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Mohawk Lakes

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Trail

4.3 mile 6.9 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,267' 386 m
Descent: -1,266' -386 m
High: 12,395' 3,778 m
Low: 11,133' 3,393 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

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.

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Aug 22, 2019
Leah Wachowski
Aug 2, 2019
JP Anderson
4.1mi — 3h 04m
Aug 1, 2019
S M
Jul 20, 2019
Brandi Duncan
2.6mi
Jun 21, 2019
Ray Lopez
Drove in a 4Runner on the 4wd road with no issues. knee high snow. Made a bridge at mayflower. Got to lower Mohawk lake and turned around. Great hike!
Jun 19, 2019
Dawn Landau
Tons of snow. Hiked to the water diversion area and the trailhead to the top and came back via the jeep road only to hit an avalanche area. Made it. 4mi — 4h 00m
Jun 8, 2019
Kelley Hoff
Very snowy - made it to the first lake. Got stuck in some snow drifts.
Oct 26, 2018
Mike Tozier

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 33 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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