Hike to Timber Lake

Colorado Timber Lake Trailhead

Added by Sarah Wieck

Hit the trail on this less traveled hike on the West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park. There's great fishing, serenity and access to Mt. Ida.

I love Timber Lake! I never see that many people on the trail and I can't figure out why. The hike starts at the Timber Lake trailhead and climbs gradually through Pine and Aspen trees on the way up. We saw a few elk on the way up that didn't seem to be bothered by our presence. We also started hiking in the evening and ended up doing most of the hike in the dark, making as much noise as we possibly could to scare off whatever was hiding in the shadows.

If you're spending the night, camp at the first Jackstraw campsite, which is now my favorite campsite in RMNP. It's not the closest to the lake but it offers great views of the meadow just before the lake and has very close access to water. The lake is a short 3/4 mile hike from Jackstraw.

Once you reach the lake you have a few options. Lunch, fishing, and lounging in the sun are all great activities for this area. We climbed to the top of the mountain on the left side, had lunch and took in the views Mt. Ida is also near and has spectacular views! This is a must do on the West Side of RMNP!

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Water filter
  • Sleeping bag
  • Food
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

9.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2050 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

2 months ago

Backpacked At Timber Lake

A buddy of mine and I got an NPS backcountry permit in July to camp at the snowbird campsite a couple hundred meters from Timber Lake. The hike up was beautiful - lush forest with many streams cutting through the path. A large landslide has taken out part of the trail so we had to hike up and over the steeper mountain side to avoid it. At the top, a huge alpine storm came through and dropped an inch of hail on us! The next morning we hiked up towards Mt. Ida and saw plenty of bear scat and some moose. During the day, Timber Lake was sunny and beautiful.

2 months ago

Added by Sarah Wieck

More Adventures Nearby

Camp at Silver Queen Campground

Colorado / Silver Queen Campground

To start it off, head out from Aspen on Maroon Creek Road.

Billy DiMirra
6 Saves

Hike the Ypsilon Lake Trail

Colorado / Lawn Lake Trailhead

To get to the trailhead, enter Rocky Mountain National Park on the 36.

Breanne McNitt
4 Saves

Hike the Jud Wiebe Trail

Colorado / Jud Wiebe Trailhead (N Aspen St)

The Jud Wiebe can be accessed from two trailheads:  1) The top of North Aspen St (opposite direction of the Gondola) and across the bridge on the left (where this adventure starts) 2) North Oak St - .

Geoff Turnley
10 Saves