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A beautiful hike through the woods, ending at an alpine lake.


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8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

87%

Runnable

11,523' 3,512 m

High

9,936' 3,029 m

Low

1,587' 484 m

Up

1,585' 483 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

The Cottonwood Creek Trailhead is generally closed for winter several miles below the start of the Horn Fork Basin Trail.

Overview

This route will take you up to Kroenke Lake, a beautiful spot just below the treeline. Expect a moderately strenuous run and a few creek crossings. For those looking for more, the trail continues up to Brown's Pass.

Need to Know

This route is typically covered in snow from October to June.

Port-a-potties may be available at the TH.

Description

From the North Cottonwood trailhead, follow a well-marked trail west into the San Isabel wilderness. At the Kroenke Lake Trail junction, head towards the lake for about 2 miles. You'll cross the stream several times across bridges, rocks and fallen tress.

Some crossings are easier than others depending on the time of year. The trail is not often crowded, although parking can be limited since the trailhead also provides access to Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia. Fishing is available at the lake, and dispersed camping is allowed on the road to the trailhead. The trail continues on to Brown's Pass for anyone looking for a longer excursion.

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Haley Newkirk

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Looking west over Kroenke Lake.
Dec 9, 2015 near Buena V…, CO
Navigating obstacles on excellent trail.
Mar 12, 2015 near Buena V…, CO

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