South Park 600 to Square Top Lakes

MODERATE 26 reviews
#18 of 112 trails in

South Park 600 to Square Top Lakes is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Georgetown, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.3 miles 1096 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

The trail has its own parking and out house, so you don't need to park on the Mt. Bierstadt side.

hiking
1 month ago

v nice. beautiful, even after the peak of fall.

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and I hiked square top lakes at the end of September. It was definitely browning due to it being the end of the season, but there were very nice views and the trail is lightly trafficked. Good hike overall.

3 months ago

Wonderful ice cave with stream under below upper lake and beautiful wildflowers!

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Great scenery with a very interesting tundra landscape. Great view of the sawtooth ridge. Bring at least 1L of water.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail to push to the summit above the upper lake. Beautiful views!

5 months ago

I am a resident of Georgetown and use this trail to walk my dog at least once a week. I'm not certain why this site lists it as Idaho Springs but Guanella Pass (the road leading to these trails) is in Georgetown, approximately 11 miles west of Idaho Springs. This is a moderate trail great for a quick (3 hour) hike. It's located at summit by the Bierschadt entrance and is beautiful in the summer!!!

5 months ago

This was a good half day hike . The parking lot is right on the top of gunella pass. Very easy to find. Be sure to get there early. We finished the hike around 10 and when we got to the bottom the parking lot was full and the road was full of parked cars also.
Waterproof shoes are a good idea. There are portions of the hike where you have to walk through water and marsh.
Make sure you hike to the top so you get to see both lakes . Not too far outside the city.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail for a 2hr hike

5 months ago

decent.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Took a quick weekend dispersed camp trip on Guanella Pass and did this hike during the day Saturday. Moderate difficulty trail with a nice elevation change over the distance. There will be a lot of vehicles in the parking lot, but don't let it scare you, most of those will be for Mt. Bierstadt. Trail was dotted with flowers in mid-summer, a few small ponds along the way that my dog played in. Lower Square Top Lake was clear and beautiful, a nice lunch spot. Upper Square Top lake had better views of Evans and Bierstadt but was more muddy along the bank. Definitely recommend going all the way to the upper lake. As with any trail, if you came that far, might as well go all the way.

hiking
1 year ago

There are some stunning wide open views on this hike and the lower lake can be quite beautiful.

The upper lake, however, was a little muddy and plain. The trail leads on and on in the blazing sun with no trees or turns between rocks or terrain. So it's a bit mundane and repetitive.

Might be beautiful in peak leaf-changing season (late Septemeber) or in the snowy winter, but by now (second week of October), everything is just brown.

Not my kind of trail - just very little magic and variation.

1 year ago

Love this trail for a quick hike with my dog. Very scenic and accessible.

1 year ago

Good hike with nice wildflowers and pretty views. Didnt make it to the top because bad weather moved in.

1 year ago

camping
1 year ago

Camped along Guenella pass. Lots of mosquitos. Hiked to the lakes. Very muddy and had to go through some deep snow. Wild flowers in bloom and great views.

hiking
2 years ago

Camped up Guanella Pass did this beautiful hike the next day. It was beautiul, wildflowers are in full effect up there. We only made it to the lakes, couldn't hit the summit of Square Top, as the storms were moving in.