Backpacking to Kroenke Lake

Rate this Adventure Kroenke Lake

Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

2750 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Chelsea Gribbin

Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers

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!

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $125/night

The Cache

Frisco, Colorado

From $125/night

Copper Mountain Inn

Frisco, Colorado

From $145/night

Tucker Mountain Lodge

Frisco, Colorado

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Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

2750 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Chelsea Gribbin

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Summit Mt. Yale

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Hike Mt. Harvard

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