Lily Lake Trail

HARD 5 reviews

Lily Lake Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gardner, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1899 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

backpacking
2 days ago

Amazing Hike... saw Big Horn Sheep from less than 100 yards, Elk nearby, and great fishing in the lake. About half mile in there was a series of stream crossings that may be made more confusing by the spring run off, almost no way to get through without getting wet at some point but just keep going up stream and you will find main trail. We camped to the left of the waterfall below the lake in a nice spot mostly closed in by trees but with great views. Originally following a trail description on a map, which said the elevation gain was 700 feet and distance to lake was 3.1 were were challenged. Even the mileage description here may be a bit off, both my Garmin watch and Explorer registered us closer to 4 miles and that was to the base of the waterfall and not up the last bit to the lake.

6 months ago

Great trail! Started hiking at 8am. Enjoyed the views. A bit confused by the open meadow that you backtrack before entering trees again and start climbing in elevation. Also struggled to find the first creek crossing since it was November and the creek was pretty froze up. The creek crossing is on the trail and it raises quickly from the drainage valley where you would expect it. Then struggled again to find the switchbacks at the camp site mostly because of the snow on the ground. So ate lunch around 11am just where the switchbacks start and headed back. Arrived back at the truck by 2pm. Enjoyed the day!!

backpacking
11 months ago

Hiked Lilly Lake trail numerous times from June through Sept.
The lake itself is a great place with generally low traffic. Mount Lindsey attracts most of the attention and that trail leaves Lilly Lake trail about a mile in to the left.
The first part of the trail after leaving the trailhead parking drops into a gorgeous valley! After the split mentioned above, the trail ascends by traversing the slope without switchbacks for about a mile giving sweet views of the valley and Upper Huerfano River.
After about a mile there are spectacular camp sites at the edge of the slope looking into Blanca Basin and the rising peaks of Blanca and Ellingwood Point are in your face!
In June there are numerous snowmelt waterfalls to add an even wilder atmosphere.
Beyond this the trail turns to the slopes just below the lake making several switchbacks with a few more nice camp sites.
The lake itself is a beauty with, dare I reveal it, good size cutthroat trout in abundance.
An upper lake is situated about a half mile or so through fairly tough talus and boulder fields. There are fish there as well, as I understand it.

11 months ago

Hidden gem!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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