Carter Lake Reservoir - Sundance Trail

EASY 64 reviews

Carter Lake Reservoir - Sundance Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Berthoud, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
265 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

lake

views

rocky

6 days ago

Easy hike to get in after work.

hiking
9 days ago

The footing was a lot harder going than expected but thoroughly enjoyed it. Saw lots of wildlife, mule deer, lizards and a bull snake.

14 days ago

Ran out hiked back beautiful day .just take care of footing when running.
Very few people on trail 10:30 AM

18 days ago

excellent trail and beautiful views of Carter lake.

hiking
29 days ago

Nice lake-shore hike -- mostly ponderosa pine shaded, with cool breezes off the water. Under-rated at "Easy"...more like "Moderate" at 6.2 miles round-trip, with ups & downs and good steeps around the 6-7 coves. Can park on either end -- the southern end has an improved nice trail for 200 yards. But the rest is narrow and rocky. Definately a heads-down trail! $7 day-use fee.

hiking
1 month ago

I hike this trail quite often with my Great Aunt and our dogs. I've jogged this trail solo too and it was fun. There is parking on either side of the trail, so it could be made into a 3ish mile hike if done one way. I have found deer legs on the trail, so be aware of wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

fun busy trail. lots of cactus so watch out for your pets.

trail running
2 months ago

This trail is very technical, rocks everywhere. From large boulders to small loose rock, there's only a few spots where I even dare to take my eyes off the trail. I'll only go here when my friends come to fish so I can bum off their park pass. $7 entrance fee otherwise.

hiking
2 months ago

Arrived early enough in the season to be the only hikers on the trail. Also, no boaters in sight just a few people fishing on the banks. Pretty easy/moderate hike with lots of rocks but great views. Dogs will love this one too!

3 months ago

Fairly easy hike but the terrain is rocky.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a very pretty trail to walk. It had very little elevation change, parallels the lake the whole time, and I only saw a few others on the trail. Very enjoyable!

3 months ago

This is a beautiful hiking trail! I would not recommend it for trail running however. It is a very rocky path about 75% of the way. Yay hiking/nay running.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, early season hike. Not as many people as I was expecting there to be.

hiking
6 months ago

Super easy hike. Saw tons of wild turkeys, deer and no people. It was great day!

hiking
8 months ago

We walked the length of the Sundance Trail (north to south end of the Reservoir and back) many people are commenting this this trail is harder than expected. To be clear - the trail is mostly level but definitely has lots of elevation change, especially as you pass the inlets. There is some loose rock and LOTS of embedded rock. You need to treat this as an actual hike and not just a walk in the park. Wear sturdy shoes and be ready for some hills, and you will be prepared.

8 months ago

MODERATE hike due to terrain, but still nice and very enjoyable. Gotta pay to park if you don't have the pass. Worth it.

10 months ago

Not a "hike" in the traditional sense. Don't expect solitude or tranquility. It's a 3-mile out-and-back path with some loose rock and hills that circles a heavily populated reservoir. We could hear (and see) boaters with their music blaring and people partying the entire time. No thanks.

11 months ago

Rates as "easy". Not. More like moderate or above!
Loose shale rock makes footing unstable, especially with two Labradors! Some steep drop-offs and poorly marked trail. Upside is beautiful scenery and a great place for dogs to swim about 1/3 way in.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is rated as easy. It hikes more like a moderate. The constant elevation change and loose rocks were demanding and tiring. Since we hiked mid week we were alone on the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

I like this trail, but be ready, its not easy. its not super difficult, but the climbing and scrambling over ledges is very tiring, and the long, trail climbs are very tasking as well.. we went on a Wednesday afternoon, and we were the only ones on the trail, that was nice!

hiking
11 months ago

Very crowded, no views of the mountains. Follows Carter Lake parking lot to parking lot. So no view at the end that makes it worth it!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

VERY pretty lake, the trail parallels the lake the whole way. Plenty of places to swim. The trail gets VERY busy in the summer months, if you space out and get past the first half mile it gets pretty isolated. Crumbly shale shelves make up the majority of the foot path.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

It's a decent trail that you'll want to do early before the boaters come out. I'd do it again.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Beautiful hike where your dogs can play in the water

Thursday, April 20, 2017

beautiful lake view throughout the whole walk.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Note: there is a park fee of $7 per car; it is primarily a recreation area for boats and horses. Nice and shady, and fairly flat, if rocky. We were on the south end, there, you have to walk through the camp sites to get to the trail. Lots of rocks for small kids to throw in the lake.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

I've hiked this trail sence i was little, great for a quick and moderatly easy hike. Lots of shade along the way if its a hotter day, and beautiful landscape.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

easy scenic trail

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2011

Trail follows along the west side of Carter lake. Easy 3 mile hike from North to South ends.

hiking
3 days ago

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