Sandbeach Lake Trail

MODERATE 54 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

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 day 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
1 day 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
2 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.

9 days ago

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

hiking
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hiking
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backpacking
28 days 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

What an awesome hike. There was still a thick base of snow for 3/4 of the trail. I wouldn't recommend flotation because it's needed in so few spots, but expect to posthole a couple times without. There are two places where the incline gets pretty steep, otherwise this is a very doable hike. The top is spectacular and something I had yet to experience in CO. Massive lake (currently frozen and snow covered) surrounded by peaks. 3.5 hours up, just under 2 on the way down. Note that there is some trail confusion about .5 miles from the lake. There's a loop in the trees with a less than obvious outlet half way around that the trail is meant to continue down.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

4 months ago

Went this am-didn't need snowshoes as it was fairly packed down. Went 2 miles in-gorgeous day

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

Tough hike up and down, but totally worth the pain. Gorgeous view and, since there are only 4 campsites, the area is very peaceful. If you're looking to really get away from it all, this is your trail.

8 months ago

First family backpacking trip with me, my wife, and 2 daughters (4&8). Loved it, grit was created!