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Crater Lakes Trail #819

 10 votes

Length

1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

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

Conditions


Minor Issues 33 days ago
Snowy - Packed snow about 85% of the way. Spikes and poles helped a bunch. A little postholing the last half mile. 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

Overview

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.
Dogs: Leashed

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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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
Oct 25, 2017
Alyssa Gonzalez
Oct 15, 2017
Nathan Kozurek
Jul 22, 2017
Kyle Dymowski
Apr 16, 2017
Matt Adamski

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  4.1 from 10 votes

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#9

in Front Range

#330

in Colorado

#3,774

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