Columbine Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Grand County, Colorado. It is within Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 10,560 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 766 feet.
Columbine Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The blue columbine, Colorado’s state flower, appropriately grows along the trail to Columbine Lake. To enjoy columbine and many other flowers, ascend the Caribou Pass Trail, which leaves Junco Lake Trailhead between two branches of the High Lonesome Trail."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"You’ll see wildflowers, an alpine lake, and stunning views on this great day hike, which is suitable for the whole family. Trail conditions: The lower section of the trail up to the Columbine Lake Trail is very popular and maintained. The Columbine Lake Trail is initially smooth and becomes quite rocky near the lake."
--Bob D'Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"Cradled by the Continental Divide, lovely Columbine Lake is the perfect finale to a flower-filled hike in Colorado’s high country. Blooming meadows, curling creeks, and tarns make outdoor enthusiasts happy and wildflower lovers ecstatic. Sturdy foot gear is required for hiking this well-watered trail, which begins on a rocky old road and then travels through colorful—albeit wet—meadows at a leisurely pace. It then climbs sharply along a tumbling creek to reach mountain-girt Columbine Lake just west of the Divide, all within spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness. Wildflower alert: Luminescent meadows hued like sunstruck prisms lead to a lovely lake."
--Pamela & David Irwin, Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The High Country (Westcliffe Publishers).
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