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Breath taking views at the cape.

This is what everyone thinks about when you mention North Park.
It is an easy though long-ish walk depending on the speed of your party. The majority of the path is beside a road and fairly removed from the lake or woods. It is also very popular so expect lots of families, joggers, dogs, etc. There are some lovely views, especially of the Boathouse, and it's fun to see all the different people enjoying the park too.
It is nice when you want an easy walk to maybe chat with friends but there are better trails if you want a real work out or be more immersed in nature.

off road driving
8 hours ago

This is a truly fun trail. Probably my favorite one so far. The views are incredible, the scenery is phenomenal, and you could spend all day picking different routes in the area.

Took my 4Runner here. The views were incredible when your reach the main landing spot. It’s almost like a playground up top because there are plenty of trails from easy to difficult centrally located around this area. Plus it’s one of the closest trails to Denver that I’ve seen

will definately do it again.

Ease and not much traffic.

Relaxing walk/run around Mirror Lake. Lots of tourists and busy place but very nice.

hiking
16 hours ago

Great views! Definitely worth the hike and the tower stairs. Lots of nice spots to rest, and also some great rock overlooks.

However, the last 9 miles of the road to the trailhead are a very bumpy washboard so, be prepared.

Also, it was very busy today - lots of families and dogs. Perhaps a bit too crowded for me and definitely a bit too groomed, including benches along the way, for my taste.

All said and done, a very nice and rewarding couple of hours. A great place to introduce Colorado newbies!

Maybe I don’t understand the point of this app yet?? This is a stunning drive... but definitely not a trail.

Fun easy trail, great for first time off roaders. Some fun spots and lots of great scenery and photo opportunities.

Gravel road. Very dusty, but worth it.

This is a busy two-lane road. Not a trail. Although it is a very pretty drive, I don’t feel this should be included in a trail app.

hiking
21 hours ago

One of my favorite Breck hikes. You do need a good off-road vehicle for that last bit to the top parking lot, but most vehicles can get farther than you think. Bring water and food, this is a great place to spend a few hours at the lakes. Keep your eyes open for the mountain goats, I see them often up there. For those of you parking in a lower lot, there is a trail in the woods if you don't miss it, I don't think you have to walk the road. We saw some people going up after 2 pm yesterday with dark clouds and light rain, not smart. You will be exposed at the top, get there before 9 and you are good most days. Moderate is a fair rating for this trail. Not difficult, just high enough that you should be smart and have water with you. STAY ON THE TRAIL!

off road driving
1 day ago

Very nice scenery, but the trail was super easy not moderate. A motorhome can easily make it through! I was expecting a few challenges for the jeep, but it was a dusty fire road with lots of ruts and bumps that made 5 miles seem like 10 miles.

This is good of you want to try out your bike ( your kids) or do. A run in a close but safe area :) and it’s off to other trials but this is a gated trails it’s still a nice hike they have restrooms half way /threw along with water (nice picture backgrounds on the bridge ;) of LA when leaving depends if you got out going upwards you go right under the Hollywood sign / good hiking area too (

Great scenic drive along the park. Has great vista views and doesn't get crowded. Highly recommend the Blue Mesa Trail, Desert Inn for the vista as well as ice cream downstairs, and of course the Petrified Logs in the southern entrance. I didn't stop at all the locations, but these were the stops that I made and would recommend. A very underrated National Park in my opinion.

Drove thru here in Nissan titan during a trail road trip. Camped along the way, easy road for anyone.

off road driving
1 day ago

On pavement a good chunk of the way. A good bit of washboarding later on. Generally, pretty easy. Took a right onto the Burr Trail to Boulder. Much more interesting.

Great hike with lots of good stopping points! Mostly shaded which I can appreciate! Dogs were all on leash which was impressive. The view from the top was amazing & the stairs were not bad at all!! Coming from a 6 month pregnant lady!!

on Mohawk Lakes Trail

off road driving
1 day ago

This is an excellent, somewhat challenging hike; lots of different experiences to be had.
The moderate difficulty rating is an accurate description, and this trail is not for those that are not in decent physical condition.
First of all, be aware of the parking situation. There are three parking lots along the trail, perhaps 4 depending on how you look at it.
The first lower lot is for 2WD vehicles; be aware if you start hiking at this lot, the total hike distance is just over 8.5 miles. But about 5 of those miles are on a steep rocky gravel road, so not real scenic, but good exercise. If you have young kids, there are probably better trails; they will be tired and bored before you even get to the trailhead.
This brings me to the second parking lot, which is the first 4WD lot which is about 2 miles in; if you decide to go up the road to this lot, do not think you can make it in a 2WD, and in my opinion, you need a 4WD that has decent ground clearance and 4Low. Our 4Runner SR5 with Nitto Terra Grappler G2's had no issues. There are fairly good size rocks sticking up (8" or so), large divots, loose rock, and washouts that make it a road for 4WD's. We saw a Toyota Sienna try it, and they turned around in the first 1/4 mile.
The third lot is the second 4WD lot, and the road to it is a bit more challenging than to the first 4WD lot; steeper grades, bigger divots, looser rock/dirt. Again if you have a decent 4WD, (stock with frame), you will have no issues. We were lucky in that we saw only the Sienna, and then after that the trail was all ours so we could maneuver for the best lines.
The drive to the 4th parking lot is not suitable for stock 4WD's; it is extremely steep, rocks are loose and dips are big all the way up to the top, which happens to be where the Mohawk Lakes trail head begins! Almost 3 miles in.
From the trailhead, terrain is still steep, but not technically difficult, just lots of roots, and rocks to traverse on foot.and it's mostly shaded. Any person in decent physical condition should be able to complete the trail. Take your time; its about 1 1/2 miles to the lakes and fairly steep walk.
Each of the lakes and water falls are beautiful, and worth the long trek in my opinion. We did the drive/hike in late afternoon/early evening, which makes the views even better with late day/dusk light. Don't wait too long; you won't want to get caught on this trail in the dark; good opportunity for ankle turning and falling.
In summary, this trail has several stages, either with or without a vehicle. A walk up the access road is a lesson in patience, but once you get to the lakes, it makes it all worth it.

So pretty! Saw lots of wildlife and the kids loved it! We got out and walked at a few spots! Great if you don't like to hike but still like to see the views!

The return trip is a doozy with much of the elevation gain in that portion. (Especially in the switchbacks coming up from the campground.) But the views are outstanding and you get to see several different natural habitats of rocky cliffs up high, highland grasses and fields, wooded hillsides, geothermal springs, and low lying marshes in the valley.

Lots of fun

My kids loved it. Out for a picnic and hike turned out perfect. Water is cold but worth it after the heat.

shaded trees and water trails. lots of trails to walk around.

off road driving
1 day ago

Beautiful back country dirt road. I used to camp between meadow lake and twin lake as a kid and it's still as beautiful as ever. Meadow lake has leeches. Just FYI. not sure about Twin lake. Theres a few more lakes up in the mountains that are between the blue lakes and twin lake.

8.17.18 Payson trails are now open. Did this trail, I dont think I did the same route as other people because I didnt see very much running water, mostly stagnate. I might try it again after a few more days of rain.

The trail that my bf and I hiked was very scenic and decent for hiking. What I didn't like was that it wasn't a separate trail. On the map, it showed all trails connect to other trails. It would be easier to follow if it remained its own trail.

Since each trail has it's own parking area, it would be hard to go on other trails. The hike back to my car would have been exhausting if I chose to switch trails.

Not to bad for my first time in the area.

2 days ago

it was a lot of fun, but not a year round trail. I'd definitely avoid this place in the summer. the description saying it's shaded and cool is inaccurate; most of the trail,even inside the canyon, is in the full brunt of the sun.

The trail starts out on sandstone hills, then declines gradually into the slot canyon. once inside, the trail is extremely narrow. I could barely fit through with my day pack on. my husband wouldn't be able to fit through most of the trail as he's a big guy, and I was scraping my legs and arms on the walls as I passed.

Fortunately, the views inside the canyon make it totally worth it. It was even worth the heat! Would be a beautiful hike in the winter or spring, when the sun isn't so hot.

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