Explore the most popular camping trails near Allenspark with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Went yesterday. Fitbit said it was 5 miles to get there. No snow until the last 3/4 miles. Not much of it and snow is not a factor for the hike, you can just walk along the side of the snow. Lake is mostly all thawed out and only a couple snow spots on the "beach" Amazing hike. Amazing lake. One of the best mountain lakes.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great day! Several very steep sections, plenty of flat in between. Put snowshoes on at about 2 miles. Trail was easy to follow even with fresh snow on the ground. Didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time but will be back soon to finish for sure!

cross country skiing
3 months ago

Tried this on cross country skis on Feb 17 2018 and it was a mixed bag. Plenty of snow once you got to the actual trailhead (about a mile from the closed road/parking area), but very narrow and steep in places. This made skiing up awkward and skiing down pretty tricky. Some parts of the trail are on the side of a hill, making it difficult to keep from sliding off going up or down. Only made it as far as Ouzel falls. Fun, but snowshoes would serve you better.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

The first 1.5 miles, dry ground and some snow and hard pack. Next mile, hard-pack and ice and spikes worthwhile. Last stretch 2 mile stretch to the lake deeper snow and can get away with spikes but better done with snowshoes. Trail is used so easy to follow. Once at the lake, no snow on the ice and gorgeous view of Meeker and Longs Peak. Not the most scenic on the hike as you are in the trees a lot but when you get the the lake, it is all worth it.

on Thunder Lake Trail

5 months ago

Done this hike twice now. Very worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

A nice hike in RMNP. Early December, 2017. Temp: upper 30s/ low 40s, clear day, lots of wind. Trail conditions: First third was clear and dry, last two-thirds was packed snow and some ice. Traction was helpful, but maybe not necessary.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail. Escape the crowds of RMNP

The view is fricking amazing. But the trail is poorly maintained. The roads were cut off, trail is not properly labeled. I almost got lost with all the misdirection. The elevation is the hardest part.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, trail clear of snow for the most part. GPS watch had it at ~ 13.4 miles rather then the 11.5 listed.

Windy at the lake, beautiful snowy peaks, trail had icy spots the last mile or so, lots of up but I think the first mile or two were the worst

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of up after you cross the bridge after it splits off from Ouzel Lake trail, which I only saw 5 people from that point on. Still plenty of trees with a couple good spots that open up to give a good panoramic view. The trail was wet and muddy in spots with puddles in areas. Some ice and snow from the storm the day before, a lot of it melted, but there were still remnants when I was heading back down. When you get close you actually descend to get to the lake. I found a trail that I followed half way around the lake, great for different views of the area.

Great this time of year with the leaves changing.

hiking
8 months ago

09/17/17 - Started at 11:30am a bit late, but still able to parki. The hike is beautiful this time of year. Golden and peach-ish colored Aspens align the trail on/off. The entire hike is lovely, with a mix of mountains views, foilage, and ya know beautiful Mother Nature. We got to the lake at 1:30pm. The lake is quiet unique with sand surrounding the lake. Nice mountains top views. Be sure to walk around the lake to see all the different moutain views. I will definitely do this hike again during foilage time. Awesomeness

After 51/2 hours of hiking from the trailhead (we did stop for pics a video several times) my wife and I made it to the edge of the lake, extremely peaceful and no "humans" nearby at all, just nature! Never thought lakes existed that high. I'm glad my wife and I pushed each other to make it there once we passed Lone Pine Lake. Treacherous trails around the edge of the rocks, but then the trail got better to the lake, very challenging but rewarding! Unfortunately a cold rain poured on us and had to head back to the trailhead head. Saw two cow moose and their calfs on our way back as the sun was setting. Total of 9 1/2 hours round trip. The last half hour of our hiking we finished it in the dark. Loved the entire adventure. Take lots of water and snacks and the proper attire and shoes if planning a round trip.

It is so beautiful trail, we spend 3 days on it.

hiking
8 months ago

We started at 8 am on a Thursday and had ample parking. The trail was a bit more of a challenge. I disagree with the moderate rating; it was much harder than Gem Lake which is rated as difficult. Not only is the last stretch quite strenuous but the trail rarely levels out the entire time, just up up up! Some people have mentioned a lack of views but personally I enjoyed so much of the trail being in the woods, because doing all that uphill without any shade would be much harder. With frequent stops it took us about 3.5 hours to get to the top. We spent an hour at the lake which was wonderful - peaceful, nice views, and very cold water to refresh the feet. Coming down was nearly as hard as going up due to the rocky nature of the trail and took us just under 2 hours. I would recommend hiking poles for this one; I tend to eschew bringing mine but they would have been very helpful here.

This end destination is gorgeous but keep in mind the trail rating in this site is deceiving. I would rate it in the hard or strenuous category. It's all uphill...and the last mile is a chore and a half. I agree with others that being in the woods is great but there is really no scenery or vistas. Parking? Get there super early or like us park on the side of the county road.

Starting at Finch Lake trailhead the first .75 miles is a steady incline and evens out for the next .75, healthy rocky incline after that until you go back down to get to Finch Lake. The trail tricks you into thinking you have it easy after Finch, there are some big inclines between Finch and Pear. So don't be fooled. ;) There are a couple little ponds to check out on the way with lots of tree coverage the whole way.

hiking
9 months ago

This is the second time ive hiked up to these lakes and this trail is not for the faint hearted. 14 miles round trip i calculated if you make it to Lions Lake #2 and back, i started at noon and was back to the car at the Wild Basin Trailhead by 7oclock i also took time to explore throughout the hike. The trail up to Ouzel Falls is highly trafficked but once past the falls i only managed to run into one person the rest of the way up to the lakes. Hiking boots with good ankle support is highly suggested as the last two miles before the first lake is very steep, rocky, and narrow terrain. Pay attention as sometimes the trail is tricky to follow, trail is marked with cairns (manmade rock piles) for most of the way. Once up to the first lake you can follow the right side along the creek and up the rock formations marked with more cairns for the short uphill battle through a mini snow field/boulder traverse to the second lake. Follow me on Instagram for gorgeous mountain photos @Alex.Newkirk

Beautiful hike! Not too difficult

The trail has a steady incline, as your first starting out there are great views of the valley, however, soon you are surrounded by trees, it flattens out in some areas but not for long. The last 1\2 mile is pretty steep, trekking poles really come in handy and then you drop down to the lake! The view and hike is beautiful. Kick back, relax eat some grub and enjoy the views!!!!

hiking
10 months ago

This trail has a lot to recommend it. Get there early to park near the trailhead; otherwise add a mile to your trip each way. We hiked up the trail leading to the campsites on the way up, and came back via Ouzel Falls. The trail coming down from Ouzel is much wider and better maintained, and heavily trafficked. Much of the trail is shaded until you get close to the lake. We saw a grouse and her chicks and also a deer. Flowers around the lake are gorgeous. The view at the lake is breathtaking. The trail is steep and rocky in places, so yes, it's hard if you aren't already in good shape. Worth it? Absolutely. One of my favorites.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great place to camp (permit needed), but might not be great as a day trek. My GPS marked us at 4.7 with 1950 ft of elevation gain. So pretty damn difficult (especially with a all your gear on your back). The lake is gorgeous and the beach is nice. Bring bug spray.

hiking
10 months ago

The destination is great. The trail getting to the destination... not so much. I've hiked all around the Wild Basin Area and it really is my favorite area to hike. However, I found the trail itself here to be well... tedious and boring. I can definitely see how camping here would be a great place. But for an out and back hike... well not so much. There are virtually no views to take in (other than a couple early) the entire trail as you are engulfed in the pines. The lake is unique and nice but not sure it's worth it. So relative to many other hikes and lakes, this one (the hike itself) wasn't my personal favorite.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike! My pal and I had a small picnic at the lake and it was so much fun! However, our fit bits recorded a much farther hike than 11.5 miles (~13) but we did explore around the lake some too.

backpacking
10 months ago

Backpacked up to Camper's Creek backcountry site - not a long distance, so packed heavy to have all the comforts (why not when it's just a couple miles and it's good practice to carry heavy packs). Camper's Creek backcountry site is nicer than most KOAs you'd pitch a tent. You have a fresh Creek running 100ft away to filter water from, wonderful flat ground to choose from surrounded by pines to block guests of wind, separate flat area to make as your stove/eating area. Okay, that's enough about the site...after setting up camp, hiked with small pack up the remaining distance to Sandbeach Lake. This did not disappoint - water flowing into the lake from the mountains, Mt. Meeker standing tall to the North. Great way to spend 1-2 days camping or a long day enjoying and hiking back down. Highly recommended this trail. Get there early during busy times to get parking as the trailhead is directly adjacent to the entrance station.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, saw two moose (mother and calf) near Copeland Falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful lake at the top. TH is just to the right of the ranger station in wild basin. Not overly tough. A few group camping spots by the lake which look like they would be a nice place to stay.

backpacking
10 months ago

This was an amazing hike! It's very rocky in some areas, and is quite a long hike, but worth every step. The view is incredible. There is still a lot of snow up there, so be sure to wear boots. The trail gets lost under the snow, so follow the footprints. The ranger station is no longer under snow, but there is nobody stationed there yet. Our 10 year old daughter did this with us, and although it's challenging, it definitely doable!

Trail is snow free. The hike was gorgeous and we only saw a few other hikers on the trail.

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