Sprague Lake Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 32 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Easy half-mile walk around Sprague Lake (elevation 8,700 feet). Even has benches to sit and reflect from or watch fisherman catch fish. Great views all around of surrounding peaks and the Continental Divide at the far end of the lake, which also has large boulders, great for climbing. Boardwalks and bridges have been built over the marshy western side of the lake to take you back to the parking lot. Shallow, 13-acre lake was part of a resort once owned by Abner Sprague, an expert guide and host. Just before Rocky Mountain National Park was established in 1915, Sprague dammed the far end to create better fishing for his lodge guests.

6 hours ago

Pretty and Easy trail.

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18 hours ago

Trail had some muddy spots from the lake surge from snow melt; but a very easy walk at elevation. Gorgeous reflections on a clear day! Third trip today- elk all three times, today a momma and calf moose playing in the water! Go early!

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2 months ago

Easy. Gorgeous. Saw fish in creek and perfect spot to view mountains across lake.

3 months ago

Easy beginner hike!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

I love this trail. I’ve walked it three times now. I am severely over weight and out of shape and Even with the ice and snow I completed the walk in less than an hour. As long as you follow the tracks you should be mostly fine. I did step in snow up to my knee twice. However, I highly recommend spikes on your shoes for this time of year. The rest of the year the trail is easy to follow and very comfortable with a good chance at seeing local wildlife.

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washed out
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Today the walk was a bit icy. Most used sticks or spikes. We did fine with hiking boots.

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4 months ago

Easy hike, fairly crowded on a holiday weekend. Great views of Hallett peak.

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4 months ago

Fun little trail we choose because it's a more open lake for moonlight hike and fire rings at the trail head. not as much snow as hoped to encounter. As with all RMNP designated trails, the snow is packed and icy from the large number of users. Crampons are an optional help, if needed. We had clear skies, 15°F temps, high sustained winds and -15 wind chill. Good little hike as warm up to Bear Lake Hike/Snowshoeing

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5 months ago

This was a great winter walk with my in-laws. The trail was packed snow and fine with regular hiking shoes though walking sticks were helpful for the more elderly among us. Beautiful views of the mountains over the snow covered lake.

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

This trail is great for all ages. It is a super quick walk around the lake that has beautiful mountain views. There are a few benches along the way to sit and take in the beauty of the National Park. Great way to get in a hike if you don’t have a lot of time. There was some ice on the trail today and it was very windy. My kids and I had an amazing time.

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

Wonderful walk, took us about 30 min. There was a lot of snow but it was still beautiful, and quick enough that we could handle the snow. Super easy hike, great for all ages and skill levels.

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7 months ago

Super easy, flat, short hike with still breathtaking views. Highly recommend, even for those who are skeptical of hiking. Parking lot close by and clearly defined trail make this a perfect short hike.

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icy
7 months ago

Great short easy hike! Very icy in spots. 10/26/2019

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7 months ago

Easy but good. Short

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7 months ago

We took the long way, coming in from the backside of the lake. We started at the YMCA and hiked near Glacier Creek and alongside the campgrounds. It was a great hike. Some early high gains, but it leveled off after a half mile or so. It is about 3 miles up, so be ready, but it’s in the woods most of the way. Some clearings for a good view and mountain across the valley is beautiful. The trail is tough early due to gains and horses, but the other 2/3 had good terrain for any speed/pace.

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7 months ago

Amazing views of the mountains from the east side of the lake. Very easy hike but awesome views. Nice picnic area near the parking lot as well.

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snow
7 months ago

First snow of 2019. Still easily accessible, beautiful scenery.

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7 months ago

First snow of 2019. Still easily accessible, beautiful scenery.

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8 months ago

We did the loop one evening around sunset. Found places moose had been coming in and out of and sat and waited. 5 minutes passed and a moose came out of nowhere! So beautiful. Easy. Popular. Lots of people.

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