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A six-mile hike with some steep grades and great views that ends at Upper Lake.


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6.2

Miles

10.1

KM

Point to Point

11,186' 3,410 m

High

8,290' 2,527 m

Low

3,133' 955 m

Up

689' 210 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

62%

Max Grade (32°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Stone Lake (10,643 ft.) is located about 6.3 miles from Roaring Fork Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It makes for a good 12.6 mile backpacking trip, but expect a very strenuous steep section. Your legs will definitely burn!

This challenging hike begins at Lake Granby and follows the Roaring Fork drainage up to Irving Hale Pass (11,195 ft.). The first mile from the Lake Granby trail-head is very steep and has a considerable number of fallen trees blocking the trail. Be ready to scramble over them with your pack. After the steep section, the trail enters a more dense forest and levels off to a more gradual climb until the fork for Watanga Lake Trail. From here go right and it is very steep until you reach Mt. Irving Hale Pass.

The views are outstanding along the pass and make you forget how hard the climb was to get to this point. The pass also makes for a good camping spot, however water is limited in the area. The trail continues through airy meadows and by an abandoned cabin before diving steeply into Hell Canyon and rising back up to Stone Lake. Upper Stone Lake is about another 0.5 miles up. Good camping around the main Stone Lake. Permits are required in the basin for overnight camping.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Blake Calvert

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View South along Irving Hale Pass. Background Mountains surround Mirror and Crater Lakes
Oct 11, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
Stone Lake looking south
Oct 11, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
Morning view of Stone Lake looking east at Continental Divide
Oct 11, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
Stone Lake looking east at Continental Divide
Oct 11, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
Tons of butterflies around Stone Lake and Irving Hale Pass
Oct 11, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
Only about 0.5 mile up. It's snowy and icy.
Dec 27, 2020 near Grand Lake, CO

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Oct 18, 2021
L C
Aug 8, 2018
Blake Calvert
Very steep and tiring with back packing gear. Views are worth it once you get to Hell Canyon. 6.3mi
Jun 25, 2018
Rachel Marty
Very steep trail. Was wet in a few places and tough to follow down 6.2mi
Jul 3, 2017
Cedric Zeller
6.2mi
Jul 1, 2014
Aaron A
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