Boulder Lake via Gorge Range and Rock Creek Trails

MODERATE 54 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 offers a number of activity options 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

off road driving

trail running

forest

lake

camping
2 days 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.

6 days 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
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

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

hiking
18 days 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.

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20 days ago

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camping
29 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

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camping
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backpacking
2 months ago

Actually did this trail 2 years ago and just found this app. Great trail especially if you follow it around to Slate lake. It's quite a bit farther but worth it. Just more switchbacking for the first 2 miles and then open meadow for 4-5 miles after that.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Little bit of snow towards the end but nothing to hold you back from getting to the lake. Started at the rock creek trailhead. If you start at the first parking spot you hike the road the first mile-plus til you get to the actual trail.