Beartrack Lakes Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,381' 726 m
Descent: -2,388' -728 m
High: 11,167' 3,404 m
Low: 8,930' 2,722 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“Easy-going route with streams, views, and a beautiful alpine lake.”— Andrew Cottle
The Beartrack Lakes are about 6 miles from the trailhead and have some beautiful views of a few surrounding 13ers (Roaslie and Epaulet). Camp overnight or more; there are plenty of spots around the lake to accommodate many campers.
On your descent, return via the Beartrack Lakes Trail #43 for a more direct route to the trailhead. Fill up on water at the lake or at the creek crossing just below the lake. There are not any opportunities to refill until just before the hike is finished.
Continuing your climb, you'll cross over another stream at just over a mile into your hike. Water will be plentiful on Beaver Meadows Trail #44 on the way to Beartrack Lakes. At about 1.75 miles, you'll officially enter into Mount Evans Wilderness Area; stop here and fill out a permit (free) and continue on.
There's another stream crossing just after the permit station just in case the heat of the day has you parched! You'll cross over streams a couple more times (2.9 miles and 3.35 miles) before coming to a trail junction where Beaver Meadows Trail #44 connects to Resthouse Meadows Trail #57 . Continue on Beaver Meadows Trail #44.
At about 3.75 miles into the hike, you'll cross Bear Creek and have an opportunity to stop and rest (and even take a dip) in a nice water hole with a natural rock waterslide! Continue on and cross Bear Track Creek at about 4.15 miles and then hike about another mile until you reach the junction between Beartrack Lakes Trail #43 and Beaver Meadows Trail #44. From here, you'll hike about 1 mile to complete the journey up to Beartrack Lakes.
At Beartrack Lakes you'll find plenty of campsites. Roam around and you'll surely find the right one for you and your group. The lake has some beautiful views of a few surrounding 13ers (Roaslie and Epaulet).
On your descent, return via the Beartrack Lakes Trail #43 for a more direct route to the trailhead. Fill up on water at the lake or at the creek crossing just below the lake. Unlike the ascent on the Beaver Meadows Trail #44 , Beartrack Lakes Trail #43 does not have any stream crossings for ~5 miles, which is the vast majority of the descent. Enjoy the hike out with some nice views of surrounding rock formations and some open meadows.
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