Backpacking to Kroenke Lake

Rate this Adventure 9 miles 2750 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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!

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Chillin
Camping
Fishing
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers

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