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Mohawk Lakes

 12 votes

4.3 Miles 6.9 Kilometers


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1,267' 386 m

Ascent

-1,266' -386 m

Descent

12,395' 3,778 m

High

11,133' 3,393 m

Low

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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17 days agoUpdate

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

Tom Robson

Overview

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

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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Sep 30, 2017
Hiker N' Dog
Amazing views and trails! Awesome historical structures along the way 5mi
Aug 31, 2017
Chris Brown
Aug 26, 2017
Andrew Miller
Great hike; the lakes are totally worth the climb!
Aug 5, 2017
Stephen Webb
Hiked up to the lower lake only and back down by the water fall.
Jul 27, 2017
Brian Finn
Aug 22, 2016
Crystal Aguilera
Aug 20, 2016
Jeremy Lott
7.1mi — 3h 30m
Aug 13, 2016
David Gibson
Great hike - stunning views - ran out of time to go to Upper Mohawk Lake - will be back 6.2mi — 5h 54m

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Minor Issues 17 days ago
Muddy, Snowy, Icy - Near the lakes it is easy to lose the trail.
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