Sandbeach Lake Trail is a 9 mile heavily 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.

Length9.0 miElevation gain2,086 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingBeachForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Note: As of October 2020, this area is closed due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm Rocky Mountain National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle/motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. This trail is less trafficked than other trails in RMNP. It is well-maintained and well-marked. There are steeper sections towards the end. In the wintertime, you may need special equipment such as spikes or snowshoes.

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Claudia Pohl
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Snowshoeing
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Jarrett Salmon
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Hiking

Snowshoes needed at about halfway in. Turned around at camper’s creek because we didn’t bring any. Definitely cold, but great snow and weather. We saw three moose!

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Monse Fabian
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

This hike was def a little hard. Views were amazing and totally worth it!

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Snieguole Radzeviciene
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Walking

Pretty nice. We did not need to use snowshoes or microspikes. Snowshoes would be needed to hike around the lake, but wind gusts were strong and it felt too cold to do more there

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Young Chung
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Hiking

Windy day but a great trail and snow is broken mostly so only needs spikes.

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Alex Truelove
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HikingIcySnow

Per others, trail is OPEN, starts right at the wild basin winter trailhead. No snow at the beginning but packed snow covering the trail by mile 2, deeper by the lake. Didn't need snowshoes, but was glad to have spikes for the occasional icy patch and steeper snowy sections towards the end. Wayyy less crowded than the RMNP hikes at bear lake, only saw 5 or 6 other groups.

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John Constantine
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David Cassin
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Kristin Thomas
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HikingIcySnow

Trail is open! Hiked on 11/29. The trail has hard-packed snow almost the entire way. Pretty icy in spots, spikes were definitely helpful, especially on the way down.

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Jodi Jalving
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HikingGreat!Snow

Sandbeach Lake is open. The first 1.5 miles are mostly (but not all) snow covered. The remaining 3 miles are snow covered, with great snow, and little ice. Trail is distinct, and easy to follow right now. No need for snowshoes, but I would strongly recommend use of traction devices, (microspikes not needed, but helpful). No need for snowshoes at this time. If you are someone who prefers use of poles due to elevation or slippery surfaces while hiking downhill, bring them along. A few downed trees that the Rangers were removing while I hiked today, so all obstacles will likely be gone by end of day. Trail is in great condition.

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Ann Marie
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HikingGreat!Snow

Trail is open! Hiked this trail on Friday, November 27th. We had one of those perfect blue bird clear sky days. Conditions were great. No need for snowshoes, but some sort of traction device recommended. Get there early for some solitude. The lake is frozen, which I wasn't sure if it would be completely due to higher temps lately. This was my first time hiking this trail and I'm excited to do it again in the spring and/or summer. Happy trails!

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Seth Taylor
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Hiking

Great Trail, even in winter. Come prepared with snowshoes if you plan to do the full hike to the lake. Very windy at the lake when I was there, but the views were worth the trek up. Only passed a few other groups of people which is refreshing for a National Park this popular.

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Bendi VanWoMan
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Hiking

Open again. Fallen trees & quite snowy but easy hike nonetheless. Super beautiful up at the lake!

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Beata Mckee
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HikingGreat!

The trail itself was very nice and chill. Even on a busy Saturday we saw few people. The lake is amazing! Views of Meeker and the surrounding peaks, the sand, the solitude... it was great! Loved the views on the trail back down where it opens up looking down into Wild Basin.

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CM Stevens
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Hiking

Camped here on 10/17. Absolutely beautiful spot and we had the lake all to ourselves. Had to deal with low temperature, high winds and lots of smoke on this trip. After we set up camp we walked around the entire lake. There is not a trail per se but you can find your way around. Steady climb to the lake with a few tough spots. At this time, creeks were pretty dried. Parking lot can fill up fast so be prepared.

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Braden North
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Tom Hagerty
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Hiking

We hiked this trail on 10-14. It was mega-windy, especially at the lake. We thought the moderate rating was accurate. The lake is worth the hike. Very pretty. Saw more people than we thought we would for a Wednesday while hiking down. Our gps said 9 miles RT and a 2200’ elevation gain.

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Brittany Hewitt
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HikingGreat!

Very well maintained trail. This hike is tough, but so worth it. We started around sunrise and Only saw 8 other hikers on the trail.

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David Carpenter
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Timothy Pearl
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Bridget Back
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HikingGreat!

Good hike, the first 1.3 has amazing views! It is a steady incline all the way!!

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Zachary Fordt
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Katie Hoefling
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CampingGreat!

Great hike with amazing views! Worth it

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Chris Berry
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