Timber Lake Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
#49 of 115 trails in

Timber Lake Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September.

9.6 miles 2841 feet Out & Back




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Timber Lake Trail passes through forests and meadows to reach the open area at Timber Lake. Timber Lake is located 4.8 miles from the Timber Creek Trailhead on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. It shares a large, level basin with two adjacent ponds beneath Mt Ida. A well-cut trail leads through diverse forests and luxuriant meadows where moose and elk sightings are common. Visitors will enjoy excellent fishing and room to explore this idyllic alpine lake setting.

2 months ago

Awesome trail!! New favorite!! Sign at trailhead says 5.3 to lake. Detour was definitely most strenuous part. We completed trail in 6 hrs 45 minutes with 45 minute stop at lake for lunch. A must-do trail!! Don't miss this one!!

3 months ago

4 months ago

This a great lightly trafficked hike up to Timber Lake, which is at 11,040 ft. The detour is definitely the hardest part. The rest of the trail would be considered moderately difficult, but the detour is hard, so take that into consideration before heading up. It took us 7 hours out and back, but we spent at least an hour at the top sitting around the lake. Note: there is a hidden lake right beyond Timber Lake that was, as of this July, surrounded by a good deal of snow! If you like peaceful, challenging (but not terribly so), and beautiful hikes then this one is for you. Also, there are absolutely no tourists on this trail, unlike many of the lake hikes on the east side of RMNP.

5 months ago

Good hike..

1 year ago

The trail is actually 5.3 out and back but this is probably because of the rock slide. Very beautiful- there is an incredible meadow that leads into timber lake and it is surrounded by a glacier and wildflowers during the brief 6 week growing season. The rock slide is very rugged and the provided detour requires one to scramble up for about a quarter mile and then scramble back down for another 1/4 mile. It is kind of tough but also fun and completely worth it. Just don't start this trail at 6pm like we did!

2 years ago

Beautiful trail on the west side of RMNP. Trail starts out in a aspen and pin forest that opens up to a scenic alpine valley that is surrounded by mountains. The lake is clear and has excellent fishing. Trail had a landslide about 2.5 miles in that had to be hiked around. But still worth the trip.