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Good trail, but had a hard time finding where it looped, so once I got to the top of the reservoir I turned around. Peaceful and beautiful views. Handful of people coming down from the Chicago lakes trail, but not overly crowded. Will probably do this again when I try the Chicago lakes trail. A bit slippery in spots with the colder weather coming, so have good shoes.

Question - can you still hike to the lake with the gates officially closed?

off road driving
2 days ago

closed for the season as of Oct 18, 2018. disappointed. I took my stock Raptor up, zero issues... not even close to breaking a sweat. With a stock half ton truck, you will likely bottom out in a few spots, especially the first rut. Subarus won't make it without damage, end of story. looked promising but the gate was closed about 3/4 mile up. tight turn around.

hiking
7 days ago

We did this in about a foot of snow yesterday. Was pretty tough but we were able to complete it in a few hours with our dog. View was incredible!

You’ll definitely want to bring traction and poles for this one. It looks dry at the trailhead, but there’s a lot of packed snow on ice pretty soon after you start climbing.

You could probably even get away with having your snowshoes handy toward the top.

off road driving
11 days ago

Super easy trail. A Subaru Outback could run it. Pretty good views.


01 XJ
3.5in lift
31s

hiking
13 days ago

Another classic Rocky Mountain hike. Great diversity with forest, meadows, snow caps all around, a couple of stream crossings and a nice lake at the end. The first half mile and the last 3/4 mile are pretty steep so be prepared for some climbing. Got lucky today with only six other cars in the parking lot. However, I am guessing this trail is very crowded in peak season. Go now before the trail is covered in snow.

We were looking for a lake hike not far from our house and this looked like a good candidate. The Guanella pass road was still open so we took it, and then drove the Naylor Lake Road up to the upper parking lot, shaving about a mile off of the total distance of the trail. I'd highly recommend AWD or 4WD. We did it in our Jeep in 2WD but that road can get slick really quick. As we were driving through the Guanella pass road we realized that there was a light coating of snow at the top, and assumed that there would be a little snow up where we were headed, glad we packed warm. The hike was fairly easy, with a skim coat of ice on some of the areas where water came off the mountain and pooled in the low spots. We were glad that we had our trekking poles if only for a couple extra points of contact. About 2/3rds of the trail is above treeline and is exposed to the elements. The wind started to kick up fiercely as we made it to Silver Dollar lake and continued to Murray Reservoir. The views were obstructed somewhat from the low ceiling, but it was still worth the hike.

I'll have to come back sometime in the spring to check and see if there are any nice looking trout in those lakes!

Butt kicker

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked the whole road, though most people opted to off-road in vehicles. Pretty and scenic; the waterfall at the lake was beautiful. It started snowing while I was there and the fall colors looked beautiful with it.

difficult incline but so worth it

hiking
16 days ago

Strava 6.6 miles in 3 hours 7 minutes. 1837 in elevation gain. Big climb up but awesome hike and so easy to get to right off of 70.

off road driving
17 days ago

Not sure why this is rated moderate. It's pretty easy for any 4x4. Did pretty much all of it in 2 wheel. Only need a little bit of clearance for the rocks. Great views, and only saw one other person on a Wednesday afternoon. 4/5

hiking
17 days ago

The views were great, the trail is REALLY easy. But I wouldn’t call the loop kid-friendly due to the fact that the second half of the “loop” is literally along the “scenic highway”. Code for you’re walking on the side of the road with your child. If I did this hike again I would have to do it as an out and back, and that really would take away from the beautiful views of the lake from the roadside. Probably great for someone hiking solo though.

hiking
18 days ago

Parking lot this year is more packed than I've ever seen it-but can accommodate a ton of traffic! Water in the lake seems a bit lower than other summers? Expect initial climb & last leg to be tough, but the end is worth it!

snowshoeing
19 days ago

Steep climb in the beginning then opens to expansive views over rolling inclines/declines. Heavy snowpack, not many people go past the first mile. Drops into a forest and then leads to what is a iced over lake, from there you can take various routes up the surrounding peaks/rim to continue. Great place to nom nom at the top.

We are from Houston TX and this was our first 14ner . I thoroughly enjoyed the experience . The views along the way are out of this world . The trail only gets more and more difficult. I experienced headache and nausea only on my way down. The ascent is very doable but please take as many water breaks as u need. I recommend taking your time with plenty of water and high energy snacks. I also recommend training yourself physically a few weeks before the hike so it is more of an enjoyable experience.

hiking
20 days ago

Arrived at 9:30 and there was still plenty of parking. Trail starts off with an immediate incline then begins to level off after mile 1. Gently incline with sweeping views and then another sharp incline in the trail for the end view of the Continental Divide. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Bathrooms at the bottom of the trail.

Great hike with beautiful views. If you have to park in the lower lot, plan on walking an extra mile or so RT. We arrived around 8:30 on a Sunday morning and the lot and path were pretty empty on the way up—not so much on the way down. Lots of friendly dogs, too!

Great little nature trail, except for where you have to walk along the highway. Pretty views.

Lovely hike. Completed on Thursday morning. Arrived at 10am and there was plenty of parking spaces. The hike starts with an incline right away. I did this hike to acclimate for a 14er. views are amazing throughout.

hiking
21 days ago

Was anxious to hike this during good weather since I snowshoed it this past winter. Good Lord this trail is a friggin human highway on the weekend. An endless parade of people and numerous bags of dog crap. WTH? It’s like Colorado’s Everest. That said, once I got to the top and the lake, I found a spot away from the human noise and it was bliss. Think I will stick to snowshoeing this one when everyone else is skiing/snowboarding. Pack it out people. If you can’t properly dispose of your dog’s waste, leave them at home.

hiking
21 days ago

This hike must be beautiful at any time of the year! I went on a fall day and enjoyed the aspens and the golden bushes. Herman gulch takes you through trees, along a river, near stunning mountain views. The climb is worth it- you will reach a lake and more views.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike. Not too exposed or difficult. Very rewarding views.

Nice hike accurately described. Great views once above tree line (about 2/3 of the trail, each way).

off road driving
25 days ago

Loch Lomond is a classic that's easy to get to. The trail is very bumpy but is easy. Once at the top the views are fantastic. Not a lot of Aspens but the bushes turn yellow and it's still very nice to look at haha. If you'd like to see a video of the run I have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oGcy1MWOvY

Have fun out there!

We parked at the sign and hiked up instead of off-roading. Beautiful views, and I would love to continue on to the upper lakes next time!

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