Sprague Lake Trail

EASY 124 reviews
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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
42 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

no dogs

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.

walking
19 days ago

Beautiful lake, especially when snow-covered! Trail is wheelchair-accessible and really nice for a short walk

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1 month ago

Sprague Lake is a wonderful short loop hike best done during sunrise. In the early morning you can catch the alpenglow of the continental divide reflected off the still water. We saw lots of Elk and heard the Bull Bugle across the lake. Moose have frequented the lake but we missed out. But we did catch a glimpse of a river otter.

Pretty around the lake

1 month ago

Super easy flat trail around a very pretty Lake. Good one for beginners or to get used to the elevation of RMNP. Nice picnic area.

hiking
1 month ago

Very approachable loop trail in RMNP. Especially good for showing less-agile friends and family the real draw of the Rocky Mountains.

1 month ago

Get trail for kids easy, fun, lots to see!

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2 months ago

Not really a "hike", but beautiful nonetheless. Great place to catch the sunrise. Moose in the lake on Sunday morning.

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2 months ago

Very easy trail
Great views
Short but branch off to other trails