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Great Hike

It doesn’t start well - a forest service road. Soon you get to a real trail. Don’t stop at the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark M
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LOVED the Mountain Goats

Once I figured out to go left at the trail junction and got past the boring road, I really enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It doesn’t start well - a forest service road. Soon you get to a real trail. Don’t stop at the first sighting of the waterfall. Keep going to the top of the water fall and the small lake above that feeds it. Beautiful scenery.

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a bad hike. There are a lot of rocks/boulders and trees to climb through. Once you get close to the first "lake" the trail becomes a little less obvious. It's scenic and quite a few small waterfalls and river beds. I know they have...More

Thank Toni P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just as context - I hike often, had acclimatized at 9500+ ft altitudes for several days including doing other 3+mi hikes at 9900+ft right before this trail. So wihle I was ready for some altitude breathlessness , that was not an issue for me. The...More

Thank buytics
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once I figured out to go left at the trail junction and got past the boring road, I really enjoyed the hike. Fun trail through the woods with a waterfall and spectacular lakes, but the mountain goats made it special. Pics and more details at...More

Thank etbtravelphotography
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It took four fit folks in their early sixties four hours to do this difficult hike starting at the upper trailhead. There are many areas where one must search for a solid footing on rocky inclines. You must cross two narrow foot bridges. The trail...More

Thank jonijohnson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful views, quiet lake stop at the top even though there were many people on the trail. It is moderately difficult for the incline and a couple places that I scrambled for just a few steps. The altitude could be an issue if you aren’t...More

Thank Courtney B
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Be prepared, take water, leave early and enjoy the hike. Depending on your ability this could take several hours. It's not crazy difficult, but if you haven't hiked at altitude, it may be harder than expected.

Thank MotoTravlr
Reviewed August 30, 2018

We did a number of hikes while staying in Breckenridge and this was by far our favorite. My husband was carrying a 1.5 year old in a hiking backpack and shortly in, the trail becomes very narrow over large boulders that we almost turned back...More

2  Thank SasiCasi311
Reviewed August 28, 2018

The hike from the trail-head across from the Lodge by the Blue on Hwy 9 will get you up to Blue Lakes and back after about 9 miles. You can cut that in half by driving up to the upper trail-head. The trail generally follows...More

1  Thank TexCul
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

A good hike that us 2 “seniors” made in 2 hours up. Some key points - watch weather at all times as it can change quickly, take layers as quite cool up at the lake, take hydration and snack and take plenty of great pictures!...More

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September 2, 2018|
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Response from AnnArborMiBob | Reviewed this property |
Theoretically, there would be nothing stopping you from doing it other than your own capacity for travel through snow. I suppose that the Forest Service could close the road for vehicle travel, but if you have snowshoes or... More
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July 15, 2018|
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Response from AnnArborMiBob | Reviewed this property |
The road is easily passenger-car passable, far more so than many Colorado roads that are rated okay for passenger cars. Yeah, there are some potholes, but no worse than on many of the paved roads I drive on in my home state.
July 9, 2018|
Response from AnnArborMiBob | Reviewed this property |
It depends on your definition of hikable. Any route up that you take from there will be at least class 3+, and that side of Quandary is notorious for stranding people who think they see a way to continue upward, but just get... More