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Geneva Lake Trail

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Enjoy lakes, views, waterfalls, and solitude along this wilderness trail.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.2

KM

72%

Runnable

12,404' 3,781 m

High

9,662' 2,945 m

Low

1,522' 464 m

Up

2,864' 873 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

35%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From Snowmass Lake, the trail begins above the lake on the south side of the outlet. For the next 1.5 miles, the trail climbs steeply Trail Rider Pass. From the Pass, the trail drops precipitously and becomes flat as it enters a large basin. Bypass the North Fork Cutoff and climb slightly as the backs of the Maroon Bells impose themselves on your view to the east. Of course, Snowmass Mountain and Hagerman Peak do the same to your north.

From this awesome viewpoint, drop into a steep section of the trail's namesake lake, Geneva Lake. Views of Snowmass and Hagerman are hard to deny, now - enjoy! Continue south as the trail winds its way around the lake and hits a very steep section. Continue past the multitudes of cascading waterfalls as the trail winds its way down this beautiful slope.

In the far off distance, you'll be able to see the backside of the Bell's even more prominently than before - these are some of Colorado's most picturesque mountains. The final push provides some well-earned respite for the rest of the route. Savor the open meadows and sparse trees as you head to the trail's termination at the Lead King Loop.

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Tom Robson

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Photos

Snowmass Lake sunrise.
Sep 5, 2017 near Snowmas…, CO
Above Snowmass Lake
Aug 29, 2014 near Snowmas…, CO
When traveling clockwise, after topping out, you'll arrive to these views.
Sep 13, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO
Descent through a pine forrest with majestic and stunning views of Snowmass Lake.
Sep 7, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
on top of the trail rider pass
Oct 30, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO
Trail Rider Pass Summit, looking back on Snowmass Lake
Aug 29, 2014 near Snowmas…, CO

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