Jasper Lake Trail

MODERATE 45 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

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.

backpacking
3 days 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
4 days 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
4 days ago

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hiking
20 days ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

2 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
2 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.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months ago

hiking
4 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
4 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!

5 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
11 months ago

Gorgeous views and a great place to camp.