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Lake of the Clouds Trail

 4.5 (4)

1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers


67%

Runnable

919' 280 m

Ascent

0' 0 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

11,221' 3,420 m

High

10,302' 3,140 m

Low

Shared By Rick Acheson

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Lake of the Clouds is the largest lake west of the Continental Divide in the Never Summer Mountains.

Rick Acheson

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

• Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the trails or in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park.
• All overnight stays in Rocky Mountain National Park require a permit, but no permit is needed for day tripping or climbing.
• Bear canisters are required for any overnight trip in the park.

Description

This trail starts on the Grand Ditch Trail and travels a mile west into Hitchens Gulch. The trail then dissipates in Upper Hitchens Gulch, and a rough path leads west another 0.3 miles to the lake. Once above treeline, which is about 10,840 ft on this trail, the trail breaks down and you cross a large boulder field for a few hundred feet. The final push may require some hand-over-feet scrambling.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers bloom in abundance along this trail!

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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