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A beautiful trail leading into the Comanche Peak Wilderness with an impressive cirque at the top.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Point to Point

11,002' 3,353 m

High

9,014' 2,747 m

Low

1,989' 606 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

This is a high travel area. Camping is limited to developed campsites in the Cirque Meadow ONLY. No camping within a mile or more of the cirque. The camping boundary is well signed on the trail.

Description

From the Tom Bennett Campground continue up FS 145 a very short way to the fork with FS 147. There is a trailhead sign there, though with a 4WD you can drive part way up FS 147. A normal clearance 4WD will go less than a half mile before having to pull off the road. A higher clearance 4WD can make it to a gate about 3/4 mile up FS 147.

The road will slowly converge down to a singletrack. There are a few tougher areas to navigate as you get higher on the trail, though there are plenty of cairns to mark the way if you look around. The trail gets steeper as you approach Cirque Lake, then it's a quick jaunt up to Emmaline Lake from there.

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Shared By:

Joel Larner

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#143

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Photos

Panorama at Emmaline Lake.
Jul 10, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Cirque Lake.
Jul 10, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Falls next to trail
Aug 1, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Waterfall enroute to the Cirque Lakes.
Jul 10, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Emmaline Lake, with runoff feeding a waterfall
Aug 6, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
View from Cirque Meadows
Aug 6, 2018 near Estes Park, CO

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