Kroenke Lake

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance5.2mi
Elevation Gain3,267ft
Trailhead Elevation10,383ft
Top12,547ft
Elevation Min/Max10383/12547ft
Elevation Start/End10383/10383ft

Kroenke Lake

Kroenke Lake is a hiking and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 10,383 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,267 feet. The Kroenke Lake (elevation 11,516 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: North Fork Denny Creek and Horn Fork Basin Trail.

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"This hike has it all: two gorgeous lakes, a short walk along the Continental Divide, and memorable views of several 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks. At 12.9 miles it is a relatively easy backpack trip with a choice of two lakes as campsites. If you get an early start you will probably want to spend the night at Kroenke Lake, 8.2 miles from the Denny Creek Trailhead. If you get a late start, however, you can also camp at Hartenstein Lake which is only 3.0 miles from the trailhead. Either lake is a beautiful place to spend the night. The hike described here begins at the Denny Creek Trailhead, but you can just as easily do the trip in the opposite direction. The trail follows the west side of Denny Creek for the first 1.0 mile, then crosses the creek on a primitive log bridge as it continues to climb toward the Continental Divide. 0.3 mile beyond Denny Creek you will come to a well-marked trail junction where the trail to Mount Yale departs on the right. Up to that point the trail is so wide it sometimes looks more like a jeep road than a foot path, but beyond the junction the trail soon narrows down. Also, as you gain elevation the forest seems to thin a bit, yielding occasional views of the mountains north and west of the trail." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"This hike follows a tumbling stream and travels through a mountain forest to end at Kroenke Lake. The hike is in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness so wilderness leash regulations apply. Nonetheless, the hike meets the two criteria that make an outing a joy for any dog—plenty of water access and a trail that is not hard on paws. From the trailhead, the North Cottonwood Creek Trail runs along the creek for about 50 yards before crossing it on a solid bridge. The trail follows the stream, offering numerous opportunities for your dog to get wet or get a drink. The trail passes through a dense mixed forest and at 1.5 miles crosses the stream again. Two more stream crossings are pleasant experiences for your dog. The terrain dips before reaching the lake. The shelf around the lake is covered with evergreens and meadows. Notice the tiny island almost in the center of the lake. On a beautiful Colorado afternoon, a lakeside lunch offers dramatic vistas of the Continental Divide to the west and the summit of Mount Yale (14,196 feet) to the southeast." Read more

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7/6/2018
A great long day hike or overnighter. It is a nice, steady incline to the lake -- not too strenuous. Much of the trail is through forest but there are great views as you get near the lake. The lake is small, clear, and beautiful, with nice campsites. You can explore further if you are feeling adventurous! Very pretty area.
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8/14/2006
A long 3 mile drive on a bumpy road to the trail head. The trail head is also the starting point for Mt. Harvard and Columbia. The trail to Kroenke is well marked. One creek has a particularily scary crossing. I didn't understand the guide book, what meadows? You were in the woods 96% of the time until reaching the lake. The lake was worth reaching, very pretty, surrounded by mountains, scenic. Noticed that many of the campsites were taken, if backpacking I would try to get an early start.
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8/1/2006
This was a very pleasant trip I did with my 8 year old as a double over-nighter. The elevation gain was moderate and the lake was beautiful. My only issue was that we had to walk nearly the entire way to the lake before we came up with a reasonable camp site. Given my son's age, I was hoping to break the trip up into smaller stages, but since there was no place to put a tent until about 20min away from the lake, we had to keep pushing through. Outside of that, it was a wonderful trip, though we didn't catch any fish!
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5/20/2006
Pretty terrain, rough road, need a high clearance vehicle to get to the TH. Nice out and back backpacking trip.
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1/15/2002
This was one of the greatest day hiking trips of my life. When you leave the trail head and enter into the mountain wilderness, you feel like you have left all civilization behind you. The views from the trail on the peaks are amazing. Nothing but mountains for miles. Make it a point to get over to the lake. On a hot day, a few second dip in the lake will definitely keep you cool...:) I heard that the area was once used as an anceint buffalo trap by the indians. I guess there may be some merit to this because my friend found an arrowhead on the trail. so keep your eyes open! On the way back be sure to have a snowball fight with your friends. YOu will definitely need a lot of water for this trip, so plan ahead. It gets dry in the high elevation.
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Trail Information

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
Mount Yale (USGS)
Local Maps

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