Timber Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,012' 613 m
Descent: -2,012' -613 m
High: 11,056' 3,370 m
Low: 9,062' 2,762 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“A steep trail that rewards with a great rest spot at Timber Lake.”— Brian Smith
Eventually, the trail enters a beautiful meadowland where moose and elk are frequent encounters. Soon after, Timber Lake Trail will cross the sometimes roaring Beaver Creek via an elevated bridge.
At around the one mile mark, the trail's grade increases significantly and forward travel will slow. You'll gain a lot of elevation on Jackstraw Mountain's western face. The forest will transition from aspen stands to dense coniferous forest.
Just before the four mile mark, Long Meadows Trail (A.K.A. Timber Creek Trail) will branch off to the south (right).
Shortly after the junction with Long Meadows Trail, the trail steepens again through another set of rocky switchbacks. Once the trail turns back to the southeast, Timber Lake will not be far off. Enjoy a break or picnic next to the lake and take in the views before turning around and retracing your steps.
Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers, shrubs
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.
For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park