Explore the most popular walking 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.

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!

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.

hiking
13 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!

17 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.

hiking
18 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.

hiking
23 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.

hiking
24 days 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.

hiking
29 days 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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

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
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.

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
1 month 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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!

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.

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