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Mohawk Lake Trail

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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Colorado Rockies on an 8-hour tour to Breckenridge. All-inclusive transportation from your Denver's Union Station enables you to skip the hassle of navigating mountain roads and enjoy the stunning natural scenery. After a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater and a coffee break in a mining town, enjoy three hours of free time in Breckenridge. You can shop, sled, hike, ride the gondola, and more.
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Kimberly M wrote a review Aug 2020
Kansas City, Missouri129 contributions11 helpful votes
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Loved this hike as every turn was so picturesque. The trail had a fare share of people on it so it seemed to be popular and I can definitely see why. The waterfall was breathtaking and we enjoyed a lot of time playing on the rocks and taking photos. The lower lake was so peaceful and serene and absolutely worth the hike.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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mldetweiler wrote a review Aug 2020
Sabetha, Kansas23 contributions54 helpful votes
I LOVED this hike. It was challenging, but in a good way! We did this at the end of our week, so we had several days to get acclimated. We are an active family (kids 15, 12 and 10) but are not "hikers". This was the kids' first trip to the mountains. We made it to Upper Lake, but it was challenging in places. However, my 12-year old daughter did it with her left arm in a sling (mountain biking incident the day before, LOL). Here are some pointers (hiked mid-August 2020): FIRST--mileage. There was confusion about this as the approx. RT distance is listed around 5-6 miles. To clarify, that distance is from the END of the 4WD access road (where the "official" Mohawk Lake trail head starts). The main parking area (where people with non-4WD vehicles need to stop) is actually at the Spruce Creek trail head. If you start there (and you should) the RT is between 8-9 miles (to the Upper lake and back). Where to start hiking: START AT THE SPRUCE CREEK TRAIL HEAD, which is on the OTHER SIDE of the parking area (not the same side as the big sign/map). This is a lovely 1-2 mile hike through the woods (it winds through the forest and loosely parallels the access road). Lots of tree roots and a few large rocks, but nothing too steep. The ground is soft and the entire route is mostly shaded. If you don't take this section of the trail, you'll end up walking the very rocky (and drab) access road to the "official" start of the Mohawk Lake trail. When to start: We got on the trail around 10AM, got to lower lake around noon, ate lunch, then went to upper lake. The entire trip was around 6 hours for us (two adults, three kids 15, 12, 10). We didn't rush and took several 5-min water breaks. We spent probably 30 min for our lunch break, and lingered at upper lake for 20-30 min (IT'S GORGEOUS). There were a ton of cars lining the road, and the trail was busy, but didn't feel overly crowded. Since we were rookies, it was helpful to have others along the way pointing us in the right direction. The route: The Spruce Creek trail is a no brainer--well marked, can't get lost, just follow the path. After you intersect and cross-over the access road (now you're actually on the Mowhawk Lake trail) there are a few places where smaller paths braid off, but if you keep looking and heading towards the falls (WAAYYY up the mountain) you'll stay on track. For us, the hardest part was the climb after the big mining apparatus. It was steep and the most rocky. Note, if you go to the left when leaving the mine camp area (around the big boulder and away from the falls) it's more of a switch-back. To the right will take you closer to the falls, but it's more technical and requires more "climbing". We stuck to the left but made a point to take a side-trail on the way back down to get some pics closer to the water. Lower Lake: beautiful. Lots of places to sit on a rock, rest and eat. The water is shallow and crystal clear. A fly-fisher was catching lots of small trout. Upper Lake: WORTH IT! PLEASE GO THE EXTRA 0.5 MILE! The path to upper lake is steep, but not too rocky or tricky. Not nearly as grueling as the section right before your summit at lower lake! If you can make it to lower, you can definitely make it to upper! This little lake is breathtaking! To summarize, this is hike is worth it! It's challenging, but if you allow plenty of time you can do it! There's such a variety of scenery that it was never boring. Stunning views! My biggest caution would be for people with bad knees. There are a few sections in the middle that require big steps and loose footing. A trekking pole would be advantageous on the way down if you don't trust your knees. Also, you'll start at 10,000' and climb to 12,000' (upper lake). I wouldn't do it on your first day or two.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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MOTravelerken wrote a review Jul 2020
Farmington, Missouri440 contributions32 helpful votes
If you get a chance, you MUST hike to Mohawk Lake. We started at the Spruce Creek trailhead. Hike is TOUGH. Must be in pretty decent shape and be acclimated to the elevation. We saw a moose on the way back (so cool). This hike is so worth it. Best hike in the Breckenridge area.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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richard0822 wrote a review Jun 2020
Germantown, Maryland20 contributions6 helpful votes
Great hike, about 6.5 miles. does have some strong elevation change as you get close to lower lake. Beautiful lake and views. Bring a picnic and enjoy.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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@skiwinecheese wrote a review Mar 2020
Boulder, Colorado61 contributions13 helpful votes
My wife and I did this hike in August 2019 and found it to be really fun, gorgeous, and pretty mellow. For fishermen/women, the lakes of full of Cutthroat, but they are very smart fish and hard to catch, but if you are patient, you'll enjoy the challenge. Overall, a great hike on a hot summer day and not too strenuous by Rocky Mt standards.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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