Columbine Lake Trail
Columbine Lake trail begins on the Caribou Pass trail and travels 1.3 miles
to Columbine Lake. The trail travels along a large meadow and soon enters
a spruce forest. It makes a moderate climb through the forest, paralleling
a stream. Leveling off, the trail continues up through some meadows to a point
where a stream comes down off the hill. Here it begins a climb up through
a rocky gap toward Columbine Lake. It continues to wind its way up through
the forest along the edge of some meadows. The climb becomes more moderate
as it progresses up through the gap. Eventually it levels off and makes its
way through some wet meadows to the lake. The elevation gain is about 500
is permitted at Columbine Lake but open fires are not allowed (stoves only).
There are some level spots in the meadows around the lake but some may be
too wet to camp. You can pretty much access the entire shoreline of the lake
for fishing. This trail sees moderate day use and low overnight use. The level
of difficulty for this trail is moderate.
||1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers)
||10,499' - 11,075'
||July 1 - Sept 15
||Pets must be on a leash, no campfires
around Columbine Lake
|Suitable for mountain bikes:
||No (no bicycles in wilderness)
|Suitable for horses:
Granby take Highway 40 south to County Road 83 at Tabernash. Shortly after turning
left on 83 turn left on CR84 and left after !/2 mile on Forest Road 129. Travel
north for about 11 miles to Meadow Creek Reservoir. Continue around the reservoir
to the Junco Lake Trailhead. Hike 1.75 miles on the Caribou Pass Trail to the
Columbine Lake Trail.
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