Pomeroy Lakes Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nathrop, 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
1,784 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

off road driving

trail running






no shade

off road driving
2 months ago

this is a fun trail. the aspens were changing colors. beautiful views and only ran into 1 other vehicle on a weekday. a high clearance 4x4 is necessary to get to the top. i drove a 97 land cruiser with a 2 inch lift and had no issues. lakes are beautiful! sadly the trail is closed to motor vehicles before you even reach the first lake.

off road driving
3 months ago

Took this trip yesterday and enjoyed every minute.
My review is not for hiking but for 4x4 off-roading.
You will definitely want a high clearance vehicle (no RAV4 or similar vehicles) if you want to take the road to the end. The last leg is semi brutal so take it slow.
To get to upper Pomeroy Lake, you have to park and walk about 3/4 mile.
If you have time, take the side trip up the mountain to the Mary Mine. Very rocky, very loose gravel and excellent views.

off road driving
4 months ago

We took our Jeep on this trail 4 years ago. There wasn’t a lot of traffic on the road. For the most part we felt alone on the trail. It took us all afternoon to get to Lake Pomeroy. We passed some abandoned mines and buildings and near the end of this trail we passed an old grave next to the road from the 1800s. There were a few places that you definitely needed a 4x4. We didn’t see any hikers on this trip. When we eventually got to Lake Pomeroy it was a amazing site to see. A hidden lake atop a mountain. There were a couple of different groups of people that were fishing. Love this trip!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Relative to other options, (Ptarmigan Lake, Windsor Lake), Pomeroy Lake is not as good. The trail is a rocky back road instead of a well cared for trail and the lakes are not as impressive. The full route beginning at a cut off from the Hancock road is an exhausting day....my family of reasonably fit people, ( 55 Dad, 51 Mom, 23 son, 19 son, 16 daughter, 13 daughter, and 11 daughter), slept well after the hike. Still.....it is a good hike and it is a treat to see all the old mining towns.....good place for rock hounds...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jeeped until the trail became extremely rocky and difficult. Hiked the last .08 mile. Beautiful hike and lake. Hiked over to ridge to view in next valley. Light rain and no cover as above timberline.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

A gorgeous lake! Lots of up on a high clearance 4WD road, but the end result is well worth it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In the middle of July this trail was quite busy with hikers and 4WD vehicles. I hiked the trail from CR-295 to the Upper Lake then made it about halfway up the mountain to the east to get a good view of the lakes and surrounding mountains (see pic). I would recommend this trail and perhaps do it again.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

While this is a 4WD road it makes a nice hike. It was very nice and uncrowded at the end of September.
It take you past the old Mary Murphy Mines ruins. Further along there is an old grave along the roadside dating from 1884. Eventually it climbs above the treeline to a parking lot overlooking the lakes. From there an easy side trip can be made to the ridge overlooking Grizzly Gulch, as well as visiting both lakes.

5 months ago

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Friday, July 17, 2015