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Rock Creek to Lower Boulder Lake

Intermediate
 3.8 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A forested trail that leads to a beautiful alpine lake.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Out and Back

10,102' 3,079 m

High

9,501' 2,896 m

Low

1,060' 323 m

Up

1,060' 323 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Overview

Most alpine lakes are a lot harder and farther to get to. Lower Boulder Lake is a family friendly hike starting from Rock Creek and running through dense forest until you hit the lake with beautiful views of the mountain beyond.

Need to Know

Watch out for hunters in the fall, this is one of their go-to places; wear orange!

Description

Starting from the Rock Creek Trailhead, follow North Rock Creek Trail #46 for about a half mile and then take the right at the first junction onto the Gore Range Trail. You'll hike through a thick forest with a lot of pine beetle kill. There are a lot of game and hunting trails so make sure to stay straight on the Gore Range Trail through any false intersections. A little over a mile and a half, the trail crests and then drops down through the forest on a very fun downhill section.

At the end of the downhill, you'll cross a small creek and come to the junction of the Boulder Creek Trail and the Gore Range Trail. Take a left onto the Boulder Creek Trail and start the climb; you'll pass a junction, with the trail straight ahead blocked off for restoration. Continue to the right and up a switchback to stay on the Boulder Creek Trail. In about a half mile from the Gore Range Trail - Boulder Creek Trail junction, you'll reach Lower Boulder Lake. Now turn around and return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Possible moose sightings anywhere near the lake!

Contacts

Shared By:

Chelsea Gribbin with improvements by Lara Elizabeth

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 12 votes

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Photos

Lower Boulder Lake.
Aug 3, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Gore range
May 11, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
Boulder Lake near the outlet.
Oct 23, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Beautiful fall colors on Rock Creek Trail
Mar 19, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
Looking east towards Ptarmigan Mountain from the Gore Range Trail
Mar 19, 2015 near Silvert…, CO

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Jul 5, 2020
Jay Hammond
Jul 20, 2019
Amy Ulrich
Great hike, loved hiking through shady forests with running streams. Nice elevation changes. The lake was beautiful. Uneven trail with rocks & roots. 5.9mi
Jun 4, 2019
Dane F
trail is still snow covered. Visibility declines as you progress and the trail becomes difficult to follow.
Sep 8, 2018
Kelsey Lemieux
Jun 30, 2018
Kelsey Lemieux
Make sure to turn onto Lower Boulder Lake Spur at the junction. 7.9mi
May 26, 2018
Megan Pamperin
No snow. Beautiful lake, not many views until the end though. Car couldn't make it up to the trailhead so had to hike a mile up the dirt road. — 3h 00m
Aug 1, 2017
Lucas Worthen
At approximately 2.3 miles we came to a t intersection where the GPX track showed a turn to the right, however you need to turn left for Boulder Lake. 6mi — 3h 30m
Jul 15, 2017
Chet Che