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Longer than it says!

really enjoyed this - you go straight up from Independence Pass and it is fairly steep and rocky... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2017
Vanessa D
Devonport, Australia
Fabulous Alpine Lake!

Take a break from the Aspen crowds and hike the short climb up to Linkins Lake. The trailhead is... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

We were all 70 y/o and flatlanders but managed to hike without much difficulty to the top. Two of used walking sticks which really helped. Alpine lake at the top is beautiful.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2017

really enjoyed this - you go straight up from Independence Pass and it is fairly steep and rocky - but the lake at the top is stunning. Bring good shoes and an extra jacket.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Vanessa D
Reviewed August 23, 2017

Take a break from the Aspen crowds and hike the short climb up to Linkins Lake. The trailhead is located about 1.8 miles toward Aspen from the Independence Pass summit. The climb is fairly steep - about 500 ft in elevation gain over 1+ mile,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 19, 2017

We had heard this may be a nice alternative to Maroon Bells, which is touristy and typically costs money to take a bus over to it. We took our kids, ages 7 and 9 and it was easily one of the highlights of our trip....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank navypinstripes
Reviewed July 3, 2017

This is a beautiful hike through vast wide open lands along the Independence Pass. The grade is not steep at all; it is sometimes hard to find the trail, as even in June there is snow on the ground and the ground is spongy and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

We happened upon this hike driving along Independence Pass towards Aspen. It's not far from the Continental Divide overlook. It's easy to pull off and park at the trail head by Roaring Fork River. It is a beautiful short hike with fantastic views gaining a...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank 749MAS
Reviewed October 9, 2016

The hike is fairly steep but it is short ( less than a mile ) and the view is one of our favorites. We take a lunch and sit on top of the world and feel sorry for all the people who have never experienced...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Sylvia A
Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Ya know what? I haven't hiked everything in Colorado, but I've done some, and heard and read about a lot more, and this lake is probably one of the most accessible alpine lakes that *also* won't have 1,000 of your best friends there with you....More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank blooms03
Reviewed November 23, 2014

The trail-head is at the hairpin turn before the main overlook spot at independence pass. not a super difficult hike (im 28 and in decent shape). I went with my fiance and we were the only people on the mountain, which was a nice change...More

Date of experience: September 2014
3  Thank Scott N
Reviewed October 12, 2014

Anyone who is looking for peace of mind should definitely look for this trail, it is somewhat steep, very close to Independence pass, but, once you reach the top, you will get a spectacular view of lake and it is absolutely quiet at the top,...More

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Nage K
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