Camp Lake Trail

HARD 10 reviews
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Camp Lake Trail is a 16.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.1 miles
2,723 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






wild flowers

21 days ago

Trail is clear all the way to Upper Camp Lake where the flowers are in full bloom. A bit boggy on the east side of Camp Lake where some trail improvements could be made. While there were about 3 groups camped at Camp Lake, we had Upper Camp Lake to ourselves.

1 month ago

At this time you lose the trail at 2-3 places. This app saved us. There was ankle deep marsh to go through. Trail otherwise is kept up extremely well. Worth it to go to Upper Camp Lake!

1 month ago

Fun trail, very wet and marshy when you get close to the first lake.

2 months ago

As of June 3rd, 2018, the Rawah ditch is still inundated with snow. I lost the trail more than a few times after the ditch, and had to turn back. I was post-holing all the way up to my thighs in parts, trying to push through, but then would have ended up losing the trail.

If you've got snowshoes and a GPS, you should be alright. Otherwise, you may want to wait a couple weeks.

If you want to actually see what it looks like right now, here's a video:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Agree with below, only rated hard because of distance. The lakes are beautiful and well worth it. I spent a decent amount of the trip up attempting to keep my boots dry only to get close to the lower lake and drench them. Wasn't so bad!

There is actually a small loop that can extend the trip about 1.5 miles that is worth taking. On the return trip it's about 2.5 miles from upper Camp lake.

Poudre Valley Wilderness Volunteers have a great explanation and a great website in general.

paddle sports
Friday, June 30, 2017

This hike is rated as hard because of its distance. There is one tough incline section between the fork and the Rawah Ditch. Other than that, the inclines are very moderate. In fact a stretch of nearly 3 miles is perfectly level following the ditch at the top of the hill. The last few miles are pretty hard because they are a moderate incline and you're already tired and your brain is telling you that you'll have to go all the way down again. In late June, the sections near treeline were complete swamps. Actually walking through standing water. I had to take my shoes off to dry while I ate lunch. But it is a spectacularly beautiful hike. The vegetation is so lush, waterfalls everywhere, aspen trees and great views of the peaks across the valley once you get above 10k. The wilderness experience here is fantastic too. It was so quiet and solitary.

Here is a glimpse of how the hike is in late June:

Monday, August 03, 2015

Beautiful hike! came down this trail and found it more moderate to difficult after the first 2 miles or so. very rocky, water proof shoes are a must!

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