Opal Lake Trail

EASY 33 reviews
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Opal Lake Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pagosa Springs, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
488 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
24 days ago

Nice, easy trail. Has a little climb at the beginning. Beautiful mature aspen groves. The lake is very cloudy, muddy looking, (from mineral runoff?), guess that's where it got it's name. We were the second vehicle there at 8am, probably saw 25 people by the time we left a couple hours later.

1 month ago

We loved this hike. You climb up and hike through an Aspen Grove then end up at the lake which is beautiful. There are are several Creek crossings but they are easily crossed.

1 month ago

Beautiful grove of aspen trees in the middle of the hike! The beginning was uphill but not extremely steep. Lots of wildflowers and even saw a woodpecker pecking on a tree! Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

loved this trail, my wife and I hiked out and had lunch by the lake. There are a few steep spots, but not too difficult. the lake is up against some beautiful mountains.

1 month ago

This is beautiful. Wildflowers, aspen trees, mountain views... can’t ask for any more! We hiked even though it was raining and it was still worth it. Even saw some baby ducklings at the lake!

1 month ago

Great hike! Did this hike 20 years ago with the children, still just as pretty. There are some awesome awesome aspen groves along the upper portion of the route.

hiking
1 month ago

Always up going out, but worth the hike. Keep telling yourself it’s all down hill on the way back. Would be great for a one night stay with stars overhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike! Easy with Pretty views in the aspen groves and the lake at the end. Great place to hammock at the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail well maintained , opens to a beautiful patch of aspen ends with a really great view of the lake - peaceful. We’ll do it again must be great in the fall.

2 months ago

Great trail! We did this with a toddler (mostly carried the toddler) and a 6 year old. The lake was a beautiful spot to enjoy some water before making the trek back down.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. When there is average snowfall the road will not open until the first week of June, however it is already open for 2018. Parts of the trail are a bit steep, overall it is not too difficult. The trail is 1/2 mile to the lake. You are at about 9,500 feet in elevation.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trail, the first portion is kind of steep but opens into a patch of aspen trees. Very easy and the lake is beautiful. Bring big spray, lots of mosquitos near the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail on 5/9, absolutely amazing hike! The hike there is beautiful and then of course the lake itself is almost surreal.

6 months ago

We wanted to do this trail but found a road closed sign when we came to junction close to trail. We went ahead and walked the closed road which had : ft of snow. We enjoyed the walk and the beautiful scenery. We did not make it all the way to the official trail.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was beautiful - some parts were steep and rocky but it really leveled out and all the creeks were lovely on the way to the lake. Easily marked.

10 months ago

We took our two year old on this trail. It is pretty easy, steep in some spots and just long enough. Really beautiful!

11 months ago

Think this was one of my favourites in the Pagosa area. Short and easy but so pretty. The first little bit is pretty steep but it flattens out through the beautiful aspens and then to the lake with great views of ridges. Really enjoyed it!

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