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I nice and easy hike dog and kid friendly. So going back this summer.

Follow the trail up to the left and over the rocks to get to the bottom of the waterfall. Pretty hike. Easy. My friends 3 year old hiked most of it on his own.

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Awesome trail! Hiked to Jasper Lake on 5/13. Pretty difficult hike as about the last three miles to the lake still have quite a bit of snow and the trail is hard to find or stay on and there was a lot of postholing, the lake was still frozen but beautiful. Definitely recommend a map until the snow melts. One of my favorite hikes in Indian Peaks

the road was closed due to construction, so we couldn't even get to the winter parking lot. anyone know when it will be open again?

definitely need spikes and snowshoes. made it up with spikes and post-holed all the way down. packed snow and pretty easy until the roger's pass/crater lake split where trail gets more difficult. arrived around 11:30 and finished before 3. lake is still frozen over, a good trail for wind protection for most of it is in the trees

This was a easy trail to do with children until the trail ended by the waterfall. We weren’t sure which way to go but was able to follow a path up and over. My 2.5 year old needed assistance climbing up but with help we got to the other side and even made it to the reservoir as well. Very pretty, short, and easy.

Still a lot of snow. Glad I had both microspikes and snowshoes. Others were really struggling without.

beautiful waterfall and our dog had a blast playing in the reservoir. pretty easy hike, bring some beers. take a left before the waterfall after you go check it out.

Road closed through late June due to construction. Trail is four miles up.

Snow is still falling up there as of today 4/21. Due to all of the fresh snow I wasn't able to keep to the trail itself, instead just cut my own way up all of the way to the lakes. Snowshoes are necessary until a defined trail is made again. Excellent ski snow today!

Great quick hike! The waterfall was little but very pretty. And the reservoir was absolutely beautiful! Shady in spots but mostly sunny. Also there was no snow and only a few muddy areas on the trail! Got a little confused right before the waterfall (where it gets rocky) but luckily some fellow hikers were there to show us where to climb up. Will definitely be back!

It was a short hike but great for what it is. My dog loved it! The water ran next to the entire trail which ended at a small but nice waterfall. Didn’t feel like climbing down the rocks to the reservoir.

Awesome views and fishing

3/24/18 - Only made it to the lower lake but a beautiful hike! The forest of pines in the beginning is scenic and the view from the lake is awesome.

Wore only mircospikes and we post holes the last half mile - Would heavily recommend snow shoes.

Road is closed!

Hiked 3/14. Made it all the way up with boots and poles. Poles were a must or at least spikes as it's steep and slippery. The last mile I was sinking in the snow quite a bit so I actually put snowshoes on to get back down to the river bottom. Awesome winter hike!

What a great little hike! Got to the trailhead about 8am on a Sunday and saw no one on the trail, must have been lucky!

Pretty and easy trail with a beautiful waterfall and view.

Lots of snow. Need microspikes and snowshoes. It is a great workout as it is steep.

This is a really nice, relaxed hike. We did it with microspikes on 3/4/2018. Most people had snowshoes, but they weren't needed if you stayed on the packed trail.

Spikes were sufficient until about a mile before the lakes

Snowed all morning, but no wind. It was awesome. Most of the trail is good enough to walk on with hiking boots, snowshoes would have been extremely helpful, skis would have also been nice. I have neither snowshoes or skis so I didnt make it to the lakes, started post holing every step about 3/4 mile to the lakes so I turned back. Hey it was worth a shot.

Very windy day, which wasn't too bad in the forest. The snow was pretty firmly packed on the trail. I used hiking boots most of the way without a problem, then switched to spikes about a mile - mile and half from the lakes, and then snowshoes for the last stretch. Unfortunately, the wind made hanging out by the lakes pretty miserable, so the trip was cut pretty short. Still gorgeous, though. Lots of skiers!

We loved this ~5 mile roundtrip snowshoe trail to Lake Brainard from the Brainard Gateway Trailhead parking area. The wind across the lake was brutal, but we were sheltered on the trail. There were areas of deep powdery snow, but it was mostly hard-packed. And if the footprints weren't easy enough to follow, the trail is well marked with blue diamonds and signs every fifty feet or so. We saw dozens of snowshoers and cross country skiers out on a cold Saturday.

Completed 1/14, made it all the way up to the first lake with yaktrax/hiking boots. Last mile was definitely slow-going. Beautiful day, no wind. The trail was pretty obvious to follow.

Early morning hike. Surprisingly, the trail was well traveled and easily followed unlike other times. Once making the turn from Rollins Pass, snowshoes are a must. Always a great hike and take the time on some of the steep climbs.

***Get there early as the parking lot was 1/3 full at 8:30 and was full at 11:30. About 75% of people were skiers.

Wife picked this trail on the way up, without telling me it was rated hard/difficult haha. Got there, and only after the first mile or so I asked what the rating was, since the inclines were no joke, especially using snowshoes with 2-4ft snow the entire way. Finally got to the lakes, much too windy to actually see them, but still an accomplishment to get there. The trek down was fast and a ton of fun though.

Note: The snowshoes were a must to make it all the way to the lakes; the trail was not very packed down for the last mile and you would post hole the whole way if just wearing boots!

Made it to the lower lakes easily- the last push to upper crater lake was no joke with deep, soft snow and we turned around at about 10,800ft. Used spikes until the last mile up then switched to snow shoes for the rest. Perfect day with no wind!

Nice if you are biking. Lots of trees down, with lots of open space. A few decent views. Some nice spots and some not so nice.

Super fun! Can be really rocky in some places and to get to the water fall you gotta do some climbing. Totally worth it. Perfect for summer or winter, definitely one of my favorites. Not to much snow on the trail right now, no microspikes needed.

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