Jasper Lake Trail

MODERATE 28 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
2066 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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
12 days ago

trail today on 5/13/17 was very wet and very snowy still. After the meadow, the trail is very difficult to follow and I got turned around a few times which added a good 45 minutes and at least a mile to my trip. my strava says i went 12.2 miles. Was able to make it to the lake eventually but the snow made it slow going. I didnt wear snowshoes but they would have helped at times. thank goodness i remembered my gaiters. i sank down to my knees several times.
lake is still mostly frozen. looking forward to doing this in summer when i can actually follow the trail.

hiking
19 days ago

Wore crampons the whole way. Beautiful at the lake-/ starting to melt. Very warm day . The only sucky thing was the melting snow on the way back . Slipping and sliding in the snow. Sunk a couple times . Good ass workout!

1 month ago

Started out hiking, strapped on the crampons, and ended in snowshoes! Didn't make it to the lake this time, but went up to lost lake. Made a round trip of around 7.5-8 miles.

backpacking
7 months ago

Gorgeous views and a great place to camp.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views, especially with the aspens turning yellow! The lake is definitely mostly drained. There is some water and you can tell it is a lake, but it is pretty low. A lot of the stream along the trail has also dried up too. Still beautiful though. Got there around 7:30am on a Thursday morning and there were three other cars there. When we got back to the car around 1:30pm parking was full and on our way down around 11am we saw a ton of people. Several people said they saw 4 moose! We made sure to keep our dog close because of this and leashed as he should be. Never saw any moose though. If you park in the white lines it's not so bad on a 4 door small car. But if you have to go further up for parking the road can be tough. Lots of pot holes and boulders to drive over. Our friend recommended going one more mile to Devil's thumb lake, but we were tired and content with Jasper. He said it's beautiful at Devil's thumb. Tracked our mileage from the parking lot and round trip it said we did 11.8 miles.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

As a note, the lake is mostly drained. Still a good amount of water not just the full lake you would expect.

9 months ago

Well marked and easy to navigate. The view at Jasper is amazing and worth the hike.

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We enjoyed this hike! It was much further than the 8.8 miles stated but fun nonetheless. We were exhausted and the pups were exhausted so win, win!

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked today, June 19th. Parking was full, but there is a shuttle from downtown Nederland Park and Ride to the trail head. 4wd area looked pretty sketchy as it was flooded and there were boulders showing, so didn't risk it. Hike was close to 12 miles round trip from where we parked and we did make it up to Jasper Lake. Lots of snow on the last 1/2 mile of hike. Lake still is partially frozen/snow covered. Saw a moose with 2 calves about half way up. Tons of snow melting and running down the trail. Advise wearing waterproof hiking boots to try to stay dry - still didn't manage to stay dry as there was just so much water and snow. Not many folks braved the trail all the way up. Only saw one other group of people up at the lake and we sat for a while enjoying lunch before hiking back down. Lots of pretty waterfalls and rushing water in creek. We started out right around 8am and parking was full, though we managed to snag the spot farthest from the trail head. Trail is very clearly marked. They lay logs across false trails so you know which way to go.

hiking
11 months ago

The bridge at 39.96207N 105.63985W has broken in half, but you can sort of crawl across if you want. I expect it will be easily passable in a few weeks when the water level is a few inches lower. No snow on the trail until you get closer to the lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Went yesterday, June 4th. There was quite a bit of snow still left, and we were postholing so we decided to turn around and hike to the lake another time. Went 3/4 the way along the trail before turning around. I would say in a few weeks, it should be much easier.

Beautiful scenery though, including a gorgeous meadow and an awesome waterfall towards the start of the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

It was a memorable journey. Beautiful views and a real challenge - which is exactly what I wanted. It's June 4th and there's still quite a bit of snow and an awful lot of water runoff so be prepared to get wet. The last mile or so is all snow with some steep inclines. Just follow the footsteps and they'll take you to the lake! Reaching the lake feels like a real accomplishment given the current conditions. There also was only a few other people on the trail so not crowded whatsoever.

I'm anxious to get back there in the late summer to see how it looks minus all the snow!

snowshoeing
Friday, January 08, 2016

Fantastic trail, only met two others after turning on to Devil's Thumb Bypass. It was exhausting and took a long time in the snow (about 6 and 1/2 hours). We had to start breaking trail shortly after the bypass became Devil's Thumb Trail again. The Hessie trailhead has become one of our favorites for its easy access and parking. Despite the easy trail in to Lost Lake, there are enough trails branching off to make this a good spot for many trips to the various lakes.

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great hike, lots of different landscapes! I'd recommend it to anyone ! Amazing views !

Sunday, August 23, 2015

This hike was... interesting. This time of year is incredibly dry and dusty. The terrain is quite rocky and steep, not entirely what we were expecting, but also not bad. We made it to Jasper and weren't sure if we were there. The lake is empty! I'm assuming this is actually man made and has been drained or something. We didn't realize we had reached it until we got back down to the trail head and checked out the map. There is very little water in the lake which is a completely different perspective, still beautiful however. I can't wait to go back next summer and check it out when it's full.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015