Explore the most popular hiking trails near Midway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 days ago

It was nice and short with some great views and pretty wild flowers, but there were a lot of people and mosquitos. My friend went on a week day and it was warmer, we went on a cooler day on the weekend. I recommend doing that if you want the place to your self and fewer bugs.

Mileage is wrong. Less than 4 miles. Lots of rocks to slow you down if you are running. Amazing vistas at the top and a couple nearby lakes to cool you down.

off road driving
7 days ago

Beautiful scenery with a few fun spots to maneuver on the trail

7 days ago

I wouldn’t classify this as an easy trail, though it’s certainly doable for inexperienced hikers. Make sure to go in the morning. The lake draws a lot of swimmers.

Wonderful time! Get there early to avoid crowds and traffic! Looked like people camp there too.

8 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful scenery. Watch out fo dog poop and doggie bags all over. There was plenty of trash at the trailhead too. Please clean up after yourselves and your dogs.

Beautiful weather. Beautiful trail. We enjoyed this hike with our kids. The rope swing into the lake was refreshing!

12 days ago

I found a hat and sunglasses up near the top of Guardsman Pass on Sunday 7/8. If they are yours message me describing your items and I can get them back to you.

12 days ago

Mosquito central bring spray

13 days ago

Fantastic family walk. Perfect swim lake and rope. Minimal bugs in middle of the day.

14 days ago

Trail is called Willow Hollow.
Short hike. of .75 miles from the Alpine Loop Road to the main trail head of several other trails at high elevation.
The trail begins and seems very narrow like a bike route. After about 10 yards it opens up into a good hiking trail. Though short it is about half shaded. Leading into Quaking Aspen Groves with butterflies, wildflowers, and great views of the surrounding mountains.
there is some road noise, because you never really get far away from the Loop Road. Whoever left all of the beer bottles and devastation at an improvised campsite should definitely be arrested.
The parking areas to pull off large enough for two cars or one large truck with a trailer.

This was a cool and difficult hike. The climbs to the peak were definitely difficult and we stopped a few times for water and to catch our breath. The view from the second peak is beyond gorgeous! Great views of the 2 or 3 lakes that we were near. We actually ended up scrambling down from the second peak towards the lake and then went to the trail that led to Bloods Lake. However, even if we did the loop that was specified, it would not have been 10 mikes. The hike, at most, is 5.5 miles round trip.

15 days ago

Nice, short hike to a lake which is great for anyone ( kids, novice hikers, visitors not used to altitude) to get to (did this w my 6 year old flat lander nephew with no problem). Flowers have been gorgeous this past week. Could make this a longer hike by extending it beyond first lake. Plan ahead for what type of hike: if nature and quiet go in lower traffic hours - weekdays and/ or early morning, if you don’t mind a crowd w plenty of dogs, people, and activity you can go any time.

16 days ago

Easy, paved trail. Lots of signs with trail directions. Very pretty.

20 days ago

My fiancé proposed to me at the top! It seemed he had superhero energy climbing up and I guess now I know why! We had the whole place to ourselves and it was magical.

Beware! This place has now become Grand Central Station for families with young kids and teenagers partying. It’s not a backwoods hike at all anymore. It used to be one of our favorites - we would take the dogs for them to go swimming. That was back when it was private property and people didn’t know about it. But now it has become discovered – you know it’s bad when the forest district has put Porta potty‘s at the trailhead. If you’re looking for loud music, kids screaming on a rope swing, and an incessant flow of idiots hiking in flip-flops and swimsuits, then this is your trail! If you’re looking for an actual nature experience avoid this at all costs. There are so many better places to go. And if you do take your dogs, per the other comments here, please clean up after them and be a responsible dog owner.

21 days ago

Did this one last month. Pretty views of Midway.

Super pretty, a very steep climb to the top! Bring bug repellent in the summer.

as of early May, trail closed to vehicles. So sad.

The lake was beautiful. The wildflowers are in bloom. The mosquitoes are thick - be prepared with some bug spray!! Took 8 kids under the age of 8, they all did great but the 8 year olds lead us down the wrong trail and it was a little steep and slippery. We watched a few other groups come in on the wrong trail too.

Easy hike with amazing views. Wildflowers are blooming now!

Lots of trails/service roads in the area, numerous routes to these destinations.

Easy great reward with the lake very pretty .

the lake was a wonderful treat!!

Amazing hike!! I was surprised it was rated a moderate hike though because the first mile and a half or so is very steep and was difficult, which is why I rated 4 out of 5 stars. Although completely worth it! The view from 10420 peak is indescribably beautiful and I would do it again tomorrow. I preferred Blood Lake over Lackawaxen Lake because of the mosquitos. Lackawaxen was swarming we couldn't stay more than 10 minutes. If you go down the other side of 10420 and get to the bottom, there is a trail going left and one going right, left is Blood Lake and right is Lackawaxen. Both are absolutely worth seeing but Blood Lake was the best part of the hike besides the view from the mountain top.
Highly recommend this hike!

Great for kids - our 5 and 6 year old did it without too much trouble, and a beautiful view at the beginning and the end.

1 month ago

I really loved this trail! Before you even get to the trailhead you have a rocky road and then a stream or two to drive through. Then it’s about a 39 degree incline over a mostly boulder covered trail. Great views all the way up. Once you reach the top it’s well worth it. We hiked this in early June and didn’t see a single person while on the actual trail. It was slightly chilly once we reached the very top but not terrible. I wish we had had more time to climb up the boulder hill and check things out a bit more once at the lake. I will definitely be going back to stay the night sometime. Take a hammock and a small dingy to float around in once up there.

We took this route and it was pretty challenging: From the trailhead keep right to hike up towards 10420 Peak, hike back down towards Lackawaxen Lake, then follow the power lines (keep left at the 2nd fork) towards Bloods Lake. Highly recommend bringing your dog!

I saw people hauling the trash out, and the trail and lake were clean and pristine!

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