You can’t go wrong with planning an outing with your pawtastic pup in beautiful Colorado! And what could be better than a hike in the wilderness with your furry friend. The McIntyre Lake Trail (#964) is a nice option for a fun day together.
This trail is accessed via the Link Trail. You can find plenty of parking for the Link Trail at the Link and McIntyre Trailhead parking lot on County Road 80C. Grab your pup’s leash and hiking provisions and you are ready to head out.
Take the Link Trail through the Rawah Wilderness for approximately 7 miles. This is lodgepole pine country, so plenty of shade can be had, as well as an abundance of scenic views of the surrounding countryside will grace your hike. You will then meet up with the McIntyre Lake Trail which heads you both to beautiful McIntyre Lake!
The McIntyre Lake Trail is only 1.7 mile in length in one direction, so it is a great hike to undertake, with scenic views of the area including forested land and even some glances of a previous burn spot, now full of regrowth for the next stunning forest to emerge! Natural footing paths make this hike easy on the paws, and Fido will not be challenged too much with an average 5% grade throughout.
The elevation begins around 8,000’ and climbs to the peak at 10,800’, so be sure to plan ahead and bring plenty of water. Offering your furry friend plenty of breaks is important so they do not wear out too quickly. A leash is required here throughout your visit for the safety of your pup. Be sure to tote water with you to share, and clean up bags. Animals in this area include bear, deer and elk, so bringing a camera is a good idea too!
The McIntyre Lake Trail (#964) is a puptastic hiking adventure for you will a gorgeous reward!