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Rock Creek to Lower Boulder Lake

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Length

5.9 Miles 9.4 Kilometers

84%

Runnable

Elevation

1,149' 350 m

Ascent

-1,151' -351 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

10,125' 3,086 m

High

9,488' 2,892 m

Low

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All Clear 24 days ago
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A forested trail that leads to a beautiful alpine lake.

Chelsea Gribbin

Overview [Suggest Changes]

Most alpine lakes are a lot harder and farther to get to. Lower Boulder Lake is a family friendly run starting from Rock Creek and running through dense forest until you hit the lake with beautiful views of the mountain beyond.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

Watch out for hunters in the fall, this is one of their go-to places; wear orange!

Description [Suggest Changes]

Starting from the Rock Creek Trailhead, follow North Rock Creek Trail #46 for about a half mile and then take the right at the first junction onto the Gore Range Trail. You'll run through a thick forest with a lot of pine beetle kill. There are a lot of game and hunting trails so make sure to stay straight on the Gore Range Trail through any false intersections. A little over a mile and a half, the trail crests and then drops down through the forest on a very fun downhill section.

At the end of the downhill, you'll cross a small creek and come to the junction of the Boulder Creek Trail and the Gore Range Trail. Take a left onto the Boulder Creek Trail and start the climb; you'll pass a junction, with the trail straight ahead blocked off for restoration. Continue to the right and up a switchback to stay on the Boulder Creek Trail. In about a half mile from the Gore Range Trail - Boulder Creek Trail junction, you'll reach Lower Boulder Lake. Now turn around and return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Possible moose sightings anywhere near the lake!

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