Kelly Lake Trail is a 14.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Walden, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.3 miles
2,460 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




cross country skiing



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips



trail running






wild flowers






. Great for backpackers and horseback riders. Both share the first 1.5 miles and lead to the high alpine lakes w/ spectacular views. Fly & lure fishing permitted. No fires above timberline. Access the N. Canadian Yurt & Hidden Valley Trail.

28 days ago

Gorgeous country and great hike. Very peaceful and the trail is certainly challenging at times.

3 months ago

The first portion of the trail is a access road, so not very scenic, but once you hit the Clear Lake/Kelly Lake junction it is very stunning. The trail does not get too difficult until the last few miles so you can cruise the first portion pretty fast. The wildflowers and the mountains are really beautiful. *WARNING* they do run cattle through this area so don’t be surprised if you run into a cattle drive in progress. We ran into several groups of cows (including an active drive) on the access road so it did slow us down quite a bit. They easily move out of the way, just slow going as to not spook them. This trail is also heavily used by equestrian groups (as it is near the equestrian camp) so be prepared for groups on horseback. Over all a great trail.

5 months ago

Stunning views and a leisurely hike, just long. Made it to about 2000 feet short of the lake before we started post holing waste deep. Went for another 1500 feet and had to turn around, we were not prepared for this. Give it a little more time unless you plan on snowshoeing. Bathrooms at the trail head.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Just came down an hour ago. Difficult is a fitting description for this hike. The lake was frozen 100%.the trail was covered in snow about the last two miles . If you're going this week bring snow shoes. On the way in it's all uphill. It was just for the first night. You will sleep in snow for sure for a couple of weeks more. Bonus? This area is not windy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This is a really long, difficult hike but well worth the effort. We backpacked up and spent the night at the lake. There was only one other group at the lake and we saw no one, after the first 1/2 mile, on our hike up. We saw a couple groups on our way down the next day but it was still pretty quiet.

The trail follows a dirt road for about half of the hike and they've done a lot of tree clearing due to the beetles. Great views most of the way up. Once you get into the forest, it is beautiful. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom yet at the beginning of August.

The mobile directions for this trailhead are totally wrong - it had us go to CO 30 which lead to private land. The turnoff should be to 41 from 14. There are signs for a campground - turn there. The State Forest entry is right there. The directions on page are good.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Awesome hike, long with two steep sections. Beautiful mountain scenery and an awesome lake!

trail running
Thursday, August 21, 2014