Hike to Geneva Lake

Geneva Lake Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

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

Distance

3 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1256 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fishing, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

Nearby Lodging

Carbondale / Crystal River KOA

Carbondale, Colorado

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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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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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