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My favorite hike in the canyon. It is rated as difficult but eminently worth it (and really not that tough). I prefer to take the short side up and the meadow side on the back trip. I have easily hiked this trail more than a dozen times and always find a sense of satisfaction reaching the top, like an old friend.

A fun place to hike in with, as mentioned, many campsite with an amazing trail parallel to the Poudre.

loved it. The wildflowers were AMAZING

21 hours ago

Did this June 5th, a little short for me but I didn't have that much light left anyway. The glacier, waterfall and lake were beautiful. There were lots and lots of people but luckily it rained and washed everyone away and me and my doggy had the place to ourselves. Gorgeous place for little effort. If its hot I advise taking the side trails with shade.

Perfect hike for my family... the views along the trail are stunning! My 12 year old and 9 year old weren't the least bit challenged... very kid friendly.

Easy to see and follow trail, quite steep in about 3 sections. Started at 5:30 am from about. 5 miles in on the 4x4 road (camped the night before) and made the summit with the dog just before ten. Was faster going back down. Wildflowers are in bloom just above the tree line as well. The view from the top is fantastic.

Beaver Lake is a great payoff at the end of a short hike! Takes me a little less than 2 hours from the village to the lake. Then you can cut across the ski slopes for about an hour and get a ride down on the goldola from spruce saddle.

Always my first hike when I am in the Vail area! Takes about 2 hours going up at a leisurely pace and can take the gondola down for free (dogs can ride down too). Good mix of aspens and open fileds. Amazing views from the top of Gore mountains.

We did this hike over two days ( camped at devils thumb lake for the night). The struggle was REAL the last mile or so carrying the extra weight with our equipment, but totally worth every agonizing step. Amazing views, gorgeous meadows full of beautiful wildflowers, and friendly people passing by. We even got lucky enough to have a moose visitor stop by our tent hahaha. Would recommend a sturdy pair of mid boots or better. If you're camping for the night, bring some warm gear. As soon as the sun goes down it's chilly. Arrive as early as possible. Nowhere to park at 9AM on the road leading up to the trailhead. You will need a 4WD vehicle to park in the lot nearest the trailhead. There is a very reliable shuttle that comes to and from Nederland every 10-15 minutes. Overall a great, challenging adventure.

A very nice hike. Well worth the time. Great valley views and views of MT.Antero. The falls are a nice finale.

23 hours ago

I really liked this trail, steady grades, by the river, quiet, flowers, and i saw a huge bear 2 hours in..... and then quickly opted to turn around.

Camped here for four days. Thurs-Sun. Sign from summer trailhead says 2.73 miles one way to Boulder Lake. 7 cars in the parking lot on Thurs. 26 cars in the lot on Sun. - lots of day hikers. Had pick of campsites on Thursday. There were four or five other campsites occupied on Saturday night. Hiked to head of lake and found a beautiful three-tiered waterfall by following the stream a little ways up from the lake. Saw deer and moose and the fishing was pretty good.. Tried the hike to Upper Boulder Lake but the trail is pretty sketchy, did not make it. If interested in climbing peaks, no easy access to peaks from the lake.

Nice, easy trail with lots of shade. Pretty wildflowers in August. You can hear the road for half of the hike.

Only rated a 4/5 because it was very difficult and heavily trafficked. Great day tho.

Beautiful, varying terrain.

Beautiful, varying terrain.

1 day ago

Just another reason why the San Juan mountain range is my favorite place in Colorado! We started this hike early to ensure we didn't get stuck in the afternoon storms and had a beautiful hike up. This is a very steep trail, but getting to the first lake is not too bad. We decided to trek up to the second and third lakes which extended the hike to about 8.5 miles round trip. Glad we did it because the views up there were insane! If you're low on time or are not acclimated to hiking at elevation, might be best to stick to the first lake. Great camping options are available on the road leading to the trailhead.