Timber Lake Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Timber Lake Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Lake, 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 September.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2831 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Timber Lake Trail passes through forests and meadows to reach the open area at Timber Lake. Timber Lake is located 4.8 miles from the Timber Creek Trailhead on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. It shares a large, level basin with two adjacent ponds beneath Mt Ida. A well-cut trail leads through diverse forests and luxuriant meadows where moose and elk sightings are common. Visitors will enjoy excellent fishing and room to explore this idyllic alpine lake setting.

hiking
7 days ago

Saw the bear within half mile of starting the trail. He was a big guy but wanted nothing to do with us once we gave him the right away. Scenery in here beautiful and lots of sign of elk.
The landslide area was definitely not stable. We heard lots of popping and snapping noises. We peeked around area they just fixed up and saw whole trees moving! Then we went back to trail that went above landslide area. Very steep but got up it. As we were standing above landslide area heard more popping and snapping. Saw 100 ft trees swaying and then whole group of them went down the mountain. The entire hill was very unstable! We decided to turn around as we didn't want to be in the middle of this. Sounds of those big trees snapping for the 20 mins we were in area will stay with me.

hiking
10 days ago

We observed several elk along the trail, sometimes they were a little close for comfort. The trail itself was great, but remember to take lots of water as this trail has about the first 1.5 miles up steep grades.

The best part was approx .25 MI after the landslide we did observe a black bear (again... a little close for comfort). It was coming down a hill right toward the trail. It stopped once it saw us, and after watching us for a minute it took off back up the hill. I'd say it was about 30-50 yards in front of us with little trees separating our view.

It's an awesome trail. I highly recommend. Just make sure you take the appropriate gear as I'd say it's more difficult than the app suggests.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing hike with steady but very manageable incline through beautiful forest with river flowing alongside and nearby until you get to high elevation open meadows followed by the beautiful lake at the top is so worth it. There was a detour because of a landslide last year but now the trail has been repaired and goes through all the downed trees and was a little bit tricky but not too bad. Still quite a bit of snow at the top making the last bit to the lake slower. Lots of runoff on the trail. Highly recommend!!

29 days ago

As of 5/30, I'll have to give this hike two stars. The views at the end look amazing from other's pictures, but unfortunately when hiked today we were unable to reach the lake due to snow. About 1.5 miles from the lake, the snow becomes deep and covers the trail. Perhaps possible to find your way, but we had another commitment and simply didn't have the time.

NOTE: the first ~1mile of the hike is all uphill, but it does flatten out eventually. The landslide causes some real difficulties, so make sure to pay attention to the signage that marks the bypass trail. My group didn't see the sign and really struggled to find our way, although we took the bypass trail on the way back and it is still quite difficult to get around the landslide. I would rate this hike as hard due to both the landslide and snow in our case.

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1 month ago

This was a tough hike for my wife and I. It was our 1st hike on our trip to the rmnp. The hike is mainly in the woods so there aren't many views until you reach the lake. It is beautiful once you arrive at the lake though. Bring lots of water and a lunch and enjoy the scenery. We did this hike in Aug 2016.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome trail!! New favorite!! Sign at trailhead says 5.3 to lake. Detour was definitely most strenuous part. We completed trail in 6 hrs 45 minutes with 45 minute stop at lake for lunch. A must-do trail!! Don't miss this one!!

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11 months ago

This a great lightly trafficked hike up to Timber Lake, which is at 11,040 ft. The detour is definitely the hardest part. The rest of the trail would be considered moderately difficult, but the detour is hard, so take that into consideration before heading up. It took us 7 hours out and back, but we spent at least an hour at the top sitting around the lake. Note: there is a hidden lake right beyond Timber Lake that was, as of this July, surrounded by a good deal of snow! If you like peaceful, challenging (but not terribly so), and beautiful hikes then this one is for you. Also, there are absolutely no tourists on this trail, unlike many of the lake hikes on the east side of RMNP.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Good hike..

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Monday, September 28, 2015

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

The trail is actually 5.3 out and back but this is probably because of the rock slide. Very beautiful- there is an incredible meadow that leads into timber lake and it is surrounded by a glacier and wildflowers during the brief 6 week growing season. The rock slide is very rugged and the provided detour requires one to scramble up for about a quarter mile and then scramble back down for another 1/4 mile. It is kind of tough but also fun and completely worth it. Just don't start this trail at 6pm like we did!

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

Beautiful trail on the west side of RMNP. Trail starts out in a aspen and pin forest that opens up to a scenic alpine valley that is surrounded by mountains. The lake is clear and has excellent fishing. Trail had a landslide about 2.5 miles in that had to be hiked around. But still worth the trip.