North Fork Lake Creek Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Lakes, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and fishing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.4 miElevation gain1,574 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyFishingHikingRunningLakeRiverViewsBugsNo shade
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Starts as double track, but shortly converts to trail. While heading north the trail follows the North Fork of Lake Creek with great views of the valley and the slopes of Mount Champion on your right. Can go fishing for brook trout in the stream. In early and mid summer there are abundant flowers along the route.

From Twin Lakes head west on Highway 82 towards Independence Pass. As you approach the first tight switchback on 82 turn to the right on a dirt road. Head approximately 40 yards on the dirt yard and park.

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Lance Ulrich
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Cole Cheever
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Jacob Esau
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HikingOff trail

Very pretty trail in the fall. You'll be very sun exposed for most of it, but on a cooler day that's good. There's one point where the trail crosses the river that is not obvious and a false trail continues up the right side of the river. If the trail starts getting really grassy, you're probably on the false one.

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Nicole Molkentin
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail the entire way to the lake! Not too crowded. 10/10 recommend! Would rank it as moderate because of the final push to the top. Most of the trail was a gradual incline.

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wendy wood
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely gorgeous. Stunning views of many mountains. Babbling brooks. 8 miles 1500 elevation gain. Moderate not easy.. Too 10. Nobody on the trail!

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Ryan White
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Believe I was the first hiker to attempt this trail since the snowfall. I downloaded the USGS Topo to use with GPS for wayfinding given the snow cover. Scenic beyond description. At about mile 3 the snowdrifts were too deep to find my way, so I turned back. Phenomenal trail nonetheless.

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Maureen Parsons
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Max Cohen
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Douglas Paddock
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Barb Von Kampen
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HikingGreat!

Hiked on 8/12/2020 - all by ourselves on the trail that day! Very pretty valley with great views. At 2.3 miles you can see the trail continue on the opposite side of the stream. Need to step your way over the rocks to cross the stream. Does not appear to be one set place to cross, as the vegetation has been walked over in multiple places in this area. Did not make it all the way to the end due to time constraints, so missed the steep portion of the trail.

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Sun Yung
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Total distance 8.2 miles. Top elevation 12,454’ from trailhead 10,685’. Forgot to turn on record on the way back. So total time 4:58 - 8:16 am to 1:14 pm. Arrived top 10:49 am, went back down 11:16 am.

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Maggie Gaughan
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Did this hike on 7/18. It was a gorgeous day and a really nice hike. It is difficult to see where you need to cross the river. The trail continues but then eventually you can’t find it anymore. We ended up having to back track to find where to cross the river. Once you cross the river it is slightly more difficult and then the last stretch is switch backs and you gain all the elevation on those. I would rate this at easy/moderate

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Jamie Princo
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HikingMuddySnow

Beautiful valley/fun trail. Super muddy due to melting spring snowpack! Had to build a lot bridge over a side creek and wade thigh deep through the raging, main river after descending Lackawanna Gulch. A wild finish!

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Nora Logue
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HikingMuddy

Did this trail a few weeks ago. It’s been a WET summer so the trail was definitely muddy in places. Even came across a large patch of snow on the trail that took some careful maneuvering without spikes. I think during a normal, not so wet summer, this wouldn’t be a problem. Another issue though was when it came time to cross the river one last time, we couldn’t find a safe place to cross! I think we had about 0.5 to 0.7 miles left to the lake and we just couldn’t safely cross the river so we turned around. We were looking at the map on here too to be sure we were at the correct crossing point and no go. It was a beautiful amble through lush wildflowers and some pine trees at some point and I loved crossing the little creeks every now and then. I’ll definitely be doing this trail again on a drier day and hopefully get all the way to the lake!

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Madeline Hoeppner
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Nice trail! Wish I had heard how muddy it was going to be though. Tons of wildflowers, I’ve never seen so many columbines! Had to turn around due to storms, will be back!!

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Sun Yung
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Did this on Monday July 22. Great hike up to the top of the saddle past saddle lake but a fair amount of snow. Made hiking around the lake difficult, scrambling across the rock on right side or traversing the snow on the left. But definitely worth it. To get up there we hiked straight up as trail was a bit difficult to find. Definitely worth it, started sleeting but views of Frying Pan Lakes amazing.

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Caleb Hill
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Moderate trail, 4 slides, trail is marshy is areas; boots will be wet!

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Tony Snook
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Start of trail looks to be completely buried by a recent avalanche. Past that, it's probably ok. Didn't try to go through the snow/debris with our toddler, but it looks like others have been finding their way through or around it.

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Sarah Frost
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All the elevation gain is near the end of the hike and at times it feels like you’re following a goat trail. Great views and surprisingly secluded!

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Amy Dewan
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Andrew Miller
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Kale Rogers
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Scott Schulz
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John Ribes
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