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St. Mary's, Colorado Map

We hiked this two summers ago. Overall it’s a beautiful and difficult hike but takes some bushwhacking to find the trail. Hiked up St Mary’s glacier (microspikes might have been helpful but we didn’t have any), the trail continues for a bit and then abruptly stops at which point you have to bushwhack/trailblaze a little to get to the “next” trail that takes you up to the peak. I’d HIGHLY recommend marking a GPS coordinate at this point, or leaving a piece of fabric you can pick up on your way down. We failed to do this and hiked past the point we originally bushwhacked through and ended up a fair bit off trail. The majority of the trail is also above tree line so be sure to hike early.

7 months ago

Road definitely requires four wheel drive type of clearance...this isn't something I'd take a car on. Even in our Chevy Silverado I was still tossed around. The road is just very very rocky. The lake? Very pretty! Fast moving clouds on the day. Saw fish rise but no luck (might be due to keeping an eye on our 1yo & 2.5yo kiddos). Didn't experience the full trail around the lake, but saw others doing it. Gorgeous waterfall at the inlet, and streams flowing into the reservoir too. Pretty wildflowers to keep my daughter entertained as well. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: the amount of trash. There were shards of glass around most obvious campsites, cans, what appeared to be a rolled up tent & stakes, fishing line. I picked up a bunch & took it out. If you visit anywhere, please practice leave no trace so all can enjoy the beauty we are blessed with!!

Love this place!! We meant to go to Chins lake but ended up taking the road straight instead and found ourselves at Fall River reservoir. The road leading up to the reservoir is definitely a bumpy one and 4 wheel drive is definitely suggested. You can make it to the reservoir in a stock SUV (our friends make it in a 2013 Outback) but you will have to go very slow and watch your tire placement. We made it up with ease in a '98 4Runner. The fishing up here was awesome! Lots of decent sized cutthroat trout that were taking flies like candy! According to the nice ranger, Cass, I spoke with on the phone, you can take non motorized watercraft on this reservoir as well which may help get you a bigger fish. We plan on bringing our kayaks next time for sure! You can camp up here as well but it definitely gets busy on the weekends. We went up on a Sunday around 11am and all the weekend campers were packing up and getting ready to leave and there were lots of them! Definitely a spot worth checking out if you enjoy a good rocky road and great fishing!!

8 months ago

A nice hike. Very similar to the Loch Lomond hike just a mile farther up the road.

When approaching, stay on Rainbow road even though GPS may say to go on Mackinaw Road part way up-that is basically a person's driveway which becomes tough terrain. About a mile before you reach where AllTrails says to start you will reach the part of the road that is for vehicles with high clearance (not marked, but sudden change from smooth dirt road to large rocks is your clue). All the way until the second lake the trail is a road accessible by high clearance vehicles. On your way up you'll hit one fork in the road-take the left/up road. This is indicated by a rock with a green spray paint arrow on it.

The lower two lakes are quite popular among the 4x4 and camping crowd and are fairly busy. Where the road ends, the trail becomes a small and nice hiking trail up to the 3rd lake.

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