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A forested trail that leads to a beautiful high alpine lake.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

83%

Runnable

11,443' 3,488 m

High

8,985' 2,738 m

Low

2,596' 791 m

Up

168' 51 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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

The parking at the Willowbrook Trailhead is limited. There is overflow parking at the bottom of the subdivision (1.1 miles from the trailhead). On-street parking is NOT allowed near the trailhead or anywhere in this neighborhood.

Need to Know

There is no overnight parking allowed at this trailhead.

Runner Notes

There are a lot of game trails around the area. Make sure to stay on the main trail.

Description

The trailhead is located at the top of the Willowbrook neighborhood, and is forested pretty much the entire way to the lake. There are a few look out areas facing east where you can see the mountains on the divide. The trail follows alongside of North Willow Creek most of the way, until mile 8 when you cross it. There is a short trail at this crossing that leads to Salmon Lake. Continue on past Salmon Lake trail about 2 miles to North Willow Lake. Then turn around and return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Many wildflowers, moose and marmots to be seen!

Shared By:

Chelsea Gribbin with improvements by Matt Hambright

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Photos

Looking north at one of the many small ponds
Mar 14, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
Scenic overlook
Jun 15, 2024 near Silvert…, CO
Heading up on the North Willow Lake Trail, views of the neighboring peaks abound.
Jun 26, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Stream crossing
Aug 5, 2022 near Silvert…, CO
Travel through the pine forest on the way to Salmon Lake.
Jun 18, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Enjoy a gorgeous view crossing North Willow Creek looking southeast.
Jun 26, 2017 near Silvert…, CO

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Jun 26, 2024
Evan Genrich
Had to turn around, excessive amount of fallen trees between about 2.5 miles in. 2.8mi — 0h 50m
Aug 2, 2021
Private User
Jul 11, 2020
Zach P
Mesa Cortina to North Willowbrook 16.8mi — 3h 42m
Jul 7, 2017
Corie Borealis
Jun 17, 2017
Joseph Mutter
still very snowy beyond 11k feet 7.2mi
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