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Beartracks Lake Trail is a 11.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.3 mi Elevation gain 2,509 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Fishing Hiking Horseback riding Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Bugs
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This popular trail climbs the ridge between Truesdell Creek and Beartracks Creek to Lower Beartrack Lake. Expect to encounter many other hikers on summer weekends. From the Camp Rock Campground, the trail travels along a Bear Creek for about a mile. On crossing the creek, it climbs through the 485 acre Beartracks Fire (1998). Leaving the burn, it continues up the ridge, briefly joins the Cub Creek trail, then turns SW and crosses Beartracks Creek to the lake. The access from the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area is closed to vehicular traffic Labor Day through June 15. These trails are accessible from other Forest Service trails in the area. Also, as of July 1, 2020 a state hunting or fishing license is required to access the SWA.

Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District, 101 Highway 103, P.O. Box 3307, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452 - Phone: 303-567-3000

Directions from Evergreen: Travel west on Upper Bear Creek Road for 10 miles to the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area, then go west to the Camp Rock Trailhead. The road in the State Wildlife Area is closed intermittently in the fall for hunting season and from January 1 to June 15.

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Antonio Lopez
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We did this trail with the intent to overnight at the lake with our two dogs. After checking the TOPO map and other reviews, we determined we would hike in counter-clockwise since there appeared to be several more water sources along this route, shorter overall distance to the lake, but was reported that it had more elevation change and incline. We were happy to see that all mapped water areas were present and not dried out. There are also some very pretty water features including a small waterfall/slide about 3.5 miles in. The rating in the app for this trail is Hard and I would say that it's earned. The inclines in some areas are challenging and under loaded packs for overnight camping, it does not make it any easy go. Overnight camping was easy with a multitude of dispersed campsites dotted around the lake. We followed the right side of the lake to find our spot but we did see some people go up the left and to a ridgeline and set up there as well. We set up at around 2pm in a prime location but we also saw one or two groups arriving late into the afternoon and still find sites. Fishing here was great. I brought my fly rod and recommend drys as the fish here were smaller wild trout eager to rise and strike. Next day we packed up and went out the same way, now traveling clockwise on the trail since again, more water and all decline. The decent was fast and easy and if doing the whole loop, is our recommended decent route. Overall a very pretty, mostly covered trail with options for fishing and dispersed camping that's great for the day or a short couple day stint in the wilderness!

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Wesley Herring
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BackpackingBlowdown

Be sure you go counterclockwise because going clockwise is brutal. Counter clockwise also has several water sources along the way. Going clockwise there are no water sources. Saw a gigantic moose at the at our camp at 7:30 PM when me and my friend were backpacking. Overall a pretty good trip. If you like to fish bring your fishing pole because there are a lot of fish jumping at Sunset.

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Matthew Fitzgerald
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nancy woodson
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Lily DeSantis
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Hiking

Nice long hike

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Jason Sharp
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David Plechaty
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Hiking

Nice trail. I went clockwise which was shorter to the lake but steeper. Worth the trek to the lake. Many campsites at the lake and along the way. Road in was rough but doable in my Outback.

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Dakota Pope
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CampingGreat!

Beautiful trail and plenty of spots to camp near the lake. Lost a pair of headphones (something I have never had on a hike but included in this solo hike) on my way up the beaver tracks side so I back tracked several times in search of them to no avail. There are a couple sources of water along the trail to filter. I reached the trailhead in a 2wd coupe with no issues other than some wash boarded switchbacks. Take it slow and in good weather most can reach the trailhead. Need a hunting or fishing license*****

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Paul Wegman
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Backpacking

This was a great backpacking trip. We went counter clockwise per Erin’s review and highly recommend it even though it’s longer. We started hiking late around 3pm and we didn’t come across many people on the trail. There were a lot of people camping at the lake and it was challenging finding a spot, but we ended up finding one. We saw a moose and her baby on the lake in the evening. Most people left early morning so we had the lake to ourselves for most of Sunday and hiked out without seeing a soul! It was definitely challenging with a full pack but recommend it!

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kelsey gainer
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Hiking

I'm only giving this less stars because I had no idea the road was quit as intense as mentioned on one review. If you have a front wheel drive or low car I'd steer clear of this trail unless you were truly determined. The beginning (first 20 or so minutes) of the dirt road is fine, no real issues but once you make the turn to go up the hill it becomes very steep in some areas with large pot holes to the point I just pulled off and hiked a random trail about 10-15 mins before the actual trail head. Also, when leaving was stopped and warned that to enter in the future I was to have a fishing and hunting license or be fined so do keep that in mind.

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Ammar Manghi
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Hiking

A lot of people on the trail, but it was good. The campsite was a little bit surprising because people were crapping in peeing all over…

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Erin Boyle
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BackpackingGreat!

Backpacked to the lake on 8/9. We did the trail counterclockwise (the trailhead is near the bathrooms). There wasn’t a sign for that trail that we noticed, but we did not take the Beartracks trail from the campground. It was over 7.5 miles up to the lake per our watches. It was a relative incline the entire time with a few areas that were flatter and some steeper sections as well (I think the steepest was around 2.5 miles). This trail provided a good amount of shade so it wasn’t super hot. The hike was pretty even through the burn areas and the lake was beautiful! There were a decent amount of people camping, but easy enough to find a somewhat secluded spot. There surprisingly were very few mosquitoes. We took the Beartracks trail back and that was about 5.75 miles per our watches to the parking lot. This trail was a lot less shady and definitely seemed steeper than the trail we took up. Overall, a challenging but good backpacking trip! It would definitely have been easier without a 25 lb pack, but certainly doable and worth it.

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Francis Koniuszy
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John Poulsen
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Backpacking

My family and I hiked this trail on Wednesday, spent the night at Beartracks lake, and hiked out on Thursday. I would rate this on the easy side of difficult. If you go counter clockwise, most of the uphill is done in the first 3 miles. The last 1.4 miles to the lake was surprisingly easy (even carrying 45 pounds). We got a little bit of rain in the evening and there were gusts of wind, but otherwise camping at the lake was wonderful. I caught several brook trout and we watched a moose approach the lake around 7:30 pm - amazing! The signage for the trail has much to be desired. Make sure you know where you are going. We forgot our map and so always took the left-hand trail (going counter clockwise) to stay on the loop (except for the turn towards Beartracks lake).

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Adam Teunissen
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I'll!

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Joe McNierney
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HikingGreat!

expect to spend a whole day or more for the whole trail.

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Daniel Anderson
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HikingBugsRocky

Solid trail, not too difficult. Wilderness self permitting station was empty (needs to be refilled). Rained on the way back and the fork for the loop was not very clear, we missed it on the way down and ended up taking the same way back that we took up.

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jason mcentire
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Hiking

Second time doing this trail this month. Came back to camp with my girlfriend at the lake on July 13/14. Was pretty tough hike with full packs but still worth it. Was a fire ban at the time.

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Jeff Dickenson
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Back for the second time this month, this time with my wife. This is one of the best hikes around. Not easy, but very doable if you’re in decent shape. Stunning scenery and spectacular lake under Mt. Rosalie. Wish we could have stayed longer, but cumulus were building quickly and we thought it best to get down. We will be back for camping too!

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Ferne Ryder
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I’m in love. Amazing. Can’t wait to go back and camp too!

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Ricky Baylis
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Beautiful trail, lots of good backpacking opportunity here. Lots of aspen groves and meadows, with huge downed trees throughout from maybe a big storm. Loop clocked in just over 12 miles for us, it was beautiful the whole hike. Not too crowded trail but parking was full at 730am on a Saturday because a lot of campers and backpackers were there overnight. Two notes: a ranger gave us a pamphlet saying all hikers will now be required to have a fishing or hunting license since the area is growing in popularity, and some closures may happen for wildlife purposes. Also it’s worth noting that you are on a bumpy dirt road for 30 minutes before trailhead, AWD or 4WD would be optimal but there were low clearance cars there, I would feel a little iffy about it if I didn’t drive a truck.

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jason mcentire
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Recommend awd to trailhead. Went up beaver meadows trail. Campsites around mile 4 and by the lake. I did the full loop in one day. Was a bit much for one day, Perfect for a beginner two day with a good amount of elevation. Also do not go right at the sign near the lake, just keep going straight to bear lakes. Lots of water nearby. Excited to come back at camp another time. Also confident I heard a bear, wish I brought bear spray just in case.

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Sofia Rodriguez
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BackpackingRocky

Went backpacking here this past weekend! We couldn’t find the Beaver meadows trail so we went up the “steep” way - Beartracks trail. It wouldn’t have been so bad if we weren’t carrying heavy packs. Took about 3 hours up, with lots of breaks and 2.5 hours down. Lake was beautiful at the top and plenty of spots to put your tent! Saw a moose on the drive up about 5 miles from the trailhead.

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Quentin Ribierre
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RunningGreat!

Beautiful trail with a peaceful lake at the end. Trail ends when you arrive at the lake, you can explore or camp around the lake area. Note: Starting July 1 2020, you DO need a hunting or fishing license as the trail is accessed via a State Wildlife Area.

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Scott schulman
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BackpackingRocky

Good overnight loop. A variety of good views; burn areas, Aspen groves, dense forest, marsh areas, alpine lakes, meadows, saw a moose and heard a bear. Was able to cowboy camp up at the lake it was so warm.

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R K
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Went during a weekday, very few people on the trail. Give yourself plenty of time. Sun was pretty intense in parts.

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Ingrid Hockenberry
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I went clockwise and it was moderate honestly. I think the other way would’ve been more difficult.

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