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Kroenke Lake Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,683 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

snow

From Main St. in Buena Vista, go west to North Creek Rd., turn right and follow it to the trailhead.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Snow packed trail. Snow shoes would have been good.

hiking
5 months ago

Oct 23rd. Trail was covered with snow but yet still identifiable and easy to follow. Definitely had peace of mind with micro spikes

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snow
5 months ago

Great hike but beware. Dogs are never on a leash. Old ladies with nippy little suckers. Crazy ankle biters are everywhere. So many hipsters and Texans you can hardly see the lake. They all think their in the movie the river runs through it!!! Patagonia wearing font range yuppies camping nut to butt. However once you get past the clouds of marijuana smoke and puffy jackets and remember the last time you saw this high lake and realize it’s a free country it’s great.

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous fall hike. Super shady and fairly dry. Easy incline - enough to get you working a little bit, bit still able to take in the scenery. We towed our teardrop to the trailhead and had to go pretty slow because the road up is quite rocky. Tons of parking and a loop available at the trailhead for easy turn around!

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

this trail was absolutely gorgeous and not nearly as crowded as I expected. we didnt see anyone until we were on our way down from the lake! way more pictures and details https://bit.ly/2k9MRso

backpacking
6 months ago

Nice trail but a little tough with over packed pack. Found nice camp around left of lake.

backpacking
bugs
7 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

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bugs
7 months ago

Our son really convinced us (1st timers) to backpack this trail and spend 2nights at the lake. We are not in backpack/ hiking shape but we did the 5ish miles and were so thrilled at the destination Kroenke Lake. Beautiful worth the hike for sure! Even newbies.

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muddy
7 months ago

Didn’t finish because of heavy rain. Great trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy incline. Not too crowded

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike. Great for families who want to go a distance but not have to deal with a lot of elevation. Nice and steady. The lake at the top was beautiful and we had a great time spotting trout swimming around.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail with a steady moderate grade all the way up - not too difficult. Shade almost all the way, with water nearby for most of it as well. Very green, damp, cool temps and lots of flowers, even though it’s August. Great views of the peaks through the trees on the way up, and the lake is beautiful. It was 9 miles roundtrip from the trailhead and took us about 3.5 hours with some chill time at the lake (not too long though because that’s the only place we saw mosquitoes).

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bugs
8 months ago

Beautiful hike on a nicely shaded and well-marked trail. Elevation gain is very gradual. Mosquitoes were out on the trail and at the lake. Several stream crossings, which was great for the dogs.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

Awesome day hike! the log crossing isn't bad. Bring a fly rod

backpacking
bugs
muddy
8 months ago

Went last weekend with the fam and loved it. We brought some packs and camped by the lake. The hike is very beautiful the entire way and the view of the lake is stunning once you get there. Pretty creek crossings along the way as well so make sure to take a moment to appreciate them. Oh and don’t forget the bug spray! Lots of mosquitoes.

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bugs
8 months ago

Did this trail as my first backpacking trip earlier this week. Felt pretty easy overall having never hiked with weight on my back. A couple times the uphills seemed long but they quickly ended and became flat. Partner and I did the hike in in about 1 hour 45 minutes, hike out took 1 hour 25 minutes. The river crossing wasn’t bad, a little wet on the log but was easy enough. Be prepared for loads of mosquitoes! They started about 3 miles in and were pretty relentless at the lake too. We had been warned about a pesky porcupine and saw him around 9 PM; apparently he likes to eat bladder bite valves! A beautiful hike that would be a great first backpacking trip for most people.

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muddy
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

loved it! seems harder with elevation than I was expecting! started at 10a thunderstorm rolled in right as we were finishing around 2pm. really pretty trail. the sketchy trunk wasn't too bad my dogs went right over it with a little encouragement.

8 months ago

Active rest day. Great hike. Creek noise all the way to the lake which feels more remote than it is. Not to challenging. Go do it!

hiking
8 months ago

New favorite hike. Relatively easy hike with gradual elevation gain until the lake. Very well groomed, easy to follow trail with good tree cover. Lake is beautiful. Only hairy part is one crossing of a river where people need to balance crossing a fallen tree by there are alternative paths of needed if you search well.

hiking
8 months ago

So awesome! Lots of shade, nicely cut out, nothing too sketchy. I would rate this trail as easy... just on the intermediate length side for beginner hikers. Great for dogs! Water is along the entire route!

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muddy
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is amazing. Indeed a bit challenging on the way up carrying a heavy pack but the payoff is worth it. Plenty of water and good camping options. Keep going up the trail once you reach the lake for some truly breathtaking views at the treeline. There are small snow fields near the lake but they are no problem.

backpacking
muddy
snow
8 months ago

For the day tripper, this is an easy trip. If you're carrying a 45 pound pack....more moderate. The spring runoff is still quite heavy and the sound of the roaring rapids makes for a great hiking companion. All is well for the first three miles or so. There is one heavy river crossing that if you choose not to wade through the churning torrent, there is a large fallen log that traverses the river for about twenty yards that will surely get your heart pumping. Hikers with lightweight boots should have no problem. I was wearing heavy hikers that slipped on the smooth, damp surface. I changed to my water sandals and had no problems making the crossing. About a mile from the lake, you will encounter mud, several small water crossings, and last...deep snow on the trail...still. With the heavy pack, I sunk up to my thigh on more than one occasion. As you get closer to the lake, the trail becomes completely covered with deep snow. Reluctantly, I chose to stay out of the trees and traversed the remaining distance through the wetlands. This area is fragile, try to follow in the footsteps of those that came before you. Is this trip worth it?? Absolutely!! Stunning lake and scenery! Some flowers are starting to bloom on the east end of the lake, but a full bloom is still a couple of weeks away. Most of the camping spots are in the sun and have been cleared of snow.

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