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Westcliffe, Colorado Map
1 month ago

Make sure to take your mosquito repellant

Done this one a couple times, not that bad physically, till you get up to the Lakes - uphill from there. Climbed Mt. Humboldt and have snow shoe'ed in during winter months always quite and remote. Plenty of snow and Beautiful views, lots of timber down low but just keep climbin' timberline awaits !

One of the most epic and flower filled hikes I have EVER done if not #1. do it in the summer/late spring

cross country skiing
2 months ago

Very good ski up to Rainbow Trail and then south for a ways. Luckily someone had been up through the snow several days before as it is not marked in winter. No snowmobile activity evident!

very demanding,coming down very had on knees,always stepping on or over rocks very few level spots beautiful at top will not do again too many better trails

horseback riding
6 months ago

Spectacular views; great fishing...just got back, this was my 1st real backpacking trip...6 days living in the woods...a childhood dream come true! The hike kicked my butt a lil bit but totally worth it...

fly fishing
7 months ago


Great trail. Beautiful views the whole way. I didn't struggle to make it at all, and I am an out of shape flat lander (live at 285'). The hardest part is the final ascent to the lakes, but don't give up they are worth the effort. I calculated (according to the park service signs) as being 13 miles round trip from the parking area not 11.8

7 months ago

Amazing! The hike is arduous and challenging and will force you to mentally buckle down and push harder. The views at each of the lakes are absolutely phenomenal! The hike is incredibly worth it with the views and wonderful sights to see once you hit the lakes.

Tough hike. Made it to the upper lake but not to Humboldt Peak due to heavy wind and rain. Got a ride to the trailhead. Will be back to attempt Humboldt again.

This is NOT a moderate 4 mile hike! The hike from the Rainbow Trail parking lot to the Dry Lakes Trailhead is 2 miles. The trailhead for Dry Lakes Trail branches off from the Rainbow trail and although the Forest Service sign says 3.5 miles to the lakes, it is closer to 6 miles. The entire hike will be close to 8 miles, which doesn't seem like a big deal for experienced hikers, at least we don't think so, but we didn't pack enough water or food for a 16 mile round-trip hike. The trail is uphill the entire way and full of rather large lose rocks that make it difficult to move at a decent speed. So, to sum it up, start early and pack enough food and water!!