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Three Lakes Trail

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Three Lakes Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Somerset, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles
679 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



fly fishing


nature trips

scenic driving

trail running





wild flowers


A spectacular trail with a new wow around every bend. This is an amazing trail,one that is well worth the trip to its remote location. This trail is packed full of beauty and excitement, and is only moderately difficult hike. In this hike you will visit three beautiful alpine lakes, see many different types of wildflowers (in season), view dramatic mountain ranges, and enjoy thundering waterfalls. You will encounter ever changing plant life. The trail alternates between wildflower meadows, aspen forest, and fir and spruce. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. It has a good tread way, and an average 8% slope. The trailhead is located in a pretty remote part of Colorado so why not consider camping here. The Lost Lake campground is one of the most scenic in Colorado. There is also plenty of free dispersed camping off Kebler Pass or forest road 706 on the way to Lost Lake. This area does charge a day use fee of $3. There are restrooms, water, and parking available at the trailhead. Dogs are allowed on a leash, or under direct voice command. Horses allowed on the trail, but no motorized vehicles are allowed. The trail has an elevation gain of around 500ft. The trail signage indicates 3 miles round-trip. The 4.5 miles shown here includes hiking around lost lake, the side trip to Dollar Lake, side trip to the falls, and completing the loop between trailheads (via the road) The forest service indicates this trail is only open June - November. Be sure you call and make sure the area is open before driving to the trail.

1 day ago

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4 days ago

I went on a hiking palooza, and went to Zion, Arches, and few other hikes in Colorado and Utah, and this trail was my favorite. You can hear an enormous waterfall from the start of the trail, and each Lake is GORGEOUS. The lookouts are breathtaking, and walking through the rivers and streams is both challenging and exciting. I love this trail, and camping here is great too. If you like spectacular views and aren't afraid of water, this is the hike for you.

4 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. The lakes are beautiful, especially dollar lake cause it had an emerald color. Went in late June and the creeks were full and flowing. The view of the mountains was one of the prettiest views I've seen. Definitely recommend

4 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Went in June and almost all the snow was melted and the lakes were full. Lots of shady spots for hot days. Definitely go to all three lakes and the water fall!

8 days ago

15 days ago

This trail still has a decent amount of snow on it. The most snow was between The Falls and Dollar lake. There were a couple of times that you had to guess where the trail was. If you are starting the loop from the east and are going up to Dollar lake you really don't hit the snow until you're about 0.2 miles from the lake. The views were gorgeous and well worth the hike through the snow.

17 days ago

So beautiful! Went in June and there was still some snow but not enough to ruin it!

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10 months ago

Gorgeous! Especially dollar lake. Short, easy hike and easily accessible by any type of car.