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

Great hike! Lots of beautiful views and historical information! Still very snowpacked and lost the trail a couple of times but finished in about 4-5 hours! Definitely worth the hike and will be hiking again mid summer!

hiking
15 days ago

still lots of snow on the trail... if you don't mind cold wet feet and post holing to your hip, it is stunningly beautiful right now. wildflowers peaking out of snow and lots of snow melt runoff making the creek roar. made it to creek crossing, but too much snow and creek running too high to safely make it across. met a wonderful young couple along the way, thanks Sofia and Kevin (Cooper & Barrett too

Still impassable with snow up to your hips. Only made it s few yards before turning back. Definitely need to wait until June for the snow to melt more.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the Leadville area as it connects to an old railroad route and leads to the abandoned railroad tunnel. This trail is the most direct route to the tunnel, thus is a bit more strenuous. However, one can take advantage of the old rail bed on the way back down. There are remnants of Douglas City and other misc. industrial pieces on the way to the tunnel.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

We snowshoed this trail on 11/25/17. The hike is pleasant and protected from wind most of the time and the lake at the top is beautiful, although windy.

The trail had some snow and snowshoes were welcome (especially downhill), but if it were more packed you could potentially just hike in with boots. We followed other people’s tracks most of the way, but had to do a little GPS navigating when their tracks ran out near the top. Once we found the trail it’s pretty clear where to hike because it’s more cleared than the rest of the forest.

Note that the Turquoise Lake road to the trailhead is not plowed, so depending on the amount of snow present or temperatures or vehicle type could affect whether you’re able to drive to the trailhead.

hiking
6 months ago

Went on 10/28/17. Trail was snow packed with a couple of inches the entire way but was easy to follow. A simple hike with a nice lake at the end. Take a water dog if you got one. Fall is best - no mud and no bugs.

Really great trail with a perfect alpine lake at the end. When you hit the steep incline you’re almost there.

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful clear late summer day with good friends, gold Aspens dotting the surrounding mountainsides and the constant music of a running creek along the well defined path. A moderately demanding hike for 60 something's amateurs trying out their new hiking shoes! The pristine 30-40 acre lake at the end of the trail made it more than worthwhile! Round trip was 3 hrs and 30 mins with lots of stops for water and photos along the way!

I would rate this trail as moderate. Right amount of sun and shade. Pretty steep right before you get to the lake. There is a nice stream crossing. The trail is very wide in most places. The lake is very large and is worth the hike. The drive up to the trailhead was very scenic since you go past Turquoise Lake.

8 months ago

Gorgeous all the way

hiking
8 months ago

I'd rate this trail moderate, because of all the loose, rolling rock, the steep incline at the last half mile, and the creek crossings, which are deep during runoff season. Otherwise, this a peaceful forest hike and the lake at the end is beautiful.

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

hiking
9 months ago

A very nice hike, starts under canopy with a moderate ascent thru a series of switchbacks. Elevation is consistent but not overwhelming. you break tree line at about 12000' to some spectacular views. Shortly thereafter you get the first look at your destination. A moderately rocky descent to the Native Lake. Excellent hike with some impressive views.

hiking
9 months ago

We did Douglass City and Hagerman Tunnel from the Windsor Lake trailhead. Beautiful and very interesting hike. This route shortcuts the Hagerman Tunnel trailhead route by about 1 mile (at least 2 miles round trip) but includes all the good stuff. Once reaching Hagerman Tunnel you can return via the same route for about a 2.5 mile round trip, or proceed Northeast along the old railroad bed to Hagerman Lake. The loop will put you back on the trail you took up, just below Douglass City. The round trip for this option is about 4 miles. Check your route frequently as the trail signs are easy to miss.

Note: If you reference my route record there is a small gap on the old railroad bed going Northeast from Hagerman Tunnel toward Hagerman Lake because I forgot to un-pause after a break near the tunnel.

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

A little muddy in places, bring some waterproof shoes, starts out awesome rainforest like, cross over lots of wildflowers and a skinny waterfall a few times. nNot too steep anywhere except for end down to lake, shaded mostly, great views even if you don't go all the way down to the lake! One of my favorites in Colorado so far! Took us 4 hours and we stopped and turned around at the lake overlook.

hiking
9 months ago

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

My family went up this trail on 8/4/17 and it was great. My kids are 7, 9, and 11, and they handled it well. Make sure you spray well for bugs. Don't be afraid to step off the trail when you hear rushing water, you'll find some great waterfalls. The trail gets steep for the last 2/3 of a mile but the lake up top is worth the effort. Me and the boys even took a quick dip, key word is quick.

Take your time and enjoy the beauty - great hike!

Beautiful! Loved this hike. Went on a weekday and only saw a handful of other people.

hiking
10 months ago

A fairly easy hike, with a great payoff. Definitely bring some bug spray.

backpacking
10 months ago

Worth the trip. Beautiful.

Great hike for a family! (As long as you are in ok shape) Make sure to take your bug spray and watch the weather report. We were there 7-17-17. We took our 6yr old and 3yr old. Just make sure to hold hands on the incline and be ready to take breaks. The view and lake were totally worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Stunning views.

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done in Colorado! The open wilderness space was breathtaking with 14'ers all around! The hike itself is not too difficult and we managed it with a 3 year old and 1 year old! There is some area of snow and one area that the trail is actually a small stream right now; however, we were able to find way around! Highly recommend if you are in the area!

Tons of bugs on this trail. Mosquitos were horrendous and so were the flies. Even at the lake they were everywhere. Couldn't sit down and enjoy the scenery or you'd be eaten alive. Also it was super muddy and had to cross the streams - knee deep water. So you were either taking your shoes off or you were walking in wet shoes. Try in aug or sept and hopefully the water will be lower. Bring bug spray.

hiking
11 months ago

great hike but be warned. with the snow melt right now the creek crossings are fairly serious and the top half of the trail is wet from run off. no way to stay dry on this one.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice short hike up to a beautiful lake. Had to cross through several areas of high and sometimes rushing water so be prepared for wet boots

hiking
11 months ago

It's amazing how much snow melted in 2 days of warm weather! Trail was easy to follow since most of the snow melted. Unfortunately it made it too dangerous (for my liking) to cross the river just before reaching the lake. Water was rapidly moving and just over-the-knee deep- and I'm 6ft tall. If you're up for getting a little wet and your sure on your feet in high rapids, you'll be fine. Otherwise the hike was easy with pretty views. Definitely going back in a couple weeks to make it to the lake!

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