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Our very out of shape family from low elevation Iowa tried this trail yesterday. Neat babbling brook on the first leg of the trail to your left. We took many breaks on on the way up not quite being used to this altitude and physical activity in general! It took us 2 hours to Broome Hut and 1 hour down. We went off trail as we neared the top and were rewarded with breathtaking views. Didn’t make it to the cones but there is a beautiful stream just to the right of the Hut with wildflowers growing in its banks. Beautiful hike!

Pretty rocky for a good section of the trail but definitely a good hike! There was a sign posted about 2 mountain lions spotted this month but fortunately we didn’t see them. Be on the lookout!

One of my favorite hikes in Colorado! Great for an overnight backpacking trip. We arrived to Roger Lake and were pretty tired. We set up camp, where there were many other campers, much more than we expected. You can hear people talking around the lake, but it didn’t take away from the beauty. The wildflowers were just gorgeous and the lake was great for fishing! Hiked up to Roger Pass the next morning which offered amazing views!! Highly recommend.

Great trail. We are out of shape and from Missouri. We spent 2.5 hours going all the way to the twin cones and 1.5 hours coming down. We took a lot of breaks and even saw a moose a little ways past the hut. The trail is pretty steep at times with loose rock, but well marked. We would definitely recommend!

Absolutely beautiful view!

Wonderful hike! Beautiful wildflowers, creek and views!

Moderate some shade, not very steep.

Great backpacking trip for those looking for a challenge and adventure!

bring bug spray!!!

Great family hike.

Dense forest most of the way up but the tree line appears pretty abruptly as you approach the lakes. Beautiful streams most of the way up as well. The views hiking up to Roger's pass were incredible! One of my favorite stretches of trail so far. If you have some extra time and are feeling adventurous try hiking up James's Peak to the south (Elv. ~13,300'). I'm writing this review over a month past the fact but I think it took me an additional 2.5 to 3 hours or so round trip from the pass. Trail was easy to follow with a brief scramble near the top (I think that's the term). So if you want to do James's peak I would suggest starting your hike before 7am. I think I left around 6:30AM and got back to the parking lot around 3:00 w/James peak. One of the best things about this location is the ample parking near the trailhead. You'll never really have to worry about that.

Not really a trail. More like a few converging paths that don’t go where you’re expecting. I ended up climbing some rock walls and got to some cool views. Good if you aren’t looking for a busy or set path

Gorgeous hike to hut. Family and dog friendly. Will go again for sure. Whole family raved about it

Fantastic. Best hike in the rockies

Great hike with views almost the entire time. Nice views back to the other surrounding peaks and along the stream when you break out past the hut. We made it to the summit and followed the trail markers to pile of boulders on the top. We could see the ski resort off in the distance but turned back since we were already pushing our luck with the storms. We started the hike at 11:30 and didn't get any rain or dark clouds. This is obviously pretty lucky for Colorado in July. We didn't see any columbines but we did see a moose!

Well marked trail. Beautiful scenery. Take your time.

Absolutely stunning hike! The parking lot was very busy (got there at 8am on a Sunday morning) but like others have mentioned, the trail cleared out once you get past the split for Crater Lakes. Well marked and fairly easy to navigate. My phone logged 10.5 miles, but I did walk around the lake for a bit. Overall took about 5 hours with about 45 minutes spent at the lake and taking my time on the way down.

So, this is the third hike I have taken based on the misleading reviewers and this website, that was NOT what is listed in the description or reviews. I write this because of the young couple that were mislead if they had not spoke to us at the parking lot trail head. They were hoping to get to the two lakes, leaving at 4:00 pm, thinking it was only going to take 1.5 hours to traverse based on the "distance" and peoples comments. Agree that this is a moderate hike, I would consider this on the higher end of moderate.
There were three of us that left the trail head parking lot, bound for a 4.4 mile out and 4.4 mile back hiking for the lake. WRONG!! The average distance in total was more like 11 miles with a round trip of about 6 hours, with an hour of farting around at the two lakes. This was based on the average of three different pedometers and of people with varying gait.
The path is shaded, and it runs along the streams, along with some nice water run offs, (not waterfalls). A lot of nice wild flowers as well.
Next agree that there is an elevation gain of about 2K+. Once you get past the first uphill mile, the trails are VERY ROCKY and heavy with tree roots. There are parts that look like a rock slide and you have to negotiate for several hundreds of yards.
There is a hill climb to Roger's Pass Lake about a half mile or so past an open meadow. You might get lucky and see a Moose or two... *thumbs up to that!*
Once you get to Roger's Pass Lake, there is a trail to the RIGHT that will lead you up a STEEP climb to Heart Lake. Keep in mind you are now at 11K' in elevation. This is nice to see, but it's just a lake, none the less. Am I missing the beauty, maybe.
The climb down took about 2.5 hours, were we slow, maybe, but it is what it is.

This is my honest review. I did it, but will seriously reconsider the reviews on this website and I warn others as well. That young couple could have been in some trouble should they have hiked to the top and get stuck coming down in the dark....

beautiful hike today with lots of wild flowers and waterfalls.

Great trail. Very scenic with some great streams and waterfalls. A little rocky on the trail, but doable. Just note that the route displayed on AllTrails only goes up to to the Hut, which makes the round trip only 2.8 miles. You have to (and will want to) go up past the hut and marked route to make it a 5 mile round trip.

Amazing backpack mid week, only saw two other tents. Gorgeous wild flowers, gorgeous alpenglow at dusk.

Amazing up there, lots of places to explore.

Wow wow wow! This is one of my favorites in the area. There’s a creek running along the trail from Broome hut to the tree line, so much of the trail is very lush and full of wildflowers. Good hike to the hut then it gets easier ;)

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I was hesitant to hike this area based on the one review. There was very little dog poop. Good moderate hike. There is a creek that offers an opportunity for good pictures. You can enjoy the scenery as well as get a good hike it.

Very nice trail!

We finally made out to James Peak Wilderness this weekend. The start of the hike was ok but the higher we got the prettier the views! The wildflowers were amazing along with the views. We will definitely go back and explore more.

great views, lots of places to stop and relax. one of my favorites!

Took my husband in his first backpack trip. Was well worth it as the flowers are in full bloom. Trail is well maintained. Rocky and lots of tree roots but the beauty makes up for it. We had perfect weather and were able to sleep under the stars.

Still my favorite hike in The Front Range even though it’s gotten more crowded over the past year. Did the hike on 7:14 and beautiful wildflowers all around the lakes! (There are three easily accessible! Don’t miss the first to the left behind the trees)

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