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“Great Views, Nice Lake”
Review of Linkins Lake Trail

Reviewed 31 October 2013

If views are your thing, than the entire Independence Pass in general is for you. And, so is this trail. Located less than a mile from the west side of the pass, the trailhead parking is small, but you can park on either side of the road so you should be ok. Views open up almost from the first as you head up the trail along an alpine stream. The views just get better and better as you climb higher, especially after you leave the Lost Man Trail after 0.1 miles. The trail is steep (you'll be gaining about 500 feet in 0.6 miles), but that just means that you have more time to look at the views while you rest often. Finally, you top out at the lake, which is pretty nice with cliffs all around. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a short hike (<3 miles) in the Independence Pass area.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is a moderately difficult walk for those of us not acclimated to the high elevation. Nothing technical but your lungs will let you know you are at 12,000 feet! Beautiful vista from most of the trail. It is located just before Independence Pass (another must see) coming from Aspen. Bring some water, maybe a picnic. Definitely worth it!

2  Thank Thomas_Wilde
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This hike was great, through lots of alpine meadows in beautiful bloom. However, the best part was that we followed the ranger's advice - after viewing the lake, instead of getting back on "main" trail, you will see a smaller trail heading farther up the mountain. This path leads up to an abandoned mining camp and we kept climbing up to the snow lines. The view was so amazing and there was no one up there. Like most hikes, you want to do this in the morning as it is in the sun, no shade, and there is a better chance of rain/thunderstorms in the early afternoon. Highly recommend - it was one of our favorite hikes due to alpine meadows and vista views.

3  Thank vacation_lover-7
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

This is a lovely easy trail up to a clear lake containing rainbow trout. Quite high up and close to and in sight of Independence Pass and the continental divide. The views are lovely, almost pastoral , as you are above the tree line. The best part of this hike, however , are the flowers. Everywhere one sees paintbrush, monkshood, columbine, bistort, queens crown, and marsh marigolds. The Master Gardener above has such a fine touch! I felt peaceful and blessed in this "thin place".

3  Thank YellowFinch4927
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Starts at 11,506 ft elevation and goes to 12,008 ft at the lake. The wildflowers are gorgeous in July.

2  Thank MEMDallas
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