Waterdog Lakes Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews

Waterdog Lakes Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salida, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, fishing, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until September.

3.0 miles 1184 feet Out & Back

fishing

hiking

snowshoeing

rocky

Some sites list this trail as easy, but it is very rocky and steep in some places, plus being above 10,000 ft to treeline, I give it a moderate to demanding status. Definitely not a stroll through Garden of the Gods. We encountered a lot of mosquitos, so be prepared, and wear good trail shoes. Parts are so very lush and green, bring a camera. The trail follows a river part of the way and is very pretty, then winds back through the forest up steep and rocky inclines following a powerline trail. There are a couple river crossings, and you may encounter snow. We did even in July. The lower lake was nice, and the upper is pretty too. We took about 3 hours including a stop to enjoy the view and eat some lunch.

4 months ago

This is a great trail. Well marked, well traveled, steep in places but great views at the top!

4 months ago

Great!

6 months ago

fly fishing
6 months ago

Steep most of the way up. Upper lake is much prettier and easier to fish than the lower lake. Worth the extra bit of distance. Lovely spot.

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

wonderful lake at the end. woodpeckers and wildflowers. parking is on other side of highway and trailhead slightly hidden.

hiking
8 months ago

Moderately steep with ample water/creeks
Not for everyone, based on starting elevation and vertical gain
Mix of hikers, fisherman
Pretty at the top, did see one "water dog" too
Fun, esp. as scenic workout and 2 - 2.5 hour round trip

8 months ago

Up, up and up! Dogs were beyond excited to get to the lake! Only ran into a few groups of people.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Steep! But so much fun. Took our kids, 2, 8, 15 and they had a blast. Was a slow journey and a tough one - lots of breaks since we come from the flat lands of Kansas! Great work out :)

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail a few days ago with my husband and children 8 & 10. The trail is very rocky and pretty steep most the way up. We hiked up past the first lake to the second which is even more beautiful then the first. Very nice hike but be prepared for a very rocky climb and descent.

hiking
8 months ago

My kids & I hike it at least once a year, we love it!

hiking
8 months ago

There is limited mobile phone and no data service up Monarch pass (none with Verizon, spotty with AT&T), so make sure you have your directions dialed in to the trailhead. It can be tricky to find if there are no other cars parked. I tried to add some photos. This is an excellent day hike for a hot, sunny day. Trekking poles or a walking sticks help. People usually leave some sticks at the trailhead. I didn't see any waterdogs, but maybe next time!

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome hike to an incredible destination! Steep climb, but worthwhile. Slow and steady upward. Wear good boots, and bring water. Do this one again in a heartbeat!

hiking
8 months ago

I had so much fun here, I saw so much wildlife up close. the lake just makes you wish you could live here. come prepared this is a fairly steep climb. bring plenty of water and perhaps a snack

hiking
1 year ago

Up, up[ and away. A steady climb for a while, with the last mile being the steepest. First lake is nice, with additional lakes around it. Worth the hike to go to the one northwest of the mail lake.