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Spectacular hike overall, with amazing views, varied terrain, and quite a few wild flowers left. The lake was predictably crowded, with lots of off-leash dogs. Our 5 year old hiked the whole thing unassisted, though it was a bit of a challenge for her and we did take snack breaks. Lots of marmots in the rocky areas.

Loved this hike! Beautiful as the trail ascends through the forest. Two steep parts, one about1-2 miles in and the ascent to the lake. A small and bigger waterfall and a few stream crossings, love the water! I have two dogs and needed water in addition to my 3 liter camelback. The lake is beautiful and quiet. My dogs loved it too!

READ BEFORE GOING! Not the typical walk in the park hike you often hear about for Grey's and torry's. from Montezuma start, it's much more difficult but much less crowded. All trails line is accurate on the accent, not for the decent/loop. If you do this route, best to summit the 14ers and make your way back the same way you came (down directly from the Grey's peak). If you follow all trails line, it turns to class 3 scramble going down a different side of Grey's and is an on and off rockslide. Glad we did this hike, will not be doing it again.

Probably the most straight forward easy class 3 traverse of 14ers, if you’re looking to gain experience in mountaineering for more difficult 14ers this is a great starter. Not as congested as some might think but I’ve only hiked it very early in the morning 5am-6am

If you want to avoid the crowds, this route is awesome. Empty parking lot and we didn't see anyone until we were at the top of Grays. But its not easy! The AllTrails app shows the hike as a loop. We followed the ascent as shown on the apps map. The trail is easy to follow for the first couple miles, but once you get to the small lake, the trail is less obvious and you have to rely on cairns as trail markers. Once you start your ascent up the back of Grays, its steep. From the top of Grays, you join the crowds and its obvious how to get to Torreys. After you come down Torreys you have to go back up in order to then start your descent down to the little lake. The map on the app is either incorrect - or we couldn't find the trail even when we were spot on where the app said we should be. So...I don't know the actual descent. It was not fun coming down to the little lake. Once you get back to the lake its smooth sailing back to the parking lot. Lots of wildlife (moose, deer and marmot) and wildflowers. If I did this again, I'd get dropped off at the empty parking lot, then go back down the main trail with the masses and get picked up (so two different trailheads). The other option is after you summit Torrey's to go back the way you came - i.e. summit Grays again. ***Some of the reviews for this hike are for the main trailhead***

Wildflowers are gorgeous right now! Mountain rains in the afternoon were also really pleasant. Rockier terrain than I expected but me and my small-ish dog had no trouble. Super pup friendly hike!

This is one difficult trail but gives you 2 14er summits and is pretty breathtaking. There are areas of difficulty with the scree, and an extremely brutal descent through a gorge at the end, but an amazing achievement to put under ones belt. Just make sure you have enough energy at the end to go all the way around the marsh before getting to your car. It's pretty maddening to see it for several miles while the trail just keeps going sideways from where you want to go.

Rough terrain but had a great time. Took a swimsuit and swam in the lake for about 10 minutes. Definitely worth bringing a pair of goggles for, you can see clear to the bottom.

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19 days ago

Great hike! Got up super early to be the first one on the trail! Amazing views I took my time and still only saw 4 people on the way down. Not bad! Would totally do this one again! So beautiful!

Bring gloves and a helmet. Follow the cairns and you'll be alright. The Sawtooth looks imposing but it is not as hard as it looks. I took a shortcut to the rock gully, I wouldn't recommend it, stick to the path. After descending the rock gully, the path gets muddy as you get closer to the creek. You merge with the Bierstadt trail near the last of the boardwalk sections.

23 days ago

Road is a little rough getting to the trailhead. Beautiful wildflowers, wildlife (including a fox) on the way back. Great trail for acclimating to higher elevation.

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24 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes that I started when I was 35. Now at 67 it's a bit tougher but still able to hike and fish the lake. Horrible road going in but other than that perfect hiking conditions and unbelievable wild flowers. Very clear water at the lake and brilliant red cutthroats

very busy, easy hike and good for dogs. dont let them drink the water unless you want to see projectile vomiting. (sorry Lilly)

Went out with the family this afternoon (wife, 11yr, 3yr, and dog). The kids loved the hike and we all had a lot of fun. I like that you start in the trees, then head up over the tree line. TONS of wildflowers to brighten your day. Unfortunately we didn’t make it the whole way to the lake because we heard some thunder and decided to head back to the car, but we were so impressed we decided to come back next week. The drive up to the trailhead on the dirt road IS a little treacherous. I’d suggest 4WD or an experienced driver... really experienced.

Started early to beat the crowds. On our way down we passed a ton of people and dogs starting their day. The road up to the trail head is pretty spotty and best done in 4wd. We decided not to risk getting stuck and hiked up the extra .7 mile up to the trailhead. Beautiful hike with some really nice views and wildflowers. Cool little waterfall by the lake to stop and hangout at.

Gorgeous trail. Flowers were indeed exploding. 20 yrs in Colorado and never seen so many columbines. Not just bunches but am entire field. Road is in pretty bad shape but navigable in a car. However, I do not recommend it. The hike elevation profile is a bit deceptive. It is not a steady climb. You get about 40% of the elevation gain in about three quarters of a mile of travel. The two steep sections are really steep. A very fit person can go out and back in about three and a half hours. The rest of us will need over four. However, to really enjoy it, go slow to enjoy the scenery plan to spend five.

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29 days ago

Nice hike but misleading description. The new trailhead adds considerable distance to the stated mileage. I would say it’s at least 9 RT. First part very steep and rocky then gradual incline but still rocky along the valley through the trees until the final steep part up to the lake. At timberline the wild flowers exploded. This was the highlight of the hike in my opinion. Yes there is a lake and it’s clear but the flowers—wow! Oh and the road is terrible the whole way. There were 2wd cars and vans and even camping trailers all along the way but I wouldn’t do that road without higher ground clearance.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous views from beginning to end. Had the entire trail to ourselves save a single hiker on the Continental Divide. Required a little pathfinding at the top of Argentine Pass, but nothing too complicated - just keep going up.

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1 month ago

great hike. Did the first week of June 2018, last water mile had to walk around/through some snow wasn't bad just make sure to not lose the trail. very lightly trafficked. we started at 730am and were the first ones up and saw three groups on the way down. would deffinetly do again.

A little crowded for me even with an early start. That's to be expected anywhere off Guanella Pass though. Great hike for small kids. We took a 4 and 5 year old and they made it to the first lake like troopers. Wildflowers everywhere! Even spotted a bald eagle over the lake.

So beautiful! Well worth the extra elevation and miles. Even saw moose and mountain goats - bonus!!! One word of caution: I would very much recommend you don’t take your dog across the ridge connecting to the Sawtooth (even though the route description says dogs are allowed). With a couple of nearly vertical sections, it could be dangerous for the dog and/or you.

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1 month ago

Just got back from this pretty hike , lots and lots of wildflowers . The first mile had me so out of breath I couldn’t enjoy the views !! LOL when you cross the boulder field there is a huge flat one to take in the first of many scenic views ! The upper stretches are very scenic with the clear lake. A must for the avid mountain hiker

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1 month ago

A pretty gradual incline the whole way to the lake. A couple spots are steeper than others, but pretty moderate overall. There are some standing water areas near the creek, which are home to swarms of mosquitos and other bugs. Just keep moving and you’ll get through them pretty quick. The lake was gorgeous. Above the tree line, crystal clear water with plenty of fish to see. Clouds build in the afternoon (during the summer months) so be aware of potential thunderstorms when you’re above the tree line. Otherwise, enjoy this hike!

(If you’re in it for the potential fitness aspect, I burned about 1300 kcals in 3.5 hours doing this hike.)

This was one of the fun places to hike but definitely need a map/GPS!! My phone battery died about a mile before we got back to the trail head but had a long exciting day. Not much of shades, so make sure you have a hat and sunglasses for your protection and plenty of water. You can also trail run there but pretty challenging.

An insane mental challenge completing this one! Be prepared and know before you go! The first summit on Bierstadt is easy, especially for a 14'er; I made it up from below the parking lot in just under 2 hours. Approx 7-9am.

Onward across Sawtooth Ridge, where it was a very serious class 3 scramble. They are not kidding when they say that part is a challenge. Rock climbing experience of some kind comes highly recommended, even then it was still a lengthy climb across.
Approx 9-11:30am.

Then to the summit of Evans, we had slowed our pace significantly by this point but summited before 1pm for a running total of approx 6 hours so far.

We then went back down the ridge of Evans and out via the trail that meets back up at the creek from Bierstadt. This part was my nightmare. Straight down for about half the return and then trudging through mid-shin muddy bog the rest of it. Would not recommend wearing shorts and would definitely wear waterproof shoes.

Total mileage was about 16.1 miles.

Easy hike really, a few steep parts and minor scrambling required but overall a sweet hike. I saw families, dogs and hikers of all levels. The lakes are stocked and we saw lots of fish.

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1 month ago

A very beautiful trail. Starts off in some dense trees and then opens up to a beautiful bowl above tree line. There were so many different kinds of wild flowers that just made you notice them and they were along most of the trail the whole day. When we got to the top the lake is so clear I could see 12 trout just hovering near the shoreline. Will definitely hike again. It is a bit rocky and probably should have worn my boots, but I got by with just some trail runners but use your own judgment. Some steep loose rock incline sections that can be a bit on the slippery side.

Late start. Was hoping to miss the crowds. Numerous hikers. Many picking wildflowers. A few bringing their music for everyone to hear. Easy high mountain lakes hike. A few snow field crossings. Hint for future hikers, photos last longer than the flowers and if you pick them, there are fewer next year.

Late start. Was hoping to miss the crowds. Numerous hikers. Many picking wildflowers. A few bringing their music for everyone to hear. Easy high mountain lakes hike. A few snow field crossings. Hint for future hikers, photos last longer than the flowers and if you pick them, there are fewer next year.

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