Lonesome Lake Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Lonesome Lake Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.1 miles
1,758 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


28 days ago

Beautiful trail that runs along a babbling creek about 50% of the time. Lots of shade along the way. This is a challenging trail on the way, mostly uphill the whole time. The lake is gorgeous and well worth the effort. For me, it was 4 hours up, camped and woke up to a pristine setting, and 2.45 hours back down.

1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike! Steady incline at the beginning leading to a beautiful lake at the top where the huts are. My hiking partner and I plan to return in the Fall to hike up and stay in one of the huts. We took the trail leading around the lake on the way down. We went in July on a 90+ degree day but started early. Despite high humidity bugs were not a nuisance.i highly recommended for anyone that hikes moderate trails. Scenic views and wildlife (we saw a doe under the main hut! 歷.

1 month ago

My friend & I happened by this trailhead and decided to hike it.

This was an enjoyable hike. I think late June and July would be better times as the snow was still melting (and in some cases, blocking the trail).

There is a fast moving stream a mile or two in where the log people have used to cross has moved (probably by the fast-moving water). The stream isn't too deep but beware of the slippery rocks.
The initial climb isn't too bad or long. The hike is very nice and peaceful.
When you're about a mile or so from the lake, you start noticing your elevation gain.
When you finally reach the end, you're met with small ponds or collection pools. The lake is behind these and is amazing.

2 months ago

This hike would definitely be more enjoyable later in the summer. We were able to get past the roaring creek runoff from snowmelt, but trudged through lots of knee-deep snow even in late May. Access to the lake (we got about a half mile outside the vicinity) was blocked by too deep of snow to pass. We ended up turning around and camping at the first meadow break (which is still a lovely area!). The trail itself is quite a bit inconsistent, especially with the snow cover, so we ended up having to improvise some of the navigation and constantly re-seek the trail. Lots of moose tracks but did not see one. However we did spot a mountain lion that came into our camp in the middle of the night that wasn’t afraid to curiously hit at our tent! Eek! Overall it’s a beautiful hike with many water features and open areas with great views. Looking forward to coming back at a different time in the season.

2 months ago

A quarter mile in, we could hear the creek, which was quickly deemed ominous at best. Turns out that the spring run off, as it’s prone to do, turned Elk creek into a raging, wicked cold, death machine. Short of felling a tree or learning how to levitate, were stymied. So, in the grand tradition of good adventures... we backed up off of the creek about 200 meters (so the critters could hear us) and made the best out of it. It was a gorgeous night. Probably best hiked a bit later in the year (we were the first footprints in the May snow drifts)...with wet weather gear and a good attitude about wet socks.

11 months ago

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Exceptional lake hike - and I have hiked dozens of lakes. Huge variety of wildflowers in the meadows, great, undulating trail, lots of water features, and a terrific lake to enjoy relaxing by or exploring around at the end.

It's a bit marshy and buggy in places, and the stream xing early on is a bit sketchy (poles help hopping rocks - that angled "bridge" consisting of two wet logs is a no-go), but those are small prices to pay for such a gorgeous, moderate hike. Surprisingly, we saw no moose, but this whole area is like a moose paradise, so keep your eyes peeled if you go, and for heaven's sake, don't become a casualty by approaching them.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lonesome Lake Trail was a very nice hike. Hiking into the lake was a very manageable hike, with the steepest part being the last half mile to the lake. As you hike into the lake there are multiple false summits that can be pretty demoralizing. Also in some areas as you near the trail becomes difficult to follow. When you are at the lake, the best places to camp are on the west side of it.Lastly, If you are not too tired after the hike, you can scramble your way up the southern end of the bowl surrounding the lake for spectacular views of Colorado's mountain ranges.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

good trail.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Rolling incline, only couple spots (beginning and end) that had steeper inclines. Beautiful meadows and lake for camping at top.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Easy/moderate hike in, I would recommend skipping the trail head and driving further (immediate left after trail head) maybe half mile up this road there is 3 boulders blocking an old access trail. park here, hike up the two inclines. a lot better than the trail head entrance. it meets back up with the trail after the first spillway. Once you are at the lake, you will find multiple camp sites, all secluded from one another. I recommend checking out the ones on the west side. Hammock guys should know, not a lot of trees up here! Bring your bug spray!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Worth going to. I'd probably suggest going later in the season (late July and on) to avoid any late snows making the ground a marshland.

Here are some HD videos of some scenery along the trail:

This is a great hike and camp. We did 3 days and 2 nights without any problems.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Great hike overall. The first part is uphill for a bit. The hiking after that is pretty easy with some up and some downs and some flat areas. Some of the meadow areas were pretty wet. I definitely recommend waterproof hiking shoes. When you near the end, there is some uphill for a bit like the beginning. At the end it felt like there were 3 false summits, but once you finally reach the lake, all the uphill is forgotten.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A favorite hike.

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