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    Scales Lake Hike

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    8.0 km
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    77 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Scales Lake Hike is an easy-going intermediate length trail near Mesa Lakes, Colorado that will lead you through the forest to the shores of a charming lake. While out hiking the trail, you will traverse a well-maintained forest service road that cuts through the forests and meadows of the surrounding area to arrive at the scenic shores of Scales Lake. This is a great route for beginner hikers that do not wish to traverse the rugged terrain of the backcountry trails nearby.

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    Route Description for Scales Lake Hike

    Cutting across some lovely woodland terrain to the southeast of Mesa Lakes, the Scales Lake Hike is a great option for beginner hikers or families with children that are looking to avoid the challenge of traversing more rugged terrain.

    Setting out from the parking area, you will follow along Forest Service Road 118 as it heads to the southeast and crosses over Reservoir Creek. Shortly after this, you will pass by the shores of Grand Mesa No. 8 Reservoir, before climbing slightly uphill to the east through forests and open meadows. Eventually, you will arrive at the terminus of the route and enjoy scenic views looking out onto Scales Lake. After taking in the scenery, simply head back along the road to return to your vehicle.

    Getting to the Scales Lake Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Scales Lake Hike can be found at the Grand Mesa Nordic Council Warming Hut on Forest Service Road 118.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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