Backpack to Lion and Snowbank Lakes

Rate this Adventure Colorado Wild Basin Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Summer

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2859 Feet

Forest
Lake
Scenic

This overnight backpacking trip has excellent views of all Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer! Great mountain views, wildflower fields and chilling alpine lakes! Hit the trails early on the second day to see the beautiful sunset glow bouncing off of the Rockies.

Starting at the Wild Basin trailhead, hike to Siskin campground. This takes 3.2 miles of rocky, semi-steep trail (permit required). Set up camp at Siskin campground for the night.

Wake up early for the sunrise hike to Lion Lakes and Snowbank Lake (~15 miles roundtrip). The hike to upper lakes is more strenuous and consists of an off-trail scramble up larger boulders.

Wild Basin Trailhead coordinates: N40 12.469 W105 33.993

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Food (camp stove optional, but no fires)
  • Hiking boots
  • Layers
  • 45-65L backpack
  • Bear canister
  • Headlamp
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