Beartracks Lake Trail (#43)


A visitor information sign posted at Beartrack Lakes Trail with the beginning of the trail behind it

Beginning at the Camp Rock Campground in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area, the trail travels through a forested environment along a creek for about a mile, gradually climbing upwards. It then opens to a wildfire burn area. In 1998, about 485 acres burned in the Beartracks Fire. This fire is believed to have been started by a careless hiker. As you climb uphill and walk through some more woods, the trail opens again to another wildfire burned area. This is the Resthouse Meadow Fire that burned 1,076 acres in 1964. The Resthouse Meadow Fire is also believed to have been caused by humans. However, there is beauty to be found in this destruction. Wildflowers offer a brilliant contrast to the charred trees left standing. Revisit this area in a year or more and observe the rebuilding of Mother Nature. Darting back into the woods again, the trail takes you to Beartracks Lake, which is nestled next to a rock cliff. Click here for more information about dispersed camping near Idaho Springs and Georgetown.  

At a Glance

Fees A Habitat Stamp is required to enter the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Permit Info: * A mandatory free self-issuing permit is required for the Mount Evans Wilderness. * Free permits are available at each trailhead or entry point into the wilderness.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Mount Evans Wilderness * Dogs must be on a hand held leash * No motorized or mechanized equipment * Camps, campfires and stock, where allowed, at least 100 feet from water and trails * Group size limited to 15 people and/or 10 pack/stock animals per party * Certified weed-free hay is required for stock
Closest Towns: Evergreen, CO
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: Colorado Division of Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Denver, take I-70 west to Evergreen Parkway exit, go 6 miles south on CO 74 to Evergreen Lake, turn right on Upper Bear Creek Rd., 6.5 miles to County Road 480, go 3 miles right on County Road 480. Continue on road 195 to Camprock Trailhead.


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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles (one way)

  Elevation : 
Trailhead: 9,100' - Destination: 11,150'