Sandbeach Lake Trail

HARD 86 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 difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2066 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

snowshoeing
1 month ago

The first 1.5 miles, dry ground and some snow and hard pack. Next mile, hard-pack and ice and spikes worthwhile. Last stretch 2 mile stretch to the lake deeper snow and can get away with spikes but better done with snowshoes. Trail is used so easy to follow. Once at the lake, no snow on the ice and gorgeous view of Meeker and Longs Peak. Not the most scenic on the hike as you are in the trees a lot but when you get the the lake, it is all worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice hike in RMNP. Early December, 2017. Temp: upper 30s/ low 40s, clear day, lots of wind. Trail conditions: First third was clear and dry, last two-thirds was packed snow and some ice. Traction was helpful, but maybe not necessary.

3 months ago

The view is fricking amazing. But the trail is poorly maintained. The roads were cut off, trail is not properly labeled. I almost got lost with all the misdirection. The elevation is the hardest part.

hiking
4 months ago

Windy at the lake, beautiful snowy peaks, trail had icy spots the last mile or so, lots of up but I think the first mile or two were the worst

hiking
5 months ago

09/17/17 - Started at 11:30am a bit late, but still able to parki. The hike is beautiful this time of year. Golden and peach-ish colored Aspens align the trail on/off. The entire hike is lovely, with a mix of mountains views, foilage, and ya know beautiful Mother Nature. We got to the lake at 1:30pm. The lake is quiet unique with sand surrounding the lake. Nice mountains top views. Be sure to walk around the lake to see all the different moutain views. I will definitely do this hike again during foilage time. Awesomeness

hiking
5 months ago

We started at 8 am on a Thursday and had ample parking. The trail was a bit more of a challenge. I disagree with the moderate rating; it was much harder than Gem Lake which is rated as difficult. Not only is the last stretch quite strenuous but the trail rarely levels out the entire time, just up up up! Some people have mentioned a lack of views but personally I enjoyed so much of the trail being in the woods, because doing all that uphill without any shade would be much harder. With frequent stops it took us about 3.5 hours to get to the top. We spent an hour at the lake which was wonderful - peaceful, nice views, and very cold water to refresh the feet. Coming down was nearly as hard as going up due to the rocky nature of the trail and took us just under 2 hours. I would recommend hiking poles for this one; I tend to eschew bringing mine but they would have been very helpful here.

5 months ago

This end destination is gorgeous but keep in mind the trail rating in this site is deceiving. I would rate it in the hard or strenuous category. It's all uphill...and the last mile is a chore and a half. I agree with others that being in the woods is great but there is really no scenery or vistas. Parking? Get there super early or like us park on the side of the county road.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Not too difficult

6 months ago

The trail has a steady incline, as your first starting out there are great views of the valley, however, soon you are surrounded by trees, it flattens out in some areas but not for long. The last 1\2 mile is pretty steep, trekking poles really come in handy and then you drop down to the lake! The view and hike is beautiful. Kick back, relax eat some grub and enjoy the views!!!!

backpacking
7 months ago

Great place to camp (permit needed), but might not be great as a day trek. My GPS marked us at 4.7 with 1950 ft of elevation gain. So pretty damn difficult (especially with a all your gear on your back). The lake is gorgeous and the beach is nice. Bring bug spray.

hiking
7 months 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.

backpacking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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.

8 months ago

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

backpacking
8 months ago

Trail was snow covered starting just before Hunter's Creek campsite this past weekend. Although I didn't make it to the lake - it was very enjoyable and will be much more so as the snow melts and opens the area up.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful lake and surrounding beach. I haven't seen an alpine lake like this one. Lake starting to thaw. Snow after 2-2.5 miles -/ we put on our crampons . Beautiful hike!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail! Needed GPS towards the end, as there were some misleading footprints. Snow wasn't too bad, but I'd recommend bringing some poles and boots. Snowshoes weren't necessary when I was there. Lake is snowed over and beautiful! Lots of camping that wasn't shown on the map, too. Took us about 3 hours up and 2 down.

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