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Kroenke Lake

Intermediate
 4.0 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An out-and-back climb with creek crossings and greenery!


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8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

Out and Back

11,523' 3,512 m

High

9,936' 3,029 m

Low

1,587' 484 m

Up

1,585' 483 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views

Overview

This route will take you up to Kroenke Lake, a beautiful spot just below the treeline. Expect a moderately strenuous hike and a few creek crossings. For those looking for more, the trail continues up to Brown's Pass.

Description

From the North Cottonwood trailhead, follow a well-marked trail west into the San Isabel wilderness. At the Kroenke Lake Trail junction, head towards the lake for about 2 miles. You'll cross the stream several times across bridges, rocks and fallen tress.

Some crossings are easier than others depending on the time of year. The trail is not often crowded, although parking can be limited since the trailhead also provides access to Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia. Fishing is available at the lake, and dispersed camping is allowed on the road to the trailhead. The trail continues on to Brown's Pass.

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Haley Newkirk

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 9 votes

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Looking west over Kroenke Lake.
Dec 9, 2015 near Buena V…, CO
Navigating obstacles on excellent trail.
Mar 12, 2015 near Buena V…, CO

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Oct 31, 2020
Mike D
Some snow (mostly well-packed) and ice. Microspikes are advisable but it's doable without.
Sep 28, 2019
John Flynn
Aug 19, 2018
Scott Golightly
Cruised it. Not as nice as Ptarmigan but will return to read climb at some point. 8.7mi
Jul 30, 2018
Teresa Vodopest
Nov 26, 2017
"H" Lampasso
My GPS watch clocked 4.5 miles to the edge of the lake. Camped out in the trees. Saw no one for 2.5 days. Was great & Cold. 10mi
Sep 16, 2017
Ben Nissley
Sep 4, 2017
Josh M
Aug 27, 2017
Megan Snow
8mi