Finch Lake and Pear Reservoir Trail

HARD 18 reviews
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Finch Lake and Pear Reservoir Trail is a 13.4 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.

13.4 miles
2,772 feet




horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing


trail running







wild flowers



no dogs

1 month ago

My friends and I just did a 4 day backpacking trip, June 6th through the 9th. I absolutely loved this trail, being a Texan who has never hiked in any elevation or on trails with any substantial elevation gain this was a difficult trail for us. We averaged four miles a day but didn’t push ourselves too hard. First night was an pine ridge, we then hiked to finch lake where we stayed for two nights and day hiked to pear lake on the third day. The prepared camp sites at both pine ridge and finch lake were nice and clean. Pear lake was gorgeous, a lot more snow than I was expecting. It’s very well marked as well. I would definitely hike this trail again. It’s a great beginner multi day backpacking trail.

9 months ago

Great this time of year with the leaves changing.

10 months ago

Starting at Finch Lake trailhead the first .75 miles is a steady incline and evens out for the next .75, healthy rocky incline after that until you go back down to get to Finch Lake. The trail tricks you into thinking you have it easy after Finch, there are some big inclines between Finch and Pear. So don't be fooled. ;) There are a couple little ponds to check out on the way with lots of tree coverage the whole way.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

bring snow shoes if you plan on hiking before mid July.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Cloudy the day I went. Looks like it would be great on a sunny day.

Monday, January 31, 2011

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!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

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.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

trail running
Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, October 12, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015