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Address: Aspen, CO
Activities: Hiking

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An Amazing Trail!

One of my all time favorite hikes. The switch backs are moderate at the start and the reward is the beautiful lake when you arrive at the top.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Don C
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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136 reviews 136 reviews
46 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

One of my all time favorite hikes. The switch backs are moderate at the start and the reward is the beautiful lake when you arrive at the top.

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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

One of the most rewarding hikes I've ever been on. The views are stunning (especially in early autumn when the changing colors are nearly florescent). The trail has a good mix of steep inclines and a few steady paths, but nothing is as rewarding as the crystal clear lake on top. By far the best hike we did in the... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Love that the trail leads you through all kinds of environments and beautiful lake at the end. Aspen forest, pine forest, rocks and open meadows are all included.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

If you see my review of Cathedral Lake you will find this is much of the same review. The hike is rewarding but if you have bad knees, a bad back, or are not in somewhat decent shape then this hike is going to be tough. While this hike is considered 'MODERATE' by some reports it is actually rated Difficult... More 

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detroit, mich
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113 reviews 113 reviews
22 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Less popular than nearby cathedral lake, this hike is well worth the effort. It's steep and challenging but you are rewarded with a beautiful alpine lake in a majestic setting. As always,bring lots of water,lunch,and rain gear.

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Aspen, Colorado
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

My wife and I did it with our 8 year old an 3 year old. Take your time and ascend through different ecosystems to a beautiful alpine lake. Look around and you'll find some remnants of the old mining days too. If you're in reasonably good shape give it a try. It's easier than Cathedral Lake trail...that is for sure.... More 

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South Deerfield
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201 reviews 201 reviews
61 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

The uphills ro start with are very challenging but the rest a a great physical workout. It took us flat landers about 2 hours up (taking breaks to take photos) and 1 1/2 hours back down. Gorgeous views and terrain. The lake was totally peaceful.

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