Jasper Lake Trail

MODERATE 40 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.

2 days ago

7 days ago

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

hiking
17 days 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
21 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

This was photography oriented hike for me. Wildflowers galore, right from the trailhead; especially when Devils Thumb bypass gets to the meadow. Spectacular view of Indian Peaks and meadow full of flowers. Spent couple hours on trail taking macro pics of wildflowers.

Did not make it to Jasper lake as few drops of rain started and I turned around about 1.5 miles away from the lake. Ranger I met, on the way down, said there was still some snow at the lake. The trail I did was snow free but had several areas of water and mud.

Trail is fairly rocky (small loose rocks) at the start from Hessie TH past the bridge as it climbs up to Devil's Thumb Bypass near the waterfall. After that gets easy to the meadow where it is flat. Starts climbing again after the meadow.

hiking
1 month ago

Conditions are good. Passable amount of snow and runoff on the trail closer to the lake. Won't be long before that is all gone. Very peaceful...I only saw a half dozen or so hikers headed to Jasper Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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!

4 months 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
10 months ago

Gorgeous views and a great place to camp.

hiking
10 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
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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

Saturday, August 06, 2016

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

Sunday, July 31, 2016