Beartracks Lake Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Beartracks Lake Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2670 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

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.

3 days ago

I clocked this at 12.5 mi including the lake. It took me about 5 hours. The 2,700 ft elevation change gave me a nice workout and I do hike every weekend. Directions through the app took me straight to the trailhead. Lots of diversity along the trail with the views and the terrain. A lot of wildlife poop too! Never did see anything though. Oh, and bring your bug spray for this one, although it wasn't too bad. Definitely enjoyed this one!

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4 days ago

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9 days ago

Two separate GPS trackers marked the whole trail loop plus up to the lake at just over 15 miles. The whole trail took about 7 hours. Longer than I expected based on the 10 miles reported by the All Trails app.
Absolutely gorgeous wildflowers and creek/waterfall view on the longer leg of the loop. The lake at the top was a great place for a lunch break. There were no major ascend/descend spots that felt like a climb.

16 days ago

Really great hike- definitely can be a bit of an arduous first leg in summer heat but a great workout and awesome views! The change in environment as the hike progresses made it feel like 3 hikes in one.

16 days ago

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18 days ago

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1 month ago

I would put this on the more strenuous side of moderate. It's a steady climb about five miles to the first, biggest lake. We took Beartrack Trail up and Beaver Meadow back. If you do this its more like 12 miles. Great hike through forest, meadow, remnants of a fire and a tornado. Lots of diverse landscapes. Be prepared for the weather as much of the trail is exposed. Great lake at the end and some good spots to stop and have lunch. Some stream along the way and a couple of nice waterfalls to cool off your feet. Not too bust the day we were here. Perhaps the 78 miles of dirt road to the trail head keep some people away.

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1 month ago

Quiet, beautiful, and diverse. Many down trees, but nothing prohibitive. I'd recommend doing the Cub Creek trail up if you want to avoid heavy sun exposure.

The meadow is gorgeous, there are so many wildflowers and mushrooms to be found, and surprise waterfalls. There's nothing too strenuous, but I think if you're coming down Cub Creek, poles can help with some loose rock.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

In good shape as it opens for the summer, a favorite of mine, feeling much like Chicago Lakes (on the other side of 103 and also part of the Mt. Evans wilderness) but less traveled and the ascent is more gradual.

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2 months ago

Closed to all human activity from January 1 - June 15...according to the sign blocking the road. Seems like it should be a nice trail, so I gave it 3 stars, but I guess I won't find out for 3 weeks.

2 months ago

A nice trail, varied terrain, lots of Wild flowers, a gorgeous high mt. meadow, rock out croppings, remnants of 2 large wild fires - including a burned down ranger station, lakes for fishing, mossy rocks & creeks & recently the site of a micro-burst! What's not to like?

9 months ago

This trail is closed for anything except hunting and fishing from Labor Day to mid-November. Will try again at Thanksgiving or next summer.

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10 months ago

I would love to be able to actually rate this trail, but I was almost to the trail when a Ranger stopped me and let me know that it is not to be used for hiking... at least not until November. Tough luck!

11 months ago

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11 months ago

Great trail. Simple enough, distance and altitude create the challenge. Had issue with trail matching US Forest Service map on Cub Creek Trail above Beaver Meadow/Resthouse Meadows Trail. Map shows Resthouse intersect above Beaver Meadows on Bear Creek. Cub Creek trail crosses Bear Creek at two log bridge near falls, pool and campsites then Y's lower down, left for Resthouse and straight for Beaver Meadows. Recorded total distance of loop at over 13 miles.

11 months ago

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11 months ago

There are some easier parts but then there are some pretty difficult up-up-up parts. The views are gorgeous and the wildflowers are amazing. The drive to the parking lot is a little longer than most and is mostly dirt, but the forest dept. has laid down new gravel to fill in a lot of the holes and cover a lot of the bigger rocks. Over all, I will most likely be back this trail area to knock out some more!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Very nice trail in Mt. Evans Wilderness. Challenging, mostly due to the distance and very peaceful, even on a mid-summer weekend. The dirt road access is in surprisingly good condition and is easily passable by passenger car. I hiked the trail on Saturday 7/23/2016 and only came across a handful of other hikers. The trail is straightforward, though one should pay attention at the Cub Creek trail crossing near the top of the trail. The trail is fully clear of blown down trees that have plagued the upper stretch in recent years and the larger, lower Beartrack lake is easily accessible. I did not attempt the small upper lake. NOTE: The full trail out & back is nearly a mile longer than what is stated above.

Saturday, July 23, 2016