Cascade Creek Trail to Mirror Lake and Crater Lake

HARD 33 reviews
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Cascade Creek Trail to Mirror Lake and Crater Lake is a 13.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Elkdale, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2624 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Permits required for overnight camping June-Mid September, designated sites only. No campfires allowed. Dogs on leash only.

hiking
2 days ago

7 days ago

Awesome hike! Follows a creek with tons of waterfalls and goes through some amazing meadows. The view from Crater Lake is incredible. I did this as a day hike, not sure I would recommend that. It took us 7 hours of walking total, which can be quite a challenge at that kind of altitude. Staying the night is definitely the way to go.

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Simply put one of the most picture perfect Colorado hikes, waterfall after waterfall, moose encounters finishing in an epic basin with Lone Eagle Peak.

hiking
18 days ago

25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Just got home from this hike and had to post a review! This hike was awesome! The wildflowers are blooming up by both lakes. The hike was long, but not hard. After the trail climbs uphill, it levels out before going uphill again, so it wasn't 8 miles of continuous uphill hiking. The waterfalls were roaring. There was one difficult creek crossing where I had to navigate part way on tree branches. My tracker said 16.15 miles total and it took 6.16 hours to complete. No bugs, didn't see much wildlife - only two deer. Most of the downed trees had been cleared from the path.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike with more waterfalls than you can count. The scenery and waterfalls keep getting more impressive all the way up to the lakes. Very few mosquitos or bugs, great campsites, and spectacular views!

Great trail. My dog had a great time jumping in and out of the river. Elevation change is for the most part gradual. Lots of wildlife and changes of beautiful scenery.

backpacking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Was absolutely gorgeous. I did run into a bear, however, and the last portion of the trail is in such bad shape that I had to turn back as my dog was having trouble getting through all the downed trees and rushing water. She's a very athletic dog and this was the first time she needed me to turn back on a trail. Still the waterfalls and surrounding peaks we're amazing! Many wild flowers too. completed on 6/21

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Super gorgeous and easy/gradual elevation gain.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Suuuuuper pretty! But the trail isn't 100% hiking-ready.

There are about a half-dozen downed trees from the winter - one of which is blocking the bridge around mile 2.5. There's also a bridge that's been almost completely washed out at around the 5-mile mark.

Past the second washed out bridge, the trail is thick with snow. We lost it a few times before calling it quits.

You may read this review and wonder "why is he giving it four stars?"

Because it's so goddamn pretty. Even with the trail work that needs to be done, this is one of the best hikes I've ever been on in CO.

10 months ago