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Gore Lake Trail

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Alpine meadows lead to a stunning, remote alpine lake high in the Gore Range.


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1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

11,380' 3,469 m

High

10,185' 3,104 m

Low

1,195' 364 m

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13%

Avg Grade (7°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

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After hiking 4.2 miles up the Gore Creek Trail, you'll find this trail branching off to the left up a steep gulch. The first part is quite steep, but pleasantly weaves through fir and aspen forests along streams.

After half a mile, the trail levels out quite a bit, starts passing through meadows, and can be hard to find at times. Make a final turn to the left (west) up a last climb to the lake. If the snow is mostly gone, you can circumnavigate the lake for amazing views of the 10 Mile Range, the Sawatch Range, and of course the Gores all around you.

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Nick Wilder

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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in Vail

#7058

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Junction to Gore Lake heads north here (about 4-4.25 miles in). Cross the creek here to continue on Gore Creek Trail. It's confusing, since there's also a trail that heads straight, but that's just to backpacking campsites and not the real trail.
Jul 20, 2020 near Silvert…, CO
Maybe a week too early for the summer season
Apr 28, 2018 near Silvert…, CO
View of Gore Range. Photo from Maria McEvoy with permission.
Aug 11, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Gore Lake
Jun 28, 2019 near Silvert…, CO

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Sep 28, 2020
Peter Demke
Stunning hike and the aspens were looking just fine 12.7mi — 4h 47m
Sep 21, 2020
Mike Amolsch
Pretty steep. Level off/ difficult! 645 am start finished 405 pm! We were hurting, Great Lake- saw goats! Hard but amazing views- worn out 15mi
Aug 5, 2019
Gus Long
Jul 7, 2019
Hunter Dudley
Fairly full snow coverage with postholing from the end of the initial incline to the lake, which is still frozen. Seems to be melting fast!
Oct 3, 2018
Jon D
From trailhead to lake. 7.2mi
Aug 4, 2018
Jake K
Beautiful hike to alpine lake. Fairly steep at multiple points including the first push from Gore Creek Trail to Gore Lake but worth it — 8h 00m
Jul 30, 2018
Heather Smallpage
Jul 17, 2018
Sophia Vancouver
Brutal uphill. Beautiful wildflowers. Mountain goats at the lake. Mosquitos mid July. Camped for 2 nights 1.8mi