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    Crater Lakes Trail

    James Peak Wilderness Area, Colorado
    Elevation Gain870ft
    Trailhead Elevation9,937ft
    Elevation Min/Max9932/10596ft
    Elevation Start/End9937/9937ft

    Crater Lakes Trail

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    Arvada, CO
    Ranger | 3330 pts
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    This site incorrectly lists the trail as being 0.9 miles each way but the guide book correctly lists is as being 3 miles each way starting from the East Portal TH. It was a little windy and cold at the start but it warmed up as I went up. I didn't have to put my snowshoes on until about 1.5 miles into the trail but then they were needed as the snow as deep and I had to break trail a few times. There are lots and lots of trails in here and the marking is poor, so having a good map and a GPS was very helpful in following the correct trail. There is a steep climb of about 1500 ft towards the end just before you get to the lower lakes but beyond that the trail was not so difficult. I did not make it to the upper lake because of avalanche danger but the lower lakes are nice and I intend to go back to the upper lake in the summer. It was also quiet and not crowded. I took me about 4 hours with a lunch brake at the lakes. Kind of slow pace for a 6 mile trail but it was mostly because of the deep snow.

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    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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