Square Top Lakes Trail

Georgetown, Colorado 80444

Square Top Lakes Trail

Square Top Lakes Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Square Top Mountain sits to the west of Guanella Pass. It missed being a Fourteener by 206 feet and so does not attract the crowds streaming up Mount Bierstadt on the east side of the pass. The trail leads to alpine lakes as it follows an unused rutted road through a boggy area with little rivulets your dog will enjoy.

Begin hiking west on flat terrain, then drop gently into the boggy area, where such wildflowers as little pink elephants, queen’s crown, and king’s crown bloom profusely in late July. From the bog, the trail rises gradually to thick willows and the first of two lakes at 2 miles. Here, carpets of rosy and yellow paintbrush grow near the willows."

Square Top Lakes Trail Trip Reports

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5/28/2010
Great hike, great views, lots of wildlife, watch out for goats, they are not afraid! Second lake stays frozen late into the season.
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7/19/2009
The trail was great with plenty of creeks for our dog to drink from on the way up. It was a little confusing finding the trailhead from the directions given on trails.com. The trailhead begins near the parking lot on the right hand side of the road just passed a restroom building. Maybe the directions were written before there was another parking lot?
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8/7/2008
I hiked this trail from the other side (Trail 600) on the Geneva Creek Road (FR119.) Finding this trailhead is quite tricky, as the signs have been taken down. If you reach the Shelf Lake Trailhead you have gone too far, backtrack about 1/2 a mile and watch for Trail 600 on fence posts toward the meadow side. Park along this area and begin your hike north up a wide trail section past some camping areas. Once you reach the top of this wide patch of trail then look for the cairns that guide you the rest of the way. There are a lot of faint sections of this trail, but the cairn markings are well placed and easy enough to follow. This is a very strenuous hike with a lot of elevation gain and very little switchbacks, but straight up the mountain hiking. Beautiful sections along the trail and lots of watering spots for the dogs along the creek that flows by portions of the trail.
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8/13/2005
This is a nice trail, which takes place entirely above treeline. (Read: come prepared to be completly exposed to the elements) The views are pretty and the trail is very clear and easy to follow. The trail itself was not terribly busy, though having seen the parking situation when we arrived (around 10:30am on a Saturday), you might've thought otherwise. (This trail is right across the street from a popular trail up Mt. Bierstadt.) Also note that the road from Georgetown to get to the trailhead is CRAPPY and they're doing construction on it, so bring your 4WD vehicle and prepare to bounce around a lot.
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6/28/2005
Beautiful scenery...alpine, above and below treeline. Flowers in full bloom, cloudless day, didn't see a single person on the trail. The parking is under construction - need to park at the trail across the road. Guarella Pass Road is also under construction due to road damage - expect delays up to 30 minutes. Bighorn sheep, mule deer wander the road, also. Great spot, if you only have the day :-)
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Trail Information

Georgetown
Nearby City
4.2
Distance
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Best June to September
Season
11,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,300 feet
Top Elevation
Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Evans; Trails Illustrated Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Loveland Pass
Local Maps

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