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Great hike. Need crampons or snow shoes to get to the upper lake still so didn't go. Both bottom lakes are fine hiking with no special gear. Recommend trekking poles.

Despite a near constant (and most needed) deluge of rain, this was an awesome hike. If you are hiking here in rain be advised that the trail is effectively a running stream in many parts...so either wear waterproof footwear or submit to squishy socks as I did. There is a beautiful meadow about halfway up that in nicer weather would have been a great spot to take a break. Once you start having to walk over snowdrifts you know you are close to the lake.

Beautiful hike. Started at 8:30am. Took a little over 5 hours. Had a couple of rain showers that only lasted 5-10 minutes, not heavy downpour but more than a sprinkle. Took rain jacket so ok. Lots of rocks in the beginning, looks like a dried up creek bed until about mile 2. Will definitely hike this one again.

Absolutely beautiful hike. We started morning at 7am from the trailhead. Could find very few people hiking this trail. There are few patches of snow before you reach lower crater lakes, but nothing your hiking boots can't handle. Upto Lower crater lakes, trail is clearly marked. The trail to Upper crater lake is a bit difficult to follow, trail is step. We climbed without any special equipment, and it's certainly doable. At some points snow is knee-deep, but it was not icy, so we didn't have trouble reaching the Upper Crater lake. The view is absolutely worth it. Upper crater lake is still partially frozen, and the view is spectacular. On our way back, we could find lot more hikers ascending.

Trail is in pretty good condition as of June 14. There are still a few small snowfields covering some of the well-made switchback trail down to the lake from the top of the pass, but they are manageable.

Everything was still snowy from a bit before the lower lakes when I hiked this. I'm guessing a recent avalanche (in the past week) covered parts of the trail beginning near the northern lower lake, hiding most/all former tracks and most of the trail, which is now very difficult to follow in the area between the lower and upper lakes. I climbed to the upper lake with a small dog and no special equipment so it is doable, but very strenuous. The snow at the top was deep & soft (I sank to my waist a few times). Beautiful hike but be careful when climbing!

Very pretty hike! Parking is a bit tight but the trail didn’t have too many people on it, so if you don’t get there too early you can park a mile or so away and just walk to the trailhead

Still closed as of 6/8.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful day at Jasper lake! The trail is dry for ~ 2/3 of the way. Then we encountered many wet sections (think walking in a mini creek) and it was covered in snow for about the last 2km. Fortunately there was footprints in the snow so the trail was easy to follow. Jasper lake is half frozen. The scenery is worth the effort. Waterproof shoes recommended. Gaiters would have been nice too for the snow...

Is this open for summer yet?

Hike was really good but pretty strenuous at the top. Had to use micro spikes and snow shoes for the top lake. Beautiful views, I will probably go back during the late summer months! Some things to note: Lots of mud due to run off, top still has some pretty deep snow (I’m only 5’-0”) but my taller friend was still going through to about the knee at some points.

As of June 2nd, about half of the trail is still covered in snow. I would recommend bringing yak tracks or micro spikes along with you to ensure you don't slip when hiking over the hard-pack snow. Hiking boots with proper ankle support is key (I don't know how many people I saw trying to do this hike in gym shoes). To get to the trailhead you must drive roughly 4 miles down a dirt road. I would recommend getting there early as this trail gets very busy by 10am.

The hike itself is very beautiful and somewhat challenging. The vertical is gradual, instead of switchbacks. About halfway through the trail turns more or less into a goat trail, so take your time as it is pretty sketchy. The views from the lake and by the pass are absolutely stunning, albeit a bit windy. I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a challenging hike and to avoid the craziness in other National Parks.

As of June 2nd, about half of the trail is still covered in snow. I would recommend bringing yak tracks or micro spikes along with you to ensure you don't slip when hiking over the hard-pack snow. Hiking boots with proper ankle support is key (I don't know how many people I saw trying to do this hike in gym shoes). To get to the trailhead you must drive roughly 4 miles down a dirt road. I would recommend getting there early as this trail gets very busy by 10am.

The hike itself is very beautiful and somewhat challenging. The vertical is gradual, instead of switchbacks. About halfway through the trail turns more or less into a goat trail, so take your time as it is pretty sketchy. The views from the lake and by the pass are absolutely stunning, albeit a bit windy. I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a challenging hike and to avoid the craziness in other National Parks.

Road still closed 6/3

My brother and I hiked the trail on 5/31. the first 1.5 to 2 miles were pretty solid. from 2 miles on its pretty much snow. The trail wasnt to hard to follow and is still relatively well marked.

We got to the bottom 2 lakes and rested for a bit. threw on the micro spikes and hit steep incline on the left, straight up. as opposed to the trail on the right. it was beautiful @ the top lake and we spent a good 2 hours up there just taking it all in. the hike down was relaxing and the day overall good.

We hiked from moffat tunnel up to lower crater lake when we finally couldn’t find the trial any longer, after post holing around the dog and I finally gave in and will try again when hopefully all the snow back is gone! Don’t try my wrong through, was a great hike and lower crater was very stunning as well! Cannot wait to get up to upper!

So my husband and I are from Georgia and planned to hike clockwise. We were pretty unprepared At least for how the trail actually was when we went on 5/28. There easily was 3 ft of snow that we hiked 3 miles through lost out of our minds because the trail is not well labeled. We also did not realize how storms go in the mountains, so when the thunder, lightning, rain and hail started we were a little worried but thought we could tough it out-don’t do it if you’re not prepped with freeze gear and can handle falling through snow every step

backpacking
24 days ago

Backpacked to Jasper Lake on May 26th, 2018. Trail transitioned from mostly dry for the first two miles to completely snow covered for the last mile or so. Lots of mud and water on the trail in between. Snowshoes were not necessary to get up to Jasper, as most of the snow was hardpack, but there was still a bit of post-holing along the way. Waterproof shoes/boots are pretty much a must, and trekking poles with snow baskets were definitely very helpful. I also had gaiters on for the snowy section, and it helped keep my socks dry and free of snow. Spikes/traction devices were also not necessary, and probably would have been of little help in the soft spring snow. If going beyond Jasper, snowshoes might be useful, but I did not go past the lake. The lake is still mostly frozen over.

Came to do the heart lake via Roger’s pass trail today 5/26/18 but there was too much snow and potholing. Turned back and did crater lake instead. A beautiful hike- we lost the trail, as did three other couples ahead of us who had turned back, but using GPS on our phones we were able to find the lake. Still mostly frozen but beautiful nonetheless. By the time we finished lunch by the lake more people had arrived and we followed their MUCH easier and more clear trail down. By this time much of the snow from our trek up had melted and the trail was basically a creek. A beautiful hike and we will be back again after the lake thaws.

backpacking
27 days ago

Brainard Lake Rd is closed until June, no access to trailhead
SPRING & SUMMER 2018 – FULL CLOSURE (24/7) – March 12 through June 28, 2018

when does the road open for the summer?

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpacked to Jasper Lake 5/4-5/5. Awesome trail but difficult due to the amount of snow. Winter warning advisory was in full force. Def a snowshoe territory that week. Trail was difficult to find but AllTrails def helped a lot. Lake was frozen almost 100% . Not a soul in sight which made it so much more attractive. The route to the lake was for us traversing a few spine tingling traverse but made it to the 100% frozen lake finally and went home after two nights.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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

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

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!

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!

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