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

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Beware if hiking with a dog!

Ah, this was so disappointing. My husband and I, along with our dog, Breeze, were really excited to do this trail. When we got to the parking lot the directions took us and realized we were still in RMNP, we got nervous. The ranger near the parking lot told us dogs aren’t allowed and recommended we got to the visitor center for alternate route. We only had to go about 1mile from the parking lot to get into the National Forest. The ranger at the visitor center wasn’t sure and said we’ll just have to try to navigate thru the roads. Unfortunately we spent 2hrs in the car trying to find a way to the trailhead that isn’t thru Rocky Mountain. We had to give up after the 2hr mark. It was such a bummer because it was such a waste of time. Maybe add to the description that it’s a dog friendly trail but only if you’re able to access the TH thru the NF only.

NO DOGS ALLOWED! You have to go through Rocky Mountain National Park gates to get to the trail. The ranger told me no dogs allowed and then explained that the parking lot for this trail is on RMNP property and so is 1 mike if the trail. It wasn’t worth $25 to see if I would get stopped by a ranger, so I turned around and had to find another trail. Lesson: don’t bring your dog on this or plan to go elsewhere with your pup! That’s why I gave it one star cuz the description is wrong. I’m sure the trail is lovely - but I never got to see it.

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7 months ago

Did this backpacking trip July 2017. The hike up is very steep in many spots and too many streams to cross to even count. There are tons of wildflowers along the trail and there is a pretty large rock fall to hike through. We saw a mother moose and her calf and a male at dusk up at the lake. Very strenuous hike but worth the work as the lake is a beautiful, clear alpine lake above treeline. There were 3 other groups when we got there but there are plenty of areas to pitch a tent.

11 months ago

One of my favorite hikes I’ve done in Colorado. Great variety in scenery, good chance of seeing wildlife (moose, elk, black bear), incredible lake, and stunning views from the top of the divide. Plus there are very few people around, even during long weekends. Bring lots of water!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

This is a one of kind alpine hike with lots of wildflowers, waterfalls, streams and wildlife located in the Never Summer Wilderness on the west side of Trail Ridge Road shortly north of Grand Lake. Parking is Located at the Bowen Baker Trailhead. This was one of my first hikes after recently moving to Colorado in July of 2016, it was a beautiful clear day and i got an early start up the trail with no other hikers around. As you make your way up the Grand Ditch trail a littler over 2 miles you come up to a 4x4 road and a stream that run parallel to each other the trail continues across the stream in which the rest of the way up to Parika Lake is steep uphill terrain. This hike took me approximately 6 hours as i also hiked to the pass above the lake for excellent views on both sides. Be sure to where hiking boots with good ankle support and bring plenty of water or a water purifier, there is plenty of streams to fill up on. I rate this hike a 4/5 for difficulty and 5/5 for scenic views. Follow me on Instagram for more mountain photography

Friday, July 07, 2017

Dave^^ why did you rate it a 4 star? I'm curious.

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

I hiked this last fall on a short backpacking trip and it was great. We also hiked to the top of Lulu which was a great experience and I highly recommend it. However, Lulu is highly exposed so be careful with summer storms! The trail is beautiful.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

I did not do a trail, I uploaded a GPX file that takes you to "preacher's cabin." An amazing spot. If you want to completely get away from the world this is the place to do it. They won't find your body for years out here it's great!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

This is a great trail. Fantastic views, all kinds of wildlife (if you go early enough) and beautiful flowers. Early in the morning there is practically no one there but once the day gets going you get a few more folks on the tail but not too many. Will be doing this one again someday for sure!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

This trail starts at the end of FSR 62 on the south of Cameron Pass. The trail takes you up a hill to a valley, where you can sometimes see moose, than up another hill to a basin to Michigan Lakes. From the Lakes you take the trail past the lakes to the left and up over Thunder Pass at the foot of Thunder Mt. and Lulu Mountain.You also get a view of Kokhu Crags.There is also another lake above Michigan Lakes called Snow Lake, great view fom the Lake. Awesome hike and scenery!

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