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Crater Lakes Trail #819

 4.2 (14)

Length


1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


700' 213 m

Ascent

-13' -4 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

10,663' 3,250 m

High

9,976' 3,041 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

Conditions


All Clear 9 days ago
Dry History

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This is a great place to camp on a hot summer day. Come for the views, but stay for the cool water and the upper lake.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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.

CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED. Permits are not required for overnight stays inside the
James Peak Wilderness. However, other wilderness regulations apply.

Description

Not to be confused with Crater Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Crater Lakes Trail is in the James Peak Wilderness.

The Crater Lakes 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.

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Aug 5, 2018
Gary Garrison
Jul 31, 2018
Rebecca Falgoust
Jul 24, 2018
Michele Cotter
went to the main lakes and also proceeded on to the upper lakes, which was a very steep climb with outstanding views of the valley and the stream f…
Apr 1, 2018
Stephen Pack
Jan 20, 2018
Jessica Silverman
Jan 8, 2018
Greg Cardone
Snow was a bit deep at the top - snowshoes were needed which cut my hike short. Lost car keys - please call if found 727.249.6099 1mi
Jan 1, 2018
Maren Miller
Dec 2, 2017
Alex Grina

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 14 votes

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in Front Range

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#5

in Front Range

#300

in Colorado

#3,883

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