Hike to Sandbeach Lake

Sandbeach Lake Trailhead

Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Photography, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Ryan Mckinney

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

Wide sandy beach. 9 mile out and back hike. Nearly 2000 feet in elevation gain. Amazing wildlife viewing. Great fishing opportunities.

Sandbeach Lake is best known for (as you can probably guess) its wide sandy shore. At nearly 50 feet deep, it is one of Rocky Mountain National Parks deepest lakes. If you are looking to fish at the lake, make sure to bring barbless flies and lures. There are six official campsites (1.8 miles Hole in the Wall, two miles Campers Creek, three miles Beaver Mill Creek, 3.3 miles Hunters Creek, 4.5 miles Sandbeach Lake, and 4.5 miles Group Site) on this trail and at the lake.

This moderate trail is well marked and easy to navigate. The majority of the hike to the lake is uphill. At 1.4 miles, you will reach the Meeker Park trail—follow the sign to the left towards Sandbeach Lake. On your way to the lake you will cross two creeks: Campers Creek and Hunters Creek.

While on this hike keep an eye out for ptarmigan, turkey, moose, deer, and pine squirrels.

Check out this link and this map for information on wilderness campsites at Sandbeach Lake and go here for more info on permits and camp and trail conditions in the park.

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

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Worth The Hike

Great views and experience. Not as isolated from tourists as I would've liked but it wasn't overrun by people either. Be sure to book a campsite and stay the night!

Distance

9 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Photography, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Ryan Mckinney

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