Three Island Lake Trail is a 12.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Clark, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September.
Directions from Steamboat Springs: ACCESS #1: Take HWY 40 west of town and turn right onto County Road 129, Elk River Road. Travel north about 18 miles to the Seedhouse Road (Forest Road 400;also County Road 64) and turn right. Go past Seedhouse Campground then turn right onto Forest Road 443. The trailhead is about 3 miles down this road.
I went in August and it wasn't a super busy trail at the time, but the weather was a bit overcast and crappy. The wildflowers were amazing, I have posted some pictures that I came across.
Beautiful hike! Start up the trail and sign in. Climb the first couple hills and there is a Tee. Take the trail marked 1164 to Three Island Lake. The other direction is a spur trail (1164.1). This trail passes threw sections of lush dense foliage, wildflowers, small creek crossings, some rocky climbs, and offers spectacular views.
Once you begin to walk next to Three Island Creek your close. At the top the trail opes up to a massive clearing butted up the the cliff face of the peak. On the other side is the beginning of the creek. Slow moving cool water and plenty of fish to watch just below the surface of the shallow cleek.
Just a few more steps and an explosion of wild flowers greats you as the beauty of the blue lake contrasted with bright green grass shores is revieled.
My GPS tracked 6.95 miles to the lake.
should take 4 hours to complete!
Loved this hike. Did it once in May then twice in July. Fairly easy, steep. If the waters warm enough, I'd consider swimming in it to cool off! Very scenic!