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Crater Lake Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 233' 71 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 10,348' 3,154 m
Low: 10,125' 3,086 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

One of the most popular destinations in Indian Peaks Wilderness, and for good reason.

Tom Robson

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

No campfires allowed at Crater Lake. Camping in designated sites only. Follow Leave No Trace principles. Permits are required for overnight stays in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (IPW) from June 1 to September 15.

Description

The junction to Crater Lake Trail is 6.7 miles up the Cascade Trail. After you branch off to the right onto the Crater Lake Trail, you travel up a moderate grade for 1.1 miles before terminating at Crater Lake. After 0.6 miles the trail crosses the stream on a double log footbridge and then continues following a series of switchbacks. The trail levels out at Mirror Lake, a small and shallow lake a quarter of a mile below Crater Lake. Towering above is Lone Eagle Peak.

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Jul 27, 2019
Shelly Pickering
Backpacking with Taylor, mike, and kyle 3.5mi — 1h 45m
Aug 21, 2017
Skip Kay
Jun 25, 2016
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Photos

Lone Eagle Peak above Mirror - from the Crater Lake Trail
Apr 14, 2015 near Granby, CO
Lone Eagle Peak reflected in unnamed small pond
Apr 14, 2015 near Granby, CO
Crater Lake and Mt Achonee (12,649')
Aug 14, 2018 near Granby, CO
Looking southward at Lone Eagle Peak
Jul 9, 2018 near Granby, CO
At the cirque. Pure happiness.
Oct 29, 2017 near Granby, CO
Magic as dusk unfolds on the peaks above the meadow at campsite 11.
Mar 6, 2018 near Granby, CO

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