“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
Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Commonly Backpacked
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.
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.