CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED. Permits are not required for overnight stays inside the
James Peak Wilderness. However, other wilderness regulations apply.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Commonly Backpacked
Family Friendly: Kids may struggle for a short time making the climb to the lakes, but it will all be worth it once they are there.
Not to be confused with Crater Lake
in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Crater Lake
Trail is in the James Peak Wilderness.
The Crater Lake
Trail turns right (north) off the South Boulder Creek Trail
at the junction sign. It climbs for a mile into a wide valley before crossing the narrow spit of land between the two main lakes. To reach the fantastic upper lake, follow the steep fisherman's trail up the headwall and down a talus field to the lakeshore.
In June and early July, this valley can be full of deep snow and the trail may not be visible.