Whitney Lake Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Whitney Lake Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, horses, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1837 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

7 days ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of vegetation so lots of bugs. Steep all the way as others have mentioned. Not very many camp sites. Good day hike.

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12 days ago

Great hike, initially steep with no letup but not technically challenging. Bridge across river was out but multiple alternative routes are manageable and fun! After the bridge, trail is notably easier and winds through some great old lodge pole forest with some huge squirrels and mushrooms. Lake is a great reward and Mount Whitney views are impressive! We even got a huge white fish coming to check out our picnic! Some snow at the top but easily passable. Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

9 months ago

Ran into 2 hunters and 4 hikers the whole day. A good spot to actually enjoy nature. The hike has an incline the majority of the trail, it's a big gain in elevation.

9 months ago

Great trail to hike with a loved one as the lake's beauty is beyond reproach.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, you're going up the whole time but it's short and sweet! Beautiful up top! My husband did fish a little.. large trout in there!

9 months ago

Beautiful. Good for trail running

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely fabulous hike! Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes and the beautiful lake! Gorgeous and a great workout! My two dogs loved it almost as much as me!

hiking
10 months ago

Buggy to the max! Covered with DEET spray - but still got bit. Tons of biting and stinging insects buzzing around your head and in your face. It seemed no matter where we stopped to catch our breath, insects swarmed. Steeper than expected. The trail gets pretty narrow in places. I cannot imagine children and dogs enjoying this trail this time of year. There are many other moderate trails with equally beautiful views and much prettier wildflowers.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely hike. Fairly steep with a steady climb up to the lake. My dog would not cross the swift creek even though it wasn't deep so I dragged a few logs across to create a shotty bridge (you're welcome). :)

11 months ago

Perfect for kids. We had three kids ages 10, 8 and 5 on our hike today. Mosquitos/bugs in a few areas so bring bug spray. Bridge was out but it was easy to cross the creek. Beautiful trail!

11 months ago

Have to agree, this trail has a bit of everything. Solid elevation gain, aspen trees transitioning into nice big conifers, waterfall (where you can fill up your water bottle), beautiful lake up top, gorgeous views all in a 3-3.5hr out and back hike.

11 months ago

This one has it all. Elevation gain, wildflowers, a stream, aspens and a lake.

11 months ago

Very nice hike

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great trail for families. 5+year old kids can hike the trail.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17th- made it about 2/3 up- 4 ft snowpack and the river crossing bridge was out so we had to turn back.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Beautiful day hike to Whitney Lake at 10,956 feet. Steep in sections. Great panoramic views of ridges and peaks to the south and west. Great variety of terrain and vegetation including Aspen groves--especially in mid-September when the leaves are changing.

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