Sandbeach Lake Trail

HARD 114 reviews
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Sandbeach Lake Trail is a 8.6 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
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,086 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
21 minutes ago

You will see a lot of lists with "the best hikes in RMNP" and their are a ton of them. This one goes on the list. Steady climb for four and half miles with a few steep spots. A few good views of the Wild Basin along the way. The lake and surrounding area is spectacular. Next time I will plan to spend a lot more time on the sandy beach. Although the parking lots was very full we did not see a ton of people on the trail. Get there early if you want to park in the lot close to the trailhead. Another great RMNP hike to add to your list.

hiking
12 days ago

Great day hike with incredible views at the top!

hiking
17 days ago

This was honestly one of my favorite hikes. I can understand why it is rated as hard, as the trail has plently of uphill, downhill, you name it. but it's absolutely beautiful. You are in mostly forest and right now its very green with wildflowers along the way, as well as streams. I had the pleasure of seeing some wildlife on the day I went! The lake is remarkable with the sand around it, clear waters! Would do again. Yes, it is in RMNP so it is good to be reminded you will have to pay for parking. I went in the afternoon in the middle of the week wasn't busy for me.

hiking
23 days ago

Great, well maintained trail with a beautiful, large lake with arkose sand beaches as a payout. I found this trail to be tame and very doable in a morning (8-12).

hiking
1 month ago

This was such a beautiful trail. We went yesterday 6/16 and had a great time. I do have to say almost 9 miles is difficult especially if you are just getting into it. It is a lot longer and more difficult than I expected it to be. The last stretch of incline before the lake can be brutal. But the view was sooooo worth it. I would absolutely recommend this just make sure you take your time and be careful on the slippery rocks if it rains like it did with us. I would ease on the side of caution if you aren’t experienced . This was only the second trail I have done since trying to get into hiking this summer and I could hardly walk last night. But I did it! It is possible and the view is totally worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

June 9: Great hike. Leave early to beat the parking lot crowd. Moderate but constant climb to the lake. Good workout!

hiking
1 month ago

June 2: Please note before you head for this trail: parking at the trailhead is very limited (maybe 20 spots) and you’ll need to pay (or show a valid park pass) to get into Rocky Mtn NP. (The trailhead is next to the entrance station, which may be manned depending on time of day and time of year of your visit.) There is additional parking a little further inside the park, and an outhouse at the trailhead. That said, this is an awesome hike! A deceptively difficult yet gorgeous hike up and along a forested ridgeline of ponderosa, lodgepole, aspen and fir. Lots of views of the valley in the first mile as you climb. A couple stream crossings (with log bridges) and some lovely stream side views in the middle miles. The last mile has some steeper sections that are rocky (big steps up over small boulders), but it’s worth it. A couple little patches of packed old snow still there at the top but won’t hinder you at all in regular hiking footwear. The lake is stunning; medium-grained granite sand is great for lounging. Views all around, and an especially spectacular view of Longs Peak. Will definitely hike again, and plan to spend more time exploring and enjoying the lake! (I gave only four stars because this trail felt a little harder than I expected based on reviews and didn’t have a lot of mountain views in the middle, but it was definitely a fantastic hike!)

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and a little challenging. Some snow still present but was not an issue. The lake is amazing and is worth the hike!

1 month ago

A nice hike to the Sandbeach Lake. Mostly all up and seldom not. Not an easy trail and difficult either.....but easy does it. Go slow and make it easy for you to not get tired if you are not an athlete. I did this trail on 27th May and had fun. Lake Beach is nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Got a late start on this amazing trail 2 days ago so we were coming back down after dark. Snow still in the trees around 10,000ft but NO traction or snowshoes required, just be cautious of post-holing through. I'd say The last quarter mile or less is snow covered. The lake (and beach) is completely melted and provides an absolutely stunning mountain lake. The rest of the trail is relatively uneventful (still beautiful) with some views of the canyon, rocky outcropings, and alpine woods. Camping by permit only! I'll be returning with a permit ASAP. Enjoy

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike in the trees with nice vistas to the south and south east early in the hike and north to Longs Peak at the end. Made it to the parking lot about 6:15 am and didn’t see anyone on the trail until I was heading back from the lake. Looong line to get into Wild Basin by the time I got back about 10:45. Last tenth of a mile to the lake is still 2+ feet of snow, and it’s starting to soften.

hiking
2 months ago

Went yesterday. Fitbit said it was 5 miles to get there. No snow until the last 3/4 miles. Not much of it and snow is not a factor for the hike, you can just walk along the side of the snow. Lake is mostly all thawed out and only a couple snow spots on the "beach" Amazing hike. Amazing lake. One of the best mountain lakes.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great day! Several very steep sections, plenty of flat in between. Put snowshoes on at about 2 miles. Trail was easy to follow even with fresh snow on the ground. Didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time but will be back soon to finish for sure!

snowshoeing
6 months 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
7 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.

8 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
9 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
10 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
10 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.

10 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.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike! Not too difficult

11 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
11 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
Thursday, July 20, 2017

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
Friday, July 07, 2017

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
Friday, June 30, 2017

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
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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
Monday, June 26, 2017

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
Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

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