Crater Lakes Trail via Moffat Tunnel East Portal Trailhead

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Crater Lakes Trail via Moffat Tunnel East Portal Trailhead is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1925 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Forest trail with mountain views leading to alpine lakes This trail takes you into the James Peak wilderness. The first part is an old jeep trail that will take you up to WP22, from there a new trail heads up to crater lakes. This trail fades in a couple places since it is not well defined yet, but push on and you will find it again. Look for cairns in the rocky areas to continue trail. Middle Lakes are easily accessable. Continue between the middle lakes staying on path that runs along the left side of the lake on the right. Upper Lakes take more effort and there is light scrambling. Continue past the lower lake and climb to the final lake at the base of Continental divide. Bring your fishing gear in the summer.

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3 days ago

Started driving west in search of a good hike, and I found it. The trail will push you at times, but isn't anything unbearable. The lakes up top are a great reward. Saw a few groups camping at the top, and I'll most certainly be back to do the same. Beautiful scenery.

This hike was so so beautiful and exceeded my expectations by far. The hike started off nice and easy which was a good warm up, and then it got quite challenging! We started at 11:30 and finished up by 4:30 (with plenty of breaks to catch our breath, and take in the views). The reward was well worth it, however. Toward the top, wild flowers were in full bloom, it was lovely arrays of every color. We hiked to the very top to the third lake (so worth it!), the top lake was translucent and bright blue.

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

This is a gorgeous hike! We did it last weekend and we saw a MOOSE only one mile in from the trailhead!

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4 days ago

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4 days ago

Amazing hike! Went on a Friday, so trail was not busy and plenty of parking. 3 miles up to the lakes. Plan on spending some time at the lakes to soak in the beauty.

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9 days ago

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10 days ago

Loved this hike!! The lakes are beautiful! Highly recommend this hike

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11 days ago

Wonderful lightly trafficked trail. We had to search for the trail sometimes which only added to the fun. Beautiful meadows with wild flowers and small patches of snow. We didn't go to the furtherest lake; maybe on another trip

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12 days ago

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14 days ago

Very nice wildflower meadows. Saw my first columbine. Didn't go to the very top but can't imagine anything more beautiful. The sun even came out for a few minutes.

15 days ago

Nice hike- must go to the top

15 days ago

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17 days ago

I seriously great hike with beautiful views and a killer workout. With 10ish short stops and one 20 minute lunch break, it was a 5 hour hike to the tip top!

17 days ago

Hiked yesterday. 5.5 hours total with about a 45 minute stop at the upper lake. Wild flowers are blooming and those upper meadows are gorgeous right now. Walk up hiking until the final approach to the upper lakes where you'll be scrambling over boulders. You reach a beautiful view of the upper lake but will have to scramble down a boulder field if you want to reach the shoreline. No exposure.