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5 stars for beauty. Also 5 stars for being a monster slope, very formidable. If you start north, you’ll climb 4K feet in 5.3 miles, where you reach Peak 1. By the way, I recommend disregarding the start point on the AllTrails map (I couldn’t find an established trailhead with parking) and starting at a trailhead north of that point, where rainbow lake trail begins (near Pitkin street).

Super steep trail, and several downed trees- nothing a barrier tho. Had to deal with Forest fire smoke on the way up blowing in from southwest CO, but it all cleared within a couple hrs. I hiked to Peak 1, a 10.6 mile out and back. Took me 5 hours, and i consider myself fast. Again, this is a tuffy. Trail not too sketchy until you get to Peak 1, where there’s some scrambling involved. Fun challenges, no mistakes allowed.

Easy hike for a beautiful view. There’s not a lot of shade so bring a hat.

hiking
3 days ago

I would only rate this as "hard" due to the middle third of the trail, where it gets pretty damn steep. Definitely had me feeling my age! The views at the top were excellent, and the 30-40 MPH winds were a refreshing change of pace as we were sweating big time!

I would suggest you park at the end of 2nd Ave versus by the freeway. There is a shortcut leading up to the trail from that lot, so there is no need to walk along the bike path.

walking
4 days ago

A pleasant, easy hike. We went in July and there were wildflowers and beautiful groves of birches. Neither the lake nor views are spectacular compared to other vistas, but it is still lovely to access nature so quickly from downtown.

We trekked with kids. Trail isn’t stroller friendly the entire way. Had a few two person lifts up and down short rocky stretches. The lake is a great reward for kids.

The trail and lake are fairly exposed and I don’t know that I’d tackle this hike on a hot afternoon.

Very easy but great views!

Awesome little hike and very easy. Kiddos loved it.

hiking
6 days ago

We hiked this today, 7/16/18. We are still acclimating to the altitude, but we stopped numerous times on the way up and it wasn't too bad. Lots of shade along this trail for most of the way. Wildflowers are in full bloom right now. Pack plenty of water!

I weigh 275lbs. I'm hovering around 40% body fat. I have had a stressful year and haven't worked out seriously for at least that long. I started walking/jogging again three weeks ago. I saw "Hard" - and even the reviews talking about how killer this path is - but I also saw it's less than two miles one way and maybe 1.5 after you get off the pavement. I said to myself:. "I used to ruck ten times that with an 80 pound pack in my Army days!"

I made it to the summit. I drug my fat body three steps at a time in some areas. I bet it was worth it, and I would have loved it had I not been sucking what tiny amount of oxygen was left at 10,000 feet. Apparently the ten year old kids whizzing by me didn't need it.

If you are a beginner or out of shape, you better have lots of time or lots of determination.

Great hike. 4/5. Would suffer again.

Loved stopping along the trail to take breaks and enjoy skipping rocks in the stream. Wouldn’t say it’s a super hard trail, but coming back down definitely did a number on our feet because of all the rocks. Bring plenty of sunscreen though because I felt like only about 25-35% of it was shaded. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers, beautiful streams and water spots. Lots of birds to see. Also saw a moose about a minute into the hike. The trail ends when it intersects with another trail. Nothing too special at the end, but still a lot of great views throughout the hike.

Very rocky and very exposed because of the logging. Went on an overcast Sunday so it wasn’t crowded, and it wasn’t too sunny. Definitely wouldn’t do this hike on a sunny day. Lots of cool rocks to look at throughout the trail. Nothing too special though. One nice view.

Nice hike, great workout, and not too much foot traffic! I stopped a few times along the way to enjoy the water. The trail is very dog friendly and the views of the mountains are gorgeous! Flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies are everywhere...so are amazing views!

hiking
9 days ago

This hike was definitely challenging but worth it for the views!! Warning for amateur hikers: it is up hill the entire time, but pace yourself, take breaks, and anyone can make it!

Hiked this trail 7/2018 and flowers were beautiful as well as the lakes at the end.

rock climbing
10 days ago

They should call this dead tree fly trail. most of trail was reasonable as we were covered in flys the whole trail bothering us. scenes were tragic with tons of dead trees cut down, some blocking the trail. maybe after a good fire and 6 years and some maintenance this will be a good trail.

Very peaceful walk through the woods if you hike a lot. A little uphill at places but never lasting for too long. We took the shorter pass to lily pad lake and took us 2 hours total walking at a leisurely pace. We saw a deer and some ducks but surprisingly not a lot of wildlife this time around. The scenery this time of the year is fantastic- all the flowers are in full bloom. So peaceful and enjoyable. If you’re looking for a shorter yet moderate hike to a destination lake, this is a great trail!

hiking
13 days ago

Challenging, quick, fun!
1hr round trip if you're quick. 2hrs if you take your time, plus there is lots to see at the top. Get ready for that booty to burn!

Did this hike yesterday! If you hike a lot it’s a super easy stroll! But the flowers right now are amazing and lily pad lake is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. This lake is smaller and on the right not the left! But is so beautiful and def worth the easy shorter hike day!

Beautiful views of Lake Dillon!

Nice trail. Lots of good camping sites in the trees above the lakes. I would recommend the Gore trail also.

Nice hike. Majority of trail is uphill to get up to the lake. There are breaks though. Don't miss the lily pond just a few feet past the lake. This would be a good hike in Fall as there are Aspens sprinkled throughout. Good hike with my 10 year-old.

hiking
15 days ago

This was an incredible hike! Quite the challenge, but well worth the views! Loose rocks are common.

This is a fun way to get to Rainbow Lake while making an actual hike out of it instead of just a short stroll.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike with the family. Challenging but not too difficult for experienced hikers. Quite steep in places. Perfect length for a hike with kids. Beautiful aspen groves. Remnants of the mining town are easy to miss if you are not paying attention. Views at the top are amazing and worth it!

Beautiful views!! Go early or during week; can get busy. Bring sunflower seeds to feed the chipmunks. So cute. Easy loop walk. Maintains trail.

Easy. Beautiful hike to a gorgeous lake. Clear waters. Couple different spots to reach the water if you are willing to walk/cross some streams. Dog friendly. Can get busy. Go early or during the week.

hiking
18 days ago

It was a very nice trail with beautiful views at the top of Ptarmigan Hill. The downside was there was a group of 4 wheelers also using the trail. They stop at a corral area, before the final steep ascent to the top. I didn’t bring water for my dog and she needed the last mile up.

Low landers take your time. Bring water. Beautiful views.

hiking
19 days ago

Great 'quick' trail if you're staying in Summit County. There is at least one stretch that has a fairly long and significant incline. I would have rated this somewhere between moderate and hard. The trail wasn't too crowded though you're definitely not in solitude. Great views at the top. Good trail if you want to find a good morning activity that won't take the entire day.

hiking
20 days ago

My wife and I just got done hiking this trail. We are from Kansas, so it doesn't take much to flip our fancy. This trail was very pretty, added a touch of difficulty to us new hikers. Beautiful views of the mountains and a few good looks at mountain streams. I would definately do this hike again!

Beautiful trail to Lilly pad lake. Great views along the way including a view of lake Dillon.

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