Mohawk Lakes Trail

Summit County, Colorado

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain1,491ft
Trailhead Elevation11,102ft
Top12,412ft
Elevation Min/Max11102/12412ft
Elevation Start/End11102/11102ft

Mohawk Lakes Trail

Mohawk Lakes Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 11,102 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,491 feet. Along the trail there is an adit. This trail connects with the following: Mayflower Lakes Trail and Spruce Creek Trail.

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"One would be hard pressed to find a prettier hike than the Mohawk Lakes Trail. The two Mohawk Lakes are very scenic and, as an added bonus, there is a nice waterfall in the creek below the lakes. There are also a number of interesting relics in the area from Colorado’s late 1800s mining boom. Mining camps were built in the vicinity of Mayflower Lake and Lower Mohawk Lake in the 1880s, and today some of the log cabins in these two camps can still be seen. Of course, most of the cabins have long since collapsed, but one has recently been restored and it is occasionally used as a bivouac by overnight campers. It contains a primitive sleeping loft and even a wood-burning stove to warm cross-country skiers and other winter visitors." Read more
Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"Crystal clear Lower Mohawk Lake sits on a bench with a backdrop of craggy peaks, waterfalls, and mining relics. To reach this gem, hike along the Spruce Creek Trail as it gently climbs through thick forest for 1.5 miles. After the trail’s junction with the Wheeler National Recreation Trail, various open areas provide glimpses of the silver ribbon of Continental Falls. After passing the remains of two old cabins, the trail switchbacks up a steep hill south of the falls through rock gardens of beautiful flowers with views to distant peaks. An optional hike takes you to treeline and Mohawk Lake." Read more
Hiking Colorado's Summit County Area (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"The Spruce Creek trails gently climbs through thick forest for 1. 5 miles. After the junction with the Wheeler National Recreation Trail, various open areas provide glimpses of the silver ribbon of Continental Falls. After passing the remains of a mill and two old cabins, the trail switchbacks up a steep hill south of the falls through rock gardens of beautiful flowers with views to distant peaks. Passing the top of an old tram, the trail snakes uphill then pops out on a bench containing crystal clear Lower Mohawk Lake with its backdrop of craggy peaks, waterfalls, and mining relics. Colorful wildflowers, ribbons of waterfalls, and spectacular peaks coupled with a close-up look at remains of the mining era make this trail a very popular hike." Read more

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7/13/2018
The wildflowers are stunning at Upper Mohawk right now! I really enjoy hiking this trail because it is so beautiful--also an ideal moderate trek with gradual inclines and wonderful rewards: gorgeous mountain views, lakes, trees, and wildlife. Lots of mountain goats!
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6/20/2018
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8/1/2014
Great hike up to Continental Falls, and then keep up the effort to get to the Mohawk Lakes. Can do sort of a loop - on the way up, take the trail through the woods to the waterworks. On the way back, take the road. Fairly crowded to the Falls, much less so to the lakes
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7/5/2010
Fantastic hike. Forested trail at beginning along Spruce Creek, pass beaver ponds, good view of Mt Helen. Climb steepens to lower lake. Several old cabins along route, beautiful cascading falls, gorgeous mountain lakes.
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9/6/2008
Great hike. Started early and the trail was not busy at all. Lots of scenery on the way up that includes steep mountains, wildflowers, waterfalls, ponds and lakes. The hike is moderately difficult with a full pack for someone that doesn't hike often. The fishing at Upper Mohawk is great.
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8/20/2007
Great hike with interesting history along the way. It is DEFINITELY worth hiking the extra distance to the Upper Mohawk Lake. I loved hearing everyone's "wow" as they arrived at this lake at eye level!
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7/3/2007
Great trail with wonderful views and wild flowers. Start early and avoid the crowds. We started at 7 am and finished by 12:30
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Trail Information

Summit County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USDA Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne; (970) 468-5400; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver; www.dillonrangerdistrict.com
Local Contacts
USGS Breckenridge; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 109 Breckenridge/Tennessee Pass; Latitude 40˚ Summit County Trails; Breckenridge & Summit County Hiking and Biking Trail Map; USFS White River National Forest map
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Dec 2018