Lion Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain1,209ft
Trailhead Elevation10,049ft
Elevation Min/Max10049/11122ft
Elevation Start/End10049/10049ft

Lion Lake Trail

Lion Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 10,049 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,209 feet. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Unmaintained.

Lion Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Lion Lakes Trail climbs steeply north from Wild Basin to high mountain lakes at the eastern edge of the Continental Divide. Lion Lake #1 cascades south to fuel Thunder Falls, where waters plunge over steep rock in a hidden trailside chasm.

Farther up the trail the lake comes into view, and Trio Falls spills over distant cliffs, fed by Lion Lake #2. This segmented triplet provides a rare, triple delight of bridal veil beauty, with proud and elegant Mount Alice keeping watch to the west and North Ridge rising high to the east."

"Lion Lake is a fun pun transitioning from valuing mountain lakes as reservoirs to appreciating their scenic and spiritual values. Perhaps a mountain lion will appear at Lion Lake #1, or a bear at Bear Lake, or a cub at Cub Lake, but don’t count on it. On the other hand, if you have a long telephoto lens, lug it along just in case. There are two Lion Lakes.

The trail stops at #1, which is the prettier, with a dramatic view of pointy Mount Alice. In 1923 park superintendent Roger Toll decided that the former label designating these lakes as reservoirs for Lyons, a town on the plains, was not appropriate. Evidently, superintendents at that time could change names, and he did. With a clever play on words, Lyons Reservoirs became Lion Lakes. Mountain lions originally ranged throughout the Western Hemisphere more broadly than any other mammal except humans."

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 29 D6, C6 and C5; USGS Colorado Quad Maps: Allens Park, Isolation Peak
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Jul 2018