Crater Lakes Trail

James Peak Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain870ft
Trailhead Elevation9,937ft
Elevation Min/Max9932/10596ft
Elevation Start/End9937/9937ft

Crater Lakes Trail

Crater Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Gilpin County, Colorado. It is within James Peak Wilderness Area. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 9,937 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 870 feet. This trail connects with the following: Rogers Pass Trail.

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This is the easiest and shortest route from the East Portal Trailhead. You will reach the trail junction for Crater Lakes in just under 2 miles, and the short, steep climb from that point rewards you with immediate views of the glacier-carved valley and soaring ridgeline. The lakes are small but pretty, and there are good picnic spots. From Boulder, take Canyon Boulevard/CO 119 west 18 miles to Nederland. From the roundabout go right (south) onto Peak to Peak Scenic Byway (CO 119), and drive 4.5 miles to Rollinsville. Turn right (west) on narrow, gravel County Road 16; drive 8 more miles to the Moffat Tunnel and the East Portal Trailhead." Read more

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Trail Information

James Peak Wilderness Area
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James Peak Wilderness Area
James Peak Wilderness, Boulder Ranger District, Roosevelt National Forest
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Dec 2018