James Peak Lake Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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James Peak Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.1 miles
807 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Great short hike with spectacular views of James peak, with an awesome hike around James peak lake! Access to this trailhead is only accessible from Rollinsville with a truck or something with a good ground clearance and preferably 4x4.

27 days ago

After 3 miles of off roading you arrive at a very clearly marked no trespassing, iron gate with 24 hour sercurity camera. Directions are way off.

1 month ago

very steep, very rocky at first. Was here last weekend and they're aren't opening the pass until the July 15th.There's still one snow drift but great views and the lake is no longer frozen

11 months ago

Bit gnarly at first... epic views.

11 months ago

The pin for this trail head location is no longer accurate, where it says to turn right on the 4x4 road you should stay left on 353 wilderness route. We originally took the right, after a few miles of very slow going AWD driving we reached a private no trespassing gate. We were able to turn around and use the James Peak Wilderness directions we'd printed to find 353 wilderness route (which from 4 is staying left not going right at the fork). The park printed directions say it is 3 miles, it's farther than that - at 3 miles from the previous mentioned fork, we came to an overlook and a "seasonal road" sign, from there it was about another 1.5 miles to the trail head. there is parking at the trail head although the route is not for the faint of heart, running one lane on a ledge for the last half mile. we ended up parking at the "seasonal road" sign and hiking into the trail head on 353. that worked well, we just needed to move over for dirt bikes and 4x4s as we approached the trail.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I wish there would've been more reviews about the road. We were unable to access the hike due to the rocky terrain. I wouldn't try it unless you have high clearance 4WD! Beautiful area otherwise.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wouldn't know how this hike is, couldn't access the trailhead. This trail does NOT want to be found. It's almost inaccessible unless you have a HIGH clearance 4WD vehicle. Midsize SUV won't cut it as I found out through experience. Get ready for about 20-30 minutes of rough rocky terrain before you even get to the trailhead

Sunday, August 14, 2016

nice to descend in the beginning of the hike but the hike out was a lung burner. beautiful trail and the lakes are clear. gorgeous!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It was somewhat strange hiking downhill to my destination, but found it was worth every minute!BEing that you are at a higher elevation, that hike back out definitely got the heart pumping a little. If taking the road from Rollinsville, I would recommend a pickup and 4x4 just for peace of mind. There are a few large rocks on the road that most likely would be un-passable via car. The views are phenomenal and and with a small add on you could venture over to Little Echo Lake.

17 days ago

4 months ago