Lonesome Lake Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Lonesome Lake Trail is a 10.4 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.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1932 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
15 days ago

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.

hiking
17 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

fly fishing
7 months ago

good trail.

backpacking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

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

camping
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!

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

camping
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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIYq-viqu2s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT5QjQ_xxxA

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, March 15, 2015

A favorite hike.