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

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
20 hours ago

Not really a hike, but still worth the short walk around the lake for the amazing views. We got some great photos of three moose taking a stroll through the lake during our walk on June 27, 2018.

27 days ago

Awesome, family friendly hike! Got there around 830a on Sunday morning and had parking / not too many people / enjoyed breakfast on the lake watching the birds and the ducks! Very nice walking path!

walking
1 month ago

This is not a real hike. Good for those with little kids. I went super early to catch the sunrise and ended up seeing two moose (cow and calf). That was amazing, but before that I ran into a loud and obnoxious group of college kids there for the "gram". That was very annoying. If you go be respectful of the stillness especially in the early morning hours.

1 month ago

Great trail for any age, well maintained & beautiful views of mountains!

1 month ago

nice view of mts. But ,don't bother , overcrowded , man made lake, murkey, little or no fish , flies when u try to eat. lots of ppl. very nice view of mountains though.

2 months ago

Easy beautiful heavy populated trail

2 months ago

Simple easy stroll. Saw a moose mom with her twins.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy “stroll” around the lake, very flat, great for young families, wheelchairs. The walk around the lake was just spectacular, calm day when I went and the mirror reflection of the peaks in the lake is something I’ll never forget. Nice that there is a trail for “everyone” so they can enjoy the beauties of nature, too. Saw lots of young families and elderly in wheelchairs. Glad I took the time to do this extremely easy walk, almost passed on it because eager to do the more strenuous hikes. Highly recommend because of its pure natural beauty! We were there July 2018.

walking
2 months ago

A pleasant stroll on a flat, wide path around a beautiful lake. Apparently we were about 3 minutes too late to see a bear. bummer. We extended the hike soon the trail to Glacier campground and saw a couple of deer, though. This is not a place to get away from people, but at least early in the morning (6:30 ish) it was still fairly quiet.

hiking
2 months ago

We came on July 11 Wednesday at 5am. It was dark and we were the 3rd car parked in the lot. Used flashlights for about 10 min until first light. Sat for a while and watched the sunrise. As we were coming to end of the loop around the lake we spotted 2 moose walk right across the trail into the lake. As we were watching them, we saw a mama elk and her baby come into the lake from the other side. We watched all that for about 20 min until the moose made there way to the other side of the lake. As we were leaving we saw multiple deer on our drive out of the park. The lake was nice but the wildlife and views at sunrise were amazing.

3 months ago

beautiful lil stroll

3 months ago

Short and sweet

walking
3 months ago

Fun trail - serves as a good warm-up hike. A moose came from the marshy area south of the lake and proceeded to go in the lake to eat on 7/11/18.

walking
3 months ago

Great trail around a beautiful lake!! We saw moose, fish, small rodents and all sorts of cute ducks. It’s a quick and relaxing trail that allows you to take some beautiful mountain photos. I highly recommend to pop in for the .6 quick walk. There are also numerous tables to enjoy a nice snack or lunch.

hiking
3 months ago

It is a very small lake but a great spot to eat and go to the bathroom. The lake is beautiful with the mountains in the background. It is extremely flat so it would be very doable for all ages. I don’t know if it is worth venturing out to but it is on your way to a lot of other hikes so it is nice to stop there and look around.

3 months ago

Basically, an easy way to find a beautiful view. The TH is right there though so def not a hike. A great place to take photos, and see some wild life in the early morning

hiking
3 months ago

I'm shock that this does not have higher score! Sure, this isn't really a "hike", but the view from the mountain is gorgeous. It is a great spot for sunset, and you can have dinner before that at the tables. There is also a good amount of wild life, mainly birds but sometimes biggest animals too. Why eat at the campground when you can have this?!

3 months ago

Easy, nice flat walk with our baby and grandparents.

4 months ago

A nice stroll and beautiful scene, but it was very busy.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy walk around the lake. Beautiful view of Halletts Peak. We went in the late afternoon, and there were a lot of fly fishermen. It was cool to see!

4 months ago

Super easy level trail. Good for taking a toddler on. Beautiful views. Lots of good photo ops. Easy parking.

hiking
4 months ago

A very easy trail. Easy parking. Lots of ducks and great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy trail with amazing views and lots of nature surrounding it. Saw several elk and tons of ducks, also great for fishing. Not a lot of people on the trail, so you’ll have plenty of time to yourself!

4 months ago

Simple hike with amazing views

4 months ago

5/23. Nice easy walk around the lake. Saw a couple of elk. Great place for a picnic.

walking
5 months ago

Well maintained, handicapped accessible trail around the lake. We were fortunate to locate parking since this is a very busy place! Also a good area to refill your water bottles and wind down on the way back from Bierstadt Lake Trail!

I walked this trail in December and again today. The amount of scenery surrounding this trail is amazing no matter the season!

5 months ago

Perfect hike for anyone.

6 months ago

An easy, pretty trail. I particularly enjoyed the wildflowers around the lake.

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