Waterdog Lake Trail

HARD 6 reviews
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Waterdog Lake Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

lake

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Prepare for a solid 2 miles of steep uphill hiking! We took quite a few short breaks throughout this part of the hike to make it more bearable. You hike through some gorgeous Aspens, which helps you forget that you're climbing straight uphill. After the Aspens, you come out into a meadow with beautiful wild flowers and a spectacular view of the mountains. Great place to reenergize yourself for the rest of the hike. The last few miles are still pretty difficult in that it's mostly uphill, though it's not as steep in most parts and there's more even hiking along the way to give your legs a bit of a break. Again lots a beautiful scenery though this. We reached the lake in about 2hrs45mins. Once we got there, we ate lunch and rested about an hour before beginning the journey back down. We really enjoyed the hike and would highly recommend it!

9 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This is one of our favorite "local" trails, but it is very strenuous. The trail starts off climbing and does not relent for a while. Be sure to park at the water treatment plant, walk up the road toward a private residence, then turn right to access the trail. The views are spectacular along the way. Visit this trail during the winter to do some snow shoeing if you are up for a challenge.

hiking
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Last hike with my Dad

hiking
Monday, October 01, 2012

I'm going back a year on rating this - sorry! Hike is a bit steep at times, but easy enough with a good walking stick or trekking poles. Lovely aspen groves, well maintained trails and periodic bowls with wonderful vistas of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The lake is so beautiful with a small cabin at one end. I highly recommend this hike.