Emmaline Lake Trail (#945)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A peaceful and beautiful view at Emmaline Lake.

The first 2 miles of the trail follows a road that skirts the northwest side of the Colorado State University Mountain Campus and is bordered on both sides by private land. The trail then leads to a junction with the Mummy Pass Trail (#937) about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. At about 3 miles, the trail enters Cirque Meadow, a popular destination for hikers and backpackers. It then enters the wilderness and travel zone, and ascends to a closure zone around Emmaline Lake and Cirque Lake. Emmaline Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 4 vehicles.

You can find more information on the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers website. Download trail summary here.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals combined. Wilderness Travel Zone Regulations: Camping allowed only in designated sites. No campfires – stoves only. Stock use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
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General Information

Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 26 miles to County Road 63E, Pingree Park Road. Turn left and travel 16 miles to Forest Road 145. Turn right, pass Tom Bennett Campground, and look left for the rough ½-mile road leading to the Emmaline Lake/Mummy Pass trailhead. Parking at the beginning of the road and hiking the extra ½-mile may be preferable due to the primitive condition of the road.

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5.7 miles one-way

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Beginning Elevation: 8,960' - Peak Elevation: 11,000'