Finch Lake and Pear Reservoir Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
bring snow shoes if you plan on hiking before mid July.
Cloudy the day I went. Looks like it would be great on a sunny day.
This time we took the Finch Lake Trailhead in the Wild Basin Area. The road to the Basin Trailhead was closed for the last mile, but with Yaktraks it was an easy walk to the Finch TH. It took us about an hour to manage the steep climb to the first switchback. It was not bad, but we took the first few hundred feet with the yaktrax and then stopped to switch to the snowshoes. The trail was packed down, but off each side, the Leki's would sink a good foot in the soft snow. We hiked in for two hours and then turned back due to planned timeline. Great day for snowshoeing!
Returned to Allenspark trailhead and hiked past Finch lake. Found Boletus Edulis! Pear lake end basically at the base of two mountain tops with glacial runoff into the lake. As the trail opens up to the lake it is absolutely majestic!!
Love this trail. We took the Allenspark trailhead. Trail is balanced which can get you further if you are with people who are beginners. Took lots of pics of wild mushrooms and berries. Going back again this weekend to forage for possible edibles. Heard that Pear lake has good fishing, but not Finch.