Mirror and Crater Lakes

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Mirror and Crater Lakes

Mirror and Crater Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"Despite its length, the trail to Mirror and Crater lakes may be the most popular on the west side of Indian Peaks because very sharp Lone Eagle Peak reflected in Mirror Lake (hence the lake’s unimaginative name) is one of the most famous views in Colorado. Likely, every hiker thinks the scenery along the hike to Mirror and Crater lakes is worth the work of getting there. There is no disappointment at the lack of a volcano
at Crater Lake.

Perhaps the magnificence of the scenery completely stunned the
imaginations of namers so that no name seemed adequate and resulting appellations, equivalent to “A” and “B”, would have to do. From the junction of the Crater Lake Trail and the Pawnee Pass Trail (see Hike 42), about 7 miles from Monarch Lake, the Crater Lake Trail is occasionally wet or rocky."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
16.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
14 hours
Duration
Summer
Season
USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80446; (970) 887-4100; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, Isolation Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018