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Timber Lake Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,040 Feet (635.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,040 Feet (3441.4 Meters)
Length: 4.8 Miles (8.0 Kilometers)
TI Topo Maps: Rocky Mountain National Park, #200

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General Description

This trail on the west side of the park begins off Highway 34 in the Kawuneeche Valley, north of Timber Creek Campground. It is a strenuous 4.8 mile hike up to Timber Lake. Timber Creek and Timber Lake offer catch-and-release fishing. Before fishing, check with the Park Service for license requirements, size and possession limits and other regulations.

Directions from Grand Lake: Travel north on Hwy 34 through the Grand Lake Entrance Station. Contiue about 2 miles north of the Timber Creek Campground to the Timber Creek Trailhead on the east side of the highway.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Timber Creek and Timber Lake offer catch-and-release fishing.
ICON Hiking & Walking Timber Lake Trail

Related Activities
Timber Creek Campground - Closer than the eastside campgrounds to the amazing Trail Ridge hikes, this site is definitely the gems of the west side.

Timber Lake Picnic Ground - The Timber Lake Picnic Ground is located at the Timber Lake Trailhead, just off Highway 34, on the west side of the park. It has eight sites.

Trail Ridge Road - Spectacular views can be expected from the highest (12,183 ft) continuous paved highway in the Unites States. Eleven miles of the road are above tree line in the alpine tundra.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Headquarters: Rocky Mountain National Park, 1000 Highway 36 , Estes Park, CO, 80517-8397, Phone: 970-586-1206, Fax: 970-586-1256, TTY: 970-586-1319


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