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Fishhook Lake, Lost Lake, and Lake Elmo Trail

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Fishhook Lake, Lost Lake, and Lake Elmo Trail

Fishhook Lake, Lost Lake, and Lake Elmo Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The trail also extends for 20 miles inside the Mount Zirkel Wilderness where leash laws prevail. This hike follows a little over 3 miles of this very old trail. This section of trail does not run on the ridge of the Continental Divide but rather is on its west side in the valley. It leads to three lakes, with Lake Elmo 3 miles from the trailhead.

The historic antecedents of the Wyoming Trail date to circa 1910, when the trail was used by sheep ranchers in Rawlins, Wyoming, to drive sheep to sales in Steamboat Springs. Later, the trail was used to drive sheep to summer pasture in the Routt National Forest. The grazing allotments have since been cut back or discontinued. Today, the trail is mostly used for hiking."

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Adventurer | 233 pts
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8/7/2018
Pretty easy hike with a decent wildflower show and three beautifully secluded lakes. Backpacking would be very nice and mellow. The trail is heavily used by mountain bikers, but other than that it is a good trail for dogs, not too crowded and plenty of fresh, cool water. The road leading to the trailhead is very gnarly and rough.
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Grand Lake, CO
Explorer | 30 pts
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10/29/2009
This was an okay trail, but it has been made quite difiicult for walkers by the deep, narrow ruts made by the bike traffic. It was nice to be able to access three different lakes in a relatively short period of time, and the trails aren't particularly strenuous. The best long-range vistas come during the rough ride to the trailhead, but the old growth trees along the trail were beautiful and made the hike worthwhile. It was a very pleasant fall hike.
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Trail Information

Steamboat Springs
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
4 hours
Duration
Best June to Septmeber
Season
10,050 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,050 feet
Top Elevation
Routt National Forest, Hahn’s Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Werner; Trails Illustrated Steamboat Springs
Local Maps