Windsor Lake

MODERATE 37 reviews

Windsor Lake is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leadville, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

From the west side of Leadville, on Hwy. 24, take McWethy Dr. N W to Turquois Lake Rd., drive west to Hagerman Pass rd. to the left , and follow it to the trailhead at Hagerman Tunnel,

hiking
5 days ago

This was so pretty! You can definitely make it too the lake now. The snow is mostly gone, just one large snow pack right before the lake. Lots of nice views on the way up. Pretty steep. Follows a waterfall for half of the way. Theres a pond on the right before the lake! I may have mistook that for the lake if someone hadn’t told me :)

hiking
16 days ago

awesome hike. snow was minimal on the trail. amazing views along the way spectacular views from the tunnel area. the old town and railroad has some really cool history

17 days ago

Trail still has a lot of snow making it impassible. Large snow drifts covering trail so hard to navigate. If you don’t mind wet feet for half way you can get to open meadows.

hiking
19 days ago

Made it to the lake today with just a little bit of postholing near the top. The snow is about 3/4 of the way up but most of it was strong enough to hike on and we did not use spikes either. The views with the snow and partially frozen lake are worth it. What a beautiful hike!

hiking
19 days ago

We took this trail too early in the year (June 2nd) and 3/4 of the way up we ran into way too much snow. Had to turn around like several others we saw because the trail was hidden by the snow. Looks like a fun hike but I would make sure you do this in mid to late June.

9 months ago

Gorgeous all the way

9 months ago

Great elevation gain in a short distance. Beautiful alpine lake with fields of wild flowers. Lovely area for backpacking.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike. You will reach a small lake after the steepest portion of the hike. Windsor Lake is just around the corner from that small lake.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Challenging inclines but all worth the stunning views of both lakes at the top!

hiking
11 months ago

Well maintained trail, all the steepest parts reward you with some incredible views!

hiking
11 months ago

Stunning views.

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

This was our "warm up" hike for Elbert the following day. Very nice hike. Enjoyed relaxing by the lake!

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Great hike! Very steep, but perfect if you're looking for a quick hike to do. Little slippery at points due to mud and snow at the time we went! Overall, would recommend! :)

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

We (husband, dog and I) hiked this trail yesterday, and due to some extra walking around the lake hiked more like 3.5 miles. The hike is short but steep. It was cool at the lake but wasn't too windy. I would do it again!

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Great trail! Short but very steep most of the way.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wow! That was a lot harder than I expected.

fishing
Monday, August 22, 2016

Man that trail was a beast. You do all that elevation in about .5 a mile. Decent fishing. I'd totally do it again

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

GOING WAS FINE UNTIL WE REACH THE TRAIL GOING TO STEEP AND TURNED AROUND. BUT IF I HAD CHECKED THE HIKE OUT FIRST ON THE ENET. WOULD HAVE KNOWN WE WERE ALMOST TO THE TOP.

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Awesome

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Great hike with breathtaking views!

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great afternoon hike! Amazing flowers. Both lakes are beautiful!

fishing
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful hike, with a very steep/challenging incline. We took several breaks to catch our breath, but it was pretty short and very doable. We took our 9 year old and he was able to traverse with us. At the top there are two lakes - one small and just past it a much bigger one. We fished in the larger lake. We saw people of all ages out fishing, camping and hiking around the lake.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beautiful hike and great fishing!

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Quick, simple hike with a great lake view reward. Not a trail with a bunch of switchbacks so you gain elevation more straight on, but it is a short trail so once you start to feel it you are already at the first smaller lake with windsor lake a short way down the trail.

hiking
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Short hike, but it is a rather vertical incline. I enjoyed it and the lake at the top obviously makes it totally worth the calf workout.

hiking
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nice steep hike, not super hard, but not eat either. Took our family of five with the youngest being 3, about 4 hours
Round trip but we spent about an hour chilling at the lake

walking
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hiking
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backpacking
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