Backpack to Red Deer Lake, CO

6.4 miles 1900 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Brynn Schmidt

Great backpacking distance for families (individuals too) with gorgeous hiking trails with waterfalls and along a river and a beautiful lake at destination. An awesome hidden gem in Indian Peaks Wilderness - not as crowded. There are wildlife in the area - moose and bear scat near our camp site and this is within easy driving distance for Boulder County - less than 45 minutes and one of the best breweries in CO is only about 20 miles away in Lyons.

This is an excellent place to take your family backpacking. It is a fairly easy trail and definitely a great one for kids. Take in the beautiful scenery while hiking through meadows, aspen and pine with incredible mountain views in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. 6.4 miles to Red Deer Lake with an elevation gain of 1900 feet.

Starts out a couple miles down the Middle St. Vrain Road off of Peak to Peak Hwy (Hwy 72) and past the Camp Dick campground. Look for a parking lot right past the campground for the trailhead (Hwy 72).

GPS Info. for Camp Dick: (Latitude, Longitude): 40.13, -105.51833 40°7'48"N, 105°31'6"W

You start at 9,655 feet and the final elevation is at 10,381 feet (net 726 feet). It is a 12.8 mile round trip hike. This would be an excellent place to hike and backpack in the early fall as well as summer. Check in the fall to make sure it is open. Plan ahead as the parking lot does get crowded as it is a small lot. After your trek, head to Oscar Blues Brewery with amazing food and beer about 20 minutes away in Lyons.

Read More

Tags

Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Moose!

I've done this twice and seen five moose in all. Also, it is very easy and from the lake you can get to sawtooth, which is slightly more crowded, but worth it.

Stay Nearby

Ward, Colorado

Pawnee

Overview Pawnee Campground is located in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, off the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, 35 miles south of Estes Park and the main entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park...

Lyons, Colorado

Camp Dick

Overview Camp Dick is the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was established in the 1930s. It is located just off the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, on the Middle Saint Vrain Creek.Recreat...

Allenspark, Colorado

Olive Ridge

Overview The Olive Ridge Campground is located within the Roosevelt National Forest, situated near the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park at an elevation of 8,350 feet.Recreation O...

Granby, Colorado

Arapaho Bay

Overview Arapaho Bay Campground is located on Lake Granby, southeast of Grand Lake, in north central Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its great boating, fishing and hiking opportunities.Recrea...

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to Blue Lake

    Located in the Brainard Lake Recreational Area (west of Nederland, CO in the Indian Peaks Wilderness), this gem isn’t exactly a well-kept secret, but it has all the beauty that you could ask for in a relatively easy Colorado hike.To get the full e...

    6 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike Meadow Mountain

    From the trailhead, follow the trail through the woods until you reach a meadow with a steep slope. Some portions of this slope reach an angle of 30 degrees and may feature slight avalanche danger in the winter. However, the trail is used enough...

    7.7 miles 2832 ft gain

  • Snowshoe or Ski Lake Isabelle

    Speechless. That’s how this hike will leave you. And not just because of its length. At over 10 miles, this snowshoe exploration is not for the faint of heart. But the language-defying beauty of this hike will make every sore muscle worth it.The B...

    10 miles

  • Hike to Lake Isabelle

    Start at the Pawnee Pass Trail No. 907 Trailhead. Long Lake is about 2 tenths of a mile and Lake Isabelle is 2 miles from the trailhead. Keep an eye out for moose grazing in the bushes or in the water near Long Lake. This is a 4 mile out and back ...

    4 miles

  • Inspire Your Fall Aspen Trip!

    Autumn days in Aspen are filled with sunshine and nights with crisp cool air. Watch the mountains and valleys turn gold with the changing Aspen trees. Take in the scenery while enjoying scenic drives, hiking through forests, road biking, and exploring our IMBA Gold Level Ride Center recognized mountain bike trails. 




    Learn More