South Park 600 to Square Top Lakes

MODERATE 168 reviews
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South Park 600 to Square Top Lakes is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Georgetown, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
921 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

no shade

The trail has its own parking and out house, so you don't need to park on the Mt. Bierstadt side.

hiking
2 months ago

Great simple hike. The trail is in and out of light snow. I had micro spikes on but they were not necessary. The trail was half wet/muddy, half dry. Some deeper drifts, avoidable if you skip the upper lake but as long as it's cold, post holing would be unlikely. Snow is still shallow and sparse enough to summit Square Top Mountain as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views of Bierstadt, Sawtooth and Evans group, as well as Sawatch Range far away to the south-west. Hiked on Sunday, September 23, 2018, met no more that 25 people along the trail, while crowds were going up and down Bierstadt.
Near the upper lake the trail branches and continues additional for 1.5 miles with a steep elevation gain of 1,500' to the summit of the Square Top Mtn. - almost a Fourteener at 13,754'. That part is quite strenuous. Even greater views from the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great hike. Definitely ignore the parking on Guanella Pass and drive all the way to the top parking lot. We got there at 9:00 on a Saturday and there were still spots left. The hike took about 2.5 hours down and back. By the time we left, the area was PACKED. Start early.

4 months ago

Easy hike in 4 hours sleep and shitty knees

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great hike! I’m fairly positive it was more around 5 miles but we didn’t mind. It’s out in the open with no trees so make sure you wear sunscreen and bring lots of water! Elevation will get ya if you aren’t used to it.

4 months ago

This was a great hike!! Highly recommend it! Beware of sun because it is wide open with no shade. Trail head is not clearly marked from the road. Although, South Park 600 and Mt. Bierstadt trails both begin at the top of Guanella Pass. There are outhouses located at both trail heads. They were very clean and lots of toilet paper. Second Lake is worth the extra steps. Total is about 4.9 miles round trip.

5 months ago

I gave it four stars instead of five because I didn’t see many flowers. I’m relatively new to hiking and would say it was a moderate hike with a steady climb but not too steep. Our dog loved the little streams and the lake. Very open - no shade so it was warm at times.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike to take visitors too because the views are epic and it’s only an hour from Denver! Wildflowers, big mountain view’s of Bierdstadt and Evans and a mountain lake that’s warm enough to hop in!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, fairly easy trail with some great views, and the lakes are worth it. Got there a little before 8am on a weekday and pretty much had the trail to myself for the most part, a little busier on the way out. Tried to go a bit further on up towards Square Top Mountain, but the trail gets pretty faint after it breaks off so didn’t try too far. Would recommend!

hiking
5 months ago

Got to the parking lot at 8:30am and had no trouble finding parking. The trail was fairly empty, a lot more people coming in as we were heading back around 11am.

Highly recommend for a lake hike without a lot of people.

hiking
5 months ago

Took my 6 Year Old daughter yesterday for an after work hike. Spent about 3 hours exploring. Very easy hike for kids if they are used to getting out for longer periods of time. Tell them you're searching for gold and silver. Trail was pretty dead at about 3:45pm and will definitely do again.

5 months ago

Gorgeous!

hiking
5 months ago

First hike since moving to Denver and it really was an excellent way to begin. The wild flowers were amazing and their were many spots to take in fantastic views. Fair hike with my wife and friend. Highly suggest for a day trip.

hiking
5 months ago

extremely beautiful and nothing like i’ve seen before. i loved the plentiful wildflowers. can be challenging at some points. we only made it to the first lake as it started to rain, but it was very pretty. i was surprised at how many people there were up near the parking lot for a Tuesday in the late morning. all in all, a very great experience and good exercise.

hiking
6 months ago

Agree it’s a longer hike then stated. Easy start at a “high point” from trail head off Guanella Pass road. Loved the wildflowers and beautiful high mountain lakes. You will walk through high brush (3’ ish) on a few narrow sections-some individuals may want to have shoulders/arms covered. Enjoyed a taste of “watermelon” snow. Hiked with pups and tween/teen kiddos made it to 13er of SquareTop and rewarded with beautiful above tree line views that went on for miles. Looked down on SilverLake trail. Trail to peaks has a few cairns, but mind your path and keep your wits to make it to the top. No technical spots to reach top. Went during the week no problems parking, but encountered a large group coming down as we were going in at late morning and several hikers on way out in late afternoon. Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

RT is closer to 4.8 miles. AllTrails consistently underestimates most hikes. That said, it's a relatively modest hike above the treeline that offers up two alpine lakes, with a mountain backdrop and beautiful wildflowers along the way. Some will find it easy, others hard, depending on acclimation to elevation and your fitness level.

The best viewings of flowers occurred along the far side of the second lake.

We hiked Saturday and lucked into a parking place next to the trailhead around 8:30 am. If parking lot is full, spots are available along the road.

hiking
6 months ago

10/10! The wildflowers were absolutely phenomenal, best this Colorado girl has ever seen! The hike had an epic trifecta of wildflowers, streams and alpine vistas with an undulating trail - not straight up or downhill. Just the right amount of challenge. The lakes were really nice too.

6 months ago

1.9 miles to the lower lake, a few hundred feet of gain. Then you can journey on to the upper lake or summit Square Top Mountain (13,806’). The wildflowers were at peak this weekend! Beautiful and peaceful spot. Keep in mind that the trailhead parking is shared with people hiking Mt Bierstadt (Fourteener) so either get there super early, or go late afternoon to get a spot from someone coming off the peak.

6 months ago

As far as mountain lake hikes go, this was pretty unexciting. However, the wildflowers, as mentioned, are out of this world right now! It is also right next to the Square Top Mountain summit trail if you want to bag a fairly quick 13er. Great views of Bierstadt and surrounding mountains behind Square Top.

So many wildflowers today. The entire trail is exposed bring lots of sun block. Great short hike and not much elevation gain but when it does it is steep and loose in places. Awesome view of Beirdstadt.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers and not that many hikers! The pup loved it!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail with good views. We didn't see a single person until we were on our way down (started up at 8am). Plenty of parking.

hiking
7 months ago

I went this morning - lots of varities of wildflowers everywhere! Beautiful views all around. Unfortunately, I didn't make it all the way to the lakes because the clouds moved in and there was lightning (around 8:30am).

7 months ago

Such a beautiful trail. I was honestly stunned by the beauty and wild flowers. toward the first lake it was super windy, but worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike with beautiful wildflowers, lakes and streams. Not too far from Denver and right outside Georgetown. Definitely a must stop!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful Hike! We got an early start and took our time. Some water streams that you step on rocks to cross.
Some snow packs that are easy to cross with hiking pokes.
Gorgeous views!!!
We watched marmonts wrestle! So entertaining :)
Had lunch staring at both of the lakes. It’s worth climbing up there for sure.
However, the 4.1miles as it describes in this trail description is incorrect. It’s more like 6 miles.

7 months ago

Awesome hike. I got a super early start and didn’t run into anyone until in was headed back down, I went on a Sunday morning. There are some spots of wet and muddy areas that you can rock hop across, just take your time. I would bring an extra pair of shoes and socks just in case. If you go early enough, the ground is still pretty frozen, but once that sun hits everything starts thawing. Awesome views, i saw a baby moose and it’s Mom. Great little hike overall.

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect hike for someone who loves sweeping views and hates ledges (like me). There were 3 or 4 snowfields to cross, but we did fine shuffling carefully in trail-running shoes. No boots or poles needed. Fantastic views of Mt. Bierstadt, two little but beautiful lakes, and the mountains to the south. Highly recommend if you're in the Guanella Pass area and have a few hours.

7 months ago

Nice hike up to alpine lakes. Wildflowers on the way. Several snowfields to cross with some post-holing.

hiking
7 months ago

An above tree line hike that starts at the top of Guanella Pass and meanders to two alpine lakes with the option of continuing on to summit Square Top mountain. The trail has a few remaining patches of snow, but traction or snowshoes were not necessary at this point. Mud is a thing. You will be graced with continuous views of Mount Bierstadt and Evans back across the pass, and eventual views of the range to the south. Wildflowers are just starting to peek out. Overall, we were surprised at how warm it was for the hike, so be ready to shed layers and pack sunscreen.

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