Watanga Lake

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Watanga Lake

Watanga Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The hike to Watanga Lake switches from steep to relatively gentle grades in a stairstep pattern cut by glaciers.

Watanga was an Arapaho prominent in his tribe at the end of the nineteenth century. He took part in the brutal self-torture of the sun dance, signed an 1890 treaty with the Euro-Americans, and served as a captain of Indian police. He was also a delegate for his tribe to Washington, and deputy sheri ff in the generation following the Plains Indian wars.

In Arapaho, Watanga means Black Coyote, but hikers more likely will remember the lake for its abundant trout population. From Roaring Fork Trailhead at Arapaho Bay on Lake Granby, the trail traverses lodgepole pine forests much battered by pine beetles and interspersed by open marshes."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
7 hours
USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80446; (970) 877-4100, fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Shadow Mountain, Isolation Peak
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Jul 2018