Sandbeach Lake Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews
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Sandbeach Lake Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, 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 October.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
3 minutes ago

The destination is great. The trail getting to the destination... not so much. I've hiked all around the Wild Basin Area and it really is my favorite area to hike. However, I found the trail itself here to be well... tedious and boring. I can definitely see how camping here would be a great place. But for an out and back hike... well not so much. There are virtually no views to take in (other than a couple early) the entire trail as you are engulfed in the pines. The lake is unique and nice but not sure it's worth it. So relative to many other hikes and lakes, this one (the hike itself) wasn't my personal favorite.

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backpacking
12 days ago

Backpacked up to Camper's Creek backcountry site - not a long distance, so packed heavy to have all the comforts (why not when it's just a couple miles and it's good practice to carry heavy packs). Camper's Creek backcountry site is nicer than most KOAs you'd pitch a tent. You have a fresh Creek running 100ft away to filter water from, wonderful flat ground to choose from surrounded by pines to block guests of wind, separate flat area to make as your stove/eating area. Okay, that's enough about the site...after setting up camp, hiked with small pack up the remaining distance to Sandbeach Lake. This did not disappoint - water flowing into the lake from the mountains, Mt. Meeker standing tall to the North. Great way to spend 1-2 days camping or a long day enjoying and hiking back down. Highly recommended this trail. Get there early during busy times to get parking as the trailhead is directly adjacent to the entrance station.

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hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful lake at the top. TH is just to the right of the ranger station in wild basin. Not overly tough. A few group camping spots by the lake which look like they would be a nice place to stay.

hiking
23 days ago

Worth the effort! We got lucky and had a partially cloudy day; otherwise consider doing this trail early in the day when it is cool. From the perspective of someone who is a plump hiker, this was a substantial hike and I agree with other reviewers, you should take at least one pole. It has a deceptively gradual incline for the first mile and half and few flat spots that go for a 1/10 to a 1/4 mile. The last mile is steep and rocky (the poles really help!), but the view is worth it. The lake is cupped by the surrounding peaks of Rockies and even with other hikers/ backpackers there, it is peaceful and nearly private. There are approximately four campsites along the trail and designated sites at the lake (make sure you get a back country permit). It took me just under 6 hours round trip (my HB and I did it together, but his pace is much faster than mine and he is in better shape than me!) ; this includes an approximate 45 minute break at the lake to have snacks and time to amble around to enjoy the scenery.
Bottom line: You need to pay for RMNP fee or have a pass, there are compost toilets and parking (can be full depending on the time of day) at the trailhead, take at least one pole, make sure you take plenty of water and appropriate snacks, and pack a rain jacket.

hiking
23 days ago

Gorgeous views at the lake and early on while the trail was along the ridge. Trail footing was soft soil and larger bowling ball size rocks that required purposeful foot placement quite a bit of time. Would recommend poles. Steep at beginning and end. Rocky Mtn Nat Park fee required. Trail starts in the parking lot just after entry to the park. Pit toilets at trailhead. Relatively low traffic for a RMNP hike. Mostly backpackers.

backpacking
24 days ago

Backpacked 6/24-25/2017 to Sandbeach Lake. The trails (minus a 3-4 foot section near the top) and campsites were snow free! Lingering patches of snow in the trees.

1 month ago

Great hike. a little snow at near top but passable. Gorgeous lake at the summit with a sand beach!

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