Bill Moore Lake Trail

HARD 18 reviews
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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.

10.3 miles
2828 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers



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.

9 days ago

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

off road driving
17 days 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.

2 months ago

01APR18 Gate is closed and locked.

3 months ago

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

6 months ago

Gate was locked. No way in!!!

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

off road driving
8 months ago

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.

6 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

off road driving
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

off road driving
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

off road driving
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Sunday, October 11, 2015