Explore the most popular lake 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.

on Finch Lake Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Took our 5 and 9 year olds on this hike. We didn’t make it to the lake but loved seeing little streams and wildlife. It was a bit steep in spots but still had a great time. We plan on packing lunches and trying again!

hiking
5 days ago

Started the trail around 1030, reached Ouzel Falls around 1145. Not crowded at all due to the cloudy weather. Had to stop for a few minutes because moose were reported on the trail ahead, but we did not notice them, the ranger said they were getting frequent sightings in the area. Tried to continue on the Ouzel Lake, had to stop about 0.5 miles from the lake, due to a lot of snow remaining on the trail. I've taken this trail about once a year for the past few years, always a great time and a great hike.

Just came back from an overnight trip to Finch lake. In the 18th n out the 19th. First day was great. Dry and sunny. This is not that difficult of a trail without the snow. Even with the elevation gain of 2772. Patches of snow about 3 miles in that were mostly mushy and def made more manageable with snow shoes. As you go towards Pear lake it just gets worse. Only met three people total on our first day. It rained last night with all the thunder n lightning to go with it.
Today was cloudy and it hailed, rained and snowed from 11am n was still snowing till we got to our car around 2pm.
There is a dedicated campsite in Pear Lake I don’t think Finch lake has one. Of the two Pear is the biggest and prettiest. Second day it was just us.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Started out at May 15 2018 8AM from Allenspark trailhead. Not a soul on the trail. The 1st half of trail was pretty easy just uphill. Hit A lot if snow the rest if the way that was soft so sank above my knees with every step. Didnt necessarily need snow shoes but was a very wet hike. Finch Lake was gorgeous..worth the hike. The snow slowed me down. Didnt get back to trailhead until 4 pm. I would rate the 2nd half of the hike to the lake as medium to hard this time of year due too the amount of snow. On the return to the hike back to the trailhead the warmer temps made walking in the inbound snow footprints, sink in the snow slushy ones. Overall a great hike.

nice hike

hiking
20 days ago

At trail at 7:00 AM. Clear trail until first bridge then spikes definitely recommended. Hard pack on way up, slush and snow coming down. After crossing the bridge at Ouzel falls, snowshoes highly recommended. 4" new snow and it is heavy and wet. Easy to follow trail all the way to the lake. Always a good hike no matter the weather.

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked on Saturday 4/28. Road to wild basin trail head was not open yet so we had to park a little further down. Restrooms at trail head. Trail was mostly snow free until about 9000 ft but significant accumulations at higher elevations, especially past Ouzel falls and closer to 10000 ft near the lake, so expect to post hole. Micro spikes/crampons/snowshoes/hiking poles not necessary but recommended. Decent amount of water in the falls. Nice view of Longs and other 12ers/13ers in the area.

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!

Great hike, wear good hiking shoes. Our end point was at Ouzel Falls. Take some time to get closer to the bottom of the falls, well worth the extra time spent.

It is definitely uphill! I would consider it a moderate hike...

Did this hike on OCT 29, 2017. Only had one day to hike to in RMNP, and very glad I chose this trail! Trailhead is well-marked with a few parking spots. Some guidebooks reported that some of the early trail junctions were confusing, but when I hiked it there were very clear signs at every junction with no difficulty in route-finding. Gradual elevation gain with great views of Rockies and Longs Peak. Trail Descends slightly into Finch Lake, which is absolutely beautiful (and had finches). I think it is the additional time and elevation gain (a little inside 1,000ft additional gain) to Pear lake which makes this hike "difficult", but definitely worth it. Pear lake is amazing with fantastic views. Very windy in late October once out of the trees at the lake. There was snow but it wasn't prohibitive or required anything other than hiking boots. However, it did snow heavily the day after the hike, so I assume this is probably the latest in the year you could do it without winter weather gear. The two lakes together roundtrip on my Garmin was 14.4 miles, and we finished just before sundown.

Were it summertime with a little more daylight and less wind, I think it'd be totally cool to make it up to the third lake (Hutcheson Lakes)- an additional 1.8mi and 800 or so foot gain…

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Started at winter trailhead. Windy. Seems no one has been up since last snow (Monday?!). Needed poles or traction till on backside. Then snowshoes after allenspark junction. No tracks after that -except us in snowshoes. Too deep to go without. And tired legs turned us back.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

We started at Finch Lake trailhead. Micro-spikes weren't needed on the way up but recommended for descend. We used snowshoes about 2 miles to the lake but they weren't necessary.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Plan to park in a lower lot and add an extra two miles (one in, and one back) to your hike to the trail head due to winter road closure. A fair amount of people on the trail though Ouzel falls (fairly icy and dormant so far as I observed). Traction devices would help to Ouzel Falls. Beyond that, I wished I had brought my snow shoes by the Ouzel Lake / Thunder Lake split. The trail to Thunder Lake bettertraveled, but I broke trail up to Ouzel Lake. Good for the lungs. Happy New Year! Bonus: Zero cell reception.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful hike. great waterfalls, river crossings, and the lake, all iced over. went up to ouzel lake on december 20th. packed snow and dirt-covered ice much of the way, a few spots of slick ice you could work around. towards the top, the snow got a bit deep, but it wasn't wet. altogether, you could get by without microspikes if you really wanted to, but they make the trip so much more enjoyable.

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

Mostly dry trail conditions with only a few patches of ice in the early morning made this gradual incline hike quite easy. The furthest trailhead is still open for parking. The lake is starting to ice over. Add on a side trip to Bluebird Lake if you have some extra time.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Just a few stretches of snow on the trail, of which the longest was probably 10 yards. Windy up top but otherwise great fall hike.

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

furthest lot was still open yesterday. pretty empty past ouzel falls. snow add ice on the trail were minimal. great views of longs, meeker and other peaks after ouzel falls. great pine forest and smaller water falls up to that point. lake itself is partly frozen at this point

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.

hiking
8 months ago

This is only a 7.3 mile hike if you start from the Allenspark Trailhead. If you start at the Finch Lake Trailhead it says it is 10 miles round trip but my GPS clocked 8.8 to the lake and back. Also this was not an "easy" hike. It is definitely more on the moderate side with a steady 4 mile climb to Finch Lake. Nice hike through thick forest most of the way. An occasional nice shot of the Wild Basin area but no peak views. The lake is very nice and quiet with some nice peaks surrounding. It was very quiet the day we were there.

Great this time of year with the leaves changing.

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