Lyle Lake and Mormon Lake Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Lyle Lake and Mormon Lake Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Meredith, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

5.8 miles
1,282 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Roadl 33 miles until the pavement ends, bear left and go 9 more miles until you come to a sign pointing to Hagerman Pass. Turn left onto road #105 for 100 feet. Park at the bulletin board.

1 day ago

Gorgeous and not too bad for a slow hiker like myself. Hard part was getting to the trailhead in a Nissan Versa but did make it there and back, very slowly

26 days ago

Lakes were beautiful, especially Lyle, however the most stunning thing about this hike are the wildflowers. Pretty much the entire trek from Lyle to Mormon was full of several different valleys full of wildflowers. I have hiked many high alpine lakes in CO and this is the best for wildflowers.

1 month ago

Beautiful, flowers in bloom! Walking to the second lake is worth it!

1 month ago

Beautiful the entire stretch and not crowded.

11 months ago

awesome! high altitude makes for hard breathing if not in great shape but worth it. preferred first lake to 2nd, but still really neat. got hailed on coming down from 2nd lake. no tree cover!! drive out was rough.

Monday, July 17, 2017

This is a great hike. We camped at the lake and hiked up to Mormon the 2nd day. We were the only people camped the first night. There may have been one other set of campers Saturday night.

IMPORTANT! The trailhead is 10.6 miles up the unpaved 105 road(check mile markers) NOT 9 miles. Park on the pull-out on the left on the main road - only a very short walk to the trailhead. 1.6 miles to Lyle Lake. Another about 1.6 miles to Mormon. Not too muddy - lots of wildflowers. Beautiful lake! Great for kids.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Excellent review by Kendra.
Beautiful hike up a fairly broad valley. Mileage from trailhead to Lyle is 1.6 miles. Elevation gain to Lyle is 650 ft.

If you don have a high clearance vehicle, park on Ivanhoe Road ( take right fork) and walk the 100 yards to trail head.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Camped at Ivanhoe lake and hiked to Lyle lake. Then hiked to above the lake.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Here was our schedule for the hike:
Drive 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Hike up 2:30 to 4
Hike down 4 to 5
Drive down 5 to 6:40

Our house in Basalt is right by the Whole Foods, so plan on a 2 hour drive from there.

Sept 23, 2014- high in basalt was low 70s, when we arrived at the site the temp was 52, when we left it was 57. Dress in layers and bring ear muffs if you get cold easily. It was coldest up by the lake. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

The way up is definitely harder. It's almost all uphill and the elevation begins at 10,800 so if you aren't used to it, you will definitely feel it. Take it slow like we definitely did and you will be fine.

We didn't have our hiking boots with us on this trip and we were mostly fine. The benefits of hiking boots would have been: (1) you cross the stream and it's pretty muddy so a waterproof shoe would have been nice. (2) on the climb down from the second lake, it would have been nice to have hiking boots to prevent the toe crunch. Other than that it's a hike that's totally doable in tennis shoes.
The second lake is supposedly only 1/4 mile from the first but it's extremely steep and we didn't find the trail that was supposed to be there. That hike to the second lake took a while. The first lake is prettier so you can skip the second one if you aren't feeling up to it.

Bring lots of food, water, TP and a disposal bag to pack it out, first aid kit, and a full tank of gas. You will not find any cell service or anyone to help you up there so make sure you are prepared. There's lots of brush that will graze your legs so pants might be better.

We made it up in a bmw sedan but the last 10 miles were a really rough drive - the roughest we've ever been on and we've been on some scary drives. If you have an SUV, bring it. Go very slow and take your time. The last 10 miles will take you an hour in a sedan on the way up, 45 on the way down. Make sure your tires are filled properly, your spare tire is ready to go, and that someone in your car knows how to change a flat. You will barely see anyone on this road.

The drive takes longer than the hike (4 hours of driving for a 2.5 hour hike). The drive is absolutely stunning though. The leaves were changing colors - and most of the drive is along a creek. Beautiful.

On the hike, the only wildlife we saw were small birds, chipmunks, and weasels.

The directions on the hiking sites say at the end of the 10 miles to drive another 100 ft and park by the bulletin board. That 100 ft of road is almost impossible to get up, especially in a sedan, so park by the gate and walk up.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Amazing hike. Open meadows. Trail follows a great stream the whole time and ends at a beautiful lake. Everything you could ever want in a hike!

1 month ago

Saturday, August 12, 2017