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.

trail running
23 hours ago

What a beautiful trail! Portions of the trail open up to the sandy, sometimes rocky shoreline and other sections are quite secluded thanks to the trees. There are some pleasant hills and a few more rocky down/uphill spots that were really fun! Would have rated higher if there weren’t so many campsites along the trail, but that’s definitely a plus if you’re looking to camp by the lake!

A great easy hike around a lake that is over looked by Mt Massive and Elbert. Beautiful views around the lake, a nice acclimation hike.

The 2K feet of gain was pretty gradual and easy on this hike. I agree that the better view is before you start descending to the lake than at the lake itself. Fun easy jaunt, took about 3 hours with a 15 min break at the lake!

Fun with great views and solitude on a weekday afternoon. Cool mining cave on the way up, too!

Nice lake but nothing spectacular--consider it an average Colorado hike. We actually did this hike on July 21 from a different TH, which you can get to by taking the FR107 (high-clearance 4WD road) north of Lake County Rd 9. My review is for that TH. By going from that TH, it cut the total distance of the hike in half to about 3 miles RT with about 400 feet elevation gain--this was the perfect distance for our 3-year old. But going this way, you do have to hike uphill on the way back, which is not ideal for young children. The trail goes by the Continental Divide Trail and you hike mostly on the Colorado Trail. We had to climb through a few rock fields and over some boulders to get around to part of the lake, but nothing unmanageable or scary. We saw chipmunks, squirrels, wildflowers, and only a handful of people, most of which came up from the Timberline Lake TH. Mosquitoes were around a little bit throughout the trail and were the worst at the TH. With our leisurely pace and lunch break at the lake, it took us about 3 1/2 hours total. The TH isn't too far from the Leadville Fish Hatchery, so that was a big after-hike hit with our boys.

The perfect acclimation hike. The hike itself is at high elevation, but generally flat the whole way so you can become comfortable moving around at high elevation. We loved all he different historic sites from the boom town up there. You could step off the trail and wander through old wooden house frames and find metal cans, rings from barrels, bricks, etc. We also did the little side loop towards the end around mile 5. The way out was nice, but the way back was essentially non-existent. You could either walk out to the end of the rail line there and then turn back, or just be ready for a bit of bushwhacking.

Beautiful hike!! Not too hard and goes through several types of terrain.

Lake is gorgeous and refreshing! Easy hike and worth circling the lake.

hiking
13 days ago

the trail was pretty easy the whole way. beautiful view from the top of the tunnel. went around 12 and saw maybe 10 people the whole time. definitely recommend giving this hike a go

Great hike with beautiful wildflowers, a good balance of open space and trees, and a decent sized lake at the end of the trail. Only saw about 5 different parties of people on the whole excursion. Started the hike around 9AM and took our time getting to the lake, arrived around 11:30AM. We ate lunch by the lake where there are TONS of mosquitos, but we did have bug spray with us and left almost unscathed. When we hiked up out of the valley where the lake is located we got back to the massive open space where the 14ers surround you from almost all sides. The second we stepped foot in that high meadow we heard rumbles of thunder. Needless to say we knew we had to leave quickly and get to the other side of the trail asap. It was a little scary as the thunder got louder and louder. It rained a bit, but not a heavy amount, on our decent to the parking lot.

Note of caution: Definitely start your hike earlier than you think, especially in summer. We were at the open space before 1PM and we could hear rumbles of thunder. Definitely a hike we'll never forget.

Beautiful lake but mediocre hike in

Wonderful half day hike, with moderate elevation gain. Trail is rocky and loose up to the lake. Would recommend going around the lake for great view!

Outstanding payoff for a relatively short hike. Make sure you continue on the trail past the first, smaller lake.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice hike, very gradual uphill until two steep sections near lake. LOTS of people (July Saturday). Dry around lake. Seems like a bit over 6 miles to me.

A good moderate hike. We got to the trailhead around 6:30 am and there was one spot. However, plenty of parking on the street. Wish we had spent more time at the lake, but a storm rolled in and we got worried and left. Next time we will stay for lunch. Not too crowded for early in the morning, but plenty of campers at the lake.

camping
21 days ago

Gorgeous place to hike and camp. More dispersed camping available here as well.

hiking
22 days ago

Drove here for a day trip from Denver, worth the extra drive to avoid a crowded trail. Wildflowers galore! Wildly beautiful views. The trek down to the actual lake wasn't worth it for the view, but provided extra mileage/another big climb back up from the lake. Bug spray a necessity at the lake! Recommend bringing a snack & taking about 4 hours for the trek.

22 days ago

Steep but fun. A great short venture.

hiking
22 days ago

Well kept trail with beautiful views around lake, not too strenuous . Enjoyed it as much as my son.

Awesome hike. About 8-9 miles round trip- different GPS apps measured differently. Forest. Wildflowers. Awesome views. Lake in beautiful mountain forest setting. Highly recommend for those who are experienced hikers on a moderate trail. Switchbacks make elevation change easier.

hiking
24 days ago

Easy trail, great views, somewhat crowded. Stop at the tunnel and eat lunch. maybe fish Hangerman Lake. More noise than expected from the pass road.

Incredibly steep but short hike with rewarding views at the top. Gorgeous lake, and despite the busy trail we still found ourselves alone at the top for most of the morning on Saturday.

Beautiful lake at the top of a short, steep hike! Great hammock spots!

A nice hike with some fun scrambling when you get close to the lake!

Beautiful trail, light traffic. Next time I’ll bring a hammock and lunch

Trail was awesome, one of the best we’ve hiked in Colorado! Well maintained, long switch backs....and the flowers were outstanding.

We hit this trail on a very cloudy and wet day! It was a pretty peaceful hike with very little traffic. I am a 40 year old man who never hikes and we made the lake in just over 90min. No fish is what they say but I didnt break out the rod to test the waters. Here is a quick video. https://www.facebook.com/WPUNDERGROUND/videos/2115173798724641/

nature trips
1 month ago

A nice hike overall. I would recommend it for a day hike. It was pretty crowded by my standards. Lots of dogs on and off leash at the top. A guy smoking pot at the top too. But I managed to find a nice quiet rock to sit and each lunch and stick my feet in. The top of the hike is where you gain all of your elevation which not the best. At that point the trail is a bit eroded. It could use some basic maintenance, but manageable.

Busy but beatiful! A beautiful trail with lots of wild flowers. Well worth the hike. It is in no way lightly trafficked. During peak season on the weekend the parking lot will be full and over flowing onto the road by 9am.

Wonderful wildflowers, water-crossings, and wandering at the beginning of this segment. I really enjoyed strolling the first bit of it. Didn't see a whole lot of people, but the few folks that I did run into were friendly. Bring your bug spray!

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