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We did Nymph, Dream, Emerald and Haiyaha (doing Loch on the way to Sky Pond). Emerald and Haiyaha were the best. Emerald lake reminded us of Lake Agnes in Banff. Saw a herd of Elk at Dream Lake. Start as early as possible to avoid the crowds of people.

We started at the Bear Lake Trailhead with Nymph Lake first, followed by Dream and Emerald lakes. Then we worked our way back down and continued on the loop to Haiyaha. You do need to climb some boulders to get the full lake view here. Next we continued to Loch Lake. Once here, it’s definitely worth your time to follow the trail out and back to Sky Pond! You have to climb up a waterfall to see some incredible views. Easily my favorite part! To end our hike, we followed the trail down past Alberta Falls to end at the Glacier Gorge trailhead. The shuttle picked us up there to take us back to park and ride. This whole loop ended up around 12.5 miles with some extra little climbing in between! Beautiful views!

What a hike! Haven't done something quite like this in almost 20 years. For this to be classified as "moderate" couldn't be more incorrect. This was probably one of the most difficult hikes I've ever done. Started at the Lawn Lake trail head at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday (7/1) and got back down around 5:00 p.m. We did the Lawn Lake portion of the hike a little over a month ago. It was remarkable to see the change.........3-4 feet of snow at the lake, to absolutely no snow this time. The trail north of Lawn Lake is not very well maintained. There is a lot of overgrowth covering parts. Once you split off of the Saddle Trail there is NO marked trail to the summit. We tried following the trail that is posted on AllTrails, but there were parts that were just impossible. Stayed on rocks as much as possible, but there were parts that it was unavoidable to walk on plant life. We took a long loop around on the top so that we could get great views of Crystal Lakes (WELL worth it) and ended up making a stop at them on the way down. If there was an actual maintained trail to the summit of Fairchild this would be a much more popular hike. Not for the faint of heart. Bring lots and lots of water and be prepared for a long day. (Took us just over 11 hours round trip).

1 month ago

Beautiful. Steep in places. Spectacular views.

Did this in June of 2017. The early elevation gains can be pretty brutal but it tones down a bit while still being mostly up hill.

The mosquitoes really pestered us during the initial ascent and we were not prepared for them.

A good challenge that felt worth it none the less.

I did this trail on 6/16/18. We started at the Bear Lake trailhead at 7:30 because the glacier trail lot was full. We went from Bear Lake trailhead clockwise to the Loch past Alberta Falls and then added Sky Pond.

Sky pond was incredible and one of the most fun hikes I've been on. This was one of the only spots that still had snow, but it was completely tracked and manageable.

After that he went to Lake Haiyaha, down to Dream Lake, and also added Emerald Lake. Then went down to Nymph and Bear lakes. In the end we got 8 lakes and a great time. the loop was beautiful and would go again.

This was an awesome trail! We started near Sprague Lake and went upwards for a few hours. Our first real trail in Colorado. We are from Texas and made it to 10,000 ft elevation just fine. The views were breathtaking! A few bits of wildlife, beautiful flowers, and all the waterfalls and water crossings were amazing. Highly recommend this trail. We went upwards connecting to another trail for about 3.5 Miles, then back down. Total of about 5 hours for the 7+ mile trek.

We just completed the Beaver Mountain Trail which is a delightful 5 Mile Loop. It traverses Beaver Meadow and then climbs into the forest. For a while the landscape is somewhat unusual in that there are a lot of dead trees from the pine borer beetle. There is no undergrowth in this area. Once you leave the forested area you start climbing again and just below the summit is a wonderful "Zen" type location near the horse hitching post. From there you have excellent views down the valley into the mountain ranges beyond. You will continue to get these views as you ascend. Having gone counterclockwise and wanting additional hiking, we decided to take a spur along the Ute Trail and went for about 2 miles. After the short sharp climb the trail levels off passing the wet meadow until you get to the campsite.There is a very convenient stream if you have a water filtration system. We continued on through sparse forest and flower laden meadows. The trail continues for another 7 miles with a total elevation gain of almost 3,000 feet. We returned to complete the Beaver Mountain Trail seeing deer & a mother grouse with 8 chicks. The combination of terrains gave a wide variety of landscapes and a huge number of wildflowers. The beaver Mountain Trail would be excellent for jogging or cross-country if I were 50 years younger.

I began this trail as early as I could get there in the morning, but the beginning section up to the cutoff to Dream and Emerald lakes was very busy even then. When I took the path up to Haiyaha, I had to cross some snow to get on it (even still) but it was much less traveled. It was a great hike up to the lakes and I got lots of pictures. On the way back down through Glacier Gorge and the falls it got very crowded again. The NPS never disappoints with how the trails are maintained. When you get to Lake H, go on past the big gnarly curled pine and do some bouldering and scrambling to get to some great views of the other part of the lake. It was a very cool hike!

2 months ago

Arrived around 9am on a Tuesday in summer, only a hand full of cars at the trail head and we only passed two small groups so we had the whole trail to ourselves. Mid 30s, pretty fit, carrying a 30lb infant on my back, went counter clockwise and took about 2:45 not counting a stop at the top. There is a horse rack at the "top" which is a great place to stop for a snack before heading down.

We started out at 10 am and found a lot of people on the Nymph-Dream-Emerald Lake sections. Sometimes enough for a hiking traffic jam! We decided to go on to Emerald adding another 1.4 to our hike. The trail just above Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha was the most treacherous for our family, climbing the snow melt with steep drop offs to the right. We never made it to Lake H as the footpath disappeared and we met others that had a hard time finding it. Luckily we found a lovely spot to picnic in the boulders and then continued toward Glacier Gorge. We also didn't do the Lake Loch Trail as thunder was on the horizon. The trail was even and meandered amongst the aspens and log-bridged creeks. Good thing we kept pace because at Alberta Falls, the heavens opened to pea-sized hail! It was an adventurous and rewarding 4.5 hour hike including lots of photo ops and our picnic!

Beautiful babbling brook running beside the trail. A few patches of snow, but they were easy to walk through. Beginning of the trail was steep but eased a bit after the first mile. Intermediate is a perfect description for this hike.

3 months ago

Still quite a bit of snow after the first bridge. Micro spikes helped a lot, especially coming down. Didn't quite make it to the end, started postholing every few steps. For a majority of the hike, only way to know (hope) I was still on the trail was to follow the footprints in the snow.

7 months ago

Need snowshoes for the majority of this trail. Beautiful frozen waterfalls but can still hear the water. Very calming. Had the trail all to ourselves. Towards the top, became slightly difficult to follow.

Pretty path. Saw elk. Lots of Sage made it smell nice too.

Gorgeous area. Good traction strongly advised right now. The light layer of snow hides the treacherous ice on many parts of the loop.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike along gorgeous waterfalls

10 months ago

Beautiful hike along gorgeous waterfalls

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

you can read the length and the elevation gain. what that doesn't tell you is that after the first several beautiful waterfalls cascading picturesquely over boulders, you may never want to see another one!! Seriously, only drawback are the mosquitoes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We started at the top of the mountain at Ute Trail and came all the way down to connect with this trail to be picked up by a friend at the parking lot in the valley. This is a nice little hike into nature. Nothing too stunning besides the original valley that is right by the parking lot. It's a nice walk though if you want to get out.

If you have the option for a point-to-point, definitely a good idea to do what we did and hike it down from the top starting at Ute Trail. It would be a lot tougher on the way up, but more rewarding because the views are up there at the top of Ute Trail. There is a span of incredible incline though. You have to be prepared for this long hike if you're going up it. I would not out-and-back this trail connection though; that's too much.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Took the .3 mile trail to get to the fairly well marked boulder brook trail.

My wife and I are not too fit so we knew the first elevation spike was going to be a killer but made it past and things really toned down by the 3rd bridge.

Ultimately it was a good test of or abilities. One note I would make is that the mosquitos were a mess and almost completely prevented us from stopping. We were not prepared for them and were almost the hardest part of the trail.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trail is clear. Hiked 6/19/17.
From Sprague Lake, took Glacier Creek trail to Alberta Falls to North Longs Peak Trail, and then back down Boulder Brook trail to Sprague Lake. Beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and bridges. Boulder Brook trail is quite steep so coming down was a bit cumbersome, but very doable and beautiful. I basically had the entire trail to myself. The only part where there were numerous people was from Glacier Gorge trailhead to just past Alberta Falls. Once I hit the North Longs Peak Trail to Boulder Brook trail I only came across 2 people. Both of them were on the lower Boulder Brook trail.
I would call this an easy hike (unless you struggle with knee issues).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Needed to put in a quick elevation hike and discovered this by accident. Would agree with previous reviewer. We went up for just and hour then turned back when we hit some snow. The numerous waterfalls is what this one is all about.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Very difficult hike. Views are worth it. The route i took from the lawn lake trailhead was around 18 miles round trip.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Very rocky and wooded trail where you get some clearings for great views, creek crossings and very few people if you want to get away from the masses. Looked for wildlife but didn't see anything.
We took our time on the way back and relaxed a few times besides the creek and put our feet in the freezing water at one point.
Enjoyed the solitude and peacefulness of this trail.

8 days ago

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