Hardscrabble and Williams Lakes Trail

Lake City, Colorado 81235

Hardscrabble and Williams Lakes Trail

Hardscrabble and Williams Lakes Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The jostling ride to the trailhead is worthwhile just for the scenery. The hike itself offers a closer look at the north side of the Elk Range and of Capitol Peak (14,130 feet), one of the hardest to climb and most beautiful of the Fourteeners.

This trip to two lakes also gets you to water, a treat for your canine companion while you ogle the scenery. Do bring mosquito repellent, and leash laws apply because you will be hiking in the Maroon Bells to Snowmass Wilderness Area."

Hardscrabble and Williams Lakes Trail Trip Reports

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8/6/2006
This really is a beautiful trail. I missed the turnoff to Hardscrabble Lake, but Williams is great. It's very remote, and a great place if you want to be alone. The street from Hwy 82 is actually Snowmass Creek Road, not Snowmass Road. If you're coming from the south, there's not really a sign for it. Look for the stoplight with the post office on the west side; that's the street. If you're coming from the north, there'll be a sign saying Snowmass, 1 mile.
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Trail Information

Lake City
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
1,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
4 hours
Duration
Best July to August
Season
9,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,815 feet
Top Elevation
White River National Forest, Aspen Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Capitol Peak; Trails Illustrated Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Local Maps

Trail Log