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.