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

17 days ago

I did this hike almost a year ago and went back yesterday with my boyfriend and our dogs. We camped about 3.2 miles up the trail, then did the rest and the decent on 7/31. There are a couple great camp sites at around 10500 ft, 0.8 miles from the fork onto the McCurdy Trail. Saw 3 people up there. Definitely less daunting of a distance and elevation gain when done in 2 days. I'm still shocked more people don't know about this place! Weather was perfect: got down to around 45 at night and 60 on the peak. It probably got to around 80 if you stayed in the sun on the way down when it starts to flatten out again, but otherwise wasn't hot.

Much more difficult than anticipated, but amazing summit. Those rock formations and views are top notch. 10/10 will be back. Limited parking but when I arrived at 7:30 am, there were still spots.

25 days ago

Recently went on a backpacking trip; we went counterclockwise, starting at Goose Creek, forking left onto McCurdy, left again at Lake Park, and final left at Hawkins Pass. Around 24 miles total. Here's my review for our experience coming one way down Lake Park trail and Hawkins Pass.

On day two, we continued our ascent for about a mile on McCurdy, and then had a break with a descent for the next section. We decided to fork left for Lake Park trail, which had serious elevation gain during some parts. The constant uphill finally came to summit and our group continued to go downhill to meet up with Hawkins pass. No water along Lake Park trail, bring what you need. We really enjoyed the landscape of Hawkins, which included some thick forest and aspen groves. Some shallow streams along Hawkins if you're in need of water there. Happy hiking!

Amazing views and cool rock formations at the top. It is an intense climb up with steady and sometimes steep parts, but worth it when you get to the top. We did it in 5.5 hours. Didn’t see too many people on the trail

on Two Towers

off road driving
1 month ago

Great Jeep trail for enjoying Colorado scenery. Trails are not rock crawl worthy by any means, but there are a few challenging spots. This was a weekday trek with very light ATV traffic, but based on the trail ruts this is probably a high traffic area on the weekends considering its proximity to CO Springs. 2014 JKU Oscar Mike 2-1/2” lift, ran 25 psi and in 4 low for bit just to keep the speed down and ease for the steeper grades. Nice old structures to experience on one part. Nice Forest Service trail map board and maps for the taking if they didn’t run out. Recommend stand alone GPS unit as cell service is spotty at best. I used a Tom Tom which had all trails properly identified. Overall awesome trail for moderate off-roading and great scenery.

1 month ago

I did this hike last year and again last week. It is definitely a tough one! It is incline pretty much the whole way with switch backs as soon as you get closer to the top. We were able to go a steady pace and not take as many breaks.Make sure you veer right when you hit a fork in the trail. I recommend packing a lot of water/food and start early, it gets pretty hot. The drive to the trailhead was nicely paved. It was nice not running into a person every 10 minutes, The trail isn't too busy.

Great Trail!!! definately not a walk in a park!! make sure to bring hiking poles.. you will need them

Amazing trail. Loved the change in terrain from Ute Creek and wispy grasses to the aspen trees and meadows and eventually tundra at the alpine summit. While we could see Bison Peak easily at the end, the trail to the summit was not marked. Cairns marked the intersection with McCurdy but it appeared to indicate its path rather than Bison. Used Gaia app to ascend. Highly recommended. Would do again. Wonderful panoramic views of many notable peaks.

First time going here. Very easy ride on the main loop...just a gravel road. Would be great for beginners. I wasn’t too impressed at first until we got off on some of the off-trails and it reminded me a lot of Rainbow Falls. .We will definitely need to go in the fall because there are tons of aspen groves!

2 months ago

The trail was very well marked. This was a pretty hard hike. Initially, I started off at 0645. I was at the summit approx. 1130. There were two false summits. Keep to the left of them and it’s not all that bad. I do believe the trail is to the right, however it’s not difficult to find your own way. The mountain top was incredibly beautiful. The entire trail was dry, no snow at the top.

Hiked it on May 28, 2018.

What made it tough was I got here from Kansas yesterday evening and hiked it this morning. Not enough time to even quasi-adapt to altitude. All the same---a very good and do-able hike.

VERY IMPORTANT: Follow the AllTrails map closely. There are two places---especially one of the top where things flatten out---where the cairns are misleading and they took me astray adding some distance.

ALSO: There are at least two False Summits. So keep on going.

hiked this on 5/25. excellent conditions, pretty hard incline to the top. the top was amazing one of the coolest places I've been. definitely recommend this. took my friend and I 8 hours she is from sea level so we breaker a lot on the way up.

Hiked on 5/16/18- No snow anywhere on the trail. This hike was incredible, and difficult. This was a butt kicker but so worth it at the top. The first 2 miles are definitely deceiving in that they are easy. After that it is up hill all the way with only one tiny break section when you come to the trail intersection (McCurdy Trail). Be prepared to be tired. I didn't make it all the way to the peak as the trail sort of ends in an alpine meadow after what feels like the summit. I didn't really feel like getting lost, and I was exhausted by that point so I wandered around the rock formations up there for a bit and headed back down. Views were still amazing and it definitely felt like I still accomplished a lot. Prepare for a full day with this hike I arrived at 8:30 and didn't get back to the trailhead until 3.

Beautiful hike! Loved it. 12 miles RT. No snow, nice and dry. Beautiful weather for it today. It took our group of 4 about 7 hours, including two breaks and spending a good amount of time climbing on the rocks near the top. We went on 5-25-18,cool geocache box at the summit too so bring something small to leave if you wish!

My cousin and I tackled this bad boy last Monday (5/21) around 8 am. It took us about 6 hours to complete this out-and-back hike, which let me tell you, is no walk in the park.

There wasn't a single car in the parking lot when we started and there were only three additional cars in the small lot when we returned. We only saw one fellow hiker and his pups on the trail, as well, which added to the tranquility of our journey.

The first 1.5 to 2 miles of this trail are relatively easy (and misleading), but it is a very gradual climb for the next 3 miles until you reach the ridge line at about 12,000 ft. Around 10,000 ft. we started to see some snow on the trail, and that continued to get deeper all the way up to Bison Peak's summit.

The trail became quite difficult to follow at the ridge line, as there were no visible footprints or trails to the summit, and we ended up misreading the All Trails map and summiting a neighboring peak instead. We eventually figured out that we were well off our course and found our way back to the trail.

We made our own way to the summit by postholing and scrambling over some boulders to reach the top. The views from the peak were absolutely magnificent! I will most definitely be returning to conquer this peak in the summer when the trail is dry and a bit easier to follow.

This is NOT a hike for the faint of heart, as the almost 4,000 ft. of elevation gain is a real butt-kicker! We ran half way down on our descent though, and that almost halved our return in the process. The weather was beautiful the entire time with the exception of a few raindrops on the way down.

A must for anyone who's in shape and looking for a challenge!

The trail is a steady incline to the top. The views at the top are worth every step with great views of many 14ers! Our pup did it with us and loved every minute!

This hike reminds me of bald hikes in NC/TN/VA. You're not climbing the highest mountain, but certainly are getting the best views.

off road driving
7 months ago

This trail was a lot of fun for a rookie like me, and my daughter. We went all the way to the end and back without issue in a stock wrangler unlimited with all terrain tires. A little steep at the end, but nothing we were concerned about. Very scenic.

Just amazing. Must do!

off road driving
7 months ago

This is an awesome trail! I have a 2017 stock Jeep Unlimited Wrangler. The trail was not an issue. The top was closed for the winter but it was a fantastic drive with amazing views.

7 months ago

I went here in May of 2017. The top is like another world, so many beautiful views. It wasn’t quite as hard as my ascent up Guadalupe peak but this will definitely get your heart rate going. We stayed overnight at the top, using the rocks as extra shelter . Had the whole place to ourselves! Make sure you refill on water near the beginning of the trail at the last stream crossing. This is a perfect overnight trip. Wake up at sunrise and climb the last bit to the top of Bison peak and you will get astounding views.

8 months ago

Great trail. Traverse a meadow then head slowly up through stands of Aspens. The trail is steep and steady for the majority; easy consistent hiking. The summit opens up to broad fields and rock formations. I would like to have spent two days in order to camp and explore the top. Will return in summer.

off road driving
8 months ago

the gate was closed and this was still one of the best views i've ever seen. we were there at sunset and it was unbelievable. couple fun obstacles to mess around on if you choose to do so, totally avoidable if not. if you'd like to see a video of the run i have one up at:


07 ranger manual
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

9 months ago

Definitely a strenuous hike to the top, but the weather was great and the trail was dry and in great condition. The views and rock formations at the top are not to be missed.

Great hike! Steady incline all the way to the top, and great rock formations at the top

10 months ago

I loved this hike and it definitely was a tad challenging for me as I am 46 and not in the greatest shape. However I had my best Friend and motivator with me, my sweet energetic GSD. No greater hiking partner! My lungs and heart got an exercise going up and my knees and ankles got a bit challenged on the way down. I was fascinated seeing cow patties close to the top and I am now wondering how fun it would be to go on the same hike in the summer.

off road driving
10 months ago

Very beautiful area!! Very easy trail for moderate built rigs, or decent driver. Just take it slow and enjoy the view (due to campers coming in and out).

10 months ago

It ended up being over 13 miles after hiking around the formations for a while. Trail is definitely class 1 but the last 3.5 miles are strenuous. The formations are amazing! Took a bit to realize which one was the summit though. It was extremely windy once I reached the formations, and I got fairly cold, so bring an extra layer or two. I was glad I had a buff, three layers on, and my gloves, and I was still cold. Encountered some very light snow on the way up.
My 15lb dachshund made the whole trek so if he can you can!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Great hike! Most of the elevation gain is the last mile/mile and a half so watch out. Take the B. McCurdy split to the right to get to the Bison Peak rock formations.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Went up Bison Peak yesterday. The other reviews describe the climb very well... the first 2 miles start out fairly moderate and the grade gets steeper especially coming up the last part of the ridge before intersecting with B. McCurdy to head NE up to the summit plateau.
The rock formations leading up to the top were amazing. However our view was totally socked in. We were in some pretty thick cloud cover leading up to the summit and actually went to a false summit a few hundred meters to the east first until checking and realizing our error. Also take good note of the cairns marking the turn off to the summit. The B McCurdy - wilderness loop trail disappears in the tundra at this junction. I definitely would like to go up again on a clear day to take in the views. Great workout and fairly easily done in about 1/2-3/4 of a day if you are in shape. Make sure to leave early to give yourself enough time to enjoy the rock formations and explore the upper plateau. Also looked like some good camping spots up at the main trail intersection of Ute Creek and B. McCurdy.

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