If hiking among rocky peaks, alpine lakes, and fragrant pine forests is your pup’s idea of a good time, then pack ‘em up and head over to Crater Lakes Trail! Located smack dab in the middle of Colorado’s James Peak Wilderness, this trail is what adventures are made of.
The hike begins at the East Portal Trailhead. Several trails stem from this trailhead, so be
sure to take the South Boulder Creek Trail. After about two miles of hiking
through aspen groves and pine forests, you will come to the Crater Lakes Trail junction. Now the climb begins! Your doggo will
get a pawsome leg workout as they make their way up some switchbacks. It won’t
be long until you and your furry hiking companion arrive at the lower lakes.
The trail actually runs through the patch of land that separates the two lakes.
The one to the south has steep rock walls in places and is surrounded thick
forest, while the northern lake is more open. Social trails circle both lakes,
so your pooch can see them up close. There are even some pawsome waterfront spots
These lower lakes are a great place to end your hike. But
if your pup is up for even more adventure, continue on to the upper lake. There
isn’t a developed trail to follow. Instead, scramble up the steep slope that
sits at the end of the lower lakes. When you reach the top, follow a spur trail
through some shrubs, hop down some boulders, and behold, the upper lake!
Be aware that you may encounter some snow in the lakes’ basin, even in June and July. Your doggo will love it, but your feet won’t, unless you have proper footwear. Also, carry plenty of water for both you and your pooch, as well as clean up bags. Primitive restrooms are available at East Portal Trailhead.
on the Crater Lakes Trail will leave your doggo begging for more adventure in this beautiful country!