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Lots of steps at the top of this climb, but I really enjoyed it. I’m not in great shape, but was able to complete the climb without too much trouble. I felt pretty proud when I completed the climb, as it was a nearly 1000 ft increase in elevation.There is a bathroom towards the top of the trail, which was a nice convenience.

easy and peaceful trail to the lake. Was not able to drive to the parking area due to ground clearance issues. beautiful lake.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the area!

beautiful hike! weather was perfect. bridge crossing over Box Canon was exciting. hubby and I are in our 60s and did the 6.4 mile loop in 3 hours

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 hard when you do the loop clockwise. 1 mile of non stop steep climbing. Rest of loop is much easier. The view from the top is worth the effort.

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.

We were here on the Tuesday after Memorial day and it was pretty busy. The path was paved, and is very scenic all along the trail. However, it is quite steep in the first ~0.3 miles, so I would say it's moderate instead of easy. Ranger recommends the meadow trail for easier path up.
Wild flowers in bloom right now are the bluebells and the dandelions.

hiking
6 hours ago

really lovely trail, not very challenging but nice views!

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

One of the easy 14ers. Great view from top

hiking
8 hours ago

Good spot for fishing

hiking
8 hours ago

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

hiking
8 hours ago

One of the best lakes in the Rockies !! Totally worth the visit.

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.

Beautiful views and lots of colorful wild flowers

good exercise

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.

hiking
10 hours ago

This hike was not strenuous but it was fun and it did get my heart going when I kicked up the pace. I have to admit- it’s hard to keep pace with the endless beauty this hike brings. I was mesmerized by the wildflowers, trees, mountains, and wildlife all around. The lake at the top was peaceful and I saw a moose and all sorts of smaller creatures all along the way. It took me about 5 hours up and back- but I stopped many times to take it in and get photos. I highly suggest going in the afternoon- there is more wildlife and less people! Enjoy!

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

The roads are open and it’s so beautiful there!

very nice ! beautiful views all over...

good views, laid back hike

11 hours ago

challenging, at some points you're going up steps that are 1-2ft high. but the view is 100% worth it, and the lake is beautiful. don't go in it, tho, there are leeches!

I mean it was a decent hike. but the climb up, while physically challenging, was honestly boring. it's just dirt and gravel everywhere, there's no shade, and when we went (mid August) there were bugs swarming at our faces and biting our necks. it felt like a desert. the view was nice, though. and yeah there are a lot of mountain bikers, but there's usually enough room to let them pass.
probably wouldn't do it again for fun, but for exercise it's good

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