Gilpin Lake Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Gilpin Lake Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Clark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, fishing, and fly fishing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2109 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

trail running

lake

views

wild flowers

Directions from Steamboat Springs: Take HWY 40 west of town and turn right on to County Road 129. Travel north about 18 miles to the Seedhouse Road (Forest Road 400; also County Road 64) and turn right. Continue for about 10 miles to parking.

hiking
18 hours ago

only made it 2 miles because I was nervous about my dog crossing a rapid with only a tree bridge. We saw a mother moose and baby in the pond about 1.5 miles up the Gilpin lake trail

5 days ago

Made it 4 miles to gold creek which was too high to cross. I ended up wading across the creek, which was a loss since the trail was covered up by snow the rest of the way to gilpin lake (1/2 mile left). I ran into park rangers who said the snow generally lasts until mid-July, so would recommend doing this hike later in the summer!

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail with a moderate grade all the way. Wildflowers are beginning to come out and views are wonderful. A lot of trees across the trail right now but we met some Forest Service volunteers who were making a survey, so maybe the tress will be gone soon. We got in about 4.5 miles and had to stop at a stream we couldn't cross. A woman we met waded across (probably not a very good idea considering how swift the current was ) but the snow was so deep on the other side that she couldn't continue. Look forward to doing this again later in the season.

5 days ago

We went on June 20 and were not able to make it all the way to the lake. About 2 miles in, enough snow had melted to make the stream impassable with our dog. We saw several people who were on their way back after making the crossing who said they made it to ~.3 mile from he lake but couldn't ever find it due to losing the trail in the snow.

Still a beautiful hike! We ended up taking the fork left about 1.5 miles in to go to Mica Basin instead. Beautiful views!

I would imagine you'd be able to reach Gilpin Lake with no problem in maybe a couple weeks.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike, left from Salvonia TH and went right onto Gold Creek Lake. You can hike the whole loop and make it to Gilpin Lake. Perfect weather right now.

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Such a beautiful trail! It snowed just a few weeks ago so we were not able to make it all the way to the lake...sounds gorgeous though. Also, 2 people in the last 2 days had seen bears so beware of your surroundings! Highly recommended.

backpacking
20 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

It was beautiful! we went on September, loved walking through the aspen trees,moderate level, Definitely recommend it!

2 months ago

One of the best hikes in the area

3 months ago

One of the best in North Routt!

backpacking
6 months ago

A wonderful and moderate level hike with breathtaking views at every switchback and turn. Gilpin Lake is quite the treasure. We will definitely hike this trail again.

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful early September hike!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was incredible! The wild flowers and aspen trees made the journey even more enjoyable. There were also babbling brooks at every turn! During our 11mile loop we saw two lakes and climbed close to 12,000ft. It was a gradual climb and worth every second! I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
10 months ago

It was beautiful! Great views of the river, pretty wild flowers along the way, loved walking through the Aspen trees. The lake was gorgeous. Would have like to stay longer but rain/snow storm came. Definitely recommend it!