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

Hiked yesterday from Second Creek Trail over to the cone above the Panoramic Lift at Mary Jane ski area then back over to the Twin Cones. Amazing views throughout the entire hike. One of my favorite in the area. Also try hiking southwest of the Second Creek Trail summit along the Mt. Nystrom Trail for even more amazing views!

on Hassell Lake

backpacking
11 days ago

Great Lake! Good fishing but fish were small. Bring rain gear. Some steep but short sections on the hike up. Parameter trail around Hasse Lake was pretty much nonexistent. A few day hikers but had the lake to ourselves on a Saturday night. Flies and mosquitoes were present but not bad.

Excellent 4WD trail. The lake is a great place to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery.

off road driving
19 days ago

Fun trail pretty quick to the lake, maybe an hour or so. Might want to have a lift of some sort because there can be some big rocks. Fun and simple lots of other trails around as well.

off road driving
24 days ago

great trail for new and old rock crawlers 3 jeeps and one lifted f150 made it with few problems 2 rockcrawling newbies . minor roadrash on f150. great for cookout or camping

25 days ago

Awesome little hike. Not many people and beautiful views.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike- lots of wild flowers, snow in upper elevation continues to melt so babbling brooks and small waterfalls along trail. Hiking to hut is moderately steep but slow elevation gain after passing hut to amazing panoramic views

camping
1 month ago

The road up the mountain to the parking lot is a serious ride, tons of potholes and rocks. After you reach the parking lot the short hike up to the first camp site and beginning of the lake is a breeze. The lake itself is beautiful and the trail to walk around is easy to manage. So many mosquitoes! Definitely will be back.

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail is a fun one. Rode the trail in a RZR 900 Trail model with a small lift. No issues getting around the area. Some challenging spots going around the loop and elephant hill. We seen a very large number of Jeeps and was very crowded after 12pm. Watch elephant hill and make sure you are prepared for some technical 4x4ing.

Pretty views, short and steep with lots of pay offs.

This is one of my favorite trails that’s close to Denver.

hiking
2 months ago

A great quick hike to a lovely mountain lake that could serve as an opening for further exploration. The final few miles to the trailhead take you along a gravel road with some fairly serious bumps along the way, although I think most any vehicle can make it. Drive slowly, of course, no guardrail. The way to the lake begins along the same road and follows a popular spot for fishing: Urad lake. Keep an eye out for a turnoff on the right which is marked: Trail to Lake. The trail descends to the head of Urad lake, fed by a stream. This time of year with snow melting led to some marshy conditions a and a stream crossing. I would recommend crossing as close to the lake itself where the stream mouth widens and the depth decreases. The trail is a bit hazy to follow but keep making your way to the other side of the lake. I found myself having to cross another feeder stream coming from the north before finding the trail again on the northwest side of the lake. From here, the trail is obvious as it climbs steadily and rather steeply at times. There is a healthy amount of snow as you make your way and a very good amount at the top by the lake. All passable with boots but there were a few spots that I slipped into up to my knee at the top!

Unforgettable experience to hike on of the county’s most iconic peaks. First few miles have a trail but the rest of the way you have to typewriter Across the mountains untill you reach the accent to Perry’s. So many cool views of lakes toward the east. There isnt any need to cross over any snow. If there is any it is easy to walk around it. I should also mention that i did not go all the way to mt. Bancroft, only to Perry’s. But that was my goal. Highly recommend this trail to anyone but make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. At the halfway point there is a very steep decent and then accent on the way back that really kick my ass. Took 2 men and the old doggo 9 hours.

off road driving
2 months ago

Drove this Sunday 6/3/2018. Awesome drive. Lots of fun. Snow drifts at the highest point prevented us going any further. Decided to hike from the last way point down to the lake basin crossing the boulder field. Beautiful. The gate is not LOCKED. The directions are not perfectly clear. When you get to the staging area, there is a shed on the left and a locked gate. That is not the direction. The gate is open and on the right. There is a fence in front of you.

01APR18 Gate is closed and locked.

4 months ago

how much is camping?

This trail is not available for hiking anymore and has been blocked off.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Snowshoed this today and also used spikes in spots. Not easy by a long shot but fabulous workout and beautifully serene. Ran into less than a dozen people en route. Spectacular panoramic view at the top. Look forward to returning to also do Flora and Eva. Windy at top. Dress appropriately.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Not accessible unless you want to drive past a danger closed road sign, or walk from there (still a few miles from trailhead from what I saw). Looks like plenty of people got up there but my car was not equipped.

Gate was locked. No way in!!!

Couple of technical spots, but nothing a stock 04 Taco can't handle . Awesome camp spots too.

Great trail for a moderately built 4x4. Excellent place for family and friends.

off road driving
10 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Good lake for a quick acclimating backpacking trip for the season. We camped overnight at Hassel lake just to get ready for the season. I caught a 4in brookie on worms. Bring bug spray.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

WHY DIDN'T ANYONE MENTION THE MOSQUITO?! Oh my gosh you guys, I've never been in such big swarms of mosquitoes in my life....take a flame thrower...wait no there is a fire ban. You must bathe in mosquito spray before going. Just full submersion in the OFF.

Otherwise this lake is quite glorious.

42 mosquito bites later.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We hiked past the Broom Hut to both peaks . The trail near peaks wasn't marked but it was no problem finding top. There was cool pond below south peak . We continued on to winterpark side and ended up at resort base . It's was total of 11 miles

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice, uncrowded trail. Went mid-July weather was awesome. There is a mountain hut part way up the trail. We went all the way up to the top to one of the cones. When you get all the way up there is a nice flat tundra area, might be hard to find the trail as it disappears up there but there are markers. We ended at the cone behind the panoramic express lift at winter park. Not windy up at the top, great views. Surprisingly a lot of flies and mosquitoes at the top bug spray would have been nice.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

I would rate this hike moderate to difficult based on the quick elevation gain after you pass Urad lake. You climb quickly through forest cover and aspen groves with great views of Urad lake. This is the steepest section which with a 35 lb backpack was a little tough. After you get past the 3/4 to a 1 mile pretty steep climb, the trail starts to level out and runs next to a stream all the way up to Hassell Lake. Still a little snow to navigate through but not bad at all. Once to the lake you can go left or right to navigate around the lake. He far side still has deep snow right now which made looping the whole lake difficult. We fished here for quite a while and had zero luck. Never even saw a fish. I would say say this is a great day hike, but not the best place to backpack to just bc there are not a ton of places to camp at the lake. You'll see some fire pits close to the lake, but remember you shouldn't camp right next to the lake. Good spot overall!

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is not an easy trail. Maybe in July when all the snow is melted it will be considered moderate. It was cold and windy at the top. We had to go around a ton of snow that was was hard and slippery which meant going off the trail. Decided to branch off to Mt. Flora nearby but did not go to the top. I did not like this one for some reason.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

I'm sure this lake is gorgeous but the snow is still probably 4-5' deep once you get within a 1/4 mile of the lake. The trail was impossible to find and I kept falling through the snow to my waist.

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