One of the most beautiful lakes in Colorado.
- Length: 7 miles RT
- Elev gain: 1,700 ft
- Rating: Moderate
- Hiking Time: min. 3 hours
This TH parking area is considered the end of 2wd vehicle access. With high clearance and 4wd, there are several other parking areas further down the road. It is possible to cut off 4 miles of trail length from the round trip.
It is 2 miles along a forested trail to meet the 4wd road at Mayflower Lake. From there it is a steady climb of about one mile to Lower Mohawk Lake. Along the way are meadows filled with summer wildflowers, an 1880’s cabin that may be used as a storm shelter and Continental Falls spill from the lake above. At the top of the climb an old mill stands in front of some spectacular vistas offering great opportunities for photos.
Take the trail around the left side (south) of the lake for about another half mile to trout filled Mohawk Lake. Lower Mohawk Lake is quite photogenic—there are several photo ops along this stretch.
There is another lake a short distance above Mohawk Lake situated in a spectacular cirque. (There are actually three more lakes beyond this one that I have made no attempt to reach).