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Three Lakes Trail

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Three Lakes Trail is a 3.4 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.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 515 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful little loop trail with great views throughout, but we missed the bright colors by a couple weeks. All three lakes had beautiful landscapes and the backdrop of the Elks to the northeast led to some great panoramas. The trail itself is well marked and not difficult. We hiked the loop counter clockwise; the approach to Dollar Lake would be much steeper if done the other direction. Definitely would do again, especially in the summer to fall with wildflowers and aspens still in color.

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rocky
1 month ago

Easy and busy hike, but totally worth the views! The trail was a little hard to follow when going around lost lake, but well marked other than that. The hike down from Dollar lake back to Lost Lake Slough was very rocky, but a beautiful trail through an aspen grove! This was my favorite part of the hike

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rocky
1 month ago

Gorgeous views of the Rockies as well as the three lakes. Dollar Lake was definitely our favorite, looks like a great spot to camp. The majority of the hike is thru Aspens which was spectacular at this time of year; orange & yellow and thick old trunks as far as the eye can see. Can be pretty rocky at points, there’s also a waterfall. 4.5/5 stars!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike with 3 beautiful lakes. Not difficult at all.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with great views. Not too difficult. Went counter clockwise around Lost Lake and could not find a trail once we hit the campsite so we turned back to the main trail intersection to continue. Still beautiful views and an easy detour. No bugs for us. Went part way up (mostly downhill) Beckwith Pass trail then turned around and came back to parking lot. My GPS clocked total 5 mi. Should be able to take kids on this trail without problems.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. Me, wife and toddler hiked from the slough to Lost Lake proper and back without any problems. The fishing there is great. I caught (catch and release) rainbows with almost every cast. The views are very nice. In years prior, I had hiked to the base of the old cinder cone and had very good views. It was a difficult hike. In closing, I love this area and will go back again.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning hike!! Go counterclockwise for gentle climb & steep downhill to end hike. Trail starts at campsite #19 in Horse Campground. Amazing views all along hike. Road is very good, any passenger car can make it. Three high alpine lakes & waterfall, well worth the drive!!!

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bugs
over grown
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views for not a lot of physical effort. Easy trail, beautiful lakes and wildflowers.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

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bugs
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Worth the drive to this gorgeous trail. We trekked counter clockwise so the incline was much more gradual. Lost Lake was pretty quiet, and absolutely stunning. We then crossed the river at the log dam and continued on to Dollar Lake. (The log dam is easily crossed.). Dollar Lake was FULL of brookies so bring a pole or two. This is a great place to have a snack before heading on. The trail down to Lost Lake Slough was fairly steep and rocky, but the views along the way were outstanding. Overall, this 3.4 mile trek is good for families with kids over about seven years old. We took our dog and she did just fine as well.

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muddy
snow
4 months ago

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muddy
snow
4 months ago

Great shady hike worth the drive. There is still some snow pack on the way up to Dollar lake and on the way down to the middle lake. Still a great hike and worth walking through the snow. The wildflowers are late coming out this year due to late snow.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike! On the easier side of moderate and I clocked it closer to 3 miles, including all the lakes, but still super enjoyable! Beautiful views. Pretty muddy and snowpacked right now but was fine in regular hiking boots. Went on a Saturday and only saw one other person on the trail.

Tue Oct 02 2018

This hike was so beautiful, the first but is steep but the rest is pretty easy. Each lake was beautiful and so was the overlook and waterfall. I will definitely do this again

Sun Sep 30 2018

The fall colors are beautiful right now. Great, family-friendly hike

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Sat Sep 29 2018

Will definitely do again! Outstanding views!

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Sat Sep 01 2018

My dog and I drove up for a day hike and spent the night next to Lost Lake Slough. It is an easy loop route around all three lakes and there is a nice spot for camping on the shore of Lost Lake Slough.

hiking
Fri Aug 03 2018

I really liked this trail. We were on it by 8:30 on a Friday and had it to ourselves. Beautiful area. Peaceful without people around.

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