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A fun uphill trail leading to a beautiful lake


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Point to Point

10,319' 3,145 m

High

8,384' 2,555 m

Low

1,955' 596 m

Up

152' 46 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

This is a pretty consistently steep trail that leads to Sandbeach Lake in a mainly forested section of Wild Basin. The first portion of the trail climbs quickly to just below the ridgeline and follows the ridge until just before Campers Creek backcountry campsite.

You'll eventually cross Campers Creek, and follow close to Hunters Creek, and then head up towards Sandbeach Lake. The last push before the lake is somewhat steep but this last little push is worth it for the amazing views at the lake.

Take your time to appreciate the alpine lake, and maybe dip your toes in its icy water. Once you have had your fill of this spectacular area, head back the same way back to your car.

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aaron moore

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 27 votes

#2

in Wild Basin

#309

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  4.2 from 27 votes
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#2

in Wild Basin

#65

in Colorado

#309

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Photos

Going up the trail.
Sep 6, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Hunters Creek.
Sep 6, 2017 near Grand Lake, CO
Solitude.
Sep 6, 2017 near Grand Lake, CO
This is about two miles going up the trail to the lake.
Sep 6, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Nice contrast, this is about where the fall color stops, the rest is mostly evergreen.
Oct 9, 2019 near Estes Park, CO
Hunters Creek
Sep 6, 2017 near Grand Lake, CO

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May 27, 2023
Rachel Solorio
7.5mi
Aug 6, 2022
Jody Rae
Aug 6, 2022
Drev 7
9.5mi
Jul 17, 2022
Ethan Deardorff
2 days, 1 night. Amazing scenery and such a great hike to do with anyone and a great place to go out into the backcountry for a couple days
Jul 11, 2022
Rusty Shackleford
Lots of mosquitoes at the lake. 9mi
Apr 25, 2022
Daniel Godwin
Compacted snow along much of the trail makes for challenging footing. Deep postholing near the lake. 8.8mi — 4h 27m
Dec 31, 2020
Cynthia B.
Mar 17, 2020
Shauna Owens
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