Beartracks Lake Trail is a stunning hike in Colorado’s Mount Evans State Wildlife Area. If hiking through the pawsome Rocky Mountains is on your doggo’s barket list, this trail is the pawfect option. With gorgeous views, this trail will not disappoint!
Beartracks Lake Trail begins in the Camp Rock Campground.
The first mile of the hike runs alongside a lovely little creek. After a mile, the trail crosses the creek and climbs
up a ridge to the Beartracks Fire burn area. In 1998, 485 acres were charred
from fire. The forest is still growing back, so some parts of the mountain are
quite exposed. You and your four legged sidekick will then hike through a forest
before encountering the second burn area. Resthouse Meadow Fire burned over
1,000 acres in 1964. Even though trees are scarce during this part of the hike,
wildflowers are abundant.
The last portion of the hike traverses the ridge and
winds through another forest. Eventually, the trail crosses Beartrack Creek and ends
up at Lower Beartrack Lake. This puptastic mountain lake sits at the base of
rock cliff. Find a spot to soak in the impressive views with your pooch and
munch on some trail mix. Bring some biscuits along for your pup so they can
refuel before heading back to the car.
Due to the elevation gain and high altitude of this hike,
it’s impawtant that both you and your pooch are in excellent health. The lake
sits at 11,150 feet, so watch for signs of altitude sickness and take your
time. Bring plenty of water and a filter. If your supply runs low, you can treat
the stream water. Primitive restrooms are located at the trailhead, and be sure to bring clean up bags for your pup. To access the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area, you need a Habitat
Stamp. Purchase one of these annual passes from the Colorado Division
of Wildlife for only $10.00.
Your pooch will go mutts over Beartracks Lake Trail!