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Columbine Lake Trail

  • Aug 1, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Columbine Lake Trail is an easy to moderate, 6+ mile, 1,000 feet of elevation gain, out-and-back hike located within the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  Group size is limited to 12 people - we usually have a few groups at different speeds, so shouldn't be a problem!  Dogs must be on a leash at all times. See wildflowers, an alpine lake, and stunning views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  The Columbine Lake Trail is initially smooth and becomes quite rocky near the lake situated below Mt. Neva.  There are outhouses located at the trailhead. 

Dogs are allowed on leash.

Park Fee:  This trail is in the ANRA requiring a day-use fee or display your National Parks Pass on the dash of your vehicle. 

Bring a lunch and we'll eat on the rocks at the lake - it's beautiful!

Directions:  Take I-70 West to Highway 40 towards Winter Park.  To get to Columbine Lake Trail #11.1 from Winter Park: Head north on Highway 40 and turn right (east) onto County road 83. When the road forks go left onto County Road 84. Follow this road for 10.5 miles, turn left on the road to the Junco Lake Trailhead.

Carpooling:  Meet at 6:15am at Wooly Mammoth Parking Lot, Section CC, to form carpools.  Wooly Mammoth is located on I70 west at the Morrison Exit 259.  Exit right and make an immediate left onto the frontage road - follow up the hill to the second lot entrance across from the Conoco gas station.

See you there!

Important Note:  This is a participate at your own risk event!

Life is risky. I am not a professional guide.  By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.

 

 

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  • Nancy P

    Pretty, not very challenging, but our great group nonetheless.

    August 6, 2013

  • Linda

    Fun exploring a new area for me. Thanks Debbie for organizing this as a substitute for Columbine Lake. Fun hiking with everyone!

    August 2, 2013

  • Debbie

    Our hiking group is always fun! Since Columbine lake with closed for tree clearing we drove further to the west side of the Rocky Mountain National Park and hiked the Colorado River Trail or the La Poudre Pass Trail for around 7+ miles. It was okay but didnt compare to thr Columbine Lake hike so hopefully we will get to make that hike up.

    August 1, 2013

  • linda

    Debbie, if we're going to RMNP, we need a new car pool location and time. Thanks.

    July 31, 2013

    • Debbie

      No Linda, we're going to the west side through Winter Park - same direction as before. Look at a map of RMNP for the trail I mentioned.

      July 31, 2013

    • Tricia

      The Colorado Trail is beautiful along the river thru lovely meadows. . .and I'm sure the wildflowers will be nice too!

      July 31, 2013

  • Harrison C

    I need to get back early on Thursday can't chance longer drive and hike. sorry.

    July 31, 2013

    • Debbie

      If we end up doing the alternate hike it may be too easy for some of you! But its new territory to explore!

      July 31, 2013

  • Tricia

    Linda E. and I will join everyone at Wooly Mammoth at 6:15 to
    to carpool with someone. See you bright and early!

    July 31, 2013

  • Pam

    I've already made other plans since I was so far down on the wait list. Bummer! Have fun!

    July 31, 2013

  • Debbie

    Columbine Lake is still not open so I will keep trying. In the meantime, the alternate plan is to explore the west side of RMNP on the Colorado River Trail (officially the La Poudre Pass Trail). Its 6+ miles along the river to Lulu City (an old mining town of the 1800's). Nice views of the river, grassy meadows and the Never Summer Mountains to the west. Bring a lunch and we'll eat along the way. Could be a long day!

    July 31, 2013

  • Roxie

    Made other plans while on the waiting list. Have a great hike!

    July 31, 2013

  • Debbie

    Just called the Ranger Station and the road to Meadow Creek should be open on Thursday, August 1. This ranger told me it would be okay to have two smaller groups. I will call Wednesday and post whether this is the trail or we will be doing another in a nearby area. Be patient!

    July 29, 2013

  • Jim O.

    So sorry Debbie, but I have to cancel. I'll be in Missouri at my business actually doing work. Dreadful. Have fun! Jim

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll catch the next one. Have fun.

    July 22, 2013

  • Debbie

    FYI - Columbine Lake Trail is currently closed due to tree clearing and may not be open in time for this hike. I will keep you posted and try to give a few days notice if we'll be hiking another trail.

    July 19, 2013

    • Pam

      Oh, it's Devil's Thumb, not Devil's Thumb Lake. I'm not familiar with that one.

      July 22, 2013

    • Debbie

      I will learn more early next week, so not sure what will happen yet. There's also the problem of group size limit of 12 people (that I was recently reminded about). In the past we've had two groups, but apparently meetup is being watched and reported :(( I heard thru the grapevine that some organizers have received letters from the forest service. I don't want to be ticketed so I'll be forced to very small groups or start hiking in areas that aren't so restrictive.

      July 22, 2013

  • Karen M.

    Oh no. I'll be out of town.

    July 21, 2013

  • L. E.

    Alas, I'll be out of town. Now a waitlister can take my spot. Have a great hike!

    July 18, 2013

  • Carol

    Unfortunately, I've made other plans for the 1st. Have a great hike.

    July 18, 2013

  • Dorothea

    aww.....I have to attend an autism workshop on this day...

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel. I forgot I will be in CA then.

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've not been on this hike before. Looking forward to it.

    May 22, 2013

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