Timberline Lake Trail

EASY 74 reviews

Timberline Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leadville, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snowshoeing
16 days ago

We snowshoed this trail on 11/25/17. The hike is pleasant and protected from wind most of the time and the lake at the top is beautiful, although windy.

The trail had some snow and snowshoes were welcome (especially downhill), but if it were more packed you could potentially just hike in with boots. We followed other people’s tracks most of the way, but had to do a little GPS navigating when their tracks ran out near the top. Once we found the trail it’s pretty clear where to hike because it’s more cleared than the rest of the forest.

Note that the Turquoise Lake road to the trailhead is not plowed, so depending on the amount of snow present or temperatures or vehicle type could affect whether you’re able to drive to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Went on 10/28/17. Trail was snow packed with a couple of inches the entire way but was easy to follow. A simple hike with a nice lake at the end. Take a water dog if you got one. Fall is best - no mud and no bugs.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really great trail with a perfect alpine lake at the end. When you hit the steep incline you’re almost there.

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful clear late summer day with good friends, gold Aspens dotting the surrounding mountainsides and the constant music of a running creek along the well defined path. A moderately demanding hike for 60 something's amateurs trying out their new hiking shoes! The pristine 30-40 acre lake at the end of the trail made it more than worthwhile! Round trip was 3 hrs and 30 mins with lots of stops for water and photos along the way!

2 months ago

I would rate this trail as moderate. Right amount of sun and shade. Pretty steep right before you get to the lake. There is a nice stream crossing. The trail is very wide in most places. The lake is very large and is worth the hike. The drive up to the trailhead was very scenic since you go past Turquoise Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I'd rate this trail moderate, because of all the loose, rolling rock, the steep incline at the last half mile, and the creek crossings, which are deep during runoff season. Otherwise, this a peaceful forest hike and the lake at the end is beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
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fly fishing
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hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

My family went up this trail on 8/4/17 and it was great. My kids are 7, 9, and 11, and they handled it well. Make sure you spray well for bugs. Don't be afraid to step off the trail when you hear rushing water, you'll find some great waterfalls. The trail gets steep for the last 2/3 of a mile but the lake up top is worth the effort. Me and the boys even took a quick dip, key word is quick.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Take your time and enjoy the beauty - great hike!