Lily Lake Trail #639

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5.3 km
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145 m
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The Lily Lake Trail #639 is an easy-going hiking route in the Elk Mountains of Colorado that will lead you through some woodland terrain to visit a lovely lake. While out hiking the trail, you will climb gently uphill through the tranquil forest setting and peaceful meadows, before arriving at the relaxing shores of Lily Lake. This is an excellent trail that the entire family will be able to enjoy.

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Route Description for Lily Lake Trail #639

Whether you are simply looking for a bit of peace and quiet on the trail or are hoping to take the entire family out for a fun day outdoors in the Elk Mountains, the Lily Lake Trail #639 is a fantastic option near Crested Butte to do so.

Setting out from the roadside parking area, you will make your way to the southeast and enter into the thick cover of the forest. Here, you will work your way gently uphill through the atmospheric woodland terrain, taking some time to reconnect with yourself and nature as you head towards the lake.

Further up the trail, ther tree cover will begin to thin out and reveal some lovely alpine meadows that are blanketed in wildflowers during the summer. Eventually, the forest will open up into a clearing, where you will find the shores of Lily Lake nestled amongst its woodland surroundings. Take as much time here as you need to explore the surrounding area, before heading back along the same trail to your vehicle below.

Getting to the Lily Lake Trail #639 Trailhead

The starting point for the Lily Lake Trail #639 can be found along FS-730/Ohio Creek Road, just 1 m south of the junction with CR12.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


  • Route Signage


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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