Lakes of the Clouds

MODERATE 17 reviews

Lakes of the Clouds is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December.

10.6 miles
2719 feet
Out & Back



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Directions from : Take Hermit Road west out of Westcliffe to where the jeep road intersects the Rainbow Trail. The sign is hard to find. It is off to the right on the north side of the road, after you get into the trees. Park along the road.

12 hours ago

Has anyone been up to here in the last few days. Looking for a snow report.

10 days ago

27 days ago

Had a blast on this trail. The top third required snow shoes and only made it to the first lake. As other reviews mentioned, it is frozen over and covered in snow. We saw bear tracks in the snow, but didn't see much wildlife other than birds. Snow shoeing was an amazing experience, but even without them the trail is gorgeous and rewarding.

We love this trail. tried it today, too much snow for us. Difficulty varries depending on weather. Fallen trees and changing terrain.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike..!!! Made it to the lower of the three "lakes" and it was frozen solid. We hiked back to lower elevation where there was less snow and better melt to stay one more night. We will be coming back to this trail in a month once most of the snow is gone. Again, upper 1/2 of trail is COMPLETELY buried in feet of snow. Still, the whole trip was stunning.

1 month ago

best fishing and hiking

9 months ago

Spectacular views; great fishing...just got back, this was my 1st real backpacking trip...6 days living in the woods...a childhood dream come true! The hike kicked my butt a lil bit but totally worth it...

9 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful views the whole way. I didn't struggle to make it at all, and I am an out of shape flat lander (live at 285'). The hardest part is the final ascent to the lakes, but don't give up they are worth the effort. I calculated (according to the park service signs) as being 13 miles round trip from the parking area not 11.8

9 months ago

Amazing! The hike is arduous and challenging and will force you to mentally buckle down and push harder. The views at each of the lakes are absolutely phenomenal! The hike is incredibly worth it with the views and wonderful sights to see once you hit the lakes.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

First- this is not an easy hike for anyone from lower elevations. As a 33yr old NJ resident with no altitude training, every step was a challenge on the way in. After 3 days of camping, the effects of 11,000 ft were still noticeable, but manageable. The hike out was a breeze in comparison. It took my friend and I almost 7 hours to hike in and around 3 to hike out for a comparison.
The parking lot sits around 9,000 ft and a fairly steady climb takes you to around 11,100 at the lower lake. Take your time on the way in and enjoy the scenery- it's worth it. The fishing is great, the air pure and fresh, and the areas surrounding the lakes is excellent for exploring or day hiking. Bring a jet stove, don't forget your rain gear and fly, and your fishing gear and lose a few days at lake of the clouds, you will not regret it.

fly fishing
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Great place. 12-14" cutthroat and browns in 2nd, 3rd, and stream in between. I will be back next year. Tough hike for an old man kike me, but keep pushin and it will all be worth it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Backpacked in with a group of scouts. Places available to camp along the trails and offers some spectacular views. Worth the hike to the top. Recommend taking the second trail from the Gibson TH to the lakes as it has gentler slopes even though its a little further. Elevation can make the trail difficult for flatlanders.

Friday, July 25, 2014

One of the best trails I have ever done
did it twice when i was younger in the scouts
all i can say
i want to live in Colorado now
but great trail for hiking and camping
but that view on top, priceless

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nice trails, took Swift Creek Trail the first leg (going in) of the hike. Very rocky and bit steep for the first few miles of the hike. Second leg (going out) took Lake of the Clouds Trail, nice Aspen views and colorful mushrooms along the way. Very nice lakes, possibly good fishing, beautiful surrounding area scenery at the lakes....last lake (third) was tough to get access to! Overall a challenging and good hike, total around 14.5 miles.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Nice hike. Three lakes. The 3rd one is hard to get to... surrounded by thick willows. Fishing was good. Lakes pretty. A lot of mushrooms in Aug.