Woodland Lake Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,620ft
Trailhead Elevation9,747ft
Elevation Min/Max9747/11233ft
Elevation Start/End9747/9747ft

Woodland Lake Trail

Woodland Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 9,747 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,620 feet. This trail connects with the following: Devils Thumb Trail.

Woodland Lake Trail Professional Guides

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"You have a choice of three lovely lakes on this hike and your dog will love all three. The first lake—Lost Lake—is an easy jaunt from the trailhead. Woodland Lake is farther up the Jasper Creek drainage and over some steep climbs into a lovely valley. Skyscraper Reservoir is at the very top, up another shelf and into the cirque below the Continental Divide. In addition to the awe-inspiring vistas for you and the opportunity for several refreshing dunks for your dog, the trail itself is a pleasure. You and your dog can hike side by side along several broad segments, and at times the ground is not only soft but downright boggy—easy on canine paws."
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"Waterfalls, alpine meadows, and wildflowers abound along the trail to Woodland Lake. This route to one of the closer lakes in this spectacular mountain park can be snowy or wet in late May or early June"
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Kent Dannen
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"Wildflower splendor on the way to Woodland Lake is exceeded by the Diamond Lake Trail only because South Arapaho Peak soars above the Diamond Lake flowers. Up close, the Woodland Lake flowers inspire tears of admiration."

Woodland Lake Trail Trip Reports

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Did this as a backpack with my dog. Gorgeous wildflowers this year but very wet and buggy. Definately bring serious bug spray. There is one section of the trail that is downright marsh-like and swampy but can be rock-hopped across. Very steep ascent in places, so I would rate this as a moderate plus hike. Not for a beginner, but a great overnighter. Parking as the trailhead is downright dangerous on the weekend, so get there early.

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Trail Information

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Additional Use
USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS East Portal, Nederland
Local Maps

Trail Log