Jasper Lake Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews
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Jasper Lake Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2011 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

From Nederaland, drive a little more than a quarter mile south on Colorado State Highway 119. Turn right (west) on County Road 130 which heads to the Eldora Ski area and beyond. About two miles beyond the turn off to the ski area you will pass through the town of Eldora where the road turns to gravel. Less than a mile further the road forks, either right towards Fourth of July Basin or left towards what is left of the town of Hessie (Elevation 9,000 feet). If you are equipped with a high clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle, turn left - otherwise, turn around at the fork and as you are now headed back towards the town of Eldora, you will see where parking is allowed along the right hand side of the road.

hiking
8 days ago

Freakin' rad!
All the snow was packed down which made travel pretty quick. Slippery on the way down but fun. The lake itself was frozen enough to walk on. It's also huge. Super windy up there too but worth exploring a bit.

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

A little windy and snowy but beautiful! We wore our yaktrax majority of the hike. We hiked up to Jasper Lake and only saw a few other hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was a bit icy! Yaktraks are advised but not necessary. Super beautiful hike! Got there around 8 am and parking was available. Few spots available when we were leaving around 3 pm.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Amazing and beautiful hike.

Recommend wearing sunscreen.

Arrived at the trailhead Sat around 0900 and parking lot was full. If you have an off-road high clearance vehicle there was parking at the start of the trail.

Attempted to do Jasper Lake, but signs posted “no fires” and it requires permits to camp. Highly recommend going to the .gov sight for more info about this area. The lake look very low.

Headed to Devil’s Thumb Lake which was about 1 mile away and found a few camping spots and didn’t see as many restrictions.

In mid Sep it snowed and was very cold at night, dropped to 23 degree’s with 94 humidity.

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backpacking
2 months ago

This was a great hike. Steeper than anticipated. The lake is mainly drained right now but we made camp and hiked around. We saw a few deer and lots of tracks from other wildlife. I would recommend not taking the devils thumb bypass as the other route was much more scenic. The leaves are changing right now which made for some spectacular views.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful home with lots of different trails to follow. Could use more signs

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

Nice hike, not strenuous but it is long. The views and the mini waterfall at the lake makes it all worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeuous hike -- wildflowers were in bloom and you walk through a meadow that's full of them for 15 minutes or so. Trail is in good shape and Moderate seems about right.

We were out on the trail mid-morning and probably only saw 10 or so other people the whole way out and back.

Would highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
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4 months ago

Great trail, can be very busy. There is a free shuttle to/from the RTD Station in Ned to the Hessie Trailhead every 20 min!

hiking
4 months ago

Greta hike as long as you don't mind messing with parking. Even at 7:30 AM there were not many spots left. If you don't mind adding time to your hike take the shuttle from Nederland unless you can get there at the crack of dawn. Nice mix of meadow forest and some great water throughout. Trail is a little steep until you get to the Lost Lake turnoff and then is nice and steady till you hit Jasper Lake. Very rocky trail which can be tricky on the the downhill. At this time there are several spots where the trails is a creek so be prepared to get a little wet. Some snow at the top but not a problem to pass. The lake is very nice with plenty of places to stretch out and have lunch. Not too crowded once you get past the Lost Lake turn off. Next time we will come back to camp.