Hiking Project Logo

Gourd Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,595' 486 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 11,165' 3,403 m
Low: 9,575' 2,918 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Thomas David Kehoe

A switchbacking climb to reach Gourd Lake.

Thomas David Kehoe

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This trail climbs 1,270 through a series of switchback to reach Gourd Lake in just 2.5 miles. From the start off of the Buchanan Pass Trail, the grade continues at a moderate but steady clip until it levels out as it approaches the water. The singletrack continues around the north side of the lake and climbs steeply for less than 0.3 miles to reach a tarn (small mountain lake) where the trail ends.

There are several good spots to pitch a tent at the start of the Gourd Lake Trail and higher up on the east side of the lake.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Flora & Fauna

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

Oct 4, 2015
Mike J
Great weather for early October

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#8624

Overall
  4.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
50%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#830

in Colorado

#8,624

Overall
21 Views Last Month
796 Since Mar 13, 2017
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

Photos

On the way to Gourd Lake.
Jul 16, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO
A very peaceful little spot
Apr 28, 2018 near Grand Lake, CO

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking