Bill Moore Lake Trail is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,828 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

A 4WD forest service road climbs the ridge North of Empire into the Mill Creek valley and up to Bill Moore Lake. Very scenic route to high mountain lake. Great place to spend a weekend exploring network of trails and historical sites, including well-preserved Conqueror Mine. Trail connects to Red Elephant Hill, Empire Loop. Great area for ATVs and UTVs with plenty of parking at the start. The 2010 MVUM shows no seasonal closures. For current conditions call Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District at (303) 567-3000.

off road driving
23 days ago

Taco, 2.5” lift, 33s

This is not a difficult trail. I would rate it as a more standard “moderate” with few sections requiring much clearance. Most stock trucks and SUVs with moderate clearance should have no problem (Xterra, Taco, 4Runner, etc.), but it’s not built for your Subaru. Practically all features have an alternate path around. Air down or be prepared for a rough, bouncy ride as it’s a rocky trail. Expect some traffic on the trail.

*If you’re exploring the trail network and you are not driving a very capable vehicle, steer clear of Red Elephant. Super tricky trail.

Current conditions are snowy. From the top of the short descent to the lake itself, it’s almost entirely snow covered (4-8in). For this reason, bring a capable vehicle. You’ll need to climb a relatively steep pitch in snow on the way out. The lake itself is frozen right now, in case you’re looking for a view.

off road driving
1 month ago

I love Bill Moore Lake. The hardest part is the bottom but there are easier ways up than I took. Saw an older, unlifted Frontier with pretty bald tires coming down from the top so use that for reference. The Chutes is a cool more difficult shortcut you can take but I didn't last time. There are a few rutted sections where most rigs can get to max flex if they wish, most have options. Near the top there is the high clearance route or easy way but I think if you've made it this far you can take the hard way. It's pretty loose with a couple holes and moguls but you can pick a side and straddle a hole if you are spinning tires. As always, have fun out there! If you'd like to see my run of the trail I have it up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFAoen0GiWg

2nd gen Xterra, 33" tires, 2" lift, no sway bars.

off road driving
1 month ago

I would say most stock high clearance 4x4 jeeps or trucks would make it just fine if you know what you’re doing. Only a few challenges but the views at the lake are great. Sadly no trout that I saw.

3” lifted 2010 Tacoma on 33s with no problems.

1 month ago

Not for the faint of heart, or stock of vehicle. Very rutted and lots of loose rocks, but a good line, good spotter and the right tunes get you all over this mountain with a smile on your face. Lift and locker advised.

2 months ago

Great trail!

3 months ago

Excellent 4WD trail. The lake is a great place to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery.

off road driving
3 months ago

Fun trail pretty quick to the lake, maybe an hour or so. Might want to have a lift of some sort because there can be some big rocks. Fun and simple lots of other trails around as well.

off road driving
3 months ago

great trail for new and old rock crawlers 3 jeeps and one lifted f150 made it with few problems 2 rockcrawling newbies . minor roadrash on f150. great for cookout or camping

off road driving
4 months ago

This trail is a fun one. Rode the trail in a RZR 900 Trail model with a small lift. No issues getting around the area. Some challenging spots going around the loop and elephant hill. We seen a very large number of Jeeps and was very crowded after 12pm. Watch elephant hill and make sure you are prepared for some technical 4x4ing.

5 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails that’s close to Denver.

off road driving
5 months ago

Drove this Sunday 6/3/2018. Awesome drive. Lots of fun. Snow drifts at the highest point prevented us going any further. Decided to hike from the last way point down to the lake basin crossing the boulder field. Beautiful. The gate is not LOCKED. The directions are not perfectly clear. When you get to the staging area, there is a shed on the left and a locked gate. That is not the direction. The gate is open and on the right. There is a fence in front of you.

7 months ago

01APR18 Gate is closed and locked.

8 months ago

This trail is not available for hiking anymore and has been blocked off.

10 months ago

Gate was locked. No way in!!!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Couple of technical spots, but nothing a stock 04 Taco can't handle . Awesome camp spots too.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Great trail for a moderately built 4x4. Excellent place for family and friends.

off road driving
Saturday, September 23, 2017

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great views throughout but especially once you break 10,500. More used by ATV and Jeeps so the trail itself is not catered exclusively to hiking. Unless you have a 4x4 vehicle or comfortable getting through some tricky spots, the hike to the Lake is more like 14 round trip. Searching google for trip reports, most are about offroading.

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