Columbine Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.
To reach the trailhead of Columbine Lake Trail, travel about 7 miles north of Winter Park on US Hwy 40. Just before the town of Tabernash, turn right onto 84 Road (later known as FR 129) and follow the signs towards Meadow Lake.
I have hiked to this lake twice. Once along this trail, and once from the Ophir side. The color of the water in this lake is like nothing I've seen anywhere. It changes as the day goes on. Afternoon seemed to show it's color the best. Great views in all directions. This lake stands out on Google Earth with it's blue color, and it is exactly that color when you get there. That's what prompted this hike for me, had to see it.
Tough trail but worth it! Lots of beautiful wildflowers and wonderful lake at top.
Great hike! Lots of uphill but well worth it.