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Timber Lake Trail

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Trail

9.3 mile 14.9 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,012' 613 m
Descent: -2,012' -613 m
High: 11,056' 3,370 m
Low: 9,062' 2,762 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A steep trail that rewards with a great rest spot at Timber Lake.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a 4.8 mile route up to picturesque Timber Lake. The trail climbs through a number of short switchbacks leading to a meadow where subalpine flowers bloom. After a second set of switchbacks, Timber Lake comes into view. Allow 5-6 hours for this steep hike or 2-3 hours if you can run it.

Description

Leaving from the Timber Lake trailhead, start up the Timber Lake Trail and enjoy the splendid stands of aspen. In fall, this trail glows red, orange and yellow from the aspen foliage.

Eventually, the trail enters a beautiful meadowland where moose and elk are frequent encounters. Soon after, Timber Lake Trail will cross the sometimes roaring Beaver Creek via an elevated bridge.

At around the one mile mark, the trail's grade increases significantly and forward travel will slow. You'll gain a lot of elevation on Jackstraw Mountain's western face. The forest will transition from aspen stands to dense coniferous forest.

Just before the four mile mark, Long Meadows Trail (A.K.A. Timber Creek Trail) will branch off to the south (right).

Shortly after the junction with Long Meadows Trail, the trail steepens again through another set of rocky switchbacks. Once the trail turns back to the southeast, Timber Lake will not be far off. Enjoy a break or picnic next to the lake and take in the views before turning around and retracing your steps.

Flora & Fauna

RMNP is a massive park that is mostly characterized by a montane ecosystem. Here are some of the Flora and Fauna that you may encounter along this trail:

Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers, shrubs
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.

For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.

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Aug 9, 2019
Pete Dempsey
Jul 17, 2019
Neal Walther
Jul 2, 2019
Emily Trombly
Apr 19, 2019
Walter Neal
Aug 25, 2018
D F
Aug 15, 2018
Alexander Baukus
11mi
Aug 1, 2018
Andrew Nelson
Landslide area about halfway up the trail with some climbing involved. Also a few steep switchbacks. Saw moose and deer on trail. 10.1mi
Jul 15, 2018
Noa P
10.6mi

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  4.2 from 9 votes

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Photos

The Slopes of Mt. Ida with permission from Ed Ogle
Jan 15, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Timber Lake Trail
Jan 15, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Timber Lake
May 6, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO

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