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

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike. Agree that this is a moderate hike. Beautiful trail with one good and several minor falls along Gold Creek. Caught 25 brookies on second trip with dry flies. Parachute Adams worked well.

Trail is 3.6 miles round trip, not one way, so half as long and twice as steep as expected. If you can drive to the first, small parking area you can make it to the second, larger one just beyond. The sign is a little ambiguous; see pic. Nice hike, pretty views. I recommend a trekking pole and no children in backpacks, due to steepness.

Awesome hike! Beautiful the whole way! Not a “difficult” hike—more like a moderate— and the uphills had some nice flattish spots thrown in to give you a break. Wished we could have stayed longer to explore. Would definitely do it again!

Completed this hike in mid-August with a few novice hikers. I was a bit nervous about the elevation gain since the beginners weren’t totally acclimated but they ended up crushing the whole trail right up to the summit! A great hike for everyone.

We started the hike around 8:00am and finished around 12:30. We were in a small SUV and decided to park at the second fork before the main parking area at the trailhead which added around a quarter mile to the hike. Any 4WD vehicle with decent clearance should have no problem getting to the main parking lot. Ideally, I would have preferred to start closer to 6:30 as the greater part of the hike out wasn’t shaded and it ended up getting pretty warm. The trail is short but really steep and the last half mile is up/down some gnarly scree but there’s no scrambling required. Overall, I’d say this trail is more moderate for experienced hikers and difficult but doable for beginners. Beautiful scenery on way up and panoramic views from the top. Highly recommended!

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike for the third time this year. Beautiful every time! Did this on a Monday morning, on the trail by 9, and only saw 6-7 other hikers. No wildlife, perfect weather. A bit hazy toward the West with the wildfires.

Do it counterclockwise, so you crest the ridge and get hit with the amazing view!!

This is a beautiful trail worth the effort to get to the lake. The river and waterfall along the way are beautiful. However this is not an “easy” trail. Especially for visitors not used to Colorado’s elevations. There are switchbacks just before you reach the lake. I had my two sons: 8 and 10 with me. They had to stop for many breaks. We completed the out and back trail in 6 hours. I only saw 2 other children on this hike and we saw about 40-50 people on the trail on peak day - Saturday. Also we did see a black bear cross right in front of us on the way up! We tried to make noise but he just stared at us, so we did not linger we just jogged past him and continued on our way. He just stood there and watched us go by. He was maybe 10 yards from us. I did have snacks in a loksak opsak ( smell/bear proof bag) in my back pack thank goodness. Also after the log crossing make sure you turn right! There is a deceiving trail leading left but don’t go that way you’ll get lost.

Incredible views. Trail was gorgeous, well marked.

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked on August 2. Spectacular scenery at the top. Counterclockwise is the way to do it, getting the hard 6 miles done before a long lunch break at Gilpin Lake. We really enjoyed the diversity of environments encountered on the way up. I used water shoes once on the way up and once just starting the way down. My husband with longer legs jumped rocks across without getting wet. The large log at Mile 2 was slippery and rounded enough that we wiggled across rather than walking. We clocked it at 10.7 miles. We took 7 1/2 hours and lots of photo stops. Great hike.

We loved this hike, which we did on July 31. The flowers, especially up near the pass, we’re gorgeous. We did it counterclockwise, based on previous reviews. Unlike others, we did not have to use water shoes to cross any streams. The one crossing some people may be referring to is very easily crossed on logs if you go up stream a few feet. The other stream crossing on the single log will get your heart beating, though. Although we had a map on our phone, we never needed it. It seemed to us that the trail was well-marked and easy to follow. We are so glad we did this hike. Highly recommended!

Absolutely amazing, like always. Fished at Gilpan lake and saw a whole bunch of brookies rising. Do it counter clockwise for the best views of both Gilpan and Gold Creek Lakes.

This is not an easy trail - really I would rate it as moderate if you go all the way to the lKe. This trail was one of my favorites! The hike is mostly shaded and runs along the creek the whole time. About 1.25 miles up you get to a beautiful waterfall. Then moving on upwards to the lake and you cross a large fallen log across the creek and back again. Your reward is a beautiful lake at the end where the fish were hoping and lots were caught!

Absolutely stunning views! Best views in the Steamboat area. This hike was worth the 6 hours it took us to complete. We only stopped for about 10 minutes at the lake. Make sure you have enough water and pack a lunch. We did the loop counterclockwise and the first half of the trail was a very steep incline. We saw one small water snake by Gold Creek Lake. Like the app says, this is a hard trail but so incredibly worth it! Download the map. You will need it. We got off the trail a few times and had to look at the map

Quintessential Colorado hike! Has everything you need to impress out of town guests; absolutely great! Went counter clockwise (to gold creek lake first) which makes for some dramatic jaw dropping views that you likely wouldn’t get if you went the other way. Would definitely do this hike again as a backpacking trip so I could stay awhile!

hiking
25 days ago

Steady incline to the lake. Parts of trail are narrow and wet through vegetation. Saw three snakes. Partial shade was nice on the warm day. The lake was an incredible blue, almost fluorescent. We worked our way around most of it and the views kept changing. Intended to take the upper saddleback on return through Gold Creek but storms rolled in. The very minute we got in the car it started hailing really hard. Glad we didn’t have to shelter along the trail. Only two dogs on trail. Both unleashed and unruly. One charged to us barking like it would bite. The owner was so shocked and indignant that this pissed us off. I’ll take bear spray for this from now on. Hey, not everybody loves your dog.

I agree with everything Melissa Hartwig posted. I live in Steamboat Springs and this is one of the best and most beautiful day hikes in our area.
The TH is approximately 60 minutes from town, so plan accordingly, and arrive early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. The hike may take up to 7 hours with breaks, etc.!

It was 11 miles, not 8ish. Wish I packed more water. Wild flowers are out (late July) and views are great. It was hard to find parking on Saturday, so get there early. I made the mistake of getting there too late and caught the afternoon rain.

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.

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

hiking
1 month 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 +

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.

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

hiking
1 month 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.

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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