Lakes of the Clouds Alternate Route

MODERATE 7 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.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2365 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

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.

backpacking
3 months ago

Monday, September 05, 2016