Kroenke Lake Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
From Main St. in Buena Vista, go west to North Creek Rd., turn right and follow it to the trailhead.
I nearly made it to the lake on this trail, before a storm hit. I was then pelted with some good size hail, so a lightning strike, and got myself a bit wet. Overall it was good steady incline and easy to follow. I would warn people that there are some sketchy crossings and muddy parts that were not easy to traverse. I am planning to go back and start earlier this time.
Note the road leading up to the trailhead is passible, but does get slick when it rains. I recommend 4WD, but I had no issues with clearance in my Subaru Impreza.
Long hike in and some parts of the trail aren't marked great but when you get to the lake, it's all worthwhile. Camped up there for three days. Only ran into about 4 other people the whole time. Hike out took about half the time as up!
It's early October and a little snow fell a couple days ago, but today was perfect and some of the snow had melted, so no issue there. Got going around 9am, took our time going up to the lake (about 2 hours+). Then hustled down. all in all a beautiful hike. Pretty long hike and pretty much goes up the whole way, but not steep, just gradual. All in all a good solid hike and we're tired.
Awesome Spot! Absolutely beautiful views after a very mellow hike in and out. We ended up doing the hike on Saturday afternoon, and then returned to the trail head to camp in our car. We liked the hike so much that we actually got up at 4am to catch the sunrise at the lake. I would highly reccomend this hike to any novice campers or hikers. It's a very mellow hike that is well kept. Enjoy!
Great day hike or beginners backpacking trip. Due to the number of people at the lake it, it felt more like a campsite then backcountry, giving it a 4 not a 5. However, the overall hike was great. Lots of shade and running water. The incline was steady until the last push, but the lake is worth it. If you are camping or have a little left in you, continue another 0.5 mile up towards Brown's Pass. The overview of the lake is breathtaking. If you have even more energy continue 1.5 miles and 1300 ft of elevation gain from the lake to the top of the Brown's Pass for some killer views of the surrounding 13ers and 14ers.
** I would recommend hiking shoes just due to the number of water crossings on this trail. I would also suggest arriving early in the day due to the number of backpackers and limited spots.
Awesome Hike! Gorgeous views, many streams and interesting landscapes. LOVE LOVE LOVE this HIKE! Arrived at the lake at 11:30 pm and there was only one group camped right on the lake, the only other people we saw were 4 other couples on our way down. The lake was clear and beautiful surrounded with majestic mountains! Brown's Pass is only 2 more miles away. Must get some gear for NEXT time to stay longer and do some serious exploring:)
Awesome trail. Nice a steady elevation and beautiful destination. Not crowded on the trail but parking can be a little tight.
My dogs and I loved this trail! Very beautiful and not crowded at all. Take the Cottonwood Trailhead and the trail will split after about 3/4 mile. No other signs indicate you are on the right trail from the parking lot. The lake is clear and beautiful but the area is pretty crowded with people once you get up there as many opt to camp at the lake.
Great trail. Not over crowded. Parking at North Cottowood fills up fast since several trails come out of there. Kroehnke lake is beautiful as is the creek on the way up. Trail well maintained . Great views of Mt Yale. Elevation gained is more like 1650'.
This was a great trail for a nights backpacking in the mountains. Sparsely used by people so we had the area all to ourselves. We enjoyed a beautiful night by a quiet mountain lake, watching the big horn sheep on the ridge above us. Great time with my hubby.