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Lovely, stunning, beautiful, unimaginable

This is a beautiful hike through vast wide open lands along the Independence Pass. The grade is... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
New York City, New York
Beautiful hike

We happened upon this hike driving along Independence Pass towards Aspen. It's not far from the... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Woodstock, Georgia
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“snow melt” (2 reviews)
Aspen, CO

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a beautiful hike through vast wide open lands along the Independence Pass. The grade is not steep at all; it is sometimes hard to find the trail, as even in June there is snow on the ground and the ground is spongy and...More

Thank mbtn3
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We happened upon this hike driving along Independence Pass towards Aspen. It's not far from the Continental Divide overlook. It's easy to pull off and park at the trail head by Roaring Fork River. It is a beautiful short hike with fantastic views gaining a...More

Thank 749MAS
Reviewed 10 October 2016

The hike is fairly steep but it is short ( less than a mile ) and the view is one of our favorites. We take a lunch and sit on top of the world and feel sorry for all the people who have never experienced...More

Thank Sylvia A
Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

Ya know what? I haven't hiked everything in Colorado, but I've done some, and heard and read about a lot more, and this lake is probably one of the most accessible alpine lakes that *also* won't have 1,000 of your best friends there with you....More

Thank blooms03
Reviewed 24 November 2014

The trail-head is at the hairpin turn before the main overlook spot at independence pass. not a super difficult hike (im 28 and in decent shape). I went with my fiance and we were the only people on the mountain, which was a nice change...More

3  Thank Scott N
Reviewed 13 October 2014

Anyone who is looking for peace of mind should definitely look for this trail, it is somewhat steep, very close to Independence pass, but, once you reach the top, you will get a spectacular view of lake and it is absolutely quiet at the top,...More

1  Thank Nage K
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This hike brings you out of Aspen up Independence Pass, so you are already going to see amazing views. The trail is somewhat vertical, and not too long, but a good workout. What you will see is beautiful views, waterfalls, flora and fauna, and a...More

2  Thank worldtravellerZG
Reviewed 31 October 2013

If views are your thing, than the entire Independence Pass in general is for you. And, so is this trail. Located less than a mile from the west side of the pass, the trailhead parking is small, but you can park on either side of...More

2  Thank Anne T
Reviewed 27 September 2013

This is a moderately difficult walk for those of us not acclimated to the high elevation. Nothing technical but your lungs will let you know you are at 12,000 feet! Beautiful vista from most of the trail. It is located just before Independence Pass (another...More

2  Thank Thomas_Wilde
Reviewed 6 August 2013

This hike was great, through lots of alpine meadows in beautiful bloom. However, the best part was that we followed the ranger's advice - after viewing the lake, instead of getting back on "main" trail, you will see a smaller trail heading farther up the...More

3  Thank vacation_lover-7
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