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Lake Agnes Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Walden, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 429 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Snow

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LE Keller
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HikingRockyScramble

We loved this trail. It took us 2 hours (only 20 minutes to return from the lake) to go from the parking lot, around the lake and back down. The trail to the lake is through a lush forest. The switchbacks to gain elevation are a bit strenuous (mainly due to already being above 10,200), but the path is clear and very pretty. When we arrived at the lake, we took the trail to the left to remain on the marked path as long as possible. The lake and surrounding basin are stunning. The water is crystal clear with lots of fish if you want to bring a rod. Around 1/3 of the way around the lake, the dirt trail ends and you have to follow the scree field around the remainder of the lake until returning to the main path. We chose to take a low line around the lake. There were some cairns marking various ways, but mostly we forged our own path. The wildflowers were amazing and the scramble on the scree made for a fun adventure. The rocks can be unstable so check your footing before committing. We crossed paths with a deer and some pika on the path and saw a moose and calf driving back out to Hwy 14. Note that the last 1.1 mile of the drive to the trailhead is on a narrow, very bumpy road. Low clearance vehicles may not so well. There’s an outhouse in the parking lot, but no other facilities. The trout were literally bubbling at the surface of the small inlet of the lake to the right looking for bugs to eat.

ken mohnkern
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Caitlin McVeigh
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HikingFeeGreat!

Short but moderate trail with absolutely outstanding views at the end. Views from various spots around the lake are breathtaking. Get there early - small lot fills up fast and it gets pretty crowded closer to lunch. Don't forget your $9 cash fee for the day pass!

Kristin Aguila
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Emma Berman
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RockyScramble

Overall a great hike with spectacular views. The drive to get to the trailhead is rocky and steep. We arrived at the trailhead at 11am on a Sunday and all the spots in the parking lot were full. The hike up to Lake Agnes is steep but well marked and easy to follow. The loop around the lake is not as well marked and leads you through a bunch of rock scrambles and stream crossings. But the views make it all worth it! We saw a marmot up near Lake Agnes and a moose grazing by the road leading up to the trailhead.

Laura J
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Hiking

Easy to follow trail. Short hike up to the lake. Gorgeous views along the trail and the lake is amazing! Trail was pretty busy yesterday (Saturday) midday.

Jon Bassett
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HikingFee

Great easy hike with an amazing lake at the end. Would highly recommend! When you get to the lake you can go left or right. If you go right you can go about 1/3 of the way around the lake on an actual trail before you get to a rock scramble which continues most of the rest of the way around. There is a $9 day fee since it’s a State Park. We arrived around 1:30pm on a Friday and there were a few parking spots available. Although we saw a Honda Civic at the upper trailhead, I would not recommend a low clearance vehicle try the upper road due to the rocks and dips. But if you have a 4x4 it’s not too bad.

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Chrissy Reese
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HikingBugsFeeMuddy

Very pretty place! Ended up taking this trail to Michigan dutch trail that connects to the American Lakes! EXHUASTING totaled about 12 miles. But it was beautiful and fun :)

Ilia Srygley
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Hiking

arrived at 820, got a parking spot, hike was great with a 6year old and 4 year old. bring the bug spray.

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Intiluz I
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HikingBugs

Buen sendero. Subida de ida, corta y el lago arriba muy hermoso. El clima estuvo bien, con lluvias esporádicas y chaparrones. Llevar abrigo de lluvia o esperar a que pase para subir. Fácil acceso y con algo de trafico.

Brian Busby
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Hiking

Nice, short hike to stunningly clear lake. 4X4 recommended to reach the top parking lot, although, I did see some FWD sedans with low clearance at the top. Great for all ages.

Bexter K.
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HikingRocky

Great trail! A lot of work went into re-routing to allow the old trail to heal and it’s stunning! Thanks Forest Service. It wasn’t too busy during mid week early morning so it felt like we had the trail to ourselves. Definitely recommend!

Michael R.
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Great!

Completed 7/11/20. Trail: There are two places to park. One right after from route 14. Or, if you take the dirt road up to the cabin. Trail is easy, steady incline. Once you get to the cabin, the trail continues up. And that's when it gets a bit rocky. Worth it when you get up there. You can drive your car up to the cabin portion. I saw a Toyota Corolla go up. I'm sure your car can. Dogs: Dogs are allowed. We took our dogs there off leash. Thing is...either you have your dogs on a leash or your dog has to have a REALLY GOOD recall off leash or a GOOD HEAL. Only reason why I say this, because if you start from the bottom, people drive their cars up the road. To be fair, all the cars were driving slow coming down and up. And they are very curtious to seeing a dog off leash and stop and slow down for you. Once you get to the cabin and do the last part of the trail, there's no more cars going up, so you and your pup will be fine. Great trail. Worth it once you get up there. Handful of people but everyone was spaced out far enough so you can do your own thing. Cooler temps, but not that bad. Do bring bug spray due to being around a lake and there are some mosquitoes.

John Cardwell
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HikingBugsRocky

*Read before hiking* Follow the Alltrails map. There's a spot where the Alltrails map shows you hugging a cliff edge and hopping along rocks in the water for about 100 feet. We thought that seemed to be impassable at a brief glance, and spent the next hour following false cairns up rocky scrambles 200' up and over the cliffs, only to turn around. Guessing any reviews below mentioning that scrambling is necessary were led down the wrong path as well. Other than that, great trail, very easy. Lots of bugs. Saw 5 marmots.

Yassi Yassemi
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Quick ascent to the lake. Bug spray highly recommended. To circumnavigate the lake , be prepared to scramble ALOT!!!!

Christy Faught
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Hiking

It’s a long uphill dirt road to get there. Not a lot of parking but totally worth it. It’s a pretty hike and totally worth it when you get to the lake. It does get a little windy up there. Recommend this one!

Karen S.
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Great hike. lovely lake was able to walk around part of it. Was able to see the Marmots.

Lisa Boesen
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HikingGreat!

Not a long hike to an amazing view. You do have a little rough ride up to the trailhead. Four-wheel or truck. 280ZX - not recommended.... Just fantastic though! If you have family coming in and don't want the bustle of RMNP, drive a little further up the Poudre for a shorter hike and a great vista view and alpine lake. Have a picnic on the Poudre and call it a great day. We did not scramble around the lake as there were still snow patches and the rocks were a concern. But go for it! A reminder though you will be at >1000ft if you have guests. Take your time. Breathtaking.

Brian Hurley
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HikingBugsRocky

Great short hike. Very steep with lots of switchbacks. The road to the upper parking lot is gravel and narrow, no way a camper could make it.

Clinton Titlow
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Tai Mei Chang
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Hiking

One of my new favorite trails! Easy hike, stunning views! Would recommend driving/off-roading to the second parking lot. If you want a longer hike you can park at the first. Otherwise great trail and stunning views at the lake!

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