Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
USFS rules, please:
- camp at least 200 feet away from lakes, creeks, and trails.
- leash dogs in crowded areas
- follow Leave No Trace Principles
Victor Lake Trail begins along Highline Trail, just east of North Fork Lake. From its start to the CDT: North Fork Lake to Summit Lake (WY Sec. 14)
Victor Lake Trail is basically used as a connector trail, connecting Highline Trail, the CDT, and local paths that access North Fork Lake. Victor Lake Trail runs through grassy, rocky meadows here, with some patches of trees.
At the 0.6 mile mark, Victor Lake Trail crosses the CDT at a well marked trail junction. Continue straight/northeast here to head toward Victor Lake on Victor Lake Trail. The trail crosses more meadows as Mt. Victor, 12,254 ft., rises in the distance, to the northeast. Victor Lake comes into view when cresting a low rise at the 0.9 mile mark. Soon the trail is running beside Victor Lake which is to the right/southeast of the trail.
Victor Lake Trail continues along Victor Lake, sometimes close to it, and other times the lake is hidden from view as the trail is farther away from the lake and in the forest. Short, small ups and downs keep things interesting. Just before the trail ends, it descends a short ways to the Victor Lake inlet creek.
Victor Lake Trail ends at the lake's inlet creek. Crossing the inlet creek, one can go left/northwest onto Hay Pass Trail
, or right to explore further and/or camp in the open meadows.
Flora & Fauna
Stretches of rocky, grassy meadows, and stretches of pine forest. Summer wildflowers.
Shared By: Joan Pendleton