Crater Lakes Trail

  

Photo showing one of the Crater Lakes with a mountain covered in pine trees in the background

From East Portal Trailhead, follow South Boulder Creek Trail into the James Peak Wilderness for 2.2 miles to its junction with Crater Lakes Trail at the junction sign. Follow Crater Lakes Trail as it climbs steeply for a mile and crosses the narrow spit of land between the two main lakes. National Weather Service Forecast.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: No permits are required at this time.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: James Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Rollinsville, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

Directions: From Nederland, travel south for 4.5 miles on Colorado Highway 119 to Rollinsville. Turn west onto the gravel Gilpin County Road 16 and continue eight miles to the Moffat Tunnel. A large parking area is available at the East Portal Trailhead.

Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

This trail makes a short, steep climb from South Boulder Creek Trail to a pair of lakes below the Continental Divide.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Backpacking

Fire InformationCampfires are prohibited year-round.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities

Campgrounds At-A-Glance

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
3 miles (One way)

  Elevation : 
9,200' - 10,600'

 



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