Finch Lake Trail is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, CO that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, horses, and snowshoeing. Horses are also able to use this trail.
This trail traverses a small part of the 1978 Ouzel Fire burn area
If you start from the Finch Lake Trail head, it's about 10 miles round trip. Heading out to the lake is almost all up hill which can be rough. The trail can be rocky. Absolutely a gorgeous hike. Fantastic views and the lake is stunning.
7/10/16 - not going to lie, this one kinda kicked my butt despite the rather easy elevation gain. Very canopied in the trees, two small stream crossings. Not very busy which was nice, lake is absolutely beautiful and very blue. You might as well hoof it to the lake because that is the highlight.
I went up hiking the next day. It was a sunny day, early in the morning. Then coming back through, it was still sunny. Lucky to get good pictures this day!
Beautiful hike in the fall with all the aspen. Cloudy Day, but just right.
This was a nice moderate hike. It is mostly in trees. We went in early June and crossed several small streams from snow melt, and within a mile of the lake there were several patches of deep snow on the trail, but they were easily passable as they were packed or trekked through by previous hikers. The lake was beautiful and serene. Not many others around, which we like. We started from the Allenspark Trailhead about 9:45. Once we reached the lake, we had plenty of energy after a short lunch so we decided to walk 2 miles back to the split in the trail to visit the Calypso Cascades a couple miles on that trail. About halfway down on that trail there is a deep wash where the trail was washed out. You can still cross over to meet the trail, but it takes time, guts and caution. There is a safer route to the Cascades, so if you are looking for that, I'd recommend taking the Wild Basin trailhead. We got to the Cascades and a hiker recommended that we go on to the Ouzel Falls, which was just under a mile away. We were so glad we did, as it was the perfect ending to our adventure! It was larger than normal, supposedly, because of the extra snow melting this year. The bridge to view it was out, but you can climb around some boulders to get closer and a good mist! After a few stops to take pictures and talk, we headed back to our car at the trailhead and we estimated about 13 miles that we hiked. We made it back right around 5:00, dirty, a little wet, tired and accomplished!
One of my absolute favorite trails! A great combination of terrains and amazing views along the way. First trip up was in august-beautiful wildflowers everywhere we turned. Did it again a few weeks ago in the snow and just as equally breathtaking. The start is a climb, but well worth it and you get a nice respite after the initial climb with a nice aspen grove for a while. A little damaged from the floods and could get to the lake on this latest trip. I highly recommend this trail! Will do it again (and on to Pear Lake next spring)!
Great hike that covers several different environments. A moose was seen swimming on 8.13.12. First time to see one in the two years I've been hiking this trail.