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.

Distance: 12.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,031 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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8 months ago

Only made it to the first lake since it was so clouded in and windy. Almost the entire hike is very wooded and protected, which is probably the only reason we made it that far. It appears as though there is quite a scenery change after that first lake, so if you’ve got the time/weather on your side, keep going! As with any longer hike out of wild basin, it’s only busy during the bottom mile or so—we only saw a handful of people outside of that.

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike from beginning until end. The area between the 2 lakes is gorgeous. Abundant wildflowers. Last 2.2 miles is the most difficult. We spent an hour at the lake it was so beautiful. Started at 6 to get parking and avoided most of afternoon showers. Heaven on earth.

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9 months ago

Treated to old growth forest stands leading up to Lake #1. The landscape and river between the two lakes is incredible as are the views of all the peaks. Well worth it!!

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bugs
10 months ago

Went up to Bluebird lake, then came back for Lion lake before heading back to the trail head. Started around 6:30am and got back 7:30pm, about 20 miles round trip. probably spent 2 hours admiring views and napping. The trail to lion lake isn't anything special but the lake itself is amazing. Completely worth the trip. Bluebird lake's trail was much more varied with tons of waterfalls and views, which only made the uneventful trail up to lion lake more painful. Still, I highly recommend hitting both lakes because it was the best hike I've ever done. Recomend tons of food, hiking sticks, boots, and a rain coat for afternoon showers. There's a few places along the trail to fill up on water.

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10 months ago

This is a beautiful hike and well worth the effort as it is ranked as one of the top 20 day hikes in Colorado. The All Trails map diverts you from Ouzel Falls, but that is a worthwhile stop along the way. The trail is generally quite easy to follow. The trail is ranked as 'hard' because of the distance and 3,000 ft of elevation gain. A few things that should be noted that aren't in other reviews: - get there early because we arrived at 9:30 am and were told to come back at 1 pm. We ignored that and parked just outside the entrance and walked in. It adds 2 miles each way to the hike. I'd suggest just waiting in your car near the entrance as there were many people leaving as we walked to the trailhead. -The trailhead is two miles in from the summer gate and as far back as you can drive so park close to that if you can. - The trail is easy to follow except for one turn on this trail that isn't well marked at 1.5 miles in. The sign only mentions 3 campsite names on a branch to the north, but the Lion's Lake route turns away from Ouzel Falls to follow the route as mapped in AllTrails. Going toward Ouzel Falls adds 0.7 miles and there are a lot more hikers on this stretch although it isn't crowded. - I thought the Ouzel Falls detour we accidentally took was worth it as the falls are beautiful. There are very few hikers above Ouzel Falls - 1,400 ft of the 3,000 feet in elevation gain comes in the last 2.2 miles so pace yourself. - Even in July, there was snow on the ground and your feet get wet near the lake - The trail follows St Vrain creek except for the last 2.2 miles. The creek was running hard when we were there and adds to the majesty of this hike. - it took us 6 hrs and the trail is rocky so I highly recommend proper hiking shoes.

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Sun Oct 14 2018

You will need snowshoes for the last 2 or 3 miles after the Sunday storm. Close to lion lake, snow was at least 3 feet deep. We had to break the trail after junction between Lion and Thunder lakes.

Sun Aug 05 2018

Beautiful. 14 miles RT to lake #1. Last 2.2 miles are the only really steep section. Maybe add .8 to 1 mile to total if going to lake #2.

Mon Jul 09 2018

Great hiking.

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Mon Feb 19 2018

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.

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Sat Nov 18 2017

Love this trail. Escape the crowds of RMNP

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Wed Aug 16 2017

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

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Tue Jul 25 2017

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.

hiking
Tue Aug 30 2016

8/30/2016 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.

hiking
Tue Feb 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! MAP -> http://www.rmnp.com/Maps/RMNP-Map-WildBasin.JPG

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