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North Willow Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (23)

A forested trail that leads to a beautiful high alpine lake.


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Map Key

6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

Point to Point

11,443' 3,488 m

High

8,985' 2,738 m

Low

2,596' 791 m

Up

168' 51 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

There is no overnight parking allowed at this trailhead.

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 look out areas facing east where you can see the mountains on the divide. The trail follows alongside of North Willow Creek most of the way, until mile 8 when you cross it. There is a short trail at this crossing that leads to Salmon Lake. Continue on past Salmon Lake trail about 2 miles to North Willow Lake. Then turn around and return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Many wildflowers, moose and marmots to be seen!

Shared By:

Chelsea Gribbin with improvements by Matt Hambright

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  4.7 from 23 votes

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Looking up at Zodiac Spires from North Willow Lake
Mar 14, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
North Willow Lake Trail heading towards our destination
Mar 14, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
Looking north at one of the many small ponds
Mar 14, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
Heading up on the North Willow Lake Trail, views of the neighboring peaks abound.
Jun 26, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Travel through the pine forest on the way to Salmon Lake.
Jun 18, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Enjoy a gorgeous view crossing North Willow Creek looking southeast.
Jun 26, 2017 near Silvert…, CO

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Oct 30, 2020
Anjana Sasi
12mi — 7h 00m
Sep 5, 2020
Jack Prescott
hiked and camped overnight from the overflow lot to Willow lake. Great tough hike - as in uphill the whole way. but it was worth it. bid recommend… 6.6mi — 10h 20m
Aug 15, 2020
Kathy Perry
Left at 5:30am. Stopped at every pond, lake, stream along the way to fish. Beautiful, quiet solitude! 15mi
Jul 9, 2020
Jordan Rasure
Beautiful. Started to run out of daylight near the end due to a late start, but absolutely worth it. RT: 14.4 w/ Salmon added. 14.4mi — 6h 33m
Jul 5, 2020
Meaghan O.
6.6mi — 4h 00m
Jun 29, 2020
Brian Wanless
This trail is significantly longer than 6.6 miles. My GPS tracker had me at 17.4 miles by the end and we didn't even do salmon lake. Fun hike though. 17.4mi — 8h 00m
Apr 6, 2020
Karen Gallegos