Lake Agnes Trail

Jackson County, Colorado

Elevation Gain547ft
Trailhead Elevation10,262ft
Elevation Min/Max10262/10675ft
Elevation Start/End10262/10262ft

Lake Agnes Trail

Lake Agnes Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson County, Colorado. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 10,262 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 547 feet.

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Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Dave Muller
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"Located in the Colorado State Forest, the trek to Lake Agnes is steep but rewarding. The cross-country skier and snowshoer are likely to arrive at the lake at approximately the same time. The return trip, of course, can be much faster for the skier. The rewards include the great views of the very striking Nokhu Crags and Mount Richthofen above the lake and the Agnes Cabin 2 miles from the trailhead. This small cabin can be rented throughout the year."
Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides)
Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon
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"A short trail but steep enough to provide a challenging uphill hike to the lake, and then a great downhill run back to the trailhead. Rental costs are reasonable and cover the overnight stay for your entire group. Both the cabin and the hut are well stocked and about all you need to bring is bedding, food, and drinks. A wood-burning stove supplies heat. No dogs are allowed in the winter, as you have to use snowmelt for water. The Nokhu Hut, named after the Nokhu Crags to the east of the hut, can accommodate up to six people for an overnight stay."
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This popular and very scenic trail heads to a high mountain lake surrounded by a cirque of the Never Summer Range. The scenic drama is high, with the soaring summits and ridgelines of the Diamond Peaks, Nokhu Crags, and Mount Richthofen in view as you climb to, and circumnavigate the lake. It is a much shorter and easier route in the summer than in the winter; so take advantage of it."

Lake Agnes Trail Trip Reports

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I hiked all the way around this lake, there looks to be another smaller lake above this one which should be accessible as well. There are some super rocky and unstable areas to pass over on your way around the first lake but will lead through some beautiful Columbine fields. The lake loop is one mile in addition to the main trail and would not be considered family friendly in my opinion. Venturing part of the way around the lake on the West side is the way to go for most hikers.
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Great snowshoe hike. The final approach to the lake is challenging, and the weather is nearly uniformly bad by noon--start early and finish early! The lake is a wonderland in winter--surrounded in a bowl by the Nokhu Crags. some rockfall off the rims onto the lake, but mostly good terrain. Unless avalanche danger is extreme it is easier to get to and from the lake up a steep drainage from the lake that begins east of the older cabin that is no longer used.

A trip that is well worth the effort.
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Parking area off the highway is limited and windy. Initial grade for the 1st mi. or so is modest. Then the grade steepens. Snowshoes or skis w/ skins recommended. The cabin is located in a bowl. Great place if you're into backcountry skiing. Be prepared for a good climb and watch out for avalanches.

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Trail Information

Jackson County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Snowmobiling, Skiing, Snowboarding
Additional Use
Colorado State Forest
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