• After you leave US 40 at the Devil's Thumb exit, you're on an unpaved forest service road in good shape for 9 miles, then 2 more miles of potholed surface. Travel 11 miles to the Junco Lake TH parking area. Mount Neva also has a huge concave west face, which supports Columbine Lake that eventually feeds Monarch Reservoir to the north. Byers Peak is an iconic mountain just west of Winter Park and Fraser that climbs to 12,804 feet. Columbine Lake sits beneath Mount Neva on the west side, on the opposite side of Lake Dorothy, which I hiked last summer from the Fourth of July trailhead. The trek starts at the Junco Lake Trailhead (directions below) about a 40-minute drive from downtown Winter Park.. The lake is situated below Mt. Spam? Description Begin at the Junco Lake Trailhead, in the Arapaho National Forest. Portapotty at trailhead. Following the left fork, the road will skirt the northern edge of a long open meadow through which Meadow Creek … • 1304.33 m Down, 7.7 mi The first mile of the 6.8-mile roundtrip hike follows an old jeep road in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. 33mi, Passable w a few mid of large snow patches especially around diamond lake - no use for spikes or shoes. 142.59 m Up Saw a baby Moose by the lake on one hike. Being a jerk / offensive? 970-834-9270 Located in the Arapaho National Recreation Area, this trailhead provides access to the High Lonesome and the Caribou Pass Trails. The drive to Junco Lake trailhead takes just over 2 hrs. More pictures on Facebook for those who participate. Pit toilet located at Junco Lake Trailhead. The last 1.7 miles to the end of this hike at the Junco Lake Trailhead is a flat, easy walk that parallels Meadow creek. • The trail is pretty easy to follow except around some rocks near the end. Overview Columbine Lake (11,060 ft.) is located 3.4 miles from Junco Lake Trailhead on the west side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. There are small zones you can stay in as well, which includes Jasper Lake, Diamond Lake, and Caribou Lake. 7.9 km The trail enters the forest where it climbs to a plateau, located 2 miles from the trailhead. High Lonesome will take you through forest and some small rolling hills; a … Columbine Lake is 45 minutes past Ouray, Colorado. 2140 Yarmouth Avenue As the Caribou Trail splits away, stay to the right to remain on the Columbine Lake Trail. Trail Map | Photo Gallery 467' Down 4.0 km Box 386 The trailhead isn’t marked real well and drove past it. Columbine Lake Trail is accessed from the Junco Lake Trailhead, just beyond Meadow Creek Reservoir. 811.26 m Down, 2.5 mi Turn left at forks for Indian Peaks access and County Road 84 (.4 miles and 1.2 miles from HWY 40, respectively). 303-541-2500 Sulphur Ranger District, 9 Ten Mile Drive, PO Box 10, Granby, CO 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4111. Here the trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Neva. Forest Service Home | USDA.gov | recreation.gov | Recreation Customer Service Standards | USA.gov | Whitehouse.gov, Plug-Ins | FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Important Notices | Information Quality, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=28656&actid=50. From Highway 40, turn onto County Road 83 at the sign for Meadow Creek | Devils Thumb Ranch. Coming down, when you reach the saddle, the trail heads farther west. 238 m Up 1,289' Down Hiking conditions are best from July through September. Even people afraid of heights will not have a problem. Email Public Affairs, Boulder Ranger District This section of the trail can be used by both hikers and mountain bikers. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. 468' Up The elevation gain is about 5,100 feet. This is about an injury or accident 2,662' Down Idaho Springs, CO 80452 970-887-4100 The trailhead isn’t marked real well and drove past it. The trail starts with a forest inclining into a meadow, then you walk up the meadow into a valley and follow the creek and you will find the lake. Columbine Lake offers day hikers a beautiful setting for a leisurely lunch and is well worth the hike through the wet meadows. Take the detour around the mid-point. (location currently closed) You’ll get great views, even without the trek. • There is some exposure on the way down from Caribou Pass Trail but nothing too bad! Very scenic hike. Hike about 1.8 miles on the Caribou Pass Trail to the Columbine Lake Trail. Note. P.O. Saw a baby Moose by the lake on one hike. Turn right (east) onto County Road 83. Trail Description: At the Junco Lake Trailhead, the trail begins as an old jeep road. Columbine Lake Trail is accessed from the Junco Lake Trailhead, just beyond Meadow Creek Reservoir. 115 North 2nd Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80526 12.4 km that you'll pass on your way to Meadow Creek Reservoir. Despite a bumpy 10-mile drive from the tiny town of Tabernash and confusing signage for “Junco Lake Trailhead,” the hike to Columbine Lake is a worthy day trip from Denver. Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking. The trail then climbs alongside the creek to a smaller second plateau and another marshy meadow. Panoramic views from nearby Columbine Pass encompassing Bridal Veil basin and the Sneffels Range. 393 m Down. There is a 3 to 4 hours hike up the Columbine Trail to get to the lake. 4,279' Down It lies under Mount Neva (12,814') in a broad treeline basin ringed by level meadows, tree-topped knolls and alpine terraces. Remnants of snow fields usually remain along the trail until the first or second week of July. It lies under Mount Neva (12,814 ft.) in a broad treeline basin ringed by level meadows, tree-topped knolls, and alpine terraces. For the next .5 mile, the trail skirts marshy meadows. Jasper lake snow more traveled - no postholing 293' Down 2060 Miner Street Email Visitor Information, Pawnee National Grassland The trail is pretty easy to follow except around some rocks near the end. The Three Lakes of Grand, Granby and Shadow Mountain are great places to escape with your boat or a fishing pole for a day. You can also pay the volunteer at Junco Lake in cash; however, there are usually only volunteers on the weekends. Travel 11 miles to the Junco Lake Trailhead parking area. When the road forks, go left onto County Road 84 (NFSR 129). Columbine Lake, near Silverton, Colorado - Little known hike climbs steeply through forest and beautiful alpine meadows to a stunning glacial lake set amid a backdrop of rugged 13,000-ft.+ peaks. 781' Up After determining that our correct route would be to follow the Columbine Lakes Trail, we headed in that direction (east). The Columbine Lake hike follows an old jeep road until it reaches a junction with the Caribou Pass Trail at 1.7 miles. Land Manager: USFS - Boulder Ranger District Office, 17.0 mi 393.05 m Up The right fork goes to Columbine Lake. Camping cannot be overlooked either with 15 campgrounds and nearly 500 campsites. 142.42 m Down, 10.1 mi *BONUS* Bring on the Big One. Take the detour around the mid-point. This picturesque lake is nestled at the base of Mount Neva’s east face and is a popular day hike for Front Range residents from the 4th of July TH. Junco lake to Columbine Lake. The Columbine Lake Trail takes you through a beautiful area of the Indian Peaks Wilderness through varying terrain. 811.3 m Up • Columbine Lake Trail ist ein 8.3 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Silverton, Colorado. Email Visitor Information, Elevation: 10,080 feet at the Junco Lake Trailhead; 11,060 feet at Columbine Lake. P.O. jeromeng2109 1 year, 3 months ago Columbine Lake … View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. 89.29 m Up @ Idaho Springs Visitors Center Byers Peak . There is a 3 to 4 hours hike up the Columbine Trail to get to the lake. Trail. This hike climbs in elevation at a rather steep 12% grade, which rates it as a ‘difficult’ hike. Directions. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Please explain. From there we were back on trail. 303-567-3000 (Visitor Information) The trail starts at the gate and follows the road to the Trailhead of the single track hiking trail. Ault, CO 80610 At the end of this meadow, the trail then climbs to timberline, still following the creek, and ends at Columbine Lake. After a mile, the road forks and the right-hand fork leads to several tumbled down log cabins beside Meadow Creek. Begin at the Junco Lake Trailhead, in the Arapaho National Forest. You will pass through meadows (filled with wildflowers in the summer) and dense forest. Head north on Highway 40 north out of Fraser. Columbine Lake Trail is located within the Indian Peaks Wilderness, therefore wilderness regulations apply. 2150 Centre Avenue, Building E • Hike on the Columbine Trail before arriving at the, There is some cool mining equipment about halfway up the, Started from trailhead near El Dora, heading towards Devil's Thumb Pass, moving clockwise through loop on 3-day backpack. 1286.71 m Up Boulder,  CO 80301 Head north on U.S. Highway 40 north out of Fraser. Hike on the Columbine Trail before arriving at the High Lonesome Trail about 0.25 miles from the Junco Lake Trailhead. NOT OKAY! 23.7mi, Create Recommended Route or 27.4 km The Junco Lake Trailhead is located 11 miles from Highway 40 on a spur just off County Road 84. The trail continues along the creek to its source at Columbine Lake. 2,662' Up Er führt entlang eines Sees, durch schönen Wald und es gibt oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. 970-295-6600 A hike on Columbine Lake Trailhead in Grand County satisfies three key ingredients for a great outdoor active day: water, wildlife and wilderness. […] Box 10 238.23 m Down, 4.8 mi 9 Ten Mile Drive I would suggest trying to avoid this stretch. 7.8 km There is a pay station that accepts credit cards (?!) Its a place of beauty! 293' Up You have the option of hiking in on certain days of the project or camping out the work crew. • This popular trail in the Indian Peaks Wilderness passes through meadows, streams and forests before reaching a high-alpine at the base of Mount Neva. Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National Grassland, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests & Pawnee National Grassland, Forest Supervisor's Office Drive to Monarch Lake. It is approximately 1.3 miles east to the lake. In the Arapaho National Forest you will surely enjoy Columbine Lake Trail which is a scenic hike beginning from the Junco Lake Parking Lot and Trailhead. The trail starts with a forest inclining into a meadow, then you walk up the meadow into a valley and follow the creek and you will find the lake. Junco Lake Trailhead lies within the Arapaho National Recreation Area, off of Highway 40, 1 mile south of Tabernash and 4 miles north of Fraser. Email Visitor Information, Sulphur Ranger District From US-40 near Tabernash, CO, turn onto Highway 83, then after ¼ mile turn left onto USFS 129/CR 84 and follow it for about 11 miles until you find the Junco Lake Trailhead on the left hand side. • Starting at the Junco Lake Trailhead near Tabernash, follow the Caribou Pass Trail to reach Columbine Lake. 1,290' Up https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/columbine-lake-trail--2 Columbine Lake - 6.8 Miles Round-Trip Columbine Lake (11,060') is located 3.4 miles from Junco Lake Trailhead on the west side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. This trail, which is 22 miles, can be made longer by going through King Lake Trail. 2150 Centre Avenue, Building E • Granby, CO 80446 When the road forks, go left onto County Road 84 (NFSR 129). As it turns out, Junco Lake is only the name of the trailhead as right next to the parking lot lay Junco Lake. It is a shallow lake, with a maximum depth of 8 feet containing rainbow and cutthroat trout. Any car can make it. The trail is rated moderate by the Forest Service. ... Columbine Lake. Email Visitor Information, Canyon Lakes Ranger District There are strong game/climbers' trails heading directly down a steep scree slope. Turn right (east) onto County Road 83. From the creek, the trail heads left over boulders before turning again towards the creek. When the snow falls, the Columbine Lake Trail becomes the domain of snowshoers. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and Looking for a mountain lake without the hike time? Run on the Columbine Trail before arriving at the High Lonesome Trail about 0.25 miles from the Junco Lake Trailhead. Once you leave County Road 83 between Fraser and Tabernash it's an 11 mile drive on a dirt Forest Service road to reach the Junco Lake trailhead parking lot. Fort Collins, CO 80526 89.22 m Down, 4.9 mi Follow the road around the reservoir and on to the Junco Lake trailhead which is also the trailhead for Columbine Lake. Explore the best trails in Columbine, Colorado on TrailLink. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. ... Junco to Columbine Lake. This Colorado lake hike can be done as a day hike from the Denver area if you want to, but it does make for a long day, so start early; or if you want to make things a little easier on yourself, stay a night in Winter Park. After a mile, the road forks and the right-hand fork leads to several tumbled down log cabins beside Meadow Creek. Email Visitor Information, Clear Creek Ranger District The old wagon road that is now Columine Lakes Trail. Following the left fork, the road will skirt the northern edge of a long open meadow through which Meadow Creek flows. You will need to bring water, food, closed toe shoes and clothes for various weather conditions. High Lonesome will take you through forest and some small rolling hills; a great warm-up before the first big hill! At 2.6 miles from the top of the pass, you will reach a junction with Columbine Lake Trail. This is the start of the trail to Columbine Lake. Campfires are prohibited at Columbine Lake to protect the delicate nature of the alpine tundra. The Columbine Lake Trail is about eight miles round trip and between 2,500 and 3,000 feet of elevation, depending on where you start the hike. 970-295-6700 (Visitor Info) Headwaters Trails Alliance will be joining the USDA Forest Service, and Grand County Wilderness Group for trail improvements on the Columbine Lake Trail. With more than 117 Columbine trails covering 720 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Discovery Trail (CO) or Switzerland Trail. The hike to Columbine Lake is 3 miles one way beginning at the Junco Lake trailhead at around 10040 feet, with a final elevation of 11060 at the lake. • Columbine Lake via Caribou Pass Trail Distance: 7.3 Miles | Difficulty: Moderate. Columbine Lake is beautiful. Driving Directions From US Hwy 40 at Tabernash, Colorado, take County Road 84 eleven miles, turn SE on Forest Road 129.3A 1/10 mile to trailhead. This is a great long hike that will give you outstanding views of the Fraser valley, an up close look at Devil's Thumb, and innumerable alpine lakes. At the southern end of these meadows, the trail meets Meadow Creek, where it becomes steep and rocky. Trail Description This trail is an excellent day hike with its major attraction being the panoramic views atop Byers Peak. Columbine Lake is 45 minutes past Ouray, Colorado. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Something else? 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