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

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.

hiking
7 days 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

hiking
8 days 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.

hiking
11 days 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.

This hike was absolutely beautiful, but, this is NOT the standard route up Grays and Torreys!! Most of the comments on this listing are not accurate. They are referring to the main route up these peaks. We hiked this route on a Saturday morning at 630 am and saw only 6 people on the way to the summit of Grays. The summit, of course, was busy with people that had used the main route.

There is a very tricky scramble about midway to the summit of Grays that required some very careful and thought out movement, so be careful!

The road to the trailhead is pretty rough, so a 4 wheel drive is recommended but we did see some cars that handled it.

The solitude on the way was priceless for a peak that has been called the Disneyland of 14ers, so it’s definitely worth a try if you want a little bit more of a challenge than the main route.

I wouldn't consider this a moderate trail. only the beginning is tough, but the views are beautiful from all points!

Wild flowers were beautiful. Lots of people and you definitely need 4 wheel drive to make it to the trailhead. Otherwise there is a parking lot at the bottom a few miles from the trailhead.

backpacking
28 days ago

Overall great hike, great view and decent camping for backpacking. Road was a little rough to get there and the trail had a little bit of water from the snow melt but no water shoes required. Absolutely sick

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this trail 10 June 2018. I do this trail once or twice a year and always love it. Because we had a dry winter there isn’t as much snowpack as previous years.

The trailhead used to start next to a mound of black rocks, but they have opened a parking lot that you pass before this.

No snow until after the large river crossing. Nothing too bad until the top, near the summit.

Your feet will get wet, be prepared.

Follow footsteps in snowpack to reach the Lake.

Another beautiful hike, will be beautiful in about a month when wildflowers are in full bloom.

6/9/18 - park down at the base unless you’re game for a bumpy ride to the trailhead. Walking to the trailhead and back adds about 0.8 miles. Mud and slush at some places, but beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect weather 6/9. No need for microspikes or anything, just a couple smaller patches of snow that get a bit slushy and muddy later in the day. We made it up to the higher 3rd lake and parked at the bottom of the dirt road, which made the hike about 5.5 miles in total. A beautiful morning excursion, gorgeous views. Bring a windbreaker!

The traverse across sawtooth is surprisingly difficult, and can be more so coming down from Bierstadt if the snow field on the east is large and can't be walked on (e.g. early summer conditions). I found ~ 1 mile of the lower part of the return near Scott Gomer Creek to be almost entirely a swamp. You'll fight your way through willows and then mud pits where you'll sink into ~1ft of heavy black mud. Not a route for trail-runner type shoes: wear your goretex full support boots. The descent through the ravine leading up to Scott Gomer is also a challenge - very steep and lots of scree. Watch for hikers below if you're moving rocks around!

Great trail up along a running creek. I Love hikes that you can hear rushing water. It was very busy, but if you don’t let that bother you and just look at the beautiful flowers and water and mountains surrounding you, it’s pretty easy to forget. It’s also pretty cool to hit two 14,000 mountains in one hike. The views at the top are really great. This is a great hike for those of you trying to get into hiking and climbing 14,000ft mountains.

The only reason this didn't get a 5 star is I didn't make it to the end because of weather. I started the hike at the parking lot near the road. Pretty uneventful hike up the road, but once you get to the trailhead, it's a nice walk through he woods. There are still some snow traverses that need to be made on the switchbacks right before the views of Naylor Lake open up. And speaking of views, what a glorious one it is! I went a little further up the trail but weather started to develop so I had to turn back. I bet the views of Naylor Lake from Silver Dollar Lake are out of this world. I'd like to finish this hike one day.

Completed this hike this AM and it was amazing! Awesome hike to bring guest visiting because the views are incredible and it’s not to challenging. Still some snow but we were fine in our hiking boots. The road to the trailhead (off the pass) isn’t too rough either. Will be doing this again!

hiking
1 month ago

Went up yesterday (28May2018) Trail was mostly clear until about quarter mile to the lake. From there on it was pretty much a snow field up to the knees. Love this hike and look forward to doing it again in a few weeks.

Pretty and very full of snow right now 5/25. I should’ve brought snowshoes! Ended up being 6 miles because our car wouldn’t make it up the dirt road (0.5 mile).

Absolutely gorgeous hike. The snow can be a bit challenging in the spring months but the views are worth the effort. My group and I had lunch right next to Silver Dollar Lake and it’s hard to think of a more perfect and peaceful setting.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike

hiking
1 month ago

So we tried to hike this on 5-16-18. We didn't make it because the TH was bone dry, but about a mile from the lake, you definitely need snowshoes and route finding skills. Both of which we have, just didn't bring snowshoes....so instead, we climbed up to a high point along the trail that was higher than the lake and the view was amazing! Probably even better than the lake would have been. It felt like I could touch Squartop from where we were. The trail and area are very lovely and quiet. There were zero others on the trail the whole day and one other person was fishing near the start of the road. Driving: Once you get off of Guanella pass road, there will be a fork eventually, keep right. You go past about 30 campsites then it's still down a ways. I wouldn't drive a sedan down the road unless you don't care about it. Higher clearance (jeep and 4runner are excessive) vehicles are highly recommended for parts. If it had rained hard the day before, there will be pits of water across 80% of the width of the road to the TH that are 1-1.5ft deep. The issue with a sedan would be high centering if you're bad at navigating or smashing your front end in a time or two and only slightly, otherwise it's not terrible by any means. Definitely an awesome area!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our snowshoe hike along the mining road, but we only went as far as tree line due to weather coming in. We were the only ones on snowshoes, all other tracks were from skis and boards, winding off the trail through the woods. Beautiful views. Protected from the wind while below tree line. Parking was a bit difficult as the trail head is off a residential street. Moderate difficulty is accurate. Slow steady uphill climb.

Had the place to ourselves just about the entire way up and back. Just my pup any myself enjoyed tromping through several feet of snow late last fall. A great hike for all. About 3/4 of the way becomes slightly more difficult as the trail narrows on the side of the mountain. Cheers!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Trail was packed snow, which made snowshoeing very easy and fun. We had high winds so we weren’t able to make it to the other side of the ridge; we made fresh tracks as far as weather allowed.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a tough winter hike, we used Yaks but many wore snowshoes and snow pants. The views are rewarding, I'm sure even more so in Spring.

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