Beartracks Lake Trail

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Trail Distance: 10 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 2467 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $10
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

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!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Lake
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Mount Evans State Wildlife Area is open from June 15 to December 31. However, vehicle access is not permitted after Labor Day, so plan your hike during the summer months.
Address
Camp Rock Campground Upper Bear Creek Rd
Evergreen, CO 80439
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
Camp Rock Campground Upper Bear Creek Rd
Evergreen, CO 80439
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours