A great lake for fishing, picnicking, and photography, just 1 hour outside Carbondale.

This is an intermediate hike with scenic views, even before reaching the lake and waterfall. Note that access to the trailhead does require 4WD, as the final section of road is difficult and steep in sections.

Photo Credit: The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company

Pack List

  • 4WD vehicle
  • Hiking boots
  • Fishing gear
  • Water
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Sun protection
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 1256 Feet
Activities Fishing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

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Remote access into the Maroon Bells Wilderness

Hiked to the lake in spring from Crystal. The river was raging and there were many waterfalls by the lake. It was beautiful! The views of Snowmass Peak over Geneva Lake are breathtaking. All other trail users were backpackers as you can access the 4 Pass Loop or Lead King loop from here.

Amazing views, peaceful pristene lake

My girlfriend and I backpacked out here after 4x4ing to the trailhead. Just the drive alone is scenic as hell but once you start to climb on the trail you are blessed with views of the backside of the maroon bells as well as snowmass peak. The lake is a perfect place to set up a hammock and relax under the sun.


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