Lion Lake Trail

HARD 13 reviews
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Lion Lake Trail is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

12.4 miles
3,031 feet
Out & Back



cross country skiing








wild flowers




no dogs

9 days ago

Great hiking.

cross country skiing
4 months ago

Tried this on cross country skis on Feb 17 2018 and it was a mixed bag. Plenty of snow once you got to the actual trailhead (about a mile from the closed road/parking area), but very narrow and steep in places. This made skiing up awkward and skiing down pretty tricky. Some parts of the trail are on the side of a hill, making it difficult to keep from sliding off going up or down. Only made it as far as Ouzel falls. Fun, but snowshoes would serve you better.

7 months ago

Love this trail. Escape the crowds of RMNP

11 months ago

This is the second time ive hiked up to these lakes and this trail is not for the faint hearted. 14 miles round trip i calculated if you make it to Lions Lake #2 and back, i started at noon and was back to the car at the Wild Basin Trailhead by 7oclock i also took time to explore throughout the hike. The trail up to Ouzel Falls is highly trafficked but once past the falls i only managed to run into one person the rest of the way up to the lakes. Hiking boots with good ankle support is highly suggested as the last two miles before the first lake is very steep, rocky, and narrow terrain. Pay attention as sometimes the trail is tricky to follow, trail is marked with cairns (manmade rock piles) for most of the way. Once up to the first lake you can follow the right side along the creek and up the rock formations marked with more cairns for the short uphill battle through a mini snow field/boulder traverse to the second lake. Follow me on Instagram for gorgeous mountain photos @Alex.Newkirk

11 months ago

This trail has a lot to recommend it. Get there early to park near the trailhead; otherwise add a mile to your trip each way. We hiked up the trail leading to the campsites on the way up, and came back via Ouzel Falls. The trail coming down from Ouzel is much wider and better maintained, and heavily trafficked. Much of the trail is shaded until you get close to the lake. We saw a grouse and her chicks and also a deer. Flowers around the lake are gorgeous. The view at the lake is breathtaking. The trail is steep and rocky in places, so yes, it's hard if you aren't already in good shape. Worth it? Absolutely. One of my favorites.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Not sure about the description for this hike. The maps and signs tell a different story: an out and back trip (not a loop) equalling about fourteen miles for Lion Lake #2 trail, beginning at Wild Basin (my review, here).

Started about 11am and arrived about 530pm, with a fair amount of exploring and admiring along the way. The last 2.2 miles, from the junction with Thunder Lake trail, requires some fitness. I made the return trip in about 1.75 hours, with a quick pace to chase fleeting twilight.

Early in the hike, a substantial walking path cuts through lush forest, crossing the creek it parallels several times in the first few miles. Cooper, Calypso, and Ouzel Falls (and many lesser water falls) compose the first half of the sojourn. They make excellent opportunities to rest and hydrate. (Of course, to be safe: filter what you drink from the water sources along the way, unless you want to know "Beaver Fever".)

Amazing old-growth forest, with Lodge Pole and Yellow Pines in abundance, especially the last few miles, where "totems" can be found and Krummholz call home. Arrive in a serene mountain park, with dramatic peaks and cliff walls in most directions. There are few words that describe such majestic natural beauty. "Awe-inspiring" seems an appropriate descriptor, but inadequate, at best. The views remind me of a Bierstadt painting.

I met an afternoon rain mid-hike (about 3pm), as expected, and then a later storm that dropped sleet and rain, prompting a swift exit, chasing the last day light remaining across the lower bridges into Wild Basin. I was thankful for the rain jacket I brought, and obviously recommend quality gear for a 14-mile journey like this, in high RMNP elevations.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Started our hike at 6:00 and finished at 1:50. The hike was 14 miles round trip (longest hike we have done so far). The hike itself was easy to moderate except the last 2 miles which was a little difficult. Weather was ideal not to cold in the morning and probably mid 70's when we finished.
It was great to have our lunch there w/o anyone else around. SO PEACEFUL!
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