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

It was amazing to ski

Definitely moderate to hard, getting out to the meadow and up to the top in the last 2 miles was one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.

hiking
7 months ago

I've done this in summer (July) and mud season (Oct). Much prettier in summer, although in fall/Sept all the aspens would make it beautiful. Fairly easy for a big payout in spectacular high mountain lake. Right now is VERY icy

really great hike! it’s perfect for a hike to almost prepare you for a CO 14er.

seriously beautiful trail. went up the 1st October with 6in to 1ft snow so dress warm and get out the take tracks.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike amazing views! For a bunch of flatlanders we did pretty good. Made it to the lake just before the cold front came in. Took us about 4hrs there and back with lots of little breaks. Would definitely do it again on a day with less chance of rain or snow.

Beautiful views and easy trail to navigate. Definitely recommend bringing layers as well!

not crowded, amazing views.

Off Junco trailhead. On 11 miles of gravel road, not too rough. First few miles are a constant gentle uphill climb, not too strenuous but gets the blood pumping. Through the woods and past many meadows. There were still some flowers as well as some of the leaves starting to turn for fall.
Once you gently switchback up from
A meadow to the woods the trail splits, well marked path and easy to follow to the right. Continues in woods for awhile then starts to steeply switchback up. There is a 1/2 mile section that is hard and steep, but doable and worth it. Then it eases up and you come out onto he rocks and work your way to the lake.
The lake of course is gorgeous. Clear, surrounded by peaks. A dream. We saw a group of some kids and guides and then roughly 8-10 people otherwise all on the way down but one other couple out early. Started early, took 3.5 hours roughly of hiking plus plenty of stops to enjoy. Altitude only issue during the steep part it was harder to breathe, otherwise it was fine (flatlander).

hiking
8 months ago

Loved it, made it to 11,525(switched over to the glacier trail at the end), bring some layers.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was great. I would recommend a vehicle with a high ground clearance as the camp road to the trailhead parking lot is a bit rough. I made it without incident in a Mazda 3 but moving very slowly. I trekked up to Lake Dorothy starting at this trailhead. Once you get to the fork in the trail where left is Caribou Pass and right is Columbine Lake, that's where the real climb begins. I would definitely consider this to be a very lightly trafficked trail. I was joined by only two other people on the way up. And one of those was a National Forest Ranger. I started out at around 8:00am. There were an unbelievable amount of birds around once the Sun was fully in the sky. When you reach the top and are overlooking Caribou Lake I would recommend continuing on and to the right around to Lake Dorothy. The trail is a little sketchy from there on but not impassable on a good clear day. Which it was when I had done this and the views were outstanding! Also when I went this time of year, in early September, there were a lot of hunters in the woods. Not a big deal, as long as gunfire doesn't bother you. Lots of amazing camping available, just need to purchase a backcountry pass at the Ranger station for $5 and I'm pretty sure that covers your parking as well. Not too bad IMO.

Really fun hike 1/2 way gets steep and the last 1/4 is steeper but very nice trail did not feel unsafe or anything. Took about 5:00hrs round trip or so at 2mph, poles would have been nice. Great views on the way up and up top.

We had an amazing hike today. Not a cloud in the sky. This is a difficult trail but not technical at all. You can take your time and it is well worth it. Beautiful views near continental divide.

This was a great hike! The uphill climb is primarily at the end. There was a wonderful stone path across a meadow that passed by a marmot hotel in the rocks nearby. Lake was beautiful. Views awesome. Even the drive to the trailhead was interesting.

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I did this trail during our visit to Colorado last week and it was amazing. It was the perfect amount of a hiking challenge for two fit-ish people traveling to altitude from FL. Once we passed the Caribou Pass/Columbine Lake split, we didn't see a single person which was very nice. The scenery is was breathtaking and overall experience will never be forgotten. I highly recommend this trail.

The dirt road leading up to the trailhead kind of sucks, but the hike itself is very nice.

Awesome !!

Awesome !!

hiking
9 months ago

I've been living in this area for 10 years but haven't done this hike until today. I have to say that even after a decade of living in these mountains I was quite impressed with the views on this hike. A little challenging towards the end of the trail, but if you're not used to the thin air at this altitude, you may find it to be a difficult hike, but the views are well worth it.

This trail has everything...shade, Meadows, huge boulders, and a very difficult climb! Fantastic views at the top!

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite views. Have backpacked from monarch lake to this (and looped back to monarch) and just recently did this hike from the junco lake trail head. The last mile got me winded, but man, it was worth it!

Just do it

hiking
10 months ago

This is a lovely hike, the first two miles are gently sloping and easy, with some logs to cross over. After you pass the stone-lined muskeg, the trail becomes precipitously more steep and challenging, however, you are more than rewarded when you arrive at lovely Columbine Lake. There are some small waterfalls on your right as you approach the lake. Prepare for some mosquitos once you take your seat to enjoy the views of the snow ringed lake. Wonderful hiking.

Beautiful hike, nice meadows and wildflowers. I would rate this hike moderate to difficult. Once you pass the Indian peak wilderness sign be prepared for uphill and after passing through the meadow on the stones, I'd say the trail is difficult all the way to the top. Don't be fooled by reviews that say it's easy. Ultimately, it's worth it. Columbine Lake and it's surroundings are spectacular.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved this hike. Can make it to trailhead with standard car but the dirt road is a bit washed. I would rate this as an easy hike. 3.5ish up, 7.5ish roundtrip. The only reason I would say it's slightly moderate is for people that aren't used to the altitude, it is a higher elevation hike. Beautiful wildflowers everywhere. Get there early, very very very popular trail

hiking
10 months ago

This is an amazing hike! So beautiful!!! One of the best we've been on anywhere!
The car ride there on the dirt/gravel road was very bumpy and slow though, be warned!

Cool trail! Going up the pass is super steep, but near the top there are some beautiful views before you get up to Dorothy Lake. Did this trail with a pack on, great workout.

This trail was beautiful. Very clean and well kept. Easy to find also. I went July 9 and there was a little bit of snow left. Saw lots of families with kids enjoying it as well. There were quite a bit of bugs at the lake which was to be expected.

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