Woodland Lake Trail

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Trail Distance: 4 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 2221 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Unknown
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description

If hiking through Colorado’s gorgeous Indian Peaks Wilderness Area sounds like a good time to your pooch, then grab the leash and head over to the Woodland Lake Trail. This trail gives you the chance to enjoy an afternoon of trekking through pine forests with your four legged hiking companion. Sounds puptastic!

There is a slight journey to get to the actual Woodland Lake Trail. Begin your adventure at Hessie Trailhead. After a short distance, follow the sign to Devil’s Thumb Trail. It will take you up a steep old road until you finally reach the cut off for the Woodland Lake Trail. On the way, you and your pup will pass turnoffs for Lost and King Lakes. But keep your pooch focused and wait for the Woodland Lake Trail junction. It’s about 2 miles from Hessie Trailhead.

Although the entire hike is beautiful, the last couple miles to the lake will make your doggo extra happy! As you wander through the fragrant pine forests, watch for wildflowers and mushrooms. Babbling brooks and cascading streams make this place extra puptacular. As it winds its way up the valley, the trail also passes through a marshy meadow. Your boots may get wet in this section. Once the incline levels off, you end up at Woodland Lake. Explore the pupperific surroundings and don’t forget to refuel your pup with some trail snacks.

If your doggo still has energy to burn, you can follow a half mile trail to Skyscraper Reservoir. At 11,220 feet in elevation, this aptly named lake is a furrific little side trip. But there’s no shame in just heading back to the car. Be sure to carry plenty of water. If you bring a filter, you can refill at one of the many streams. 

Your pooch will be tail waggin’ glad to hike Woodland Lake Trail!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Muddy, Lake
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This is a high elevation hike. The trailhead sits at 9,000 feet. If you and your dog aren't used to hiking in this kind of altitude, take it slow and paws for plenty of breaks.
Address
County Rd 130
Nederland, CO 80466
Hours
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Address
County Rd 130
Nederland, CO 80466
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