Backpack to Lion and Snowbank Lakes

Wild Basin Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Sidney Bush

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

Distance

5.4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2859 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

Forest
Lake
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

Estes Park KOA

Estes Park, Colorado

From $40/night

Boulder A-Lodge Camping

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From $149/night

Boulder A-Lodge Cabin

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From $39/night

Boulder A-Lodge Hostel

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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