Hike to Sandbeach Lake

Colorado Sandbeach Lake Trailhead

Added by Ryan Mckinney

  • 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.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Backpack
  • Flyrod and barbless flies
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Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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