Timberline Lake Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews
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Timberline Lake Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leadville, 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
875 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snowshoeing
4 months 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
5 months 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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!

6 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
7 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.

8 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.

8 months ago

Take your time and enjoy the beauty - great hike!

hiking
8 months ago

A fairly easy hike, with a great payoff. Definitely bring some bug spray.

9 months ago

Great hike for a family! (As long as you are in ok shape) Make sure to take your bug spray and watch the weather report. We were there 7-17-17. We took our 6yr old and 3yr old. Just make sure to hold hands on the incline and be ready to take breaks. The view and lake were totally worth it.

9 months ago

Tons of bugs on this trail. Mosquitos were horrendous and so were the flies. Even at the lake they were everywhere. Couldn't sit down and enjoy the scenery or you'd be eaten alive. Also it was super muddy and had to cross the streams - knee deep water. So you were either taking your shoes off or you were walking in wet shoes. Try in aug or sept and hopefully the water will be lower. Bring bug spray.

hiking
10 months ago

great hike but be warned. with the snow melt right now the creek crossings are fairly serious and the top half of the trail is wet from run off. no way to stay dry on this one.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice short hike up to a beautiful lake. Had to cross through several areas of high and sometimes rushing water so be prepared for wet boots

hiking
10 months ago

It's amazing how much snow melted in 2 days of warm weather! Trail was easy to follow since most of the snow melted. Unfortunately it made it too dangerous (for my liking) to cross the river just before reaching the lake. Water was rapidly moving and just over-the-knee deep- and I'm 6ft tall. If you're up for getting a little wet and your sure on your feet in high rapids, you'll be fine. Otherwise the hike was easy with pretty views. Definitely going back in a couple weeks to make it to the lake!

hiking
10 months ago

June 8, 2017. Lost the trail several times to the snow followed the Lake Fork Creek up to timberline lake which was 3/4 frozen still fished it for a couple hours no luck several creek crossings that were a little difficult

hiking
10 months ago

I would rate this hike as moderate vs easy but that could be because all of the snow covering the trail. It was a great hike with beautiful scenery. I would recommend recording in the app because it was easy to lose track of the trail due to the snow. The majority of the lake was frozen but it was worth the hike. Two water crossings but neither were difficult to cross.

10 months ago

BEAUTIFUL frozen lake. Gorgeous mountains. The majority of the trail was snow so our feet were sopping wet but totally worth it if you're up for the cold!

Monday, September 26, 2016

No fall color, but it has a nice lake!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

If you are looking to fish the timberline lake just know it is flies only, catch and release. Beautiful lake.

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We've hiked this trail twice - August 2015 and Sept 2016. The August hike was green and filled with wildflowers, and Timberline Lake itself is quite scenic. We passed through a few marshy spots in addition to creek crossings. This September felt like such a different hike -- too late for wildflowers but pretty fall-colored ground cover. The trees are mostly evergreen, so no Aspen yellow but still pretty. Our group rated the trail easy to moderate, depending on fitness level.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Definitely worth the climb. Can be a little tougher for those not accustomed to hiking. But the end result is worth it!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Amazing views, easy to get to, a nice little walk through the woods

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nice trail, pretty lake. Good hike for families. The lake is a perfect place for a family picnic.

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

The trail seemed long going thru the forest. At least the hike wasn't steep. The lake was big and don't know why it was only catch and release fly fishing.

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great hike, definitely moderate at times. Two water crossings, but not difficult. I hiked in the afternoon, and didn't see any animals. Early morning and evenings are best for that. Mosquitos are an issue in certain areas.

When you arrive at the parking area there are no clear signs as to where the trail starts (there are several trail heads here. When facing the information board the trail is to the left (west), when you cross the bridge stay to the right there is a trailhead marker ahead.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

This is a nice little hike, it's mostly easy with one steep incline that is pretty short. The trail around the northern part of the lake got lost on me, I would be on the trail and then all of a sudden there was little to no trail. I didn't really like not having an obvious trail to get all the way around the lake with. The trial to the lake is great. I saw a few people out there, but not really not that many.

backpacking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Such a great hike-- make it a backpacking trip. The camping at the lake is phenomenal! No snow on the hike, but be prepared for water.

Monday, July 04, 2016

There's a pretty mountain lake at the end of the hike. Two stream crossings. One is pretty big and requires removing boots. The water was up to my knees. 2 years ago, we had to hold our packs over our heads.

camping
Monday, June 13, 2016

Great Hike, very beautiful, hardly any people on the trail. We got lost because the last 1/2 mile is snowed almost knee deep in some place, also had to cross 2 creeks knee high. Made it to the lake and majority is still frozen, couldn't find any place to camp near the lake due to the snow and wetness of the ground. But ended up camping 1/2mile from our car since it was warmer and dryer, still a little chilly. It really is a great hike, not too bad, great views and I've been here in the summer when everything is thawed and it's breathtaking. Would recommend it! Check out the map in this app to see what creeks you need to cross so bring an extra dry clothes.

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We went up on Memorial Day and competed with snow banks that were hip height in some spots, but bare dirt in others. The snow took this trail from moderate to hard. Hairy stream crossings, but all were doable with the right shoes (and extra socks packed). Encountered only a few people on the hike. Would love to see this place when its completely thawed!

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