Turquoise Lakes Trail

HARD 8 reviews
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Turquoise Lakes Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avon, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

12.7 miles 3015 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

A nice mountain hike along Beaver Creek to the trout filled Turquoise Lakes. To start this hike follow my Beaver Lake guide. The trail now narrows to a singletrack back country trail unlike the wider pack trail to Beaver Lake. While this leg of the trip rises another 1500 feet it does so over a 4 miles as opposed to 3. This makes for a pretty gentle grade for most of the rest of the trek. There are a few steep points here and there however. There are many stream crossings to make along the trail. None are quite as violent as the stream crossing below beaver lake, so there are no large bridges. Careful foot work and the help of logs will get you by high and dry. After winding through the pines you will come to large meadow. Back into the trees again, the next clearing will be at Lower Turquoise Lake. Continue further along the sometimes hard to follow trail and you will find Upper Turquoise. You may return on the same trail or climb Grouse Mountain and leave via West Grouse Creek or explore more of the Holy Cross Wilderness.

5 months ago

Great hike with a beautiful payoff at the end. Out and back was a full day and my knees were pretty shot by the time we got back. Would like to camp overnight next time.

camping
6 months ago

birding
1 year ago

Well worth the trip to see the pristine lake, beautiful meadows of flowers and snow. Experienced some sleeting on the way back so be prepared for anything. (July)

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike. And you can go over the pass to fancy lake to make a loop of your not looking for an out and back

hiking
3 years ago

One mile uphill to the crystal clear lake and water falls, with beautiful canyon and rocky mountain vistas. We hike this trail every time we travel to Colorado. Medium to easy hike.

mountain biking
3 years ago

Great workout trail. Fun to camp then bike.

hiking
3 years ago

Great mountain biking trail. Definitely difficult.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful hike! The upper lake surrounded by the Rocky Mountain is a site to behold!