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    Boulder, Colorado

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    Aurora, CO
    Trailblazer | 1113 pts
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    7/9/2018
    A beautiful hike with stunning views. Wildflowers are in full force right now and so colorful. The difficult ascent is so worth the gorgeous meadows, alpine groves, lovely lakes, and stunning mountains.
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    Westminster, CO
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    7/14/2009
    great trail with amazing views and beautiful wildflowers. There were a lot of people on the trail even on Tuesday. Well worth the fairly easy hike.
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    Seattle, WA
    Pathfinder | 190 pts
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    10/1/2007
    Great early October hike, some snow on the trail, but practically hiker free! Beautiful views, truly moderate trail with short spurts of elevation gain. The basin is beautiful especially with a dusting of snow. Super windy today.
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    WASHINGTON, DC
    Pathfinder | 132 pts
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    8/3/2007
    This is a beautiful trail. It was pretty crowded, even on a Friday, so if you are looking for solitude it is not the trail for you.
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    Boyce, VA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    6/11/2007
    Nice trail, but, as of early June, snowshoes were still needed. Post-holing wasn't much fun.
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    Aurora, CO
    Pathfinder | 160 pts
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    8/1/2006
    Good trail. Very easy initially, rockier and steep at times near the top. Impressive Blue Lake is worth the hike. Trailhead is at high elevation, making the small elevation gain a little harder than it seems.
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    Gateway, GA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    8/1/2006
    What an incredible trail! Any trail in the Bainbridge lake rec area would be fabulous.
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    Denver, CO
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    7/17/2006
    This is a beautiful trail. Appropriate for hikers of all ages. At around the 1.75 mile mark, you cross a stream (a cool log bridge) and you are surrounded by awesome, lush wildflowers. HIGHLY recommended.
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    Littleton, CO
    Adventurer | 230 pts
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    7/7/2006
    Well, I'm sure it's a beautiful hike, but I took the wrong trail. The guide failed to mention that there is also the Audabon peak trailhead at this parking lot. The trail must split off early from the peak trial, so be aware. Still had a great day hike. Couldn't summit though, because it was too late in the afternoon and thunder had started. The wildflowers are just starting to GO OFF!!
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    Denver, CO
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    7/4/2006
    Awesome trail with spectacular views. The lake and surrounding peaks are gorgeous. The trail can be a bit muddy, but other than that, it's a pretty tame hike. Get there early for a close parking spot, otherewise you'll be walking awhile to the trail head.
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    Trail Information

    Boulder
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Accessibility
    5.6
    Distance
    950 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    3.5 hours
    Duration
    Midsummer through mid-fall. The trail is generally covered with snow from mid-November until mid-July.
    Season
    Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Roosevelt National Forest
    Local Contacts
    Ward (USGS)
    Local Maps

    Trail Log