Backpacking to Kroenke Lake

Kroenke Lake - Search Nearby - Added by Chelsea Gribbin

Kroenke Lake is a relatively easy hike with a beautiful lake surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks in the Sawatch Range outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

Starting at the North Cottonwood trailhead just outside of Buena Vista, Colorado. This hike will take you 4.5 miles to the lake with about 2750 feet of elevation gain. The hike is mostly mellow and you'll likely see hikers heading up to Horn Fork basin to hike Mt. Harvard and Columbia. 

Campsites at the lake are easy to come by with many flat areas to pitch a tent. Once you're set up, finding a great place to fish or tie up a hammock is also easy. 

This hike is perfect for families, there is a lot of great hiking around the lake. Head up to Brown's Pass and over to Mt. Yale or back down to Horn Fork basin to Harvard and Columbia. If you like bushwacking and ridge walking then Birthday Peak is a fun hike from the lake too!


9 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2750 ft Gain




Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking

Dog Friendly

Nearby Lodging

Buena Vista KOA

Buena Vista, Colorado

Salida / Mt. Shavano KOA

Salida, Colorado

Gunnison KOA

Gunnison, Colorado

From $125/night

The Cache

Frisco, Colorado

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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