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Salmon Lake

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Trail

10.3 mile 16.6 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,415' 736 m
Descent: -2,415' -736 m
High: 11,289' 3,441 m
Low: 8,988' 2,739 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by Matthew Coye

Talk about a great hike up a beautiful drainage! Earn stunning views of the East Thorn.

Matthew Coye

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

Overview

This heavily forested approach reaches a high alpine lake, along they way, take notice of the entire Gore Range, it won't be hard to miss! Work on those high knees as there may be numerous downed trees.

The trail can be a burden in the rain as it becomes a running creek. Try to hit it on a warm clear summer day. There are rocks strewn about the trail, so your foot placement will need to be calculated.

Once you arrive at Salmon Lake, you'll get a beautiful view of the East Thorn and its gnar-ness. If you're really feeling adventurous, go for a scramble up the East Thorn and get your exposure on!

Description

The trailhead is located at the top of the Willowbrook neighborhood and is forested pretty much the entire way to the lake. There are a few lookout areas facing east where you can see the mountains on the divide.

Be prepared for a steady climb to the high alpine Salmon Lake. There is not much in the way of respite (is there ever in the Gore Range?), but it's beautiful the entire way. At about 3.8 miles, you'll head left to stay on the North Willow Lake Trail and veer off of the Gore Range Trail. Your next junction will be shortly after 4.5 miles when you split right and head up to Salmon Lake, this is well signed. Once you reach the lake, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the drainage you just conquered, and, of course, the East Thorn.

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Jul 1, 2019
Jonathon Kent
Sep 23, 2018
Patrick Csongei
hiked up to salmon lake first and then made my way up to north willow lake. jogged some on the way down 14mi
Aug 23, 2018
Liz Rice
Aug 6, 2018
Jordan Frdnmkr
Added onto willow lake trail 1mi
Aug 1, 2018
Paul Thering
Jul 29, 2018
Jacob P
10.1mi
Jul 29, 2018
Kate V
Sep 21, 2017
Justin Ryder

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