Explore the most popular wild flowers 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
9 days ago

Hiked Hahn’s peak on Oct 8th. Lower trail clear. Upper trail 2-3inches snow. Making climb to top pretty easy. Conditions good. No view due to visibility. We liked the hike and look forward to doing it in the summer!

Tough but soooooo worth it!!!

hiking
29 days ago

Great trail minus the horse poo... Lots of elk hunters out currently. Only saw 2 deer on the trail. Lake is gorgeous. Hike the entire loop if possible. I believe the AllTrails mileage is off though. Our gps tracker said 5 miles to the lake from the Gilpin trail.

We went clockwise and was good as the other way would have been much longer in the ascent. Loved this hike but my IPhone clocked 13 miles. It was gorgeous but a few more miles than I expected. Perfect time to hike it. I will go back and probably camp halfway next time. ❤️

We hiked that trail today 9/13 it was an amazing hike, we went counterclockwise and did the entire Loop. Unfortunately we lost a Micro SD card on the trail - it is in a plastic case- if anybody finds it please message me. or call Brian 847-702-9240. Thank you

hiked on Labor Day 9/3/18 with my 16 year old son. Got a later start, arrived at trailhead at 9am. VERY crowded parking wise. But trail was not too crowded. Saw a few groups, all courteous and enjoying the hike. No tough creek crossings. No significant wildlife sightings on this day; however, my wife and I had hiked the Gilpin Lake trail two weeks before and ran into a bear about 45 minutes up from the trailhead. The bear was only about 10 yards from the trail.....never once looked up from his feeding frenzy on the vegetation. Lots of dogs as part of the groups, only about half were leashed, none were trouble. The hike is AWESOME. So glad we went counterclockwise, sure seems to be the easier way to get to the "saddle" south of Gilpin Lake. A GREAT hike, nice day, just a few sprinkles.

hiking
1 month ago

The leaves are starting to turn on the way up. The water color of the lake is as blue as Maroon Bells! Beautiful turquoise! Chilly water temp. Will do the full circle next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike
Beautiful views
The lake is also beautiful
The way in is a steady gradual climb with only a few switchbacks
The first half is shady
Would be a nice trail run for advanced runners

Hiked it today we went counter clockwise. The views when you crest the ridge to see the lake are amazing. I clocked it at 11.6 Miles. I definitely recommend the counter clockwise to enjoy the views of the lakes on your decent. Will do this hike again next time in town.

Holy cow - this has to be the most gorgeous hike I've done yet in Colorado. It has everything you could ever want in terms of scenery: waterfalls, aspen groves, high alpine lakes, and endless mountain meadows. Counter clockwise is definitely the way to go as others have mentioned, as the incline is a bit more gradual, and the descent to Gilpin lake is absolutely breathtaking. We did this hike over Labor Day weekend - the aspens aren't quite yet turning, but there's plenty of beautiful fall colors on the forest floor to be enjoyed. We took a ton of breaks for lunch, snacks, and pictures, and clocked in at 6.5 hours. Cannot recommend this highly enough!

hiking
1 month ago

My boyfriend and I were originally planning on hiking Mad Creek Trail yesterday, but realized that we had already hiked that several years ago. We decided to hike something different so continued to drive towards Steamboat Lake. We ended up finding Slavonia Trailhead, and decided that would hike a few hours and then turn around thinking that Gilpin Lake was actually 6 miles one way. Fortunately, another hiker told us that Gilpin Lake was only 4 miles one way, so we charged on. It was well worth it. Crystal clear lake and not too many people at the actual lake. We were sluggish that day, but it took us 4 hours round trip. Not too mention, the best part was that we saw a bear and her cub driving back from the trail towards Steamboat. :)

backpacking
1 month ago

Prime time right now. Just go, you won't regret it. Spectacular views once you get about 2-3 miles in heading toward Gilpin Lake via Clockwise hike. Did one night, would have loved to have done 2. So much to explore and do including jumping into the lake!

Beautiful hike! This trail has a little bit of everything (streams, animals, lakes, mountains) and the fall colors are amazing right now. I can only imagine what it looked like with all the wildflowers.

I accidentally went clockwise (left at the dorm) and I enjoyed the trail. The first half up to the lake was gradual and I walked around for a bit before proceeding up the switchbacks. The hike up wasn’t that bad because my legs were warmed up. The view of the lake from up top was amazing. The rest of the hike was downhill. Overall the hike wasn’t hard. It’s a long hike so I think that makes the elevation gain easier. I started at 6 and the trailhead was packed when I came down.

backpacking
1 month ago

Incredible views that are definitely earned! Counterclockwise is the way to go as many others have suggested. Clocked it at 12.2 miles total.

Spectacular!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was not strenuous but it was fun and it did get my heart going when I kicked up the pace. I have to admit- it’s hard to keep pace with the endless beauty this hike brings. I was mesmerized by the wildflowers, trees, mountains, and wildlife all around. The lake at the top was peaceful and I saw a moose and all sorts of smaller creatures all along the way. It took me about 5 hours up and back- but I stopped many times to take it in and get photos. I highly suggest going in the afternoon- there is more wildlife and less people! Enjoy!

Great hike for all, and especially for doggies, as the distance is moderate and there is plenty of water along the way! Our Apple watches had the distance closer to 6.2 miles RT.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible views. Trail was gorgeous, well marked.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

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