Square Top Lakes Hike
The Square Top Lakes Trail is a scenic adventure through the Arapaho National Forest to the base of Square Mountain. Enjoy an up close and personal view of the flat-top peak and unforgettable vistas of the surrounding mountainous landscape. Track up the path laden with alpine willows and navigate several stream crossings on this nature excursion.
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Route Description for Square Top Lakes Hike
If you are looking to get out into nature for the day and pack in some movement, then the Square Top Lakes Trail is a safe bet. Hike along the quintessential Colorado tundra up to the crystalline Square Top Lakes. This trail is wonderfully scenic as it is almost entirely exposed. Hike the path and get your blood pumping as you trek up the ridge to the Square Top Lakes. Note that after heavy rainfall or snowmelt the trail can get a bit soggy.
Begin your excursion up to the Square Top Lakes from the South Park Trailhead. Track southwestward up the South Park Trail as it guides you through the grassy plains. Hike along the exposed route and admire the expansive panoramas of the surrounding tundra landscape. Trek up the path and notice Duck Lake in the south. The route will more intensely climb in elevation as you near the base of Square Top Mountain. Navigate the increasingly rocky terrain up to the Square Top Lakes.
Revel in the beauty of the crystal-clear alpine lakes that on a clear day, will reflect the image of Square Top Mountain’s peak. Explore the shores and dip your tired feet in the chilly, but inviting waters. Rehydrate and refuel before beginning your descent back down the trail, retracing your steps all the way back to the car park.
Getting to the Square Top Lakes Hike Trailhead
The Square Top Lakes Hike is accessed via the South Park Trailhead off Guanella Pass Road.
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