“Lake of the Clouds is the largest lake west of the Continental Divide in the Never Summer Mountains.”
— Rick Acheson
• 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.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
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!