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blue Rock Creek to Lower Boulder Lake

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Trail

5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,113' 339 m
Descent: -1,113' -339 m
High: 10,109' 3,081 m
Low: 9,497' 2,895 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Chelsea Gribbin

A forested trail that leads to a beautiful alpine lake.

Chelsea Gribbin

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!

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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
Jul 9, 2017
C M
3.1mi
Jun 25, 2017
Nick V
Rock Creek Rd is open for the summer to the upper trailhead. Trail is dry and in good condition. Downed trees have been cleared in the past 2 weeks.
May 27, 2017
Brenn Anderson-Gregson
Extra mile and a half added to the beginning and end of the trail due to winter road closure. 6mi

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  3.7 from 10 votes

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