Lakes of the Clouds Alternate Route

MODERATE 16 reviews

Lakes of the Clouds Alternate Route is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, 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 April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles
2,319 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers

1 month ago

Spent 4 days last week. Beautiful, relatively low traffic during the week, excellent fishing. Agree with those who said the trail is really rugged and rocky, physically exerting, particularly with a heavy pack on your back. Poles are really helpful on descent. Gets cold at night even in June, and some of our group had trouble with the altitude (camped at almost 12K). If you just hike to the lakes you are not getting everything out of this trip, as the highlight for me was hiking way up on the ridge above lake 3, where there is a beautiful little waterfall along the way, and a breathtaking view of all 3 lakes and out the canyon.

2 months ago

A really cool trail and an awesome place to go backpacking. Stay there a few nights and go to each of the three lakes.

3 months ago

Just did this trail. It’s pretty rugged I’m talking very rocky areas all throughout that will give your feet, ankles and legs a huge workout. The snow is melting fast and there’s a lot of run off. The snow mounds that remain are deep I’ve slipped into a few and the snow went past my knees and there was a broken tree hidden inside one which gave me a nasty scratch about two inch cut on my lower leg. So be careful!! The trail is also unkept, fallen trees liter the path forcing you to find creative ways around them. But that view at the end. My god. Amazing.

5 months ago

So beautiful! We did this hike in November and the frozen waterfalls were awesome!

10 months ago

epic trail, the lakes area is incredible. some snow at the peaks. colors of autumn, saw 2 bull elk near beginning.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beautiful scenery, and I guess "moderate" is accurate, but they didn't give it that rating with 62 year old guys in mind. Consistent climb over rocky terrain and easy to miss the trail on the downhill leg. Trail marker at base of Rainbow Trail by my gps and my body was totally in accurate. From Gibson trail head, this is a 9-10 mile round trip.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

First backpacking trip and was amazing.

In June had some mounds of snow in the area which came in handy for beverages :)

Had a few nice camping spots near each of the lakes.

Highly recommend.

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