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Get your suits ready we are going to the Beach! Sandbeach Lake Hike


Carpool at Boulder Justice Center  at 6:40am and leave by 6:50am.

We will meet at carpool location.

Address: 1777 6th St, Boulder, CO 80302

My cell number if you need to get in touch with me -[masked]


I have a pass and can get an entire car in for free. Hopefully we will have a couple other members with passes. If not, the fee is $20 for a car or $40 for a year.


Starting elevation: 8,312'
Ending Elevation: 10,283'
Elevation Change: + 1,971' net elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate to Moderate Plus (depending on your experience and fitness level and trail/ weather conditions)
Total hiking time: Approximately 4 to 5 hours
Round Trip Length: 8.8 miles














Directions to Trailhead:

1) Take Highway 36 north 14 miles to the town of Lyons.

2) Remain on 36 to the Highway 7 intersection. Turn left onto Highway 7 towards Allenspark.

3) Remain on Highway 7 and look for the Wild Basin Trailhead Entrance on the left (approximately 37 miles from Boulder).

4) Turn left on the dirt road to the entrance station .15 miles ahead.

5) The trailhead and parking area are just past the entrance station on your right.



Wild Basin is south of the main park and is a gorgeous area!  This hike is long, but not very steep.  This is an out and back that ends up at a lake with a sandy beach and probably freezing water, so don't bother bringing your suit.
"Sandbeach Lake - one of Rocky Mountain's deepest at nearly 50' - is aptly named for its wide, sandy shoreline. Unlike most lakes in the Wild Basin Area that reside in narrow alpine valleys, Sandbeach Lake is located on a broad flat free of confining valley walls. Its open perimeter promotes exploration, and gives the area a uniquely spacious feel.

In 1988 the Park removed rock and dirt dams on Sandbeach Lake's outlet stream, replacing them with willows and brush to create spawning habitat for greenback cutthroat trout. A small but stable breeding population exists today. Good fishing and a beach-like feel make this a highly desirable overnight destination, and ubiquitous aspen and leafy ground cover make the Sandbeach Lake Trail a colorful autumn choice:

The Sandbeach Lake Trail rises quickly over the North St Vrain Creek basin through ponderosa, lodgepole, and aspen to the Meeker Park Trail split (1.35 miles : 8,990'). Below you to the north is Copeland Moraine - take a few steps along the Meeker Park Trail for a closer look.

The trail continues west on a mild but rocky grade lined by aspen and thick ground cover.Campers Creek is occasionally audible but seldom visible as you pass spurs for the Hole-in-the-Wall and Campers Creek backcountry campsites (1.88 miles : 9,172' and 2.1 miles : 9,265', respectively).

The rugged trail crosses a small creek (2.55 miles : 9,543') and continues steeply to theBeaver Mill backcountry campsite (3.0 miles : 9,680'). It levels off momentarily near theHunters Creek backcountry campsite (3.25 miles : 9,746'), crosses Hunters Creek (3.55 miles : 9,840') on a footbridge and begins a rocky, 443' climb to the north shore ofSandbeach Lake (4.4 miles).

Social trails circle Sandbeach Lake's long, open shoreline; clockwise travel offers terrific views of Mt Meeker (13,911') and easier lake access. Take note of krummholz and limber pine in the vicinity - neither are very common at this elevation, however the lake basin's size and exposure create hostile growing conditions similar to alpine environments where these are typically found."








2) Bring extra water, as high elevations dehydrate the body at a faster rate.

3) Hiking poles would be helpful for some of the steep grades and uneven terrain. Spikes or yak trax are highly recommended in your gear just in case.

4) Please remember that mountain hiking might mean that we end up spreading out according to our pace and fitness levels. If you do split off ahead from the group, please wait at the summit for most of the members to arrive. If you can not complete the hike and need to turn back, please inform your organizer that you are leaving.

5) IF you run a carpool, or participate in a carpool, please coordinate with each other as to your individual pace and meeting back at the parking lot!


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time with fabulous people

    May 12, 2013

  • Moiz

    Hi, I would like to join but I am very new to US and I do not have a car yet. I stay at Englewood and if someone is going from here, please let me know. [masked]

    May 11, 2013

  • Katie Z.

    This hike sounds fun, just trying to decide if I can keep up with everyone :-). I just moved out to Denver this winter and the only place I've hiked so far is Red Rocks/Morrison Slide. So, I don't really know how much harder the elevation makes things. I mean, I'm sure I can do the hike, but with this being a small group, I don't want to be slowing folks down. What do you think? Good hike to try or should I do something more beginner first?

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Justin

      Come on out Katie! This group won't pressure you about pace :-)

      May 11, 2013

    • Katie Z.

      Sounds great- ill be there!

      1 · May 11, 2013

  • Dahlia

    I can pick u up if u need me to.

    May 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thankyou that's very generous!! So meet at the Boulder Justice Centre which is just south of Pearl St on 6th right? My number is[masked] 2655. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of Colorado!

      May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, I'm an Australian backpacker, reasonably fit (at least I thought so before I came to Boulder!). I think I could keep up, but I am a beginner, also I don't have a car... would you mind if I came along? It looks like a great location

    May 11, 2013

  • cindyward

    I have a park pass too.

    May 8, 2013

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