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Mohawk Lakes

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (41) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fairly easy hike providing awesome views from a high alpine lake.


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4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

Loop

12,395' 3,778 m

High

11,133' 3,393 m

Low

1,267' 386 m

Up

1,266' 386 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Although steep in places, kids will love the views of the surrounding area and the Tenmile Range backdrop.

Please stay on the established trail above treeline, the alpine tundra is very fragile.

Overview

This hike offers a variety of scenery as it climbs through lodgepole, spruce and fir forests and eventually to Lower Mohawk Lake which is nestled against the mountain walls. Beyond this lake the trail continues a short distance to Upper Mohawk Lake where you can enjoy views of Mt. Helen and the rugged southern section of the Tenmile Range.

Need to Know

This route is accessible via 2WD vehicle from the Spruce Creek Trailhead and that parking fills up rapidly on a busy weekend. If you have a 4WD vehicle, drive up Spruce Creek Road to the Mohawk Lakes TH.

Description

From the lower parking area (Spruce Creek TH), the trail leads off to the left toward Spruce Creek and is marked by traditional tree blazes (removal of square-ish pieces of tree bark). Continue on the trail through a thick lodgepole pine and aspen forest. Approximately 1.72 miles from the trailhead you'll come to the intersection with the Wheeler National Recreation Trail - WNRT (FDT 39). Continue straight past the WNRT intersection for approximately .77 miles to the sign for Mayflower Lakes and bear to the left (west).

Approximately .53 miles from Mayflower Lakes, the trail rises onto a shelf with Lower Mohawk Lake nestled against the mountain walls, to the north Mt. Helen is visible. The trail continues approximately .34 miles to Upper Mohawk Lake. The view from the top of this trail of Mt. Helen and the rugged southern section of the Tenmile Range make for a spectacular conclusion of this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Aspens and wildflowers abound on this route.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 41 votes

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Area above Mohawk Lake
Feb 29, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
Lower Mohawk Lake
Aug 4, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
Interesting weather - lots of cool shadows and textures
Apr 28, 2018 near Brecken…, CO
One of the many small ponds on the Mohawk Lake Trail.
Feb 29, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
The effort on trail is worth it when you get to Mohawk Lake!
Feb 29, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
The fourth lake on a windy day in late June.
Dec 21, 2018 near Brecken…, CO

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Aug 6, 2020
Ann Zweig
Jul 25, 2020
Denise Dias
Jul 14, 2020
Patricia Maria
Jul 12, 2020
Lindsey Darling
Steep climb up, especially for those not acclimated to the elevation, but so worth it. The views of the lakes are spectacular. 8.6mi
Jul 7, 2020
Meaghan O.
4.3mi — 4h 00m
Jul 7, 2020
Mike Sanders
Jun 27, 2020
Meg D
7mi
Jun 27, 2020
Jennifer Kristin