I took a group of about 18 people from all over the world on a annual hike. A spectacular Colorado Mountain experience. Its a moderate but short hike, perfect for first timers from sea level. Lots of scenery allowing for short breaks and photo opportunities. I did the same hike two weeks earlier (mid September) to test it out. At that time, the Aspen were in their famous golden colors. By the time we took the group up, unfortunately, the Aspen has lost their leaves or turned brown. It was a beautiful day anyway, full sun, areas with snow covered grounds and ice build up on the logs near the lake. We had to take it easy, hence 1 hour to get to the lake and little less than an hour to get down. With a lunch break at the lake, it made for a great half day hike trip. On a final note, Nederland is a cute little town, convenient for a bathroom break before/after hitting the trail. Also, bring a rod - the trout fishing is nice at the lake.