Columbine Lake Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado 80438

Elevation Gain766ft
Trailhead Elevation10,560ft
Elevation Min/Max10558/11073ft
Elevation Start/End10560/10560ft

Columbine Lake Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Caribou Pass Trail.

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."

"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."

"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."

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Trail Information

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, PO Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80446; (970) 887-4100;
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USDA Monarch Lake
Local Maps

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Jul 2018