Columbine Lake Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Columbine Lake Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tabernash, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1227 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

walking

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail takes you through Indian Peaks Wilderness. Trail is well maintained and lightly traveled. A gradual up hill climb ends at the lake. Some areas are flat and easy while other parts require you to climb over hills and rocks. At 1.8 miles on the Caribou Pass Trail, take the right fork.

1 day ago

The dirt road leading up to the trailhead kind of sucks, but the hike itself is very nice.

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5 days ago

I've been living in this area for 10 years but haven't done this hike until today. I have to say that even after a decade of living in these mountains I was quite impressed with the views on this hike. A little challenging towards the end of the trail, but if you're not used to the thin air at this altitude, you may find it to be a difficult hike, but the views are well worth it.

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28 days ago

Just do it

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1 month ago

This is a lovely hike, the first two miles are gently sloping and easy, with some logs to cross over. After you pass the stone-lined muskeg, the trail becomes precipitously more steep and challenging, however, you are more than rewarded when you arrive at lovely Columbine Lake. There are some small waterfalls on your right as you approach the lake. Prepare for some mosquitos once you take your seat to enjoy the views of the snow ringed lake. Wonderful hiking.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, nice meadows and wildflowers. I would rate this hike moderate to difficult. Once you pass the Indian peak wilderness sign be prepared for uphill and after passing through the meadow on the stones, I'd say the trail is difficult all the way to the top. Don't be fooled by reviews that say it's easy. Ultimately, it's worth it. Columbine Lake and it's surroundings are spectacular.

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1 month ago

Loved this hike. Can make it to trailhead with standard car but the dirt road is a bit washed. I would rate this as an easy hike. 3.5ish up, 7.5ish roundtrip. The only reason I would say it's slightly moderate is for people that aren't used to the altitude, it is a higher elevation hike. Beautiful wildflowers everywhere. Get there early, very very very popular trail

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1 month ago

This is an amazing hike! So beautiful!!! One of the best we've been on anywhere!
The car ride there on the dirt/gravel road was very bumpy and slow though, be warned!

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1 month ago