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Finch Lake and Pear Lake Trail is a 12.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fly fishing, horses, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.1 mi Elevation gain 2,713 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Snowshoeing

Forest

Lake

River

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Wildlife

No dogs

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Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. This is a great hike in the Wild Basin area of RMNP that takes you to two scenic lakes.

You must obtain a backcountry wilderness permit from RMNP if you are backpacking.

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Emily Grippin
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Hiking

Had an excellent time on this trail, actually camped two days at Pear Lake. There is some snow on the trail right before Pear and our campsite had quite a bit of snow, but found a dry place to accommodate a 3 person tent. Hiked up to Hutcheson Lakes and Cony Lake as well. I highly recommend at least hitting the lower Hutcheson Lake if you make the trip, the trail is defined well enough. Cony Lake requires a lot of bushwhacking, route finding and boulder hopping which is super time consuming so if you’re thinking of doing this one be prepared! Great views of lakes all around!

Alec Birch
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Epic views of Copeland mountain at Pear Lake. Wildflowers were just beginning to bloom (last week of June). Small amount of snowpack still present near Pear Lake. Pleasantly shaded through most of the hike.

Stacey Reynolds
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, not too challenging. Hiked on Sunday 6.21.20—plenty of parking left at thr finch lake TH at 8:00am and not too many people. A little snow at the top near Pear Lake but definitely doable. 7 hours round trip (we stayed at Pear Lake awhile).

Sarah Gilloran
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Hiking

Pear lake is amazing - actually 16 miles with the road being closed

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Arwen Malmstrom
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Hiking

great hike, went on the first day of fall (which was a Monday) only saw 5 other groups for a total of 8 people. not too strenuous, when the hike did get steep it didnt last long before leveling out. take the time to go to pear lake, the views there are better and beautiful.

Owen Brenner
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Hiking

Long hike and lotsa good climbs going up. Trail was nicely maintained. Finch lake was cool but Pearl is amazing. Totally worth it. Mileage is a bit more like 14 or so. Pack lots of snacks and water.

Jessica R
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HikingRocky

This is a long hike if you do both lakes but so worth the beautiful views. It's 4 miles to Fitch lake and the assent is a pretty steady incline but nothing too steep. The last 2 miles to Pear Lake is much steeper and harder but has a spectacular view when you get there. Everything was dry. The trail is pretty rocky, and mostly shaded for hot summer days. I only came across 15 people the entire hike with no mountain bikers. I also saw a deer on my decent. Beautiful hike overall!

Carl Tessler
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Jeanne B
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Hiking

Hiked just to finch lake on 8/24. Started from finch lake TH. You go through a beautiful forest the whole time and one advantage of using the finch lake TH is that it is significantly less populated. We did not see another soul until after the calypso cascades junction. So it was a nice, peaceful hike. That being said, if I were to do this hike again, I would start from the wild basin TH instead so I could follow the river and see calypso cascades. That does add some mileage, but worth it in my opinion. The mileage listed on this app is incorrect. Round trip just to finch lake is 10miles (going by the mileage signs at the trailhead, confirmed also by my phone). Going all the way to pear lake from this TH would be closer to 14 miles round trip.

Alicia H
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Hiking

Was beautiful. Green. Flowers are finally making their appearance. Small amount of snow still at Pear Lake. GPS got us at about 13.5 miles total.

CM Stevens
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Camping

We camped at Finch Lake and then hiked up to Pear Lake. We did not see another person the entire hike. If you are looking to get away from the RMNP crowds, this is a great place to do it. Still snow as you get close to Pear Lake. We were able to walk on top of the snow and only post holed a couple of time. It was worth the trek to get to Pear Lake. Absolutely gorgeous and not another sole in sight. We did follow some fresh moose tracks but no sightings. If you can take the mileage and the elevation gain, this is one of the unknown gems of RMNP.

Kayla Morrill
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Hiking

Great hiking trail! We completed this on July 4. Not many hikers which made for a comfortable hike. No snow seen until getting close to Finch Lake. Didn't have to hike across any snow until you reach Pear Creek. Then had to cross a good snow field to reach Pear Lake. It is doable and didn't have to posthole at all. We reached Pear around 10:30 and when we went back down a half hour later, the snow was much softer. Best to get there earlier in the day so the snow is firmer to get across. We hiked back down to Finch and had our lunch in our hammocks next to the lake. The creek is full and beautiful hike to both lakes!

Laura B.
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Parts of the trail are rocky and have uprooted roots, so mind your footing. There are also a few muddy spots, but nothing unreasonable. There was no snow up to Finch Lake. Immediately after Finch Lake, there were small, manageable chunks of snow until Pear Creek. A few hikers that I passed mentioned there would be a lot more snow before Pear Lake. When I inquired if I should turn around, they said “the view is worth it.” Onward I went, and I soon discovered that after Pear Creek, there is deep, packed snow until Pear Lake. I was able to tackle the snow using just trail running shoes. I did notice that it was hard to find the right “path” in the snow since it had just rained lightly. Luckily, some other hikers were leaving Pear Lake as I got there, so I was able to follow their fresh footprints down. And, yes, I agree that the view is worth it. Simply breathtaking!

Mack Bekeza
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Hiking

This is an excellent trail for those who want to get into long distance hiking or Trekking. The trail was easy to follow and we only had to deal with a little snow before we got to Pear Lake (no spikes or snow shoes needed). The trail always had something cool to look at too; from mossy pine trees, wildflowers, views of Long's Peak, and of course two big Alpine lakes. The best way to do this would be starting from the AllensPark Trail.

Catherine S.
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Hiking

Trail is free of snow. It is almost entirely in the forest with few open views, but the forest is dense and beautiful. Pear Lake is especially lovely. Saw very few people on the trail on a summer Tuesday. Definitely not a hard hike, I would rate it as moderate--reached Finch Lake (5 miles per NPS) in under 2 hours and another 45 minutes to Pear Lake (2 miles from Finch Lake, 7 miles total per NPS).

Simon Kingston
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 09 2018
Hiking

Hiked from Finch Lake TH to Finch Lake and then on to Pear Lake. Only snow on trail is right at Finch Lake where you turn to head to Pear Lake and on the final approach to Pear Lake. Had gaiters and poles, but really didn't need them as the snow was solid enough to bear my weight. There is snow around the west side of Pear Lake that you will have to negotiate if you want to circumnavigate the lake, but you can climb up on top of it.

Janet Dybek
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Backpacking

Just came back from an overnight trip to Finch lake. In the 18th n out the 19th. First day was great. Dry and sunny. This is not that difficult of a trail without the snow. Even with the elevation gain of 2772. Patches of snow about 3 miles in that were mostly mushy and def made more manageable with snow shoes. As you go towards Pear lake it just gets worse. Only met three people total on our first day. It rained last night with all the thunder n lightning to go with it. Today was cloudy and it hailed, rained and snowed from 11am n was still snowing till we got to our car around 2pm. There is a dedicated campsite in Pear Lake I don’t think Finch lake has one. Of the two Pear is the biggest and prettiest. Second day it was just us.

Doug Wilcox
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Hiking

Did this hike on OCT 29, 2017. Only had one day to hike to in RMNP, and very glad I chose this trail! Trailhead is well-marked with a few parking spots. Some guidebooks reported that some of the early trail junctions were confusing, but when I hiked it there were very clear signs at every junction with no difficulty in route-finding. Gradual elevation gain with great views of Rockies and Longs Peak. Trail Descends slightly into Finch Lake, which is absolutely beautiful (and had finches). I think it is the additional time and elevation gain (a little inside 1,000ft additional gain) to Pear lake which makes this hike "difficult", but definitely worth it. Pear lake is amazing with fantastic views. Very windy in late October once out of the trees at the lake. There was snow but it wasn't prohibitive or required anything other than hiking boots. However, it did snow heavily the day after the hike, so I assume this is probably the latest in the year you could do it without winter weather gear. The two lakes together roundtrip on my Garmin was 14.4 miles, and we finished just before sundown. Were it summertime with a little more daylight and less wind, I think it'd be totally cool to make it up to the third lake (Hutcheson Lakes)- an additional 1.8mi and 800 or so foot gain…

Alexander Bugarin
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Beautiful hike, slightly challenging on the ascensions, but overall well worth the effort. I highly recommend making it to pear lake, it is beautiful. Great trail overall.

Tina Kopp
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Hiking

A great hike, challenging in some areas, but I wouldn't say that it was difficult, then again we only hiked to Finch Lake.

Anastasia K.
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Emily Grippin
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David Spates
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Don E.
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Mitchell R.
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Chris Rizzo
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Meg R.
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Heinz Sander
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