Carter Lake Reservoir - Sundance Trail

EASY 31 reviews

Carter Lake Reservoir - Sundance Trail is a 6 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
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

lake

views

rocky

hiking
3 days 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.

hiking
14 days ago

18 days 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.

1 month ago

2 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.

2 months ago

3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike where your dogs can play in the water

walking
6 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

beautiful lake view throughout the whole walk.