Hardscrabble and Williams Lakes

HARD 1 reviews
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Hardscrabble and Williams Lakes is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 hour ago

Hiked June 16, 2017. Parked at Hay Park and walked up the road 1.9 miles to the Capitol Creek Trailhead. The road would have been mostly driveable except for a few rough spots that I'm glad my Santa Fe didn't have to do. There are only a FEW spots to ditch a car too if you decide you can't handle the drive after a while. Just beyond the trailhead are stunning views off to the left of Capital and Daily Peaks. About a mile from Williams Lake, the trail descends into the trees off to the right. There are some stream crossings and patches of snow, but no big deal. However, maybe a half mile to the lake, I lost the trail due to snow pack and had to use my blue GPS dot atop my alltrails app to head in the general direction. Some post holing, but not too bad. Pretty lake, below tree line. But no real great place to take a picture of the whole thing in one frame due to tree obstruction.