The Outbound – Great description and info on the hike! Inlet Bay Marina at Horsetooth Reservoir (970-223-0140), Drinking water and vault restrooms located in each campground. They may not be left unattended.

Wood is available at the Carter Lake

At least 1 campsite in each of the larger campgrounds is ADA accessible and near to ADA accessible restroom. There were soooo many little nats all over the place, so bring lots of bug spray. I only wish we had given ourselves more time to enjoy the area. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. Allow two weeks for arrival before your trip. Take in the scenery while enjoying scenic drives, hiking through forests, road biking, and exploring our IMBA Gold Level Ride Center recognized mountain bike trails.

As we hobbled back to the car we both wished we had been a little more in shape and had more time to explore the area.
Yay for GPS. Turn left (west) onto Highway 56 and continue for 9 1/2 miles, passing through the town of Berthoud. Daily and Annual permits are available at park entrances; annual permits are also available online. Travel & Lifestyle Blog September 15, 2020 update: All Larimer County Swim Beaches are now closed. Motor vehicles must stay on established roads, parking lots, pads. 15 miles So I'd say it was pretty damn hard, but so worth it absolutely gorgeous. If you hike to Crater Lake/Lone Eagle Peak tag me in your pics! Where: Indian Peaks National Wilderness But what’s even more confusing is that your hike starts at Monarch Lake. Definitely bring bug spray!! When we woke up, we only had a few hours of sunlight left.
Second units are not allowed. COVID-19 Update We camped in the cascade area as we had a group pass then hiked the rest of the way to mirror lake and then crater lake and hung out to enjoy the views! No OHV's (off highway vehicles) allowed. Wannabe Cheesemonger. Last summer was the first time that we finally actually reached the real crater lake, after another hiker told us to keep going! Hike through a basin without trails but full of flowers, wildlife, and scenic mountains to explore. After dinner, we slept like babies. One can ascend class 4 Lone Eagle Peak or several other class 3 and 4 mountains in the area and enjoy great fishing and swimming in Crater and Mirror Lakes. The colors were awesome. Beware.

Lots of creek crossings that you need to keep your balance on. Firewood: No collecting within park. Watch the mountains and valleys turn gold with the changing Aspen trees.

For our dear friends Mark and Hailey, we through a Camping Engagement Party complete with tapestries, trapestries, lights and all the cactus themed items we could find. A little snow on the last 1/2 mile but not bad. The hike is about seven miles, give or take, however it feels longer. We got to the trailhead around 9:30 am and made it to camp by 2:30 pm right as a summer storm was rolling in. Huge Lake View Haven W/ 2 Car Garage – Near Rmnp, Big Log Cabin With Deck, Game Room & Fire Pit. Crater Lake Camping Sites We passed some rangers on the trail that said were their favorite camping sites were dead on with Lone Eagle Peak across the lake. The only alcohol allowed is at individual campsites or on a boat - *no kegs*.

Totally amazing place! Use landmarks to navigate fresh content. 31; Loveland, CO 80537) Take I-25 to the Berthoud Exit (Exit 250). Start at the Monarch Lake trailhead (where there is a $5 parking fee unless you have one of the national lands passes) and follow the cascade creek trail around the north side of the lake. It is open year round. After the falls the trail switches between forest and beautiful meadows (filled with flowers late in summer) until the split with the Pawnee Pass trail at ~6.5 miles.

We ended up parking it less than a mile from the lake because we were running out of daylight and our feet were soaked. Carter Lake Marina at Carter Lake (970-667-1062) We woke up early to break camp and get back down the trail. Arapaho Bay Campground is located on Lake Granby, southeast of Grand Lake, in north central Colorado. Park Entrance Permits and Camping Fees are required.

Directions: Denver to the Monarch Trailhead. Going all the way there and back in one day is tiring, but definitely doable.

Not much of a trail and rugged terrain.

There are waterfalls and river crossings along the way and it opens up into a big meadow with jagged peak views.

Happy National Park Anniversary Day!! It is open year round. The highlight was the water fall off the beaten track. Your browser does not support JavaScript! Carter Lake is located in the foothills west of Loveland at an elevation of 5,760 feet. The climb with a full backpack was a doozy. We did our research and decided this would be a great first backpacking trip. In addition to camping permits, daily or annual entrance permits are required and available at park entrances. Seasonal closures will begin in October, weather-dependent.

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