American Lakes Trail

HARD 21 reviews
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American Lakes Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Walden, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Alpine tundra, wildflowers, cirques, Continental Divide views! Trail ends at American Lakes with options over Thunder Pass into RMNP or up to Snow Lake. Spectacular views w/fly & lure fishing permitted. A great backpack trip. Fires prohibited above timberline.

backpacking
1 day ago

very much worth the trip. very cool at night and encountered some light showers, but quickly left as it came. be up the mountain before 1 PM to select a night overnight spot.

15 days ago

backpacking
27 days ago

Great moderate hike to Snow and Michigan lake.. top was a bit crowded at points and some people came a day later and set up camp 20 feet from us...

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible hike with stunning views and barely any people on a Saturday in June. This was one of my all-time favorites.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best scenes I have ever had in Colorado. Nice little challenge, took no time at all. Totally worth it, beautiful views and nice maintained trail.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorites near foco. It's good to go all of the way to Thunder Pass besides a few patches of snow. Highly recommend!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is not that hard. Made it all the way up in about 2-3 hours. Great views and maintained well. Trail it pretty wide and looks like a four wheeler trail. The lakes were partially frozen in late June. There were quite a few people on this trail. Just a little bit of mud and snow this time of year. Top is cold in the wind and wind blocking shell was nice to have. Walk back down was very warm.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

wide open trail. well marked and I would snowshoe it again. limited shelter for wind

6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike! My dog and I made it up to Snow Lake and the view down to the American Lakes is absolutely breathtaking. About 8.5 roundtrip if you include Snow Lake. It is pretty tough to get up to that lake.

hiking
9 months ago

First time hiker and was really proud of myself for finishing this. Went a little late in the season (late October) and there was a little snow on the ground that made things more difficult than they should have been. This is definitely back woods hiking and worth every step. We did lose the trail and ended up walking across the south side of the stream. Took us 4 hours at a very leisurely pace :) We will do this again and cross over Thunder Pass into Rocky Mountain National Park next time.

hiking
10 months ago

Really incredible hike. I wouldn't rate it a hard personally. Did it in 2hr40 and I'm not super fast/in shape. Leisurely about 3hr30 - 4hr round trip. Definitely worth the drive from foco

10 months ago

Great hike. You can continue past the mediocre lakes to thunder pass or even summit the nearby peaks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

This is an easy hike but lengthy, approximately 10.4 miles. It inspires me to start back packing due to the many places that I would love to wake up to in the morning. Simply gorgeous!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Amazing hike. Park at trailhead closer to the campground since Michigan Ditch is closed at the top of Cameron Pass. Great single track about half way up. Awesome views of the Crags and lots of wild flowers. Can't wait to mountain bike it the next time.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016