Colorado Dog Hikes: Crater Lakes

These lovely alpine lakes are located in the James Peak Wilderness. The hike starts easily enough and there is plenty of shade as you wind through dense forests with intermittent crossing through open meadows. The trail can get hard to follow in a few spots so be sure to keep an eye out for the cairns that will show you the way.

There is a third lake that sits higher up, but it looked like quite a scramble up a lot of scree and weren’t sure how Ansel would handle it so we opted to not go any further. We noticed some camping spots along the lower lakes that looked incredibly idyllic. I’d love to come again for a little backcountry camping.


 

TRIP DATE

July 2018

LENGTH

6.5 miles; out and back

ELEVATION GAIN

1,804 feet

FEES

None

TRAILHEAD

Moffat Tunnel East Portal TH on Google Maps.

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

BEST TIME TO HIKE

Year round (snowshoes/skis necessary in winter)

WATER/SHADE

Alternating forests and meadows. You'll reach an outlet stream around 3 miles.

DOG RULES

Allowed on leash.
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