Finch Lake and Pear Lake Trail

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Finch Lake and Pear Lake Trail is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, fly fishing, and horses. Horses are also able to use this trail.

12.4 miles
2683 feet
Out & Back



horseback riding






no dogs

This is a great hike in the Wild Basin area of RMNP that takes you to two scenic lakes.

20 days ago

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…

5 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

5 months ago