Columbine Lake Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 978' 298 m
Descent: -978' -298 m
High: 11,060' 3,371 m
Low: 10,088' 3,075 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A beautiful day hike up to stunning alpine lake below the Continental Divide.”— Blake Calvert
Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked
Columbine Lake is a family-friendly destination that sees heavy traffic throughout the summer. It is a good 6.8 mile day hike. Stay on designated trails and avoid trampling vegetation around the lake.
Camping permits are required and limited. Fires are not permitted at Columbine Lake.
The Columbine Lake Trail twists up to another large meadow (2.4 miles) and levels to a smaller meadow framed by a steep rock wall (2.7 miles: 10,750 ft.). The trail has been improved over the past few years to prevent hiking through a wet bog below the steep rock wall. It turns right and crosses the meadow to join the creek, where it steepens on a shifty path through a high alpine forest to Columbine Lake (3.4 miles: 11,060 ft.).
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