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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Boulder Ranger District

Quick Facts

King Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,100 Feet (2774 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,400 Feet (732 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,500 Feet (3505 Meters)
Length: 5.0 Miles (8.0 Kilometers) to King Lake
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 901
Usage: Very Heavy
USGS Maps: East Portal Nederland

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail originates at the Hessie Townsite on an old road that turns into a trail leading through montane forests to King Lake. It passes below the Moffat Road Railroad over Rollins Pass and up steep meadowy basins in the last mile. The traveler can also take the Bob and Betty Trail which intersects the King Lake Trail. This trail starts on private lands. Please respect it and stay on the trail.

Directions from Eldora: Travel west to the Hessie Townsite on CR #130

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Summer through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Hiking & Walking King Lake Trail

More Information

Visitor Information:

Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave. , Boulder, CO, 80301, Phone: 303-444-6600, Fax: 303-541-2515


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