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greenBlue Convict Lake Trail

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2.6 mile 4.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 170' 52 m
Descent: -175' -53 m
High: 7,646' 2,330 m
Low: 7,591' 2,314 m


Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)


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Trail shared by Eric Hunter

A wonderful, easy hike around Convict lake. Sagebrush, towering peaks & aspen trees galore!

Eric Hunter

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The trail is flat, the views are pretty, and the lake is always close. What kid can resist dipping his feet into water?


The trail is about 2.5 miles total that follow the shoreline. You can hike in either direction around the lake. Park at that Marina and hike to the end of the pavement. The trail is relatively flat ranging from 7,620 to 7,660 feet in elevation. At the back of the lake, there is a boardwalk that crosses the creek.


If you park at the Marina, follow the road about a quarter mile to the trailhead. The trail is straightforward and starts in sagebrush. About a half mile down the trail, you'll enter a great aspen and cottonwood forest.

On the back side of the lake is a great area for a picnic and some small beach areas which are great for fishing spots.Cross over the boardwalks. Then, continue on and you'll be back hiking through sagebrush until you come back to the parking area. Overall, this is a short, easy hike that gets warm in the summer time. Drink Water!

Flora & Fauna

Great for wildflowers and looking up at Mount Morrison, also Known as The Great White Fang, at 12,226' elevation. Also a great place to see fall colors.


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Oct 20, 2018
Kristen Stoner
Beautiful hike. Lots of dogs and lots of people but worth it! Go early !!! 2.7mi
Sep 11, 2018
Elizabeth Bacon
Kayaked across the lake and hiked up creek trail to impassable landslide area. Young coyote observed on trail. Boardwalk area also explored befor… 1mi
Sep 3, 2018
Marco Sulin
Aug 14, 2018
Rob Luskey
Jul 20, 2018
Marco Sulin
May 17, 2018
Spencer Swift
May 12, 2018
Matt LeBlanc
Oct 8, 2017
Oswaldo Freire
smooth good to active rest day 2.6mi

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steveoxley oxley   Winter Park, Colorado
Ran around this beautiful spectacle today (7-3-17)time 26.5 minutes. Avoid the mob at the lake parking by taking the early bumpy road to the satellite parking for an immensely epic drop in (photos) to the lake basin. Lots of water to cross but navigable. FUN STUFF ****. Jul 3, 2017

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