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Great way to avoid the crowds along the way. Fun scrambling on Kelso Ride. Much easier than the Dragon's Head on the Ten Mile Range. If things look too hard, back up and take another approach, most it it really isn't that bad. I took this down because I started early and missed the turn off in the dark. Going down wasn't too bad, you just end up glissading down some skree at the top and that's not my favorite thing in the world.

Very short and easy. Short hike for end of day to avoid the crowd.

Beautiful hike, not easy but worth the effort. Adding Emerald lake to this hike is recommended, only 1.6 miles extra. Only very crowded at the end at the climb on the falls.

moderate hike with beautiful views and waterfalls.

climbing in the beginning, then in the woods but not much exciting to see.

Beautiful and worth the trek. Avid hikers, but 20lb+ of backpack adds a whole new element to it. Arrived at 730p Friday and Hiked 2 miles in the dark. The next day we hiked 16 miles (ended just before Frigid Pass). Last day we finished the remaining. Plowed through it based on time we had. Would have loved a leisurely 4 day backpack, but if can be done in 2 days. DEFINITELY recommend doing it counter clockwise. My guess is everyone wants to ease into it w a gradual climb on day 1, but it’s worth doing Buckskin pass 1st!Pays off later. Low 40s/high 30s at night. No bugs. Had a 1/2 day of relentless rain. Hand warmers were key! Hammock camped both nights, and even with some rain I was a happy camper! Was not overwhelmed by the amount of people on the trail. Surprised there wasn’t more actually. Very rewarding!! But bed feels good now.

hiking
8 hours ago

Good spot for fishing

hiking
8 hours ago

Hike is pretty easy. There are other lakes with better view though.

Beautiful and worth the trek. Avid hikers, but 20lb+ of backpack adds a whole new element to it. Arrived at 730p Friday and Hiked 2 miles in the dark. The next day we hiked 16 miles (ended just before Frigid Pass). Last day we finished the remaining. Plowed through it based on time we had. Would have loved a leisurely 4 day backpack, but if can be done in 2 days. DEFINITELY recommend doing it counter clockwise. My guess is everyone wants to ease into it w a gradual climb on day 1, but it’s worth doing Buckskin pass 1st!Pays off later. Low 40s/high 30s at night. No bugs. Had a 1/2 day of relentless rain. Hand warmers were key! Hammock camped both nights, and even with some rain I was a happy camper! Was not overwhelmed by the amount of people on the trail. Surprised there wasn’t more actually. Very rewarding!! But bed feels good now.

Awesome hike. Hit the trail around 2:15 on Sunday, unusually late but what the hell. Pretty easy to moderate until you get past the first two lakes. Forested most of the way. Really great hike but compared to others in the area, specifically some from the trailheads a bit to the north, you can find some a bit more epic. With that said, parking is easy and it’s gorgeous.

Colorado is the best.

Great hike! My Garmin watch recorded just under 5miles for the loop. The trail is very narrow toward the dam. Be careful to not follow dam trail. You need to follow the river and stay on bottom creek trail. After the dam for few yards it looks like you are in the jungle but don’t worry the trail becomes wide again after few minutes walking.

good views on the back side of the mountain theres some rock climbing after the keyhole but a good hike

very nice ! beautiful views all over...

My wife and I did this as a counter- clockwise overnight backpacking loop on August 14th. Amazing trail. The hike up to Parika was pretty strenuous but we did it in about 5 hours. 3 groups camped at the smaller unnamed lake just below Parika so we had Parika lake to ourselves. We didn't see any moose that day but had one running and grunting right outside of our tent at about 9pm so we didn't get much sleep! The stretch over Parika pass and Bowen Pass was amazing! The exposure isn't too bad and we could have sat on the other side of Bowen Pass all day. Saw two bull moose on the way down and made it to the car in about 7 hours. Loved this loop and definitely recommend going counter-clockwise!!

hiking
11 hours ago

It’s a fun hike up to the lake with tons to see on the way. Dream Lake was our favorite part of the hike - absolutely gorgeous, we felt at point like we’d stepped into a lord of the rings movie. I agree the trail is moderate depending on the person. We hiked it pretty quickly but there were a couple parts that got a little steep. It’s partially paved or there are rock steps pretty much the whole way though. Great hike and would do it again! We got there early around 7am and it was not too crowded at all - go early.

Had a lot of fun with our dog (kept her on leash). Went past the 7th bridge up a bit more towards Jones park but didn’t quite make it. Will definitely come again.

walking
11 hours ago

Great wide path around the lake. No hills, super flat. Gorgeous scenery. We went at 6:30am on a Sunday and were one of a few people there. Great time to go before the crowds.

We have done this hike a couple is times and love it! (most recently 7/24, arriving at 7:50am) It is definitely popular, so get there either very early or later in the afternoon. When we arrived, the main parking lot was full and we parked a little way off from the trail head... and that was before 8am on a Tuesday. The hike is on the easier side of moderate with quite a bit of gentle grade, some steps, lots of level places, and some steeper incline towards the end. Definitely take the side path to Copeland Falls and climb around to get close to Ouzel falls (If you get to the bridge at Ouzel falls you have missed the turn off point to get close). Most of the hike is along water and shady. If you are a serious hiker, you will consider this pretty easy; if you are not a Colorado native (still getting used to the elevation) or don't do a lot of hiking, this will be a good hike with a little challenge. The are several falls along the way and the path is dynamic, crossing streams, some views, some wildflowers. Every step of the way is really quite beautiful.

hiking
11 hours ago

Very pretty hike with good elevation gain, but huge crowds...

hiking
12 hours ago

The scenery here was unique, and I really enjoyed the hike overall (I like loop trails where you get to see new things throughout the hike). However, the trails were packed for someone like me who typically aims for less trafficked areas, the route was hard to keep track of due to lots of little offshoots, and I was surprised by how many large rocks there were to get over given that the trail is rated easy (my knees won't thank me tomorrow!).

The lake is beautiful! It can get difficult at points on the trail but nothing too crazy. We are 30 year olds in relativity good shape and didn't need to take any breaks. The amount of people going up and down will give you quick breathers as you go. Highly recommend this trail!

Did this hike on Friday 8/17 and loved it. Do keep in mind that you either need a National Park Pass to get in or you have to pay $11. At 9 am there were quite a few cars, but I didn’t actually see that many people on the trail until I was heading down around 1130. So, highly recommend getting there a bit earlier to have more of the trail to yourself. It’s a very well-groomed National Park trail, so doesn’t feel as remote or backcountry but is also very easy to follow. I also highly recommend going up to Little Blue Lake. The trail gets less clear as you ascend above Blue Lake, but if you keep going up and around Blue Lake to the right you’ll find it. Me and my dog had Little Blue, right at the base of Mt Toll, all to ourselves. It is really gorgeous up there. Will definitely be doing this one again.

To you people who labeled this hike “kid friendly”, who are your kids? Rambo and Wolverine? This hike should be labeled hard, not moderate, due to very steep dropoffs throughout the Chavez section and some most definite rock climbing involved that is not appropriate for small children. This is NOT a kid friendly hike in any universe. Beautiful scenery but some nasty surprises as you near the creek. Will gladly do this again solo with my husband. Very much regretted taking my kid!

hiking
12 hours ago

Spent 3 days in the backcountry while camping at Timber Creek and Snowbird. Saw tons of wildlife (moose, mule deer, elk). Also made our way up Mt Ida which was very difficult for my 70 year old dad. One of our favorite hikes to get away from the crowds and enjoy RMNP. I'd highly recommend!

backpacking
12 hours ago

So beautiful, so fun! The trail is definitely challenging, especially with a pack on your back. We stayed 2 nights and each night a moose and her baby would come down to the lake for some grub and a swim.

hiking
12 hours ago

Beautiful, easy, hike! Got there around 9AM and it was extremely crowded the whole time. However, the views and lakes truly are incredible.

Wow this hike was magical! Had to get off the trail a few times to let elk pass by, the views are incredible the entire hike. I would do this hike again!

This was a hard hike. Straight up and very rocky

hiking
13 hours ago

It was a cloudy and cooler day but the views are still amazing. A very well traveled and marked trail most of the way. There is an area that is confusing as there are many paths up on the the steeper accents before getting to lower Mohwak Lake. Just pick one and follow a general up and right direction and you’ll me fine. Don’t stop at just the lower lake. Take the few minutes more to se the upper lake too!

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