Crater Lakes Trail #819

 7 votes

1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers

 

68% 

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Singletrack

700' 213 m

Ascent

-13' -4 m

Descent

10,663' 3,250 m

High

9,976' 3,041 m

Low

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Minor Issues

9 days agoUpdate

This is a great place to camp on a hot summer day. Come for the views, but stay for the cool water and the upper lake.

Tom Robson

Overview

CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED. Permits are not required for overnight stays inside the
James Peak Wilderness. However, other wilderness regulations apply.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Not to be confused with Crater Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Crater Lake Trail is in the James Peak Wilderness.

The Crater Lake Trail turns right (north) off the South Boulder Creek Trail at the junction sign. It climbs for a mile into a wide valley before crossing the narrow spit of land between the two main lakes. To reach the fantastic upper lake, follow the steep fisherman's trail up the headwall and down a talus field to the lakeshore.

In June and early July, this valley can be full of deep snow and the trail may not be visible.

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Minor Issues 9 days ago
Snowy, Some Mud - Mud near the bottom. Heavy snow on James.
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