King Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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King Lake should be part of a loop past Woodland Lake, Skyscraper Reservoir, and Betty and Bob lakes. It is only a 0.8-mile detour after Betty Lake, and the lush tundra bordering the lake leading to a large perpetual snowbank between the Continental Divide and the lake’s western shore is worth the extra distance. The Hessie Trailhead is a quarter mile along a road/creek bed that sometimes carries water and always is paved by cobbles hard on even booted feet. The worst parts are bordered by a trail that lifts hikers above this hassle. High clearance vehicles can make it all the way to the Hessie Trailhead and less-than-abundant parking.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

King Lake should be part of a loop past Woodland Lake, Skyscraper Reservoir, and Betty and Bob lakes. It is only a 0.8-mile detour after Betty Lake, and the lush tundra bordering the lake leading to a large perpetual snowbank between the Continental Divide and the lake’s western shore is worth the extra distance.

The Hessie Trailhead is a quarter mile along a road/creek bed that sometimes carries water and always is paved by cobbles hard on even booted feet. The worst parts are bordered by a trail that lifts hikers above this hassle. High clearance vehicles can make it all the way to the Hessie Trailhead and less-than-abundant parking.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 13.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 10 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp or USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80446; (970-887-4100); fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill, USGS East Portal, Nederland
Driving Directions: Directions to King Lake

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