Finch Lake - Pear Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain3,121ft
Trailhead Elevation9,626ft
Elevation Min/Max9146/10605ft
Elevation Start/End9626/9610ft

Finch Lake - Pear Lake Trail

Finch Lake - Pear Lake Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 9,626 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,121 feet. The trail ends near the Calypso Cascades waterfall. There is also an information guidepost near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Allenspark Trail, Wild Basin Trail, Cony Lake Trail and Finch Lake Cutoff Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"This is a great one- or two-day hike in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. Wildflowers, great views, and a beautiful alpine lake are the rewards for your efforts in this southern section of Rocky Mountain National Park. From the trailhead the trail makes a gentle climb through dense spruce forest to a small stream crossing. The trail up to this point is fairly smooth and free of rocks. Beyond the creek the trail climbs to a trail junction on rockier tread, still deep in the trees, with limited views to the north. At the trail junction you go left, following the sign to Finch Lake. The trail becomes extremely rocky and climbs a stair of stone, with good views of Mount Meeker (13,911 feet) and Longs Peak (14,255 feet)."
Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"Finch Lake is a popular destination among people looking for an easy overnight hike with a campsite in heavy timber next to a pretty alpine lake. The one-way distance to the lake is only 3.8 miles over a well maintained trail, and there are several fine campsites on the north side of the lake. If you want more privacy you can walk another 2.0 miles up the trail to Pear Lake where there are also several backcountry campsite. In my opinion Finch Lake is a nicer place to spend the night than Pear Lake, but as scenery goes Pear Lake is the most dramatic. From Pear you can enjoy an exhilarating view of Elk Tooth Ridge 0.8 mile to the south and Mount Copeland 1.0 mile to the west."

Finch Lake - Pear Lake Trail Trip Reports

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My husband and I hike this for our Honeymoon last Summer. It was out first time backpacking and we loved it! We stayed at Finch Lake 1 night and Pear lake 2 nights. We wished we had just stayed at Pear Lake all 3 nights. It's lovely and fairly remote! The trail was well maintained and the lakes offered gorgeous views!
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My favorite hike thus far in 2008! I started from the Allenspark Trailhead vs. the Finch Lake Trailhead in Wild Basin. Pics and details at

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Roosevelt National Forest; Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Allens Park
Local Maps

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