Gourd Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

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On a map, Gourd Lake has an outline resembling a gourd enough to justify the name. To trek to Gourd Lake, leave Monarch Lake Trailhead to follow the Cascade Creek Trail, branching left around the lake beyond the east end of Monarch Lake willow wetlands are watered by Buchanan Creek. Continue left where a trail circling Monarch Lake to link with the Arapaho Pass Trail turns right. After a series of switchbacks between two fairly level stretches, Cascade Creek Trail heads right, and Buchanan Pass Trail proceeds left along Buchanan Creek. Shortly after the switchbacks, an easy-to-miss track descends from Hell Canyon along the creek from Long Lake.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

On a map, Gourd Lake has an outline resembling a gourd enough to justify the name. To trek to Gourd Lake, leave Monarch Lake Trailhead to follow the Cascade Creek Trail, branching left around the lake beyond the east end of Monarch Lake willow
wetlands are watered by Buchanan Creek.

Continue left where a trail circling Monarch Lake to link with the Arapaho Pass Trail turns right. After a series of switchbacks between two fairly level stretches, Cascade Creek Trail heads right, and Buchanan Pass Trail proceeds left along Buchanan Creek. Shortly after the switchbacks, an easy-to-miss track descends from Hell Canyon along the creek from Long Lake.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 16.32
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 14 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 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 Monarch Lake, Isolation Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Gourd Lake

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