Hooper and Keener Lakes

Grand Lake, Colorado 80447

Hooper and Keener Lakes

Hooper and Keener Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"The unpredictable nature of Colorado weather dictates that you should always begin your hikes as early in the morning as possible, but on this particular trail there are several additional reasons why you should get an early start. First, the Stillwater Trailhead is also where the popular hike to the Devils Causeway begins, and by 9:00 a.m. the limited parking space at the trailhead is often completely filled.

Second, both Hooper and Keener lakes are situated directly east of a long stretch of spectacular cliffs below Flat Top Mountain, and the early morning views from across the lakes are outstanding. And third, as you cross over the pass between the Route and White River National Forests you will briefly be above timberline on a beautiful alpine tundra of rolling, flower-laden hills that is especially stunning in the crisp morning air. Many of the flowers close their blossoms in the heat of the afternoon."

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Trail Information

Grand Lake
Nearby City
7.7
Distance
1,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Midsummer through mid-fall. The higher parts of the trail are often covered with snow from late November through June.
Season
Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Routt National Forest
Local Contacts
Orno Peak, Dome Peak (USGS)
Local Maps