Meridian Lake Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 344 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful but very steep hike up. Was not prepared for that because of the “easy” label. It was completely worth it!!

hiking
6 days ago

Very steep beginning with no warning. After lake nothing but dirt road.

hiking
8 months ago

Not my favorite. Nice easy hike. Like the others say the first part is steep but it doesn’t last long. Lake is beautiful but after that it’s pretty boring. Walking the road back is not my favorite thing to do.

hiking
8 months ago

Takes about 6 minutes to get up to the lake, then most is on a road and then the main road for the last 1/2 mile or so.

hiking
8 months ago

Most of the hike is a dirt road. Not for me.

hiking
9 months ago

Bit if an incline at the trailhead but well worth it for the views of the still lake and wildflowers.

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private property
9 months ago

Shirt hard climb up ridge over roots and washed out but worth it. Flat hike along the lake with meadows of flowers still in bloom.

hiking
9 months ago

The lake is beautiful, but most of the trail is road/dirt road. The section up from the lot is very steep but fun.

hiking
10 months ago

Took a 4 year old and 8 year old and first 0.5 miles was way too steep. And this is not a loop when half is on the main busy road

hiking
10 months ago

Steep climb for about quarter mile then smooth sailing.

hiking
10 months ago

If you park in the dirt parking lot, at the end of the road, you’re taking the more strenuous, shorter hike. So, park across from the dam. This is the easy way to hike it...we didn’t have to wade across any stream. We carried chairs up, only ones around, and sat listening to birds chirping and fish jumping.

hiking
bugs
scramble
10 months ago

Not as easy trail! We made it up to the lake, but only a couple wildflowers were in bloom.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail down to the water is unclear and there isn’t a flat area in front of water. But water is amazing!

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike with great views once you get to the lake. Had to cross the high water stream by wading across. About thigh high water and cold but a fun adventure.

hiking
11 months ago

Had to take the road in both directions as the water crossing was still too high. Good hike for kids to a pretty lake.

Fri Sep 28 2018

Beautiful views along the upper lake. Loop involves a paved road on the way back for a mile. Not my favorite part of the trail. Out and back would be much better rather than it being a loop. Enjoyed the hike with my senior pup!

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Sun Sep 23 2018

Steady and steep climb from the parking area up one-third of a mile to view the lake. From there you simply hike around the lake and back down. Nothing spectacular for the area, but a quick hike and chance to be near water all the time if you’re hiking with dogs. Saw several people fishing.

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Sun Sep 02 2018

A short, very steep scramble through the woods lands you at this hidden, long lake. It was very quiet. We enjoyed the throwing the ball for our dog, observing the swimmers training for open water swim, and the cows scrambling up and down the far bank. We took the more gentle path on the return.

Sun Jul 22 2018

Trail not well maintained... very steep and slippery for kids. We had to turn back midway. Lake super busy on a weekend.

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Sat Jul 21 2018

The initial climb is steep with sloping easy-to-slide terrain. Sadly I went up 3/4 of the way and decided there was no way my husband could habndle any distance on this kind of path. So, we gave it up. Wish we had studied it further because we might have been able to do and out and back longer easy hike using the road. I chose it because it was rated “easy”. I am a very strong hiker and found the beginning to be challenging.

Tue May 29 2018

initial climb is ridiculous! The rest of the hike was nice. not much to enjoy walking back on the roadway. But no way that we would down the vertical section.

Wed May 16 2018

Wanted to jump in lake it was beautiful

hiking
Sun Sep 10 2017

Easy hike with underrated views.

Wed Aug 09 2017

Beautiful all around views. Better to double back when you get to the end of the lake. We didn't see the point of the return route along the road for quite a distance.

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Wed Aug 02 2017

Walk on a road for part of it... but the whole hike is pretty and the lake is beautiful!

Sun Jul 09 2017

Great views!

Sun Jul 03 2016

Lovely easy hike that features a lake, good for dogs and kids!

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