Seven Lakes

Walden, Colorado 80430

Seven Lakes

Seven Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Seven Lakes Trail (Trail 1125) to Seven Lakes starts on the gentle Red Elephant Nature Trail, passing through lodgepole, spruce, and fir forest. Turning west, it climbs gently to the Mount Zirkel Wilderness boundary near Big Creek Falls. The trail wanders along Big Creek, then climbs a very steep section with many switchbacks.

Excellent views of Big Creek Lakes can be seen from several viewpoints. The next section goes through old-growth forest and into flower-filled meadows just below Seven Lakes. The lakes are in a high, open area with views of Red Elephant Mountain and the Continental Divide. The lakes are a peaceful backpacking destination."

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Hiking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"The Seven Lakes Trail (Trail 1125) to Seven Lakes starts on the gentle Red Elephant Nature Trail, passing through lodgepole, spruce, and fir forest. Turning west, it climbs gently to the Mount Zirkel Wilderness boundary near Big Creek Falls. The trail wanders along Big Creek, then climbs a very steep section with many switchbacks. Excellent views of Big Creek Lakes can be seen from several viewpoints. The next section goes through old-growth forest and into flower-filled meadows just below Seven Lakes. The lakes are in a high, open area with views of Red Elephant Mountain and the Continental Divide. The lakes are a peaceful backpacking destination." Read more

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8/18/2008
One of the better hikes I've been on, We didn't make it all the way to Seven Lakes because of a very late start so we stayed near the falls. Still the trail was awesome. Not to rocky and since we only went to the falls we missed the steep part. Would make for a great day hike if only going to the Falls.
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8/3/2005
I took this hike as a overnighter. Easily one of the best and most rewarding overnighters in my short life. The hike in is an easy one, minus the tougher then you think steep part toward the end. Once you're past the "steep" part the reward is almost immediately present. The lakes are one of the most peaceful, beautiful, and amazing places I have ever been. Plus the Divide is a gentle ridge to the west, you wouldn't even belive that it was the Continental Divide. Overall it is a very rewarding trip either as a in and out, a overnighter, or as a weekender.
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Trail Information

Walden
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
12.2
Distance
1,773 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
5- 9 hours
Duration
Best from mid-June to mid-Oct
Season
Medicine Bow–Routt National Forest, Parks Ranger District, Walden; (970)723-2700; www.fs.usda.gov/mbr
Local Contacts
USGS Pearl and Davis Peak; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 116 Hahns Peak/Steamboat Lake
Local Maps

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