Boulder Lake via Gorge Range and Rock Creek Trails

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Boulder Lake via Gorge Range and Rock Creek Trails is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and fly fishing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1906 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

fly fishing

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Morning hike to Boulder Lake via Boulder Creek Trl., coming in via County Rd 1376 (the old way)... Driving in from this direction (as opposed to Rock Creek) the upper parking lot permanently closed. (Signage indicates the residents prefer hikers use the Rock Creek Trl. to access Boulder Lake which is a mile S on HWY 9). Drove back to the lower TH marker that also indicates street legal vehicles authorized. The Boulder Creek trail is part 4WD trail with dispersed camping, unmarked trail, gravel road via easement, and then upon entering the national forest the trail reveals itself. Fabulous tree colors, deer and chipmunk. Only go this way if you have some navigation experience and respect for private land, but worth it being on a very lightly travelled trail.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpackers, don't park at the first parking lot unless you want to hike up a dirt moderate 4WD road for 1.5 mi. Drive through the gate and park at the upper lot. The map shows water along the way. Please note that these are small seasonal streams and did not lend to any camping spots along the way (we were with our kids and were looking for less mileage). Also, there is a sign posted at the junction of the gore range trail and boulder lake trail that says no fires at boulder lake. We decided to stay below the lake because of that. If was a nice hike, lots of up and down and nice views at the top of trail. Lots of downed and dead lodge pole, however. Also, what's with all the shooting?? We heard guns pretty much until you start the descent towards the lake. Like semi automatic constant shooting. And it is Bow Season. What??

hiking
1 month ago

Started the hike from Rock Creek trail head - trails are moderate, be prepared for constant change of up and down incline. Saw many deer and animals throughout the hike. Upon arriving to Boulder Lake it was absolutely stunning. Best advice is get there early (7-8am preferred) as more hikers show up mid day.

camping
2 months ago

Camped here for four days. Thurs-Sun. Sign from summer trailhead says 2.73 miles one way to Boulder Lake. 7 cars in the parking lot on Thurs. 26 cars in the lot on Sun. - lots of day hikers. Had pick of campsites on Thursday. There were four or five other campsites occupied on Saturday night. Hiked to head of lake and found a beautiful three-tiered waterfall by following the stream a little ways up from the lake. Saw deer and moose and the fishing was pretty good.. Tried the hike to Upper Boulder Lake but the trail is pretty sketchy, did not make it. If interested in climbing peaks, no easy access to peaks from the lake.

2 months ago

Did this hike today and I parked at the bottom near the gate to the 4WD road. Headed up the road 1.5 miles to the Trailhead for Rock Creek. Followed until the road split and chose the Gore Range Trail to the right. Followed up through forest and across numerous muddy streams. Passed a small pond and then the path started leading up and down until eventually you cross a stream with a sign for Boulder Trail. Follow this trail west up the stream again leading up and down through muddy areas. Eventually you hear rushing water to the right and can see a rocky waterfall at one outlook point to the right while heading up further. A lot of logs have fallen over the path and eventually it flattens out and leads over northwest overlooking Boulder Lake. Approaching the lake, trees protrude and there are various trails all over for various scenic viewpoints of the lake. It's about 7 miles roundtrip, but I did take an extra 3 miles (1.5 up and back) from walking up the road to the trailhead. There are cool camping spots and lots of Be Cautious of Bear signs. Overall, 9.46 miles in 3hrs 26min and 1511 elevation gain

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Parked at RockCreek Trailhead. Just under 3hrs. Great Gore Range views.

hiking
2 months ago

I tried hiking this trail in June and the upper parking lot was closed off. When I finally got to the trail, I had to turn back a mile in because it was just too much snow on the trail. I tried again this August and I finally made it! Some tips: the trail makers to Boulder Lake aren't very clear, but people have carved into the signs, so that was a huge help. I definitely wouldn't call this an easy hike though, more moderate. View at the lake was great and there were a ton of interesting wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

camping
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Follow the post from Rob McKeever to get there. He did a great job. Dirt road to trail head to turn offs, he describes it all. Good run off for dogs. About 5.75 miles round trip 3.5 hrs or so. Good hike for mid-July.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

camping
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago