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Great hike and the lake is so beautiful!

We took our kids. According to the app we used it was 6.6 Miles. We would do it again as the whole trail is beautiful. There is a log bridge that you cross!!

One of the prettiest hikes I have done in the West. Like, epic.

1. Download the trail map before you go. There is one spot in particular where you have to cross the creek and it’s not at all evident via the trail. Using the map saved my butt.
2. Go counter-clockwise. You do not want to miss the view of Gilpin as you come over the pass. (And the approach to Gold Creek Lake is prettier too.)
3. Bring bug spray.
4. There was one creek crossing where I saw no other recourse but to get wet. The others were fine on logs/rocks. The first log was hella fun.
5. My GPS clocked this at 11.7 miles, FYI.

12 days ago

Beautiful trail, manageable distance with kids, nice terrain. My only complaint is that it was a little crowded but I can understand why!

Gorgeous hike, we loved doing it in the counter clockwise direction for the drama of hiking down to Gilpin with a stunning mountain backdrop. Best hike in this area so far

Not a bad hike. The barn is less than 2 miles in, so not quite halfway. We made it past the bridge, about 2.6. the trail narrows and is slightly overgrown.

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12 days ago

Hiked July 29th 2017, lots of wildflowers in the basin. Great views nice lake at the end. Highly recommend, I would say the difficult level is bit on the high end I'd say a blue +

Fun and manageable hike (6 year old did most of it) out to barn and back. Early steepness is a great warm up for some moderately shaded higher trails with great views of creek and canyon below. And the payoff at the creek by the barn is refreshing and relaxing. Butterflies all over up there today. Enjoy

Trail is in great condition. Hiked it on July 5th. Lake has a ton of trout!

The trail is in great shape. The fish were jumping in the lake. Bring your fishing pole!

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18 days ago

Saw a black bear on trail 3 miles in from trailhead on 7/3/18

Beautiful hike! Only one stream you actually need to have water shoes for, the other have logs or rocks to cross with. I would recommend you going counterclockwise. you get a nice rest at Gold Creek Lake about a third of the way in, and all your uphill happens just before Lake Gilpin. If you go clockwise, the initial ascent is easier, but right after the lake you have a killer uphill before descending.
A couple snow fields present but clear trails and easily navigated. Beautiful scenery and rivers!
Took me and a friend 7 hours round trip, with about an hour and a half of breaks, both being out of shape! Totally do able.

Fun hike. Cool barn.

Fairly short hike but challenging. The views on the top are spectacular!

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21 days ago

Completed this hike for a second time in early June 2018. Got to the trailhead at 8 a.m. on a Monday and was the only car there. There was still some snow in shaded spots along the trail below treeline. We had to navagate around some snow above treeline, but it wasn't too bad, since at that point you're mainly scrambling. That view from the top across Steamboat Lake State Park past Sand Mountain is the best.

Epic hike! The few snow fields left are getting smaller and the trail was easy to follow. Loved all the flowers. A few steam crossings.

Great hike, take a right after crossing over the river via the log. 4 kids (6, 9, 11, 13) and myself all enjoyed it. Lots of skeeters at the lake so bring spray and long sleeves.

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25 days ago

Great hike easy-moderate. Just made it up to the barn and back but beautiful views, easy grade hike. Would have liked to go farther but not used to altitude, being a flat lander.

Great trail with spectacular views and beautiful wildflowers! Not too hard and not too easy. Really enjoyed the morning!

a wonderful trail and adventure!

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever hiked.

Wow! Beautiful and rewarding hike. We were unsure if we'd make it reading other recent reviews about the snowfields. We started the loop on the Gold Creek side, and I don't think we'd have made it if we had started in the other direction. There wasn't much snow at all until we got to the second lake (Gilpin). We did lose the trail going around the lake for a little while, but we were able to pull up a map of which direction to head around the lake. We scooted a little bit down the snowfield, but it would have been not as much fun having to trek up that! We did the whole thing in Chaco's which actually worked great because there were several creek crossings. We only saw 3 other hikers the entire time. It felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. Definitely worth it -- gorgeous views, dynamic landscape. It took us almost 5 hours to hike the entire loop including stopping for lunch at GC Lake and spending some time figuring out how to navigate down the snowfield/getting a tad lost after that. It was 12 miles according to my watch.

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1 month ago

6/16-6/17 Backpacked the loop clockwise, we lost the trail after the climb after Gilpin lake. It’s usually switchbacks, but was covered in snow. Stay left once you reach the top of that climb...we ended up walking in marsh and fallen trees for awhile before we were able to find the trail again, but we veered right a little...our mistake. But, we eventually made it! Also, bring water shoes for creek crossings. I think we were the only ones camping that night out, so it was very peaceful. One of my favorites by far!

We were on a fly fishing/hike to Gold Creek Lake so only did first part of counter-clockwise route. There were 2 stream crossings, one across a log bridge. The hike and lake are beautiful and moderately challenging for us...mostly a steady uphill to lake. We kept a nice pace to be able to enjoy the views but leave plenty of time to fish.

One of the best round these parts

Gorgeous 360 view at the top. Final stretch to summit challenging exposed loose rocks so be prepared for sun and unsteady footing. Accidentally parked prematurely, added ~1 mile to walk albeit beautiful. Biggest parking area is a basketball court-sized clearing after second split left in road--first area is ~3 spots with sign toward hahn peak trail. There is a third area at the trailhead but only 3 spots and jeep-trail quality road

1 month ago

Moderate is accurate for level. The first part does get your heart pumping. Lots of wildflowers blooming now. Family of woodchucks by the homesite near the barn. I turned back after going past the barn to the bridge over the Creek, inspecting the old cabin ruins there. About 1.8 Miles up and then back in 3 hours while taking lots of photos.

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1 month ago

Great hike with excellent views. Still a bit of snow on the trail in places. Took my two dogs and made it up in an hour, down in 45 minutes. Top is very exposed.

Awesome hike! We did it 6/2/18 and it was definitely difficult with all the snow but still worth it if you have GPS. There were ~4 river crossings, lots of postholing, and lots of sliding down snowfields. We went counterclockwise and getting to Gold Creek Lake was pretty easy. Then, there was a fairly wide river that we had to take off our shoes to cross (knee deep). After that, it was difficult to follow the trail due to the snow. Climbing up the pass was the most difficult part, again due to the snow, but the view from the top was amazing. We then slid down the snow and lost elevation quickly, using GPS on my phone (would have been very tricky without it). We crossed another wide river, and finally got down to
solid, dry ground again. Beautiful lower trail through Aspen trees and meadows. We saw in the guestbook on our way out that two people encountered a bear!

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1 month ago

Did this hike June 1st. Very manageable incline the whole way and pretty much next to the river the whole time. It was still trying to get it’s green on, but it’s getting there! Trail was mostly dry and snow free until the very last section to the lake. There was no way to find a trail, but the snow was packed enough that we made our own trail over the ridge and found the lake. Most hikers were turning around though. The lake was partially snow covered and trees were bare around it. Pretty hike but definitely more of a late June/July hike.

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