Lake Evelyn Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fraser, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,148 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Please note that roads in this area close every winter and reopen sometimes as late as early July. Please check with the Arapaho National Forest before visiting in winter/spring.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail was fun...very dog friendly. No wildlife. Need a good vehicle to get to the trailhead...lots of potholes!

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bugs
9 months ago

Hiked this last week and spent a night at the lake. Beautiful wildflowers and trail in good condition but the skeeters were ferocious and the trail was quite busy on Saturday.

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10 months ago

This took us an hour to get to the trailhead from Fraser. The 18 mile dirt road was really rough especially the last 4 miles. The trail was really pretty and the lake at the top was gorgeous. There was so many wildflowers as well. There was only 2 other people the entire way on a Saturday. A nice getaway hike. One of the hikers said you could go another 3/4 mile past the lake but we didn’t know that so we missed that

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10 months ago

Beautiful day. Great trail conditions.

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10 months ago

We hiked to the lake today and then up to Keyser Ridge. Once you get into the woods, the scenery is beautiful. The Indian paintbrush were just coming out. So pretty. The lake is peaceful and beautiful. Well worth the hike up. We did run into some snow fields at about 11,300. We lost the trail only once. We had trouble finding the trail up to Keyser Ridge. Once on it, we ran into a few snowfields. We managed to punch through them. We did not see anyone all day. The last 4 miles of the road to the trailhead is very rough. Probably need a higher clearance vehicle to make it.

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closed
11 months ago

Roads closed in area as of two weeks ago. No access. Check with Sulphur Ranger District before making the trip. Lots of signs up suggesting a longer delay for road openings in this area this year.

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

Directions from Kremmling/Summit County - hop on Highway 9 going to Summit/Kremmling (opposite of where you are...) and turn on to Ute Pass Rd towards Henderson Mill. Once you get to the Y intersection at the top of the mill, hang left. Turn right on to County Hwy 32 and follow the signs to Lake Evelyn Trailhead! Slow going from there due to dirt roads and rough road the last four miles but a pretty drive! Hike was great, once you get through the steep part it’s smooth sailing!

Mon Jul 09 2018

7/8 road to the trailhead is closed due to fires in the area. Beautiful drive up to the road closure though, abundant wildflowers with a few Columbine!

hiking
Mon Aug 14 2017

Great hike. It took us a little over 2 hours to get to the lake. That was at a leisurely pace with a few stops. Trail is well maintained and diverse. A few steep sections. Not easy for those who are from low altitude. We live at 8500'. Lots of fish in the lake. Years ago we tried fishing it but the fish wouldn't bite. Beautiful wildflowers, mushrooms, very old spruce trees. So peaceful with the creek near the trail most of the way.

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Mon Aug 14 2017

Wonderful hike!! Directions to trailhead are a bit off. 9 miles from county road 3 on Church Park road. 4 miles from fork. Definitely need a 4W vehicle to get to trailhead. Plenty of shade along trail.

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Fri Jul 21 2017

The road up there is a bit rough; I would be weary of bringing a car up there. But.. B.e.a.u.tiful hike! It is straight vertical to the lake, so half of the hike is a pretty steep climb. However, it's absolutely gorgeous with streams and small waterfalls around every corner. The lake is not deep, if you want to swim, but I would recommend water shoes or hiking sandals to wade over the slippery rocks (and potential fishing hooks!). BRING mosquito repellent!!!!

hiking
Sun Jun 18 2017

This was a very nice hike although we did not make it up to the lake. At the beginning of the trail a portion of the log bridge has been washed out, the trail became difficult to follow due to lingering snow pack. There were also downed trees in several places across the trail. There were a lot of signs of moose in the area so keep your eyes peeled. A four wheel drive or vehicle with some clearance is needed for the road up as it is pretty rough. We will be trying this one again once it thaws a bit more.

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Thu May 11 2017

Don't try this without some heavy 4wd...Hike is mostly deep trees with a pretty underwhelming lake at the top. Only view is of the small lake. Still some snow pack at the top, bring your gaiters.

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Thu Aug 25 2016

Awesome hike, rough road to get to the TH though so be prepared. I was able to pick my way up in a FWD, normal clearance vehicle... just need to be careful :)

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Fri Aug 05 2016

Beautiful hike. Rough drive to trailhead. 4wd a must, with adequate ground clearance.

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8 months ago

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Sat Jun 23 2018

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Thu Sep 28 2017

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Sun Aug 13 2017

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Sun Jul 16 2017

backpacking
Sun Sep 25 2016

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Wed Jul 13 2016