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

I gave it four stars instead of five because I didn’t see many flowers. I’m relatively new to hiking and would say it was a moderate hike with a steady climb but not too steep. Our dog loved the little streams and the lake. Very open - no shade so it was warm at times.

off road driving
9 days ago

Amazing views along with some nice mix of challenging trails. good mix of high speed and slow crawling. Still, snow up high but made it to 12,500 today.

Great hike to take visitors too because the views are epic and it’s only an hour from Denver! Wildflowers, big mountain view’s of Bierdstadt and Evans and a mountain lake that’s warm enough to hop in!

Nice, fairly easy trail with some great views, and the lakes are worth it. Got there a little before 8am on a weekday and pretty much had the trail to myself for the most part, a little busier on the way out. Tried to go a bit further on up towards Square Top Mountain, but the trail gets pretty faint after it breaks off so didn’t try too far. Would recommend!

Got to the parking lot at 8:30am and had no trouble finding parking. The trail was fairly empty, a lot more people coming in as we were heading back around 11am.

Highly recommend for a lake hike without a lot of people.

Took my 6 Year Old daughter yesterday for an after work hike. Spent about 3 hours exploring. Very easy hike for kids if they are used to getting out for longer periods of time. Tell them you're searching for gold and silver. Trail was pretty dead at about 3:45pm and will definitely do again.

off road driving
21 days ago

Fun trail to go on with good views. Drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude Edition 4x4. The beginning of the trail is a little rough but evens out the further you go up. Definitely doable. Never made it to the peak due to a storm blowing in.

First hike since moving to Denver and it really was an excellent way to begin. The wild flowers were amazing and their were many spots to take in fantastic views. Fair hike with my wife and friend. Highly suggest for a day trip.

extremely beautiful and nothing like i’ve seen before. i loved the plentiful wildflowers. can be challenging at some points. we only made it to the first lake as it started to rain, but it was very pretty. i was surprised at how many people there were up near the parking lot for a Tuesday in the late morning. all in all, a very great experience and good exercise.

Agree it’s a longer hike then stated. Easy start at a “high point” from trail head off Guanella Pass road. Loved the wildflowers and beautiful high mountain lakes. You will walk through high brush (3’ ish) on a few narrow sections-some individuals may want to have shoulders/arms covered. Enjoyed a taste of “watermelon” snow. Hiked with pups and tween/teen kiddos made it to 13er of SquareTop and rewarded with beautiful above tree line views that went on for miles. Looked down on SilverLake trail. Trail to peaks has a few cairns, but mind your path and keep your wits to make it to the top. No technical spots to reach top. Went during the week no problems parking, but encountered a large group coming down as we were going in at late morning and several hikers on way out in late afternoon. Enjoy!

RT is closer to 4.8 miles. AllTrails consistently underestimates most hikes. That said, it's a relatively modest hike above the treeline that offers up two alpine lakes, with a mountain backdrop and beautiful wildflowers along the way. Some will find it easy, others hard, depending on acclimation to elevation and your fitness level.

The best viewings of flowers occurred along the far side of the second lake.

We hiked Saturday and lucked into a parking place next to the trailhead around 8:30 am. If parking lot is full, spots are available along the road.

off road driving
1 month ago

As beautiful as it gets! Xj on 33’s with 4.5 inch lift.
Fun all the way to the top, seen 3 mountian goats. Goats photo bombed us lmao! Will post the pics.

Did it with a stock 2018 Polaris RZR 1000 XP. Definitely three tight spots that I was glad I was only 64" wide. But gorgeous views along the way!

10/10! The wildflowers were absolutely phenomenal, best this Colorado girl has ever seen! The hike had an epic trifecta of wildflowers, streams and alpine vistas with an undulating trail - not straight up or downhill. Just the right amount of challenge. The lakes were really nice too.

1.9 miles to the lower lake, a few hundred feet of gain. Then you can journey on to the upper lake or summit Square Top Mountain (13,806’). The wildflowers were at peak this weekend! Beautiful and peaceful spot. Keep in mind that the trailhead parking is shared with people hiking Mt Bierstadt (Fourteener) so either get there super early, or go late afternoon to get a spot from someone coming off the peak.

off road driving
1 month ago

Awesome trail. Incredible views. I did it in a stock Tacoma TRD Off Road. Up Saxon Mountain and down Crescent Creek. Quite a few narrow spots and tricky rock obstacles. Spotter recommended.

off road driving
1 month ago

Just drove the main trail to the top in a stock 2005 honda pilot with no issues. It has electric locking diffs that I had to use just once. Lol was lots of fun. Plenty of wildlife. View from the top is as good as they get

off road driving
1 month ago

Not too hard it’s moderate. You definitely need a full on 4x4 vehicle to get all the way up to the top of the mountain. Amazing scenery. Loved this place

1 month ago

As far as mountain lake hikes go, this was pretty unexciting. However, the wildflowers, as mentioned, are out of this world right now! It is also right next to the Square Top Mountain summit trail if you want to bag a fairly quick 13er. Great views of Bierstadt and surrounding mountains behind Square Top.

We did this as our first 14er! Definitely recommend taking 2 cars and having someone park at the summit to drive you back down if you’re not used to log hikes. Towards the end the trail is nearly invisible and you must follow the cairns. Wonderful views! We did this with our two dogs, I would recommend not taking your pups on this one. At many points we had to hoist them up on rocks and then ourselves, which was extra draining.

So many wildflowers today. The entire trail is exposed bring lots of sun block. Great short hike and not much elevation gain but when it does it is steep and loose in places. Awesome view of Beirdstadt.

Beautiful wildflowers and not that many hikers! The pup loved it!

off road driving
1 month ago

Make it to the top! Awesome views and some good obstacles to get there ✊

off road driving
1 month ago

Loved it! You can get all the way through. Beautiful! No problems

Beautiful trail with good views. We didn't see a single person until we were on our way down (started up at 8am). Plenty of parking.

Nice easy hike to see the Bristlecone Trees. Good hike for families with kids.

1 month ago

I went this morning - lots of varities of wildflowers everywhere! Beautiful views all around. Unfortunately, I didn't make it all the way to the lakes because the clouds moved in and there was lightning (around 8:30am).

This was a fantastic trail! The only tricky part is that the trail is not well marked when you hit the first of the two Chicago Lakes. The trail goes to the right of the lake and there is a fork in the trail that is pretty easy to miss. The portion of the trail that looks more travelled goes to the right and ends up in a huge boulder/scree field with tons of brambles. (I unfortunately took this route and ended up searching for the trail for quite some time while having to carry my dog through the tricky sections). The correct trail goes to the LEFT at the fork and goes below the boulder field. It is a bit overgrown and muddy, but definitely beats the first route. It is a long trail, so be sure to ration your water. I unfortunately only make it to the upper Chicago Lake because of weather coming in, but I am going to attempt it again to get to the summit lake.

Such a beautiful trail. I was honestly stunned by the beauty and wild flowers. toward the first lake it was super windy, but worth it.

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