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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Sulphur Ranger District

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Lake Evelyn Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,440 Feet (2942.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,480 Feet (461.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,920 Feet (3404.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.4 Miles (4.0 Kilometers) to Lake Evelyn
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #103 Winter Park, Central City, Rollins Pass
Trail Number: 15
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Bottle Pass; Byers Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Lake Evelyn Trail begins on an old logging road which has been closed to motorized use. The road continues for approximately 1.5 miles before turning into a trail. The beginning of the trail is an easy to moderate hike, however, it becomes more difficult as it approaches the lake. Above the lake, the trail is very steep and rocky as it climbs up onto the alpine ridge. Once on the ridge, access is provided to either the St. Louis Divide or Kinney Creek Trails.

This trail leads through the Byers Peak Wilderness. Remember, motorized or mechanized vehicles (such as bicycles) are NOT permitted.

Directions from Granby: Travel west on Highway 40 approximately 14 miles to County Road 3/Forest Road 139. Travel south on Road 3/139 a total of about 22 miles, ( about 5 miles up Keyser Creek) to Forest Road 136. Go right on 136 and follow about 2 1/2 miles to the Lake Evelyn Trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Travis Leonard (Brighton, CO)
Time of Day: All Day
Length of Time: 2 hours one way
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very well marked trail. Road up to trail head is very rough. Not for low profile vehicles.
Conditions: Great fishing at lake and camping. Old road bed half way up.
Water Availability: Perfect for horses if you can get them up the road. Can get up to Byers peak from lake.
Recommended Clothing: Lake is in a bowl and can only see to the north. Storms could come in with out warning.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Lake Evelyn and connecting trails.
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lake Evelyn
ICON Hiking & Walking Lake Evelyn and connecting trails.
ICON Horseback Riding Lake Evelyn and connecting trails.

Related Activities
Horseshoe Campground - Horseshoe Campground is a small campground located southwest of Granby in the Williams Fork area at an elevation of 8,450 feet.

Keyser Ridge Trail - The Keyser Ridge Trail, #14, is located south of Granby in the Williams Fork area. It leads from Forest Road 140, along Keyser Ridge, linking with the Kinney Creek, Lake Evelyn, and St. Louis Divide trails.

St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail - The St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail is located south of Granby in the Williams Fork general area. It leads from the Bottle Pass Trail, southeast to Jones Pass.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Sulphur Ranger District, 62429 US Hwy 40, P.O. Box 10 , Granby, CO, 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4102, TTY: 970-887-4101


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