Geneva Lake Loop Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.6 miles
1,873 feet

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PLEASE NOTE: this road is a very difficult 4 wheel drive road with some steep drop offs. Directions from Carbondale: Travel south on Hwy. 133 for 25 miles past Carbondale to County road 3 and take the Marble turn to the left. Drive through Marble and past Beaver Lake. The road begins to head uphill and passes over shale rock (4WD needed). About 1 mile outside of Marble, there is a fork in the road, take road # 314 to the right. The road immediately heads downhill. It is about 5 1/2 miles to Crystal City. Pass through Crystal, head uphill and to the north about 1/2 mile. While heading uphill take the left fork in the road. It is a sharp left hand turn. This road leads to the trailhead in Lead King Basin.

2 months ago

Best money ever spent if you value your vehicle! Hire Smitty‘ Jeep tours to take you to the trail head and walk the three miles down to Crystal Mill. Also do it on a week day if all possible. All the atv and Jeep drivers I met were nice and slowed down. Beautiful waterfall on the hike to the lake and coming down to the town of Crystal.

4 months ago

you need an experienced 4x4 driver. That got us to the town of crystal which is about 2miles away from the trailhead. We were in a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We were able to go get past crystal about .5miles up until the sharp steep switchback with a big boulder in the middle. The drive to crystal took about 2hr. We began to walk from that point it was very rocky and steep. It is made for vehicles and off road toys ie side by sides and four wheelers. You need a narrow frame and wheel base to make it up to the all the way to the trailhead. It gets tricky due to no signage. We made a wrong turn and realized we would run out of sunlight if we did the actual trail. There is a bridge that goes to the left and I believe the trailhead is about .6miles up from that point but we unfortunately did not make it. If you can get your vehicle up there it is absolutely beautiful we saw 4waterfalls,rapids, and stunning mountain views. If you decide to walk from the bottom you will have to be careful due to the amount of vehicles that take the trail and leave little room to step to the side in many places. If you walk from the bottom of the mountain by beaver lake it is about 13miles total. It will be steep and crowded with cars. I heard it was a beautiful view and will try and make it back one day now that I know what to expect.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Did this -many times in 70s- 80s -90s don't get any better. Check out the little lake on top the gem-it has ice all year. I believe is Siberia lake. Nice to see young ones have the same taste- once stayed till ran out of supplies-(15 days)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Absolutely amazing! We hiked up to Geneva Lake from the trailhead the quick way. Camped out in spot number three with beautiful views of Snowmass Mountain. We hiked up to Little gem lake and that was well worth it. Even took a dip in the lake. Afterwards we headed out to complete the loop. Strenuous and 3 creek crossings, but I loved it.

Friday, October 14, 2016

We never even made it to the trailhead. In the "getting there" section describing this hike, the road description of "a fairly difficult 4 wheel drive road with some steep drop offs" should be rewritten. It is NOWHERE near an easy place to get to. The road is badly rutted & uneven, rocks jutting everywhere, steep incline, teeth rattling, gut wrenching ride. Be forewarned. The hike may be terrific but getting there could potentially do damage to your vehicle.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

awesome 4x4 driving up and down to the trail head, be prepared to take it slow. The trail itself offers amazing view of the Maroon Peaks and a waterfall. Once you arrive at the lake, hop on a rock and enjoy one of the best views in Colorado

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

what a trip! Did an overnight pack trip and had a blast. definitely not for someone wanting a nice stroll as the elevation gain can be kind of tough. the view is worth it though.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

An awesome hike that has a waterfall,and some great scenery all the way up the trail.The fishing is good for brook trout. Great place for photography.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

awesome awesome!!! we left early in the morning and packed lunches and fishing poles it was beautiful and so very peaceful we spent all afternoon then a storm blew in lighting is pretty scary this far up so be prepared storms blow up without much warning. i do not recomend children under 10 unless they have been on trails like this before. i had such a wonderful time. cant wait to do this one again!!!!

22 days ago

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