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Crater Lakes Trail #819

 11 votes

Length

1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers

68%

Runnable

Elevation

700' 213 m

Ascent

-13' -4 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

10,663' 3,250 m

High

9,976' 3,041 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 49 days ago
Snowy - Can be hard to find this spur trail when there's fresh snow, watch the map. Snowshoes still a must, 100% snow covered and not very packed. History

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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 Lakes Trail is in the James Peak Wilderness.

The Crater Lakes 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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