Turquoise Lakes Trail

HARD 16 reviews
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Turquoise Lakes Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avon, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2952 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

A nice mountain hike along Beaver Creek to the trout filled Turquoise Lakes. After Beverl Lake, the trail narrows to a singletrack back country trail unlike the wider pack trail in to Beaver Lake. While this leg of the trip rises another 1500 feet, it does so over a 4 miles as opposed to 3. This makes for a pretty gentle grade for most of the rest of the trek. There are a few steep points here and there however. There are many stream crossings to make along the trail. None are quite as violent as the stream crossing below beaver lake, so there are no large bridges. Careful foot work and the help of logs will get you by high and dry. After winding through the pines you will come to large meadow. Back into the trees again, the next clearing will be at Lower Turquoise Lake. Continue further along the sometimes hard to follow trail and you will find Upper Turquoise. You may return on the same trail or climb Grouse Mountain and leave via West Grouse Creek or explore more of the Holy Cross Wilderness.

hiking
1 day ago

This is a beautiful trail, very peaceful and lightly trafficked. However, keep in mind that it's wilderness, so signage is minimal and there are 12 or so trees down across the trail. All could be managed by going under, over or around. Take a good topo map, because it's not always "intuitive" as the Vail Hiker book says. The lower Turquoise Lake was small and required crossing a very skinny log over the rocky creek bed. We were fortunate to have a cool day, but the plants were very damp with rain and dew an as a result, so were my socks and shoes. Glad I had packed extras. There was no snow left as of July 14.

hiking
15 days ago

Any update on snow cover on this trail :)?

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, the upper two lakes are still almost entirely covered with ice and snow. Took a bit longer because the trail was seldom visible under the snow once you get a little past beaver lake. I plan to do the trip again after the snow melt.

3 months ago

camping
5 months ago

11 months ago

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Great hike with a beautiful payoff at the end. Out and back was a full day and my knees were pretty shot by the time we got back. Would like to camp overnight next time.

camping
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

birding
Friday, August 28, 2015

Well worth the trip to see the pristine lake, beautiful meadows of flowers and snow. Experienced some sleeting on the way back so be prepared for anything. (July)

hiking
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Great hike. And you can go over the pass to fancy lake to make a loop of your not looking for an out and back

hiking
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

One mile uphill to the crystal clear lake and water falls, with beautiful canyon and rocky mountain vistas. We hike this trail every time we travel to Colorado. Medium to easy hike.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Great workout trail. Fun to camp then bike.

hiking
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Great mountain biking trail. Definitely difficult.

hiking
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Beautiful hike! The upper lake surrounded by the Rocky Mountain is a site to behold!

hiking
Tuesday, July 02, 2013