Lamphier Lake

moderate 27 reviews
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Lamphier Lake is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pitkin, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,689 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

no dogs

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rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

Hiked on August 21, 2019. Started at 8:30 am and made it to the lakes at 10:00. It seems like a bit more than 2.5 miles one way to me, maybe closer to 3.5 miles max. Trail is beautiful the whole way but muddy and rocky in parts, but easily navigable. Trail is constant incline but gradual, just pace yourself and you will be fine. Both lakes are picturesque and the upper lake has a ton of small cutthroats. Mosquitos are plenty right now, but with a good bug spray they don’t bother much at all. All in all a great hike that makes you well aware of the altitude and beauty of Colorado.

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bugs
6 months ago

We hiked up passed Lamphier Lake up to Gunsight Pass. Beautiful day... some bugs by the lake, and a bit of water in the trail at times but not overly muddy. The trail is in good condition right now. However if you are going up to the pass there is no signage and the turnoff isn’t marked. You take a sharp right after the small lake on your right once you reach the Lamphier Lake... if you can’t find it follow the stone drainage toward the pass and you’ll start noticing large wood posts standing upright (follow these and you’ll find the trail). Lower Lamphier Lake is nice too and worth the short side trip, but again not marked... hard to notice if you aren’t looking for the turnoff. Gunsight pass has a beautiful view into Brush Creek Basin on the other side.

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washed out
7 months ago

6/26/19. This trail is tough right now. Lots of water and mud. Snow begins about mile 1.5 currently. It's mostly slushy now and very difficult to walk over without snowshoes. At the least bring gaiters if you come here in the next few weeks before the snow melts. Much of the trail is rocky/boulders and makes it difficult to walk at a good pace. Bring sturdy shoes with ankle support. Lots of running water on the trail currently. I did make it up to the lake but couldn't get close, due to snow. Bummed about that, after all that work to get up there. Really not much in the way of views on this trail, except for the lake obviously. I'm glad I conquered this one. Falling through the snow had me cussing...a lot. Glad it's over, probably won't be back. Boulder Lake was a better hike.

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8 months ago

6/6/2019.... could not make it all the way to the trailhead in my Subaru Forester. Too much snow. You could probably make it in a truck. So you will have to park .3 miles before the trailhead. 4wd/Awd recommended to get there, otherwise you'll have to walk a mile or more up the road. Worth the walk, it is completely secluded up there.

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rocky
Tue Feb 19 2019

Lower Lamphier Lake is one of my favorite places near-ish to Gunnison so far. Some friends and I hiked up to camp in August/September of 2014, and it was so worth it. Very picture worthy. The trail was a little unclear at times but do-able. It is a little rocky but manageable, and there were a couple of creek crossings. I noticed that most of the time we were following a little creek (if you could even call it that), so that helped as a guide I suppose. Absolutely recommend.

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Sun Oct 21 2018

This trail is dog friendly, filled with beautiful views, and a bit of a climb. You cross the river twice and walk up fairly steep inclines full of rocks with some snow melt running through the rocks, depending on the year. We hiked through the snow and it was still doable for two avid hikers and one amature one. a Chihuahua also made it to the lake! With a few breathing breaks, and a stop for lunch, we made it to the lake in a little over 2 1/2 hours.

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Sun Jul 30 2017

Beautiful hike. Lots of rocks. It's more of a 3 mile in, 3 mile out hike. Crossed 2 creeks and very refreshing. Only disappointment was too many rocks.

Sun Jul 02 2017

For a moderate hike, especially in distance, this hike paid off with an incredible view and very few people to compete with.

Sun Jul 24 2016

beautiful the whole way!

camping
Sun Jul 24 2011

Spent 2 nights camping at Lamphier Lake. The hike is pretty much uphill all the way from the trailhead, and crosses a creek several times. Parts of the trail are fairly steep and rocky, and a few sections double as a small stream as well. We made the trip with an 8 year old, and she had no difficulties making the journey. On the trip back we had to share parts of the trail with cattle, including a couple of bulls. Aside from the mess they left on the trail and having to complete with them for space at the stream crossings, they were no more than a minor nuisance. The mosquitoes were out in numbers on the trail, both up and back, and around the lake, particularly at dusk. All in all, this was a nice hike and a good place to camp. We stayed during the week and had the place all to ourselves at night, and just a few flyfishermen during the days.

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