspikes needed.

Hannah Moore
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Backpacking

This was a great trail! As a first time backpacker I don’t think we could have chosen a better trail to head to. We also had three dogs with us and everyone else on the trail was very respectful of space! We hiked up to the second lake from the trail head, but ended up not camping there due to wind (we knew it was a possibility the wind would be bad so we weren’t bothered much by moving). The hike down was just as beautiful!

Sandra Trifunovic
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Hiking

Narrow trail with some shade. Not too steep but a steady incline up mainly via switchbacks. Great for running down. Narrow trail at times which makes it hard to share with mtb bikes zooming downhill

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Matthew Baca
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Hiking

Paved trail between Alma and Fairplay. This is a climber! Love it!

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Kayla Barden
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Hiking

Great easy short trail with incredible views of lake Dillon

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Chris Miller
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Hiking

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. I drove my stock Tacoma to treeline on the 4x4 road without any issues. Once I got to treeline I hiked the rest of the way up. I felt like I would be cheating the hike if I drove all the way, but I think it could've made it. The ridgeline to get to the summit looks more intimidating than it actually is in my opinion. There's a clear trail leading through it, but the scramble to the top is a little harder to spot.

Mal O’Mahoney
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Awesome trail to a great little lake

Jake Pescaia
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HikingRockySnow

So this trail is a real challenge. I was looking through the recordings and only one shows them getting up the glacier. The trail up to the last lake before Andrews glacier is really cool, quite a bit of climbing around large boulders. A bit difficult to stay on trail. Then I hiked up the rocks on the left above the lake until it ran straight into the actual snowy glacier. According to the route you go straight up it, which is super heavy. Definitely doable but you need some crampons. Check the yellow checkpoint on my recording, that’s where it’s all snow and directly up the glacier. Not sure how many have done this but quite intense. I felt defeated so I went to mills and sky pond to end it. Great day except that place is a zoo come noon.

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