West Branch Trail to Island Lake/Carey Lake

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West Branch Trail to Island Lake/Carey Lake is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Reds Place, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,690 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

13 days ago

amazing..loves all tge water crossing. we got rain and hail but it was shaded and cool enough, not many people. we were only ones at Island Lake. closer to 14 mi. wildflowers were kicking

1 month ago

I did this the last week of June. The snow is all gone! I'd recommend waterproof boots as you'll have 2 river crossings as well as a couple streams. Also, every now and then you'll run into mud. The trail is mellow for awhile, then you hit the last stretch to the top and that'll be a tough ascent (going to island lake). One last thing, there is a fire ban in effect so double check if it's still in place before you go out!

The sign at the trailhead says it's a 14.2 mile trip

hiking
1 month ago

Most of the trail is lined with wild flowers. There are a few sketchy river crossings and the trail can be swampy in sections. The views are amazing! Garmin said it was 16.25 miles round trip?