Zimmerman Lake Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rand, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 518 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snowshoeing
snow
1 month ago

Nice trail with some other people around both on skis and snowshoes. It had just snowed so tough going when we were breaking trail. There were some nice views.

snowshoeing
icy
snow
3 months ago

Had a great time snowshoeing up to the lake today. The snow was very deep with all of the fresh powder so we were definitely blazing some trails. Slow moving day but was fun none the less! Recording Error: Forgot to start watch. Inaccurate pace/speed

cross country skiing
snow
3 months ago

It was a beautiful day for a xc ski! Made it on the trail by noon with an almost full trailhead. Most others were backcountry skiing. Many heading their own directions into the woods and not taking the lake trail. The trail was well packed for the first half mile till we caught the lead group of snowshoeing. This last week of snow made for a beautiful and very challenging ski. We ended up breaking trail, pushing through between 1.5 to 2+ feet of powder. Made it about a mile out before turning back. It was beautiful even though we didn't make it up to the lake. I am sure some of the people after us did, as it was a LOT easier after you had a path to follow. The trail is probably in great shape till we get another big snow. Coming down was a blast!

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

Hiked on Jan 21. Used snowshoes although most of trail was packed until the lake. Went straight up trail to lake, around it and returned same way. Weather was perfect with temp in low 30s, cloudy and mild breeze. Hiked 2 .9 miles in 2.5 hours. No one else on trail. Lake is Frozen in an open setting with mountains around. Trail up in trees. Great short winter hike!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Snowshoed on 1/20/20. The trail is snow packed but you definitely want snowshoes. Really pretty. Felt more moderate than easy with the snow!

hiking
snow
5 months ago

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Over a foot of snow along the trail and even deeper in some areas. I’d break out the snow shoes for this one after this weekend’s forecast of snow.

hiking
7 months ago

10/17/19 We were looking for an easy kid friendly hike that we could take a jogging stroller on. We tried this one today before the next snow storm hits tonight. We did it stroller and all but I probably wouldn’t again with stroller. The hike in is elevation gain the whole way and felt a bit steeper than we expected. That being said we managed it and the payoff was totally worth it, our four year old made it on his own the whole way and the toddler slept in the stroller the whole way down so.... give it a go! I’d guess it will be snow covered starting with this snow storm until spring. Lots of snowy spots in the shade today. I can’t wait to snow shoe this one come winter!

hiking
7 months ago

Love this trail and do it frequently! There is a fair bit of snow and the lake is starting to freeze. Just FYI, we came across a fresh deer kill on the opposite side of the lake. We did find mountain lion prints and my two big dogs were freaking out so it must have still been in the area.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this today 9/14/19 and it was a short enjoyable hike, about 30 min to the lake. The trailhead lists is as “moderate”, rather than “easy” which is probably a better description for people with mobility issues. One of our hikers found the 450’ gain over 1 mile to be tough on his knees. The lake is very pretty, a few wet spots on the trail around the lake. Looks like a great place to camp and enjoy the quiet!

hiking
8 months ago

Short trail but the view at the lake is well worth it. My dog enjoyed this trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail if you are looking for a relaxing walk. Lake views are nice.

hiking
9 months ago

Quick, easy trail, great for dogs and kids. We hiked this yesterday 8/24 saw a cow and calf moose about half way up. We saw a few people on the trail, but not too busy for a Saturday.

hiking
9 months ago

Really nice, easy hike. Good for a short workout for trail runners as well. I saw a moose feeding in the lake, awesome!

fishing
9 months ago

Backpacked up 8/4 with the intent to fly fish. Beautiful lake and scenery. Fairly easy trail. Saw no fish and we are pretty seasoned anglers- was a bummer. Ended up hiking down to joe Wright the following day and had much better luck.

backpacking
10 months ago

Packed all our gear up last weekend for a nice overnight trip. Trail was mostly dry on the way up, saw a female moose just 10 ft off the trail! Absolutely gorgeous all the way up, and the lake is beautiful as always! About 10 mins after we got up there it started pissing down rain so we ended up not staying the night.

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful scenic forest trail up to the lake, muddy on 7/2/19. Not s long trail, but the hike from trailhead to lake’s edge left this middle-aged hiker winded. Beautiful vistas. Be aware that as a greenback cutthroat trout breeding ground no other fish are in the lake, and its catch and release only.

hiking
11 months ago

Got here early and I was the only person on the trail with my dogs. Trail is still covered in a few feet of snow, snowshoes aren't needed but micro-spikes are recommended. The lake is still frozen/snowed over as well. Nice views of surrounding mountains.

snowshoeing
snow
Mon Feb 25 2019

hiking
Mon Oct 29 2018

Nice short hike over packed snow. Watched a cow and calf moose wade the edge of the lake about 150 yds away while we ate some lunch.

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

Short hike but if u move quickly it is a good workout. Lake was quiet, no wildlife making an intro.

Wed Aug 08 2018

Pretty like hike up and old road off the main scenic drive. We stopped on our way to Walden. Saw a moose at the TH on the way back. Porta potty and plenty of parking

snowshoeing
Sun Mar 11 2018

Went 3/9/18, day was cool & cloudy with little wind. Trail snowpacked mostly and crusty but doable in snowshoes. Did lake loop and came back. Great scenery and enjoyable. Tom

snowshoeing
Sat Feb 10 2018

No one on the trail! Deep deep snow. It was a quick hike but gorgeous. Oh and a bunch of powdery goodness.

snowshoeing
Wed Feb 07 2018

I got here early and was the only person on the hill all morning. Still a few feet of snow on the ground so the snowshoeing was really good.

hiking
Sun Jan 14 2018

Beautiful hike, but a bit short. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYvRDuGEP_A

Mon Jul 17 2017

Hiked this after north diamond peak. Fire Road type trail to the lake

Sat Jul 01 2017

it's a road, it's all uphill the lake itself is man made and small you can circumvent the whole thing, the side facing the road has great mountain views. Was chased by a moose here.

Wed Jan 18 2017

beautiful place to snowshoe!

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