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Great 14er!

This is a decent trail. There is one rough section just below the first false summit but it’s doable in good weather.

1 month ago

We snowshoed this trail on 11/25/17. The hike is pleasant and protected from wind most of the time and the lake at the top is beautiful, although windy.

The trail had some snow and snowshoes were welcome (especially downhill), but if it were more packed you could potentially just hike in with boots. We followed other people’s tracks most of the way, but had to do a little GPS navigating when their tracks ran out near the top. Once we found the trail it’s pretty clear where to hike because it’s more cleared than the rest of the forest.

Note that the Turquoise Lake road to the trailhead is not plowed, so depending on the amount of snow present or temperatures or vehicle type could affect whether you’re able to drive to the trailhead.

1 month ago

First 14er - nice hike - hard wind - spectacular views

Sept 2017

2 months ago

Very snowy and cold day. Very good 14er!

It was an hard hike but it was one of the greatest experience I had, above tree line views are mind blowing.

Went on 10/28/17. Trail was snow packed with a couple of inches the entire way but was easy to follow. A simple hike with a nice lake at the end. Take a water dog if you got one. Fall is best - no mud and no bugs.

Hiked this on Oct. 5, 2017 with Jay. We slept in his car at the trail head and started at 3 am. It happened to be a full moon that night so we were super luckily with the light from the moon. Through the beginning wooded area it was ice and it seriously required out micro spikes (we passed most people without them and I don’t know how they did it!!), then once we lost the tree line we hiked through about 4-9 inches of snow the whole way. It was incredibly difficult but the sunrise was spectacular. I did not summit as I am a bit terrified of heights and thought the final stretch vertically to the (*false*) summit looked too dangerous for me, Jay really wanted to get to the top so he made it and there were a few other people already there. The way down was sooo much easier as you just kind of tumble through the snow. Jay got a bit of altitude sickness on the way down but felt much better once we hit the tree line. The weather was gorgeous, barely a cloud in the sky. HIGHLY recommend micro spikes and I personally would never do that hike again unless it was in the peak of summer!
Start: 3 am
Summit: ~830 am
Back to car: 1 pm

It was challenging! But the weather was not too bad, and the view at last make it all worth it ! :) going again in November on Veterans Day weekend, hopefully the trail is open !

3 months ago

No way it is moderate especially with snow on the ground. I was up and down in 4.5 hours. Not a long hike but challenging. Much tougher than many hard hikes listed on this site.

3 months ago

Amazing 14er! Love the length and was able to finish in a couple hours. Beautiful 360 views of the mountain range from the top. Some snow towards the summit, probably about 6 inches or so. Layers and water proof shoes are a must! It’s still a 14er so be prepared! The ridge gets deeper snow and higher winds so careful there.

3 months ago

We went up from the Iowa Gulch side. Hadn't planned on going all the way as this was our second day at elevation (staying in Leadville) but one foot after the other led us steadily to the top. We had encouragement along the way and were very pleased with our success. Didn't break any speed records, though.

Really great trail with a perfect alpine lake at the end. When you hit the steep incline you’re almost there.

I'm not used to the altitude so this hike was hard for me, there was also snow on the trail on the last 1000 feet so it was slippery on many parts. The view at the top was worth it.

3 months ago

Awesome experience!

3 months ago

A beautiful clear late summer day with good friends, gold Aspens dotting the surrounding mountainsides and the constant music of a running creek along the well defined path. A moderately demanding hike for 60 something's amateurs trying out their new hiking shoes! The pristine 30-40 acre lake at the end of the trail made it more than worthwhile! Round trip was 3 hrs and 30 mins with lots of stops for water and photos along the way!

I would rate this trail as moderate. Right amount of sun and shade. Pretty steep right before you get to the lake. There is a nice stream crossing. The trail is very wide in most places. The lake is very large and is worth the hike. The drive up to the trailhead was very scenic since you go past Turquoise Lake.

road biking
3 months ago

Autumn aspen leaves galore, nice views, go up hill and then down hill !

4 months ago

Gorgeous all the way

This is a tough test. From 10,000ft to 14,400 ft in 5 miles is hard going. The altitude will hit you at about 11 to 12,000 ft. It took me 4 hours to hike to the top. Did feel the altitude but pushed on through it
People along the trail did suffer and turned back
After you leave the tree line it's heavy going
It's for seasoned altitude hikers.
A great accomplishment.
Good luck

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