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Distance:
0.1 Miles / 0.2 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~5 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park
Town:
Allenspark, Colorado
Directions:
40.218723, -105.536013
Added:
June 06, 2024
Updated:
June 12, 2024
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19 '

Total Change
19 '

Ascent
19 '

Descent

Copeland Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park near Allenspark, Colorado is an easy 0.1-mile loop walk that features views of Copeland Lake, Saint Vrain Mountain, and Copeland Mountain.

This is not a hike but rather a short off-trail walk that leads down to Copeland Lake's shoreline, passing through some brush, and along the shore to take in different views that the lake has to offer. Visitors may even want to skip walking around here but rather sit down and enjoy a sunset or sunrise along the lake -- or to look for wildlife in the early morning or evening. The views from Copeland Lake are that of the lake itself, Saint Vrain Mountain, and Copeland Mountain (usually snow-capped).

Due to this pathway's altitude, at 9,600-feet above sea level, it's a great place for visitors to take-in the natural beauty while also taking short walks to acclimatize.

Wildlife Viewing
This trail is great for viewing wildlife, especially deer, elk, and moose due to the open spaces for grazing and finding food in addition to the lake's water source for drinking. If you wish to spot wildlife, your best chances are in the early morning or in the early evening. Always keep a safe distance while viewing - approx. 75-feet for elk and longhorn sheep; 120-feet for bear and moose.

Pets
Dogs are not allowed here unless kept only at the parking lot.

Parking
Hikers will find a medium-sized parking lot at the coordinates provided along Fall River Road. The lot is large enough to fit just over a dozen vehicles as of June 2024.

Timed-Entry Reservations
Between the months of late May through early October you must purchase a timed-entry pass to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. If you wish to visitor and hike anything off of the Bear Lake Road, you must purchase a dedicated Bear Lake timed-entry pass. You can find more information about timed entry on the park's website.

Warnings
Elevation sickness: This trail brings hikers through terrain at 8,300-feet above sea level. Around the 7,000-foot mark above sea level, hikers may start to experience symptoms of elevation sickness including headache, muscle aches, shortness of breath, among other warning signs. In order to avoid elevation sickness it's recommended to ascend to higher elevations and take short walks to acclimate over the course of several days before taking a long or physically-demanding hike. At any time you feel elevation sickness kicking in, that's the time to turn back and head for lower altitude or the parking lot.

Explore 31 trails near Allenspark, CO
  1. Parking

    40.218723, -105.536013
  2. Main Trailhead

    40.218723, -105.536013
  3. View of Copeland Lake and Copeland Mountain

    40.219089, -105.536186
    View of Copeland Lake and Copeland Mountain
  4. View of Saint Vrain Mountain (left) and Copeland Mountain (right)

    40.219292, -105.536278
    View of Saint Vrain Mountain (left) and Copeland Mountain (right)
  5. View of Copeland Lake and Copeland Mountain

    40.218925, -105.535936
    View of Copeland Lake and Copeland Mountain
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0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Trail added
June 06, 2024
Hiked on
June 06, 2024
Updated on
June 12, 2024
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
June 06, 2024
Peaceful spot to take in lake and mountain views. No real trail or hike but the shoreline of the lake is pretty.
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