Sandbeach Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain2,356ft
Trailhead Elevation8,315ft
Elevation Min/Max8315/10342ft
Elevation Start/End8315/8315ft

Sandbeach Lake Trail

Sandbeach Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 8,315 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,356 feet. The Sandbeach Lake Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Hole in the Wall, Beaver Mill, Hunters Creek, and Campers Creek camp sites can be seen along the trail. There is also an information guidepost along the trail.

Sandbeach Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Tucked away in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) at an altitude of over 10,000 feet above sea level, Sandbeach Lake is a unique gem with a lovely sandy beach wrapped around crystal-clear alpine waters, sitting below lofty mountain peaks.

The sandy shore seems a bit out of place in this high, wild setting but it’s a welcome surprise on hot summer days when you need to go higher to escape the summer heat. To the north/northwest, you’ll get impressive views of Pagoda Peak and Mount Meeker, and a small sliver of Longs Peak in between them. To the south/southwest, a long string of mountains unfolds before you. Take a map with you and see if you can identify some of this stunning geography."

"A wonderful view of Longs Peak and Wild Basin is yours on this late season trip to a high country lake. Located within Rocky Mountain National Park, the day hike to Sandbeach Lake requires no park fee and pets are forbidden. For a lake hike, the elevation gain is substantial, but the trail is up to the excellent standards of a National Park.

There may be some snow along the trail this late in the season (Week 45) but south facing slopes will clear away rapidly. The lake was formerly larger but the Park Service, in the wake of the 1988 Lawn Lake disaster, removed the dam at Sandbeach Lake and regraded the land to its original slope. In addition, the park planted willows along the outlet stream to create spawning habitat for reintroduction of the native greenback cutthroat trout."

"The sandy shore of Sandbeach Lake is a nice reward for this uphill trek. And that’s a good thing, since the elevation gain on this hike is almost 2,000 feet. Its trailhead location, nestled in the south side of Mount Meeker, is a quiet setting for a day hike or an overnight camping trip.

The Wild Basin area, near Allenspark, is usually not crowded and is reminiscent of the earlier days in the park. Sandbeach Lake Trail is an easy trail to follow since there are four landmarks that are spaced pretty evenly apart. The first is a trail intersection at 1.5 miles, a creek crossing at 1 more mile, another creek crossing in another mile, and then the lake in 1 more mile."

Sandbeach Lake Trail Reviews

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This really is such a beautiful trail. It definitely has its tough parts but what a great long day hike. it is a moderate trail through forest, very green right now with streams and wildflowers. The last stretch of incline before the lake is challenging but super worth it!
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Great, well-established trail on a hike that won't take up half of your day. The view of Mt. Meeker to the north is stunning reflecting off of the lake. Details and pics at

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park; 970-586-1206, 970-586-1333 (24-hour recorded message);
Local Contacts
USGS Allenspark; National Geographic Trails Illustrated 301 Longs Peak/Bear Lake/Wild Basin or 200 Rocky Mountain National Park; Latitude 40˚: Colorado Front Range Trails
Local Maps

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Aug 2018