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Crater Lake is nestled in a beautiful mountain cirque surrounded by jagged peaks. Crater Lake and Mirror Lake both offer jaw-dropping views of rugged peaks, especially Lone Eagle Peak which is known for its dramatic, pointy summit. This is one of the most iconic views in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Overnight Trip: Crater Lake can be accessed via Monarch Lake on the west side of the Indian Peaks Wilderness or from the east side via Brainard Lake and Pawnee Pass. Most people visit Crater Lake on a backpacking trip, but you could also access as a long day hike.

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Sarah Baker

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Aug 4, 2022
Suz C
Bring polls, lots of rocks, fun trail
Aug 2, 2022
Lauren Purkhiser
Backpacked 8/1-8/2; sighted moose on the way up and down. Very buggy and some muddy spots with the recent rain
Jul 29, 2021
Robert Powell
Jul 28, 2021
Dwight Schumm
Jun 29, 2021
Drew Peters
Jul 31, 2020
Cynthia B.
Jul 28, 2020
Shamip Rai
Sep 21, 2019
Joshua Kleitsch
Beautiful hike and a generally well-maintained trail. Very heavy traffic over the weekend.

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Nearby Trails

14.9 mi 24.0 km Monarch Lake to Crater Lake
Intermediate/Difficult
Granby, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Granby, CO
Minor Issues
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Some Mud, Fallen Trees - Sighted moose on the way there and back! Lots of bugs, muddy in spots
9 days ago
103 
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Difficult
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All Clear
Update
Some Mud - Little spots of mud here and there, just one downed tree on the way back down.
20 days ago
109 
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Intermediate
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Intermediate
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All Clear
Update
Dry
4 days ago
118 
26.5 mi 42.6 km Pawnee-Buchanan Loop
Difficult
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Difficult
Nederland, CO
All Clear
Update
Some Mud, Fallen Trees
16 days ago
58 
4.4 mi 7.1 km Hessie to Lost Lake
Intermediate
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Intermediate
Nederland, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
10 days ago
76 
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Intermediate
Nederland, CO
Intermediate
Nederland, CO
All Clear
Update
2 days ago
66 
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Difficult
Nederland, CO
Difficult
Nederland, CO
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
5 days ago
51 
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Difficult
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Difficult
Nederland, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry
35 days ago
44 
8.0 mi 12.8 km Pawnee Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
All Clear
Update
Dry, Mostly Dry, Fallen Trees
29 days ago
29 
2.1 mi 3.3 km Isabelle Glacier Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Nederland, CO
All Clear
Update
Some Mud
5 days ago
30 
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