Baldwin Lakes Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
off road driving
From just south of Nathrop, go west on Chalk Creek Rd.(162), to Baldwin Gulch Rd.(277), follow this 4 wheel drive rd. to a fork, and take the road to the right to the lake.
Very pretty hike, but the trail is a jeep trail with large rocks the entire 10 miles. Wear solid hiking shoes! The beauty of the hike is incredible, but the need to look down to see where you were stepping made it a lot less enjoyable.
The first part of the trip coincides with the Baldwin Gulch road that leads to the upper slopes of Mount Antero. The beginning is fairly steep but later levels off when it reaches the Baldwin Creek Valley. At a prominent fork marked with signs go to the right towards Baldwin Lake. Large rock glaciers line the southeastern side of the valley. Upper part of the valley is tundra with several small lakes below the larger Baldwin Lake