hiking
8 hours ago

Great trail. Pretty steady and consistent uphill. Most of the trail is through the woods with plenty of shade. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

I remember as a child watching shows about hikers stuck in the mountains with no hope at all. This hike made me understand the physical and mental torment the great outdoors provide. There is a ton of snow! so gear will be needed, but if you love slip and slides of snow into a pool of jagged rocks then go with no gear(you a beast). Overall I would say this hiking experience was like slamming your big toe into the side of a wall for 6 hours straight. This place will forever be known as “Hoe Mountain” because it absolutely was a major hoe. Follow @harris_hikers on IG

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
1 day ago

One of the first things I will say is the road is okay up until the last 2 miles. I underestimated the reviews and highly recommend a truck or 4 wheel drive vehicle. It gets extremely rocky and deep dips in the road almost impossible with a 4 door sedan. The hike was beautiful but during this time of the year (May-June) there becomes a point where the trail is covered with nothing but snow and makes it impossible to make it to the lake unless proper equipment is used. We still hiked about 2 hours up to that point. It is a still a beautiful hike and has amazing views. I will be doing it again when the snow melts. AGAIN if you don’t have a high suspension vehicle I do not recommend driving up there. I can’t stress enough it is very rocky and tough to maneuver arriving to the trail head.

Really enjoyed this trail and it wasn’t too difficult. Lots of beautiful scenery to see along the way, and my pup seemed to enjoy it as well!

hiking
6 days ago

Attempted this hike May 25, 2020 but, after about an hour, had to turn around due to snow obscuring the trail. Otherwise, it was looking to be a great hike. I'll try again some other time.

Beautiful wildflowers- makes this hike spectacular. Not much shade but ok for spring days.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful area. Watch out for ticks, found 2 on me! You actually can go 11-12 miles miles one way on this trail. I went 6 miles one-way ~1600 ft +/-. Very few people after the first 3 miles (stock drive junction), definitely a less traveled trail with some spots overgrown with branches but still easy to follow. Some lovely wildflower varieties. Saw fly fisherman, climbers, walkers, and definitely some horses have been on trail too.

hiking
over grown
8 days ago

No trail after 1.5 mi

hiking
9 days ago

Don't let the relatively short distance of the hike mislead you. If you like to take photos, soak in the experience, or have kids who like to climb on rocks and chase chipmunks, then make sure to budget 3-4 hours for this hike. We gawked for a while at the aspen forest and spent 45 minutes just hanging out at Opal Lake and listening to the sounds of the streams flowing into the lake.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy and beautiful hike! Encountered only one couple along the hike and a few rock climbers. All very friendly!

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

This was a great trail for a fun morning hike!

hiking
11 days ago

ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Would go again! Tricky to get down fell a couple times... steal hike but fast sooo it’s worth it

hiking
11 days ago

Gorgeous falls were the perfect payoff for the hike. Hardest part is driving there!

hiking
off trail
over grown
13 days ago

hiking
washed out
14 days ago

The scenery around the trailhead is actually nicer than the trail itself. The best part of the trail is within the first mile or so where you descend into the river gorge. After that it's a lot of the same scenery until you get out of the gorge/canyon and reach the meadow....which then becomes a lot of the same too. I wouldn't recommend any little kids to be brought on to this trail as there were several small spots where the trail became a 45 degree angle sliding down into the steep hill below. If it wasn't for the river gorge aspect I'd rate this about 2 or 3 stars.

Very well shaded and well maintained trail. Only one water crossing and very shallow, could dry up easily.

on Opal Lake Trail

hiking
bugs
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail, first half’s pretty steep but as said in description after it’s a calm walk. Birch trees in the middle were cute and trees were cut for the trail so it was a clear hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Short hike for an amazing view. Very steep trail recommend good shoes, at the top you can touch it. Saw a lady doing it barefoot though, no clue how.

Was good pretty view at top

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful views! Steep climb on the way up (like the first half) then it’s smooth sailing from there. Definitely take the trail all the way around the lake - it’s gorgeous!

Super easy and very pretty for a quick four mile hike. Harris Lake is prettier than Buckles and so worth the extra thirty minutes if you’re taking your time.

hiking
19 days ago

Pretty and mellow

hiking
flooded
rocky
scramble
washed out
22 days ago

Amazing views of silver falls! You need a high clearance vehicle to get back to the trailhead via west fork. The road is washed out in several different places with rushing water creating large “ponds” in the road. If you try it with a car or a smaller vehicle, you will have to turn around about 2 miles in, or bottom out. The forest service road also has multiple fallen boulders that need to be navigated around. There is also no marker for the trailhead and this trail should be rated MODERATE, not easy. I saw multiple people attempt it in flip flops (probably because they saw it was an “easy” hike on this app) & every single one of them slipped and fell - one carrying a small dog, and another carrying a small child. The rocks are very loose gravel, steep inclines, & the parts of the trail next to the waterfall that get hit by the water are extremely slick. Trekking poles are recommended but not necessarily required if you’re cool with getting down & dirty as you scramble on your hands & knees up the top part of the trail. Giving it 5 stars because it’s gorgeous, but AllTrails REALLY needs to fix their rating system, as “easy, moderate, and difficult” simply do not cut it, especially in places like Colorado!

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