Platte River Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Platte River Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake George, CO and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

7.0 miles 500 feet Out & Back


mountain biking

Directions from Lake George: Travel northwest 1.2 miles on Highway 24; and then drive North 1.2 mi. on County Road 77. Travel northeast 0.7 miles on Forest Road 112 to the Happy Meadowns Campground entrance. Continue driving past the campground entrance 1 mile to the Platte River Trailhead.

1 month ago

We went out for an adventure 10/29! We recently moved to CO 3 months ago and wanted to explore!
The hike was a bit strenuous but stumbled upon some beautiful views and once you can hear the river water running while hiking the winding mountains you get a burst of energy and excitement!
We had a wonderful morning about 3miles to the river and of course 3 miles back!

3 months ago

Good trail with nice views. Fairly easy trail without too much elevation change. That changes once you make it to the river and follow that for about a mile. It then gets pretty technical with no trail at all in some places. Great summer hike along the river. Definitely recommend.

5 months ago

Agree with all reviews- we hiked from the. Trailhead to the river (approx 2miles) on Saturday evening. Took us 2 .5 hrs to get to the river, enjoy a picnic, and get back for sundown. Trail was moderate but not soberly strenuous. At the river campgrounds, and the rest of the trail looked wonderful! Great colours, scenery and views, we will definetly be back to finish the trail and enjoy the valley again, lovely!!!

9 months ago

It was about 60/40 hiking on snow or dirt this time of year. Still very accessible and doable. Recommend gaiters until later into spring.

2 years ago

The trailhead sign says 3 miles, it was more like 2.3 miles to the river. We didn't see anyone at all on the trail until our return trip. We always like to take a lunch and play in the river in the middle of the hike and again at the end of the hike.

2 years ago

Great trail. The beginning is pretty easy but starting at about 3.5 miles in, the trail becomes more rocky or disappears completely. We made it about 5.5 miles before we decided to turn back and did not make it to Platte Springs, despite what the sign at the beginning of the trail said. There are plenty of pre-established camps along the trail and a lot of fisherman as well.