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King Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (7)

Earn solitude and lakeside views from this easily accessible trail, just above Nederland.


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Map Key

4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Point to Point

11,653' 3,552 m

High

9,669' 2,947 m

Low

1,984' 605 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Campfires are not allowed. Permits required for overnight stays inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness from June 1 - September 15.

Description

After diverging from the Devils Thumb Trail, King Lake Trail soon enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness and steadily gains 1200 feet in elevation over the next four miles.

Towards the upper end, the trestles of the Moffat Road are visible on the side of the ridge to the left. About a mile before reaching King Lake, the trail makes several switchbacks. Trail #810 to Betty & Bob Lakes Trail forks north from the main trail at the river crossing about a -mile east of King Lake. The King Lake Trail passes King Lake and briefly climbs a ridge to the Continental Divide. There it meets the High Lonesome Trail #7.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.7 from 7 votes

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#152

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#970

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Photos

Descending to Kings Lake surrounded by Yellow Paintbrush.
Aug 1, 2017 near Fraser, CO
King Lake.
Aug 25, 2015 near Fraser, CO
King Lake Trail 08/06/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO
Taking in the views while filtering water on King Lake Trail 08/07/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO
King Lake Trail view to the east 08/07/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Fraser, CO
High Lonesome backside
Jul 19, 2020 near Fraser, CO

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Jun 28, 2020
J Brinker
No parking at 7am, had to use shuttle. Snow wasn't a problem. Gorgeous hike!
Sep 8, 2018
Jennifer Shamp
Aug 13, 2018
Laura Hamman
12mi
Nov 25, 2017
David Orner
Didn't finish the entire trail, heavy snow and no snowshoes so we stopped at the first lake 3.5mi
Sep 20, 2017
Bela Oh
great place for backcountry camping close to the lake 5.3mi — 2h 30m
Jul 5, 2017
Nicole Benkelman
We started at hessie trailhead and worked our way up to king lake from there. Views were incredible and would do it again in a heartbeat 4.4mi
Aug 29, 2015
Mike J