Upper Mohawk Lake

Breckenridge, Colorado 80424

Upper Mohawk Lake

Upper Mohawk Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Upper and Lower Mohawk Lakes are very different from each other. Despite its alpine zone elevation, Lower Mohawk Lake, covered in the preceding chapter, is more subalpine in character. So much diversity is offered by continuing on to the higher lake that it is served separately in this description.

This chapter treats Upper Mohawk Lake as worthy of standing on its own. Upper Mohawk Trail begins from the south shore of Lower Mohawk Lake and is an awesome goal. The wildflower extravaganza begun on Lower Mohawk Lake Trail continues with more beautiful floral specimens, including the gems of the alpine zone. As the upper lake is located above treelimit, it’s wise to plan an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. Wildflower Alert: This hike is the crowning glory in a gloriously floristic area."

Upper Mohawk Lake Reviews

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6/20/2018
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7/16/2006
After stopping to rest for a little while at Lower Mohawk Lake, we started around the south side of the lake towards the waterfalls on the far side, assuming that's where the trail was to Upper Mohawk Lake. We passed right by the actual trail however, and had to double back to find it. It actually heads south from the lower lake, before you've gone very far around the south side. It climbs fairly steeply in places, but it's a fairly quick hike, and there are wildflowers and great views everywhere, and you suddenly come upon the upper lake at eye level to the water! It's above tree line, bare rocky peaks on the opposite side, very different than the lower lake, but the contrast is great, and there are a lot less people up there! A footnote: Those waterfalls on the opposite side of Lower Mohawk Lake come down from a series of small lakes farther up a separate branch of the upper valley. Some friends who were with us hiked up that way, then crossed over a ridge to the south to come out on the north side of Upper Mohawk Lake. It sounded like a very strenuous route to take.
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Trail Information

Breckenridge
Nearby City
4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Bloom is July through August
Season

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Jul 2018