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Beautiful hike! The trailhead is in the West Guanella Pass Summit parking lot. The views of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt do not disappoint! This is a great hike for dogs, as you cross multiple streams and patches of snow throughout. I highly recommend waterproof hiking boots for the snow and the mud, and because many areas of this hike require passing through streams.
Although it was 15° cooler than Georgetown, it is all sun-exposed, so sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
Extra perks: wildflowers everywhere and we saw a moose about 100 ft from the trailhead!

All above tree line. Was some short sections of snow, beautiful weather though and fantastic views of bierstadt and Evans as well as two beautiful lakes at the top.

Views are spectacular from any angle - Mt. Bierstadt & mountain range all around, Duck Lake, wildflowers. Hike to 2nd glacier lake was well worth it. - it's at the base of Square Top Mountain. We crossed several snow fields in the footsteps of predecessors. Lots of streams, too; many were muddy. No problem following the trail. Weather was perfect for the day, but always watch out for incoming weather. Saw very few people on the hike - about a total of 9, so it was nice that the hike was not heavily trafficked. Will have to go back for sure.

off road driving
10 days ago

Easy trail, but a huge Snow Drift still blocking the the top as of June 11th 2017. Only a few places to turn around. Other than the main trail to the summit, not recommend for full-size Trucks or SUV's. if you go down the other trail off shoots, be prepared to get new paint, buff and wax.

Still quite a bit of snow but there are breaks. It's a steady incline to the lakes. First one was completely melted, the other frozen. Pretty slippery & muddy in certain sections. Still totally doable. There are multiple trails & a lot of foot traffic going in various directions but it's easy to find your way. You're surrounded by a view so no complaints there. Still pretty brown. The green & wildflowers are trying to push through... would be much better if you wait a few weeks for the color.

Had a great hike today, quite a bit of snow and areas where the trail is covered in water but worth the excellent view!

off road driving
1 month ago

This one is my favorite! I've been coming since high school. little obstacles, not packed (hopefully it stays that way).

3 months ago

4 months ago

off road driving
7 months ago

This trail is definitely challenging! First off, most people won't believe it but I managed to get to the top of Saxon Mountain in a VW Passat 4motion! It's got a a 2-inch lift and slightly bigger tires. The first part of the trail went without a hitch, which made me think it was a piece of cake, until a series of obstacles presented themselves and became indeed treacherous. The first in line was that rock fall on the inner side, leaving very little space to pass. 2 options, scratching your car or falling off the cliff. As mentionned before, a spotter could have been useful but I stepped out of the car at least 10 times to make sure I wasn't going into one of the aforementionned situations. Then that switchback that has rocks and debris on the outter side leaving not option but taking it on the inside. The consequence is a very steep approach angle. I had to use my offroad traction aid to pull this off. Then a very rocky stretch but overall fine. The ultimate show stopper is that rockfall probably a bit passed halfway in the trail. My god, I was debating if I was turning back but the thought of going back through all of the obstacles made me work on this one for over one and a half hour. The strategy ultimately was to reconfigure the trail by moving rocks with my hands and some bigger ones using a shovel as a lever. It was intense. Altitude symptoms also kicked in for me as I'm not used to this. Eventually I passed it only to hit 2 more passages that would have required locking diffs. The solution for me was to pass an inch-away from the cliff. After that, I completed my ascension to the top in the dark. I spent the night there and woke up to magnificient views, alone at 12000ft. What an adventure! Be ready, bring a lot of water, recovery gear and so on. The return through the trails behind the mountains was almost as challenging. I finally got out and went to my train ride/oktoberfest in Georgetown! The beer was good!

v nice. beautiful, even after the peak of fall.

7 months ago

amazing views!

rock climbing
8 months ago

First off this was a bitch that kicked me in the ball sack. The trail starts off quite rocky and continues that way until the size of the boulders increases. At one point I swear I had one tire on the very edge of the mountain cliff. This trail is not for the faint of hearted I believe it ascends around 3000 feet. I drove up confidently in a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with all the bells and whistles. I had just swapped out my very bald stock tires for some slick BFGoodrich KO 2 all terrain tires so I thought I would be able to concur anything right? I was wrong. I came to a section of the road where the road narrowed quite significantly. To one side of the road was a big ass boulder and the other side was the side of the mountain. Needless to say I was hugging the boulder side of the road and inadvertently scraped the side of the jeep. Once I proceeded past the damage I continued on to ascend the road. After again ascending up the treacherously rocky road I continued to a point that was a real ball breaker. The road switched back to the left and was quite steep. I continued on after quite a struggle to ascend the steep grade. I then found myself up on a small rock about to split to hugh ass boulders. The better side of me came about and I decided to turn around at that point. I backed down on a very narrow roadway and proceeded to turn around and continue on my way down. About the half way point I turned right instead of left and found myself in unfamiliar terrain. I quickly descended the road and found myself at at dead end! My only option at this point was to reverse to the top where I made the wrong turn. I started my reversal and found myself in an all too familiar position. I was backing through a big boulder and the edge of the mountain cliff. I finally navigated my way in reverse back to where I started. I continued my ascent down and finally reached the bottom My god I am grateful I made it down in one piece. One final word. This road trail can and will kick you in the ball sack. I recommend you have a very high clearance vehicle as well as a good spotter as you're going to need it. Going up this road with a stock vehicle is not recommended. Bring someone along with you to watch your back. This is a difficult off road trail unless your prepared.

My husband and I hiked square top lakes at the end of September. It was definitely browning due to it being the end of the season, but there were very nice views and the trail is lightly trafficked. Good hike overall.